Fresh Breath Management
There’s nothing funny about having bad breath. It can be not only embarrassing, but can affect social interaction and play a major role on one’s self-esteem. Contrary to what many people believe, bad breath (medically called halitosis) generally comes from the mouth and tongue (90% of occurrences) and not the digestive tract (only 10% occurrences). Bad breath can be made worse by the types of foods you eat such as garlic and onions and other unhealthy lifestyle habits such as tobacco smoking and chronic alcohol drinking.
Poor oral habits are the #1 causes of bad breath. If you don’t brush your teeth frequently and skip the important step of flossing your teeth daily, food particles combined with plaque can hide under the gums. The longer this bacteria and food stays under the gums un-removed, the greater your chances are of developing bad breath and gum disease. In addition, the tongue commonly collects bacteria which, when left unattended, releases odorous causing debris that can literally be scraped off of the tongue and appears as a brown, white, or yellow film of debris.
The great news about bad breath is that in most cases it is treatable! The first step to reversing bad breath is detecting it. Many people who suffer from bad breath are not aware of their condition. In our office, we are able to assess your breath and diagnose halitosis or bad breath. Our team will conduct an oral examination to determine the location and amount of plaque is present under the gums and on the tongue, then perform a professional teeth cleaning to remove hidden bacteria and treat gum diseases such as gingivitis (mild gum disease) or periodontitis (advanced gum disease) which contributes to bad mouth odor. We also carry the necessary home care products to help you maintain optimum oral health and fresh breath between dental visits. Ask about our BreathRx line of products.