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Bad Breath

Are you worried about bad breath?

In keeping with the latest advances in dental technology, my staff and I have recently completed advanced training in the early detection, treatment and elimination of halitosis and gum disease.

We have and will always do routine periodontal screenings as part of your normal dental exam. If you have any questions or would like more information as to how this new equipment can benefit your dental health, please feel free to ask.

Facts

For many people, bad breath can be a serious problem. It can affect social and business contacts, and even close relationships. A major turnoff in social situations is bad breath! If you have halitosis, it's easy to ignore, since you probably can't smell your own breath. If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from halitosis, you're not alone. It's been estimated that 65% of the population has chronic bad breath. What's more, halitosis gets worse as you get older.

Americans spend over one billion dollars each year for mouthwashes, mints, and sprays to treat bad breath, yet these products only serve to cover up the bad breath with a stronger, more pleasant odor. They do nothing for the cause and in some cases even make it worse.

The Cause of Halitosis

While tobacco and foods contribute to the odors of bad breath, up to 90% of bad breath is caused by mouth conditions. The odors of halitosis come from bacterial production of sulfur compounds. When these sulfur compounds are left untreated, or the bacteria are not properly removed, halitosis results. You are probably familiar with one type of these sulfur compounds hydrogen sulfide the same compound that causes the smell of rotten eggs. What's more, halitosis is sometimes caused by mouth conditions such as gum diseases and faulty fillings.

Breathe Easier

Research into the cause of halitosis has enabled us to develop new dental techniques and new products to eliminate bad breath at its source, not simply cover it up. A professional program of bacterial control and sulfur compound elimination is successful over 95% of the time in eliminating halitosis.

  • Up to 90% of halitosis comes from oral causes.
  • Over the counter mouthwashes do not destroy the odor causing molecules.
  • Food and tobacco contribute to halitosis but are not a primary cause.
  • Sulfur compounds cause halitosis.
  • Bacteria that live in the mouth produce sulfur compounds.
  • Halitosis is especially prevalent in gum disease.
  • Elimination of halitosis involves bacterial removal and destruction of the sulfur compounds.
  • Halitosis elimination is 95% effective when professionally treated.

Treatment

  • Comprehensive exam
  • Review of diet and medications
  • Use of chlorine dioxide toothpaste and mouth rinse
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