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.
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"Great overall experience. Dr. Patel and her staff really take amazing care of their patients and make you feel welcome and at ease the minute you step into the office. Today she squeezed me into her already busy schedule to fix me up with a new veneer that broke off my tooth just hours before. They did an excellent job! In the two plus years I’ve been going to HHD, I’ve never been disappointed. Here are a few more highlights: none of her shots ever hurt, she always calls you in the evening to check that everything is ok, competitive prices."- J.S. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
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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!