Bad Breath (Halitosis)

A person may not always know that they have halitosis (bad breath). The odor detecting cells in the nose eventually become accustomed to the constant flow of bad smells from the mouth. Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, it's an unpleasant condition that can be cause for embarrassment. If you are concerned about bad breath, see Dr. Mahlin. He can help identify the cause and, if it's due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to help eliminate it.

If you don't brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can rot, leaving an unpleasant odor.

Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, can contribute to objectionable breath odor. Once the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs, where it is expelled when you exhale. Use of tobacco products will cause halitosis in a similar way. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash will only mask the odor temporarily. Dieters may develop unpleasant breath from infrequent eating.

Bad breath may be a sign of a medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, post nasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney failure. If Dr. Mahlin determines that your mouth is healthy, you may be referred to your family doctor or a specialist to determine the cause of bad breath.

Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath. Schedule regular dental visits for a professional cleaning and checkup. If you think you have constant bad breath, keep a log of the foods your eat and make a list of medications you take. Some medications may play a role in creating mouth odors. Let Dr. Mahlin know if you've had any surgery or illness since your last appointment.

Brush at least twice each day and ideally after every meal, with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque. Brush your tongue, too. Once a day, use floss or an interdental cleaner to clean between teeth.

Mouthwashes can mask odors but do not have a long-lasting effect on bad breath. If you must constantly use a breath freshener to hide unpleasant mouth odor, see Dr. Mahlin. If you need extra help in controlling plaque, Dr. Mahlin may recommend using a special antimicrobial mouth rinse. A fluoride mouth rinse, used along with brushing and flossing can also help.

If you have any questions regarding bad breath, Dr. Mahlin would be happy to discuss them with you.

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Everyone at the practice is super friendly, starting from the front desk to Dr. Mahlin. I normally get the first appointment in the morning and I have never had to wait. I have been going to them for probably 20 years and have never had an issue that isn't promptly resolved. Last time I had my crown done, Dr. Mahlin even gave me his mobile number in case of an issue. I'll definitely recommend them.

Sanjiv Bhatia

Dr. Mahlin and his staff are absolutely wonderful! His bedside manner is among the best, if not the best, when it comes to compassionate, patient-centered care. He even called me after I had a new crown placed just to see how I was doing. He's thoughtful, gentle (both as a person and as a dentist), and most importantly is excellent at dentistry! His staff couldn't be friendlier or more accomodating and I have never had a long wait in the waiting room. I would give him 10 stars if this rating scale allowed it!

Gregory Polites

Kim, my hygienist, is the best, she has a passion for insuring she does her best to ensure patient comfort and that I will leave with the cleanest teeth and gums as well as a plan for addressing potential issues! Dr. Mahlin is very professional in his final inspection and verification of any of Kim's findings while performing the cleaning. An added bonus that Dr. Mahlin provides is a follow up call in the evening to ensure that your experience that day for treatment has gone as expected and there aren't any abnormalities. Very Caring person!

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