(Bad Breathe Treatment) Brooklyn, NY
Your Fresh Breath
If you are looking for a highly trained and experienced dentist, you have come to the right place. At our practice, you will receive the highest quality dental care. Our dental office uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment and cutting edge technology and we uphold the strictest sterilization techniques. We know that many people may feel anxious about coming to the dentist, so it is our goal to make your visit with us as pain and anxiety free as possible. We view it as our mission to educate our patients about all of their oral health care options and to help guide them to choose a treatment plan that is most suitable and appropriate for their needs.
Causes for Halitosis
The primary cause of odor in the breath is sulfides produced by either grain negative bacteria or in the normal breakdown and renewal of your oral mucosa or tissue. A bi-product of the bacteria is methyl mercaptan or hydrogen sulfide gases which produce these volatile sulfide compounds or VSC. VSC are also formed in the normal cellular turnover in the mouth. When tissues are inflamed or infected a concentration of bacteria is found and the normal rate of tissue regeneration is greatly increased, thus increasing the amount of VSC present leading to malodor.
Research has also led us to believe that these vsc may have a harmful effect on the normal gum or periodontal membrane. VSC are believed to increase the permeability of this membrane to increased bacterial invasion leading to periodontal breakdown or periodontitis (pyorrhea). If we can control the level of vsc in the mouth we can not only remove mouth odor but we may be able to stop periodontal disease in its earliest stages.
The market has been flooded with numerous mouthwashes and aides for fighting bad breath. Unfortunately most of the best known mouthwashes contain a very high level of alcohol. Alcohol has a drying effect on oral ( mouth) tissue. Most people find their mouth odor to be worst in the morning upon waking up. This is also when the mouth is the driest because normal saliva flow is naturally diminished at night when the body rests. Initially, the high concentration of alcohol in mouthwashes helps to kill the bacterial concentrations but because of the drying effects, this is short lived. Under the new drier conditions, the mouth becomes a haven for new bacterial growth- and the odor returns stronger and worse than before.
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Halitosis may be related to a variety of causes, including bacterial infections and medications. Some bacteria in your mouth may produce gaseous compounds that cause bad breath. For some people, bad breath is caused by a dry mouth, which may be a result of medications you are taking or other medical conditions you may have.
Bad breath is usually simple and preventable. Dietary factors as well as tobacco and alcohol use may all be factors in causing bad breath. Poor oral hygiene or mouth infections can also be causes of halitosis. Infections in the lungs, sinuses, or airways can also cause bad breath due to the presence of nasal secretions that may drain into the mouth. Coughing up sputum from lung infections can also cause bad breath. Dry mouth (xerostomia) can be a side effect of certain medications, increasing the tendency to develop bad breath. Certain chronic diseases that severely restrict liver or kidney function may also alter the odor of the breath.
Our Halitosis Program Consists of Three Steps
Step 1: Finding the source
Step 2: Treatment
Step 3: Recheck
Surgery is Not Always the Answer!
Many patients have gone through sinus operations, tonsillectomies, digestive tract examinations and treatment M.R.I., X-Rays and other forms of treatment; all without any relief.
Worse yet many dentists and doctors shrug the problem away saying it is not a real problem or don't worry about it. This leaves the patient even more devastated and believe they have no where else to turn.
It is best for the halitosis patient to come to our office for a definitive diagnosis.
You can buy a number of mouthwashes over-the-counter that claim to eliminate bad breath. However, keep in mind that many of these mouthwashes generally provide only a temporary way to mask unpleasant mouth odor. There are, however, several antiseptic mouth-rinse products available that instead of simply masking breath odor, kill the germs that cause bad breath. Ask your dentist about which product is best for you.
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