Richmond, VA dentist explains how to stop bad breath naturally and effectively
It is embarrassing, but we all suffer from it at some point in our lives—bad breath. Also called halitosis, bad breath can be a temporary nuisance due to eating pungent foods such as garlic and onions, or it can become a nagging, chronic issue that affects your personal and work life. At Richmond Family Dentistry in Richmond, VA, Dr. Olivia Hart provides non-judgmental, effective treatments for this common issue.
Bad breath symptoms
It can be hard to tell that you have bad breath until someone mentions it to you, but there are some common signs and symptoms that can indicate that you have halitosis:
- Dry mouth and/or thick saliva
- Mucous in the back of your throat (post-nasal drip)
- Bad breath in the morning
- The sensation of a burning tongue
- A white coating on the tongue
- A metallic, bitter, or sour taste in your mouth
Stop bad breath in its tracks
Traditional treatments for bad breath have typically focused on masking the odor for a short time such as rinsing with mouthwash; chewing gum or mints; wallowing capsules that promise to eliminate bad breath from within.
However, these measures do not address or treat the underlying issue of bad breath.
Dr. Olivia Hart uses holistic dental methods to not just mask bad breath, but treat the underlying causes of it. Halitosis can sometimes be due to a medical condition. , It is still however important to have it evaluated by a dentist with a holistic focus, who can determine whether it is a dental issue or something else that it is causing it. If it is due to an oral health issue such as bacterial overgrowth or gum disease Dr. Hart, based on her evaluation, can recommend the appropriate bad breath treatment.
With biological care for gum disease, you will benefit from not only improved breath but also better overall health and well-being. Dr. Hart uses the latest technologies, such as laser dentistry, to help eliminate the bacteria that lead to bad breath in a healthful manner. She will also provide you with tips on how to care for your mouth at home and keep your breath fresh. For example, simple things like using sugar-free gum and chewing hard fruits and vegetables can keep your saliva freely flowing and eliminate the dry mouth that is associated with bad breath.
Schedule a consultation
If you are tired of trying ineffective or temporary solutions for bad breath, we encourage you to call Richmond Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation. Our Richmond, VA office can be reached at (804) 381-6238 or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions.