Bad Breath Treatment


Dr. Luz provides professional treatment of halitosis in Wesley Chapel, FL. Many so-called treatments for bad breath only mask the condition, but Dr. Luz offers solutions that treat the underlying cause. Whether it’s morning breath or persistent bad breath throughout the day, we’ll help restore your self-confidence.


Bad Breath Treatment in Tampa


There are many potential causes of bad breath and each needs to be treated with different methods. Drugstore products that promise to alleviate bad breath really only cover up the smell temporarily, while professional halitosis treatment provides lasting solutions.

When you come to our practice for bad breath, Dr. Luz will take a sample of your saliva and perform a biologic test and, if needed, a DNA test. She will then assess the results to find out the type and amount of bacteria causing your bad breath, as well as the bacteria’s location in your body. With this knowledge, Dr. Luz designs a customized treatment program to decrease or eliminate your bad breath.

Treatments may include an antibacterial mouth rinse or gum disease treatment to remove bacteria from below the gumline. Once your treatment is complete, practice good oral hygiene habits at home to keep your breath smelling fresh.

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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.


Frequently Asked Questions About Bad Breath (Halitosis)


Why do I have bad breath?


The most common causes of bad breath include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Gum disease
  • Acid reflux
  • Cavities
  • Nose or throat infections
  • Post-nasal drip
  • Smoking
  • Certain medications

Most people think their foul-smelling breath originates inside their mouth, but it can also come from further down the digestive tract. In some cases, people can smell your bad breath when you breathe through your nose.


When should I seek treatment for my bad breath?


If you’ve never had bad breath, you’re not human! We all experience bad breath from time to time. If you suffer from seasonal allergies or enjoyed a giant garlic bagel with lox for breakfast, you’ll likely have bad breath, but this isn’t the same as chronic bad breath.

If brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, or chewing gum doesn’t help your bad breath and your breath is persistently foul (or you have a persistent bad taste in your mouth), it’s time to make an appointment. Chronic bad breath can affect your career, social life, and personal relationships and it can be crippling for your self-esteem. There’s no need to suffer with bad breath when the solution is so simple.


Does water help bad breath?


In some cases, bad breath is caused by dry mouth. If drinking more water resolves your bad breath, it’s likely that this is the cause.


How do you stop bad breath naturally?


Dr. Luz offers natural treatments to stop bad breath by resolving the underlying cause and eliminating the bacteria that cause foul odor.


How do you treat morning breath?


Morning breath occurs when you breathe through your mouth while you sleep and also because your body can become dehydrated overnight since you’re not drinking regularly. The result is a dry mouth and dry mouth causes bad breath. To treat morning breath, drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning to rehydrate and brush your teeth thoroughly.