Halitosis or Bad Breath: Causes, Prevention and Treatment

Bad breadth is one of the most intimidating oral problems that literally stops you from freely interacting with the world around you. Though not a visible menace, it disrupts your day-to-day well being. In almost every profession, you need to communicate closely with your colleagues. Individuals suffering from the issue of a bad breadth tend to either communicate as less as possible or better still munch on a chewing gum frequently! Well, both are harmful. One hampers your oral health and the other, your personality.

Techniques to keep away a foul breath are many. You can adopt any one of them to get rid of your problem. But it is utterly essential to go down to the root cause of the issue.

Primarily, poor oral hygiene is the main cause of ‘Halitosis’ – the medical term used for bad breath. When the teeth and mouth is not cleaned properly, and food particles are left in between the teeth gaps, bacteria starts feeding on them. The reaction that takes place lets fermentation to set and rotting starts. When these rotten particles stay back in your oral cavity, it culminates into the building up of plaque. Thus your mouth starts emitting that bad smell. Plaque, when still left uncleaned hardens to form tartar. Besides, it damages your teeth color too!

To discuss the ways out of this issue of ‘Halitosis’, this article draws light into some of the significant causes of the problem and accordingly their solutions.

  • DRY MOUTH – Dry mouth causes breath to turn stinky. Saliva is actually responsible for keeping the mouth cleansed. Therefore, when your mouth is dry, food particles remain back in your mouth and your breath turns stinky. Dry mouth can be caused by insufficient drinking water or might be the result of taking certain medications.
  • GINGIVITIS – Gingivitis is the term for the disease of the gum. In fact, a bad breath is a significant symptom itself for Gingivitis. Maintaining a good oral hygiene is the only remedy in this case. Neglecting the case of gingivitis would give rise to the condition of Periodontitis, which further damages your jaw bones!
  • IMPROPER DIET – Erratic diets are highly responsible for Halitosis. Crash diets and fasting frequently gives rise to that foul smell in your mouth. Particular foods like onion, garlic and even a cup of coffee can cause your breath to stink. Some Indian spices also cause a terrible smell to linger on long after you have finished eating.
  • INDIGESTION – Food that remains undigested in your stomach makes the bile and stomach acid flow backwards. This is known as acid reflux. It is heavily responsible for the malodour.

One of the commonest FAQs concerning the foul-breath is ‘how do I know whether I’m suffering from Halitosis? All you need to do is lick the inner surface of your wrist and allow it to dry. Smell it after a few seconds and if it smells pungent, you’re a victim of the disease!

Some common ways to keep bad breath at bay:

  • Your tongue should be cleaned thoroughly everyday
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day is a must
  • In case of the condition of dry mouth, drinking plenty of water
  • Munch on some healthy food, especially that requires you to chew. It will keep your saliva flowing.
  • In case of an urgent meeting or a party that must be attended, chewing cardamom proves to be helpful in masking your breath. However, this is not a permanent solution.
  • Before laying down after your meals, wait at least two to three hours. It will help you counter the bad breath that might be caused by acid reflux.

Halitosis often goes unrecognized as a disease. Individuals tend to shrug off the problem temporarily, simply by chewing a gum or spraying a mouth freshener. This is a very wrong practice as it only lingers the problem and allows it to settle down in your body! One should immediately hunt for bad breath treatment alternatives nearby as son as he or she encounters the problem. If you are already following a good dental hygiene routine, consult your dentist to find out the root cause before going in for the remedies.

Your Dental Emergency

No one considers the odds of having a dental emergency. Yet, it’s important to know what is considered a true emergency and what’s not. We recommend having your dentist’s contact information on hand at all times. After all, most dental practices have emergency protocols, and can assist patients when they are in need. In turn, dental professionals understand that treating a dental emergency as soon as possible could mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

As a rule, any dental problem that needs emergency assistance to save a tooth, stop excessive bleeding or alleviate pain is classified as a dental emergency. With this in mind, consider the following scenarios in which emergency dental care is needed:

  • A Knocked-Out Tooth: Time is of the essence when a tooth is knocked out. Thus, it’s important to contact the dentist immediately. Meanwhile, make sure to retrieve the tooth if possible, wash it gently, and place it in a container of milk.
  • A Loose Tooth: If a tooth has become jarred loose or is misaligned, it is imperative to contact the dentist. In the meantime, it is okay to gently move the tooth back into its correct position to stabilize it.
  • A Cracked or Fractured Tooth: If a tooth has become cracked or fractured, the individual may or may not experience pain. Yet, it’s important to contact a dentist, because the crack or fracture usually indicates damage to the inside of the tooth.
  • Facial Injury or Pain: A multitude of injuries can occur inside the mouth, including puncture wounds and tears, as well as lacerations of the cheek, tongue or lips. All of these should be taken seriously as a dental emergency.

