About Bad Breath
Just like food, anything that is rotting has an odor. When plaque is present on the teeth, it takes the sugars from your foods and turns them into acid. Acid begins the rotting process of the protective enamel on your teeth. When allowed to progress, the process causes bad breath or halitosis. Halitosis can be a sign of serious health conditions, as well as a big sign you need to visit the dentist. At City Smiles DC, we offer bad breath therapy for our patients.
At City Smiles DC, we understand that not everyone is an expert in oral health care, so there is no reason to feel self-conscious about the condition of your teeth. Board-certified dentist, Dr. Stuart Ross and our dental team take a personal interest in your comfort and care. His goal is to give you the healthy smile you want and deserve, and to show you how diligence in oral care pays off. Allowing plaque to harden into tartar, which introduces bacteria into your mouth and body, is a sign that you are not properly caring for your teeth. We can provide you with a dental cleaning and other treatments to get you on the right path for better breath. To learn effective oral hygiene techniques for your teeth to stop bad breath, you should schedule an appointment for bad breath therapy at our office in Washington, DC.
Plaque and Tartar
Plaque is the soft sticky film filled with bacteria that forms on your teeth. After you eat and do not remove food particles from your teeth with brushing or flossing, the bacteria remains. Plaque buildup causes tartar. Tooth tartar that remains on the teeth makes it even more difficult to clean your teeth. Eventually, the tartar builds up under the gum, causing gingivitis. You can recognize gingivitis with gums that are swollen, red and bleed when brushing your teeth. This is an early sign that hardened tooth tartar has entered into the early stages of gum disease.
"I haven't been to this office, but I had my invisalign done in Boston by Dr. Olga Spivak, who recently moved to City Smiles in DC - so I trust it must be a great place. Dr. Spivak guided me through the occasionally challenging process of fixing my bite, with an excellent result. I come from a heritage of terrible teeth so not an easy job. She's a great mix of kind and thoughtful with effective and pragmatic. A friend but also highly professional, both with clients and fellow staff. Wish she hadn't left! For the record, I asked for her new office so I could post a review, and I write them seldom. Totally unsolicited."- C.B. / Google / Mar 06, 2019
"Dr. Ross and his team are amazingly warm and friendly. They instill a sense of comfort in their patients and do all they can to make sure you understand your different options."- A.H. / Google / Mar 04, 2019
"I just returned from City Smiles and I can't express how happy (and relieved) I am with Dr. Ross and his wonderful team. I'm another one of those terrified about going to the dentist and neglected my teeth for far too long. When I had a major problem last Friday night, my husband (who has been a long-time patient) called Dr. Ross, who fit us in when he didn't have office hours on Saturday. He took his time to explain everything to me and did not make me feel neglectful or embarrassed. His bedside manner is the best I've seen with any doctor. Today, he and Deneen and Ashley took excellent care of me and I know I'll be a regular patient going forward. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you Dr. Ross and everyone at City Smiles!"- J.B. / Yelp / Feb 11, 2019
"Semi-Annual Cleaning Appointment - I have been coming to see Dr. Ross and his team for 28 years and have enjoyed every minute of the experience. I hope he will be around for another 28 years"- R.M. / RateABiz / Feb 08, 2019
"Highly, highly recommend City Smiles! Dr. Ross was so personable and thoroughly explained his process. He was very informative and answered all my questions. The staff was incredible as well. Very helpful in regards to insurance questions and dealing with the insurance provider."- M.S. / Google / Jan 24, 2019
What to Expect
Excellent training and patient care at City Smiles DC will assure you that your teeth will be on the road to health and win the fight against tooth tartar. During a consultation for bad breath therapy, we will assess your teeth and gums for possible reasons for your halitosis. Having regular teeth cleanings are very important for fresh breath. Your dentist 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 using mouthwash daily is very important to your oral health. Your dentist may recommend a special type of mouth wash and toothpaste to also ward off continual bad breath between a hygiene routine. 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, or a gastrointestinal disorder) 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. Depending on the severity of your oral health, what procedures need to be performed, and how many sessions it may take too see optimal results, this will all be taken into account for your fees, insurance coverage, and out-of-pocket costs.
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For the best in modern adult dentistry, give City Smiles DC a call today! Stop living with embarrassing bad breath. Get rid of tacky tooth tartar, and maintain a life-long, healthy smile with our dental practice in Washington, DC. We look forward to meeting you!