About Bad Breath
Medically known as halitosis, bad breath plagues countless men and women at some point in their life. Our Long Beach dentists at Emigh Dental Care understand how embarrassing this issue can be, which is why we offer a variety of treatments to alleviate bad breath. Temporal or chronic bad breath can be caused by a lack of proper dental hygiene, dry mouth, hunger, or food. Tooth decay and gum disease are also common contributing factors as well. Our practice will perform a thorough exam to determine the leading cause of the halitosis and recommend the most ideal treatment for everyone. However, the first step in bad breath therapy is often to undergo a professional dental cleaning from one of our talented hygienists. Call our Long Beach, CA office today to schedule an appointment so we can provide the proper steps to restore fresh breath.
Plaque and Tartar
A leading cause of poor dental hygiene is plaque and tartar buildup, which are great contributors to bad breath. Plaque is a bacterial film that sticks to and covers the teeth. When it's not removed by routine brushing, or if there is trailing residue left behind after brushing, plaque often turns into tartar. Unfortunately, tartar is very difficult to remove, as it's a hardened substance that often clings to the base of the teeth. Tartar buildup can lead to gum disease like gingivitis or periodontitis.
"Off the corner of Atherton and Bellflower. There is plenty of parking and site seeing! Super clean with the proper amenities for before and after you're visit. Friendly greeting staff and handsome Dentist. Beautiful and friendly hygienist. I give this place a 100%. I can't to check out their Los Alamitos location! ^_^ Seasons greetings Emigh family!"- M.E. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2016
"I didn't think I could love this office more, but I was wrong. My toddler's teeth had become suddenly and severely stained from a course of antibiotics. I brought him in for his first appointment to see if the staining could be polished away. He's not particularly cooperative with brushing at home (or with anything, for that matter!), so we had realistic expectations of how this cleaning would go. My son saw Dr Todd for this special appointment. Dr Todd was fantastic with my son. He explained everything that was going on and made it fun and silly. He connected with my son and tuned out everything else. It was amazing seeing my wriggly uncooperative toddler smile a huge smile and sit HAPPILY for his cleaning!We've been coming here for years and absolutely adore these people- Elaine and Crystal at the front desk, Drs Pat and Todd, and especially our beloved hygienist Tammy. This is a class act. You won't regret coming here. And, although this isn't a true pediatric dentistry office, Drs Pat and Todd and hygienist Tammy have proven themselves to be top notch with little kids. My older child absolutely adores Tammy."- Z.Q. / Yelp / Aug 15, 2017
"I can't recommend Emigh Dentist office enough. This is a family run office and the staff is always warm and friendly. I hate going to the dentist and hadn't been to see one in several years due my own phobia. I immediately felt at ease and now I'm a regular patient. They also do a GREAT job with kids. I took my 3 yr old in for her first check-up and we were helped by Bailey, she was awesome with my little girl. Bailey had a lot of patience and explained everything to my child so she was comfortable. Doesn't hesitate to see the Emigh family, you won't be disappointed."- M.C. / Facebook / Aug 12, 2017
"This review is a bit late, but when taking into consideration my experience, it's NEVER too late to visit the dentist!I found Emigh Dental by googling sedation dentistry. My fear of the dentist knew no bounds. It had been 8-9 years since I last visited a dental office and my mouth literally reached a breaking point. Hence my google search for sedation dentistry. I contacted them via email and their office responded promptly. They verified that they do take my insurance and squeezed me in for a 12/30/16 appointment to take advantage of my insurance that would be entering a new policy phase on Jan 1.After panicking for a week, I attended the dentist office alone. The reception was nice, but as I was in a panicked daze, I didn't really take note. Karen took me to the back and took my x-rays. She was incredibly nice and reassuring. She listened to my story about my fears and put me at ease.Dr. Pat then came in for the examination. He was warned that I was a fearful patient. He sat down and just spoke to me. He listened to my story, my childhood trauma of the dentist, what was bothering me currently. This exchange made the best possible first impression with me. He explained everything he would be doing in the examination and repeated several times he would not hurt me.Exam done, and the verdict was not unexpected but daunting to say the least. To put it mildly, I must have seen Dr. Pat at least six times afterwards to complete my treatment. Dr. Pat explained my options, and his recommendations. I had two cavities, two root canals, two crown preps, and a wisdom tooth pulled. Dr. Pat did not do my root canals, fyi, as they were fairly complicated but referred me to an endodontist.After 5 months or so, I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Pat for several things. He never shamed me for not seeking treatment earlier. His fillings are the first fillings I ever had done that did not hurt for weeks afterwards. He addressed my fears, promised to stop if I ever did feel any pain, and is a pleasant person overall. Best of all, I can eat food again. I can finally say I found my dentist.A few more details: the reception is great! Thank you to Elaine and team for being efficient and nice to boot. My cleaning was painless. They offer nitrous oxide for an extra fee for certain treatments. Nitrous oxide calmed my nerves down and made it possible for me to have certain treatments done. The office never tried to upsell me any service. And their dental chairs have built in massagers!"- A.G. / Yelp / Aug 08, 2017
"This was my first visit to this office. I had lost a crown last week while on vacation. Karen greeted me as an assistant to Dr. Amy. She was warm, friendly and explained every step that she was taking with me. Then Dr. Amy came in. He is warm and made me feel like a missing crown can happen to anyone. He examined my tooth and glued it back in. No problem. The office said that they would bill my insurance first and let me know if there was more to pay. I do believe that i have found a new dentist in Long Beach! Yeah!!!!"- G.K. / Yelp / Aug 07, 2017
What to Expect
Once a full dental exam has been completed, our dentists will determine the next step in treatment. Typically, patients will first receive a thorough dental cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar buildup. The removal of sticky plaque and hardened tartar will help to significantly improve the bad breath. However, if a more serious issue such as tooth decay is detected, an additional appointment may be necessary for an extraction.
Proper dental hygiene is key to maintaining fresh breath. Therefore, flossing and brushing the teeth regularly, especially after meals is essential. Routine dental cleanings will also further a patient's oral health and promote clean breath as well. Our dentists will be able to show specific brushing techniques that will assist patients in their fight against bad breath and may provide them with a specific type of mouthwash or toothpaste. If bad breath continues, patients may need to visit their primary physician to rule out other health problems such as acid reflux or gastrointestinal issues which may be contributing to the chronic bad breath.
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FRESH BREATH AT LAST
Rid embarrassing bad breath today by calling Emigh Dental Care in Long Beach, CA. Our talented dentists can provide you with a personalized bad breath therapy plan that will yield positive results. Sometimes, a simple teeth cleaning or short education session on proper dental brushing and hygiene is all it takes to eliminate chronic bad breath.