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Bad Breath Therapy in Long Beach, CA

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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.

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. 

Treatment Aftercare

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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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. 

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