Bad Breath Treatment


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Why do I have bad breath?


Bad breath, or halitosis, is an embarrassing issue that doesn’t go away with brushing, mints, or gum. There are many possible causes of bad breath, and Dr. Hernandez can help you find out why your breath smells unpleasant. Common causes of bad breath are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Gum disease
  • Acid reflux
  • Cavities
  • Nose or throat infections
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications

You can find most causes of bad breath inside your mouth, but they can also come from further down your digestive tract. In some cases, others can detect your foul-smelling breath even when you breathe through your nose.


When should I seek treatment for my bad breath?


Everyone has bad breath from time to time. Your breath doesn’t smell its best right after you wake up or eat a savory meal. However, you can usually make your mouth smell better by brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, or chewing gum.

You should call Dr. Hernandez for an appointment regarding your bad breath if brushing your teeth regularly doesn’t make your breath smell better and if the foul odor is persistent. Having chronically bad breath can affect your career, social life, and personal relationships. It can destroy your self-confidence and make you less likely to speak, laugh, or sing.

If the scent of your breath is starting to affect the way you see yourself and interact with others, Dr. Hernandez can help.


How is bad breath treated?


The best way to freshen your breath is to find the cause and treat it accordingly. While there are many products available at the drugstore promising to alleviate bad breath, they simply mask the smell without addressing the underlying cause.

At Luz Hernandez, DDS, Dr. Hernandez offers quick and painless treatment for halitosis. She takes a sample of your saliva and uses it to perform a biologic test and a possible DNA test. She assesses the results to find out the type, amount, and the location of the bacteria causing your bad breath. Then Dr. Hernandez designs a customized treatment to significantly decrease or completely eliminate your bad breath.

Dr. Hernandez may give you an antibacterial mouth rinse or perform a gum disease treatment to remove bacteria from your teeth. Once your treatment is complete, simply practice a great oral hygiene routine at home to keep your breath smelling fresh.

To find out why your breath smells bad and treat it at the source, call Luz Hernandez, DDS or contact us to reserve an appointment online today.