About Bad Breath
Halitosis can be evidence of gum disease, a serious health condition, but Dr. Neela Patel at Houston Heights Dentistry uses bad breath therapy to help clear away bacteria in the mouth if gum disease is not the cause. When plaque is on the teeth, it turns the sugars from your foods into acid. This acid then starts attacking the enamel on your teeth. It can cause bad breath if left untreated, also known as halitosis. The odor can be caused by the bacteria formed, by leftover decaying food particles, or by other debris in the mouth. Dr. Patel offers dental cleaning and a variety of other treatments to combat the effects of bad breath and its causes. Her goal is to restore your healthy smile to what you want and deserve, and help detect the cause of the problem in order to prevent it from happening in the future.
Plaque and Tartar
Plaque is the soft, sticky biofilm filled with bacteria that forms on your teeth. If you do not remove food particles from your teeth with brushing or flossing after you eat, the bacteria remains. Plaque buildup accumulates and turns into hard tartar. Tartar is a hard rock-like substance that looks like barnacles under a microscope. These barnacles of tartar house bacterial colonies that remains on the teeth making it even more difficult to clean your teeth. Eventually, the tartar builds up under the gum line, creating gums that are swollen, red, and bleeding when brushing your teeth. This tartar buildup increases the chronic inflammation in your mouth, and body, and if left untreated, it can lead to bone loss and gum disease.
"Dr. Neela Patel and staff are wonderful. I've been going here for 20 years and even though it is out of the way from my work and home it's worth the drive."- D.A. / Google / Sep 18, 2018
"A PLEASANT VISITI visited Dr. Neela Patel's office for the first time Nov 2019 for the military veteran's smile event. I was able to fill my paperwork out ahead of time with the help of the excellent receptionist to save time during the initial visit. As I entered the office I noticed the lobby was modern, warm & welcoming. Quickly, my initial evaluation was conducted with 3D panoramic high tech equipment and a friendly technician. After the evaluation, I was escorted back to the lobby and offered light refreshments as I enjoyed the joyful music. As I enjoyed my snacks , I noticed another patient that was obviously suffering from some anxiety due to a dental visit. I witnessed the receptionist come from behind the desk to comfort the patient both verbally and physically. As I observed tears subside , pacing reduce and peace fill the room , I was nothing short of impressed with how the office staff when above and beyond to comfort patients. I met Dr. Patel during my procedure and her bubbly personality was delightful ! Another technician finished the job and answered all of my question regarding preventive maintenance and dental care. As I was leaving , I was given a "to go" bag with recommended products to continue my dental health journey. I was reminded that my teeth will be the last identifiable part of my body and how long they last is a direct reflection of my involvement of care. Although it was only my first visit, it felt as if I was visiting a friend to do homework at their home. THANK YOU Dr. Patel and the wonderful support staff! I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS OFFICE TO ALL SEEKING DENTAL CARE :)"- S.M. / SmileReminder / Dec 21, 2019
"I went in for a teeth cleaning as a new patient and they were extremely thorough and gentle! They were able to see a few minor problems that need fixing and have been nothing shy of friendly. They answer any questions you may have!!"- K.J. / Google / Dec 06, 2019
"I was very impressed with Dr Patel and her staff - to a person they are wonderfully efficient and gracious. Her work is outstanding, my bite has always been complicated but she shaped my new fillings expertly and they have been totally comfortable. I also have TMJ problems and a small mouth and typically experience discomfort after dental work. She and her assistant managed things quite well and I had zero soreness afterward. She also used 'anti-numbing' at the end to speed up the process of normalization which cut the time in half, so I was presentable and could resume work more quickly."- M.R. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
"I can't say enough good things about Dr. Patel and her staff. due to personal neglect, I have some serious dental issues and I am self-conscious about it; so it is hard for me to go into the dentist office. Dr. Patel is amazing and her staff does a wonderful job treating me in a way that minimizes pain/discomfort. I give Dr. Patel's office 5 stars only because I am not able to give her anything more than that. If you are looking for a dentist, especially if you have dental office related anxiety like me, I highly recommend Dr. Patel's office."- D.M. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
What to Expect
Excellent training and patient care will assure you that your teeth will be on the road to health and win the fight against tartar buildup and bad breath. During a consultation for bad breath therapy, Dr. Patel will assess your teeth and gums for possible reasons for your halitosis. Having regular teeth cleanings is very important for fresh breath. Dr. Patel will discuss the right course of action and how in-depth the dental treatments will be for your situation.
Brushing (teeth, gums, and tongue), flossing, and drinking water daily is very important to your overall oral health. Dr. Patel may recommend a special type of toothbrush and toothpaste to ward off continual bad breath between routine professional cleanings and exams. If you are not in the habit of brushing and flossing after meals, you will experience the growth of plaque on your teeth.
Also, keep in mind that if our treatments for bad breath do not help your situation, you may need to see your primary care physician to eliminate other health problems (such as an ulcer, acid reflux, a gastrointestinal disorder or chronic sinus infections) that may be adding to the state of your constant bad breath.
Our team will discuss a personalized treatment plan based on your oral health needs. The severity of your oral health, what procedures need to be performed, and how many sessions it may take to see optimal results will all be taken into account. We will always inform you of your fees, insurance coverage, and out-of-pocket costs prior to any treatment being done.
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Fresh Breath At Last
For the best in modern adult dentistry, contact Houston Heights Dentistry to schedule a consultation. Stop living with embarrassing bad breath. Get rid of tooth tartar and maintain a life-long, healthy smile with our dental practice. We look forward to meeting you!