Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Burke
6035 Burke Centre Pkwy, Suite #200, Burke, VA 22015

Bad Breath Treatment in Burke, VA

Treatment for Halitosis in Northern Virginia

If you’re concerned about bad breath, talk to a dentist at Dental Associates of Northern Virginia about treatment. In some cases, halitosis, the clinical name for bad breath, doesn’t respond to the usual remedies such as antibacterial mouthwashes or special toothpastes. Seeking professional help can be critical, since bad breath may be a symptom of an underlying health problem.

If you’re getting regular dental exams and cleanings every six months, and still have problems with halitosis, let your Dental Associates dentist know. You will probably be checked for dry mouth, periodontal disease and other possible causes.

How to Avoid the Embarrassment of Bad Breath.

Almost everyone has experienced bad breath at some point, whether from eating the wrong foods or taking certain medications. In most cases, the cause is benign. If the problem becomes severe or persistent, however, it can lead to a loss of self-confidence and affect both your personal and professional life.

Once your dentist has determined that there is no serious health issue involved, he or she can help you find simple ways to correct the problem. You may be told to follow these tips to eliminate the causes of breath odor:

Drink lots of water.

Dry mouth is one of the most common causes of bad breath. If your mouth isn’t producing adequate saliva, it can’t wash away food debris that leads to halitosis. Always drink lots of pure clean water, with no additives, to keep your mouth and your body properly hydrated.

Watch what you eat.

We all know that certain foods can lead to bad breath. Avoid common offenders such as garlic and onions. These foods leave odors that can be difficult to get rid of even after brushing and flossing.

Maintain strict oral hygiene.

While everyone should follow a regimen of proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings, this is especially true for those who suffer from halitosis. Bacteria in dental plaque is one of the leading causes of bad breath. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, or even more often if you experience frequent breath odor. Don’t forget your tongue, where food debris can hide. A tongue scraper is an effective way to remove the coating that forms on the tongue. Or, simply perform a gentle, back-and-forth movement over your tongue using your toothbrush.

Try an anti-bacterial mouthwash.

If you experience frequent bad breath, make sure you rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash after brushing. This will help eliminate odor causing germs and the bad breath that results. If you don’t have an anti-bacterial mouthwash on hand, try rinsing with just plain water after eating to rinse away leftover food particles.

Chew sugarless gum after meals.

Although many people pop breath mints after dinner, sugarless chewing gum is a much more effective method of triggering saliva production. The natural saliva helps wash away food particles and plaque that lead to bad breath.

Get a check-up for gum disease.

One of the leading causes of chronic halitosis is periodontal disease–bacteria accumulation in your mouth that builds up in the pockets of your teeth. A qualified periodontist can help you manage the disease.

Give up smoking.

If you smoke, you already know the health risks to your body. Should you need another reason to quit, consider that cigarettes not only lead to cancer, respiratory problems and heart disease, they’re also a major cause of bad breath and teeth staining.

Get Professional Help for Halitosis from a Dental Associates Dentist.

If you follow all the aforementioned tips and still see no improvement in your bad breath, be sure you consult your Burke Dental Associates of Northern Virginia dentist promptly. It’s important to report your symptoms, as they may indicate a more serious health issue. Bad breath often signals diseases such as diabetes or gastrointestinal issues. Your Dental Associates dentist will determine whether your bad breath should be referred to a specialist.

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