Bad breath (halitosis) is not only embarrassing, but it may also be a sign of a medical problem. Its most common causes include dry mouth, consumption of pungent foods, insufficient tooth maintenance (such as infrequent brushing or flossing) & periodontal disease. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, we can help. We offer a full range of Professional Breath Control solutions to help take care of bad breath. There are many causes of unpleasant breath. If your breath smells stronger than you would like, Dr. Khandaqji and his staff can help you determine what the root cause is and how it can be treated with Professional Breath Control.
Unpleasant breath can harm interpersonal relationships — whether personal or professional — in ways that affect, and sometimes impair, the lives of those who suffer from conditions such as halitosis. There are many causes of unpleasant breath. If your breath smells stronger than you would like, Dr. Khandaqji and his Professional Breath Control staff can help you determine what the root cause is and how it can be treated.
ORAL HYGIENE FOR FRESH BREATH
To ensure fresh breath and a healthy mouth, you should brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, brushing every tooth surface and along the gum line for at least two minutes. You also need to floss at least once a day, gently inserting the floss between teeth, making a sawing motion all the way down to the gum line. As the tongue harbors the majority of bacteria in the mouth, don’t forget to brush your tongue or clean it with a tongue scraper.
WHEN TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR HALITOSIS
If your bad breath returns within a few minutes of thoroughly cleaning your teeth, you may have a serious oral health issue, such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, xerostomia, or oral thrush. A Professional Breath Control exam will determine the root cause of your halitosis and we will promptly treat it to restore your oral health and eliminate the foul odors. If he does not detect an oral health problem, your bad breath may be caused by a medical issue such as acid reflux, diabetes, sinus infection, liver disease, or respiratory infection, at which point you will be referred to your physician for diagnosis and treatment.