When it comes to dental emergencies, it’s always a good idea to call the dentist, even if you are not sure that you have a true emergency. It’s simply better to be safe than sorry.

We Offer Same Day Appointments When You Have A Dental Emergency

At Smile Avenue Family Dentistry, we understand how important it is to be available to our patients when they have a dental emergency. That’s why we offer full service dentistry with the latest advancements to repair and restore the health of your teeth and your smile. If you or a family member experiences a dental emergency, Dr. Vuong and the team at Smile Avenue Family Dentistry welcome your call today!

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Veneers: A Versatile Restoration

Falling into the category of cosmetic dentistry, veneers are a layer of porcelain or composite that covers the front surfaces of teeth. Whether veneers are referred to as porcelain, dental or cosmetic veneers, they serve the same purpose—to address various concerns with teeth such as chips, cracks, spacing, misalignment or discoloration. Given the versatility of veneers, it’s easy to understand why they’ve become a reliable and appealing solution for many patients.

The Best Candidates For Veneers

While many patients are attracted to the idea (and the appearance) of veneers, they are not the perfect restoration for everyone. Because a small portion of natural tooth enamel must be permanently removed, dental professionals exercise caution when jumping to the idea of veneers first. Consider the case of a patient with natural teeth that function well and have an adequate appearance. Your Dentistry Guide suggests that a dentist might explore a more minimally invasive option for this patient before considering veneers. On the other hand, suppose a patient has severely discolored or misshaped teeth. In this case, a dentist might suggest veneers as a reliable way to enhance the appearance of the patient’s smile, with the added benefit of a longer-lasting restoration.

If you are wondering about your candidacy for veneers, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I committed to regular dental visits?
  • Do I practice consistent oral care at home?
  • Are my teeth free from decay?
  • Do I have gum disease?
  • Do I suffer from bruxism (grinding or clenching the teeth)?
  • Do I have concerns with my bite?
  • Do I have enough healthy tooth enamel to support veneers?

Long-Term Success

Providing individuals and families with a unique dental experience in Cypress, Dr. Patrick Vuong leads Smile Avenue Family Dentistry with a commitment to preventative oral health education, superior dental care and long-term success. Thus, if you or a loved one is interested in the tremendous benefits of veneers, Dr. Vuong and the team welcome your call today!

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Valplast Dentures: Strength, Flexibility, and Comfort?

For many years, the word denture and the word comfort would never be associated together in a positive way. Yet, more and more dentists are prescribing the innovative Valplast Flexible Partial Dentures because their unique design demonstrates strength, flexibility, and comfort—yes, comfort! Surprising to some, Valplast is not a new material. Rather, it is the result of numerous experiments of the late 1940’s by two brothers seeking a partial denture polymer that would fulfill the primary requirements of retention, stability, and support, while providing some aesthetic benefit. Today, Valplast Flexible Partials are a highly regarded method for replacing missing teeth, and are well suited for a variety of conditions.

While the future continues to move in the direction of metal-free restorations, patients report that Valplast feels natural, when compared to fixed dentures. Thus, it is comfortable to wear, and the flexible material allows for natural functioning, movement, eating and speaking. In turn, it provides support for the entire ridge of the upper mouth, instead of fixed points. This has resulted in less need for denture relines and repairs. Lastly, the flexibility of Valplast Partials allows for adjustability, so that each patient can ensure a perfect fit.

Aside from the comfort and flexibility of Valplast, it is fabricated in 5 natural shades, and has become an effective biocompatible replacement for acrylic partials when patients experience irritation. Yet, the versatility of Valplast continues as it is used for cosmetic gum veneers, dental appliances, implant retained overdentures, and full dentures for patients with complex cases.

For patients with allergies to acrylic materials or with a mouth shape that does not comply with a rigid denture restoration, the thermoplastic nylon material of Valplast Partials is an exciting and naturally appealing option.

The Confidence And Assurance You Need To Smile Again

Perhaps you think that your teeth are too small or too short, or maybe you are looking for a natural and flexible solution to replace your missing teeth. At Smile Avenue Family Dentistry, we believe that Valplast Partial Dentures can give you the confidence and assurance you need to smile again. To set up your consultation, call today!

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Why Is Teeth Whitening So Popular?

While brushing, flossing, and a commitment to regular dental checkups is essential for maintaining a great smile, many patients continue to feel as though their smile is lacking a bit of sparkle. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, when asked about the one thing that they’d like to change concerning their smile, the majority of individuals said that they wanted whiter teeth. This is further supported by the fact that nearly 90% of patients requested teeth whitening over other cosmetic services, as reported by the American Association of Orthodontics. Even so, why is teeth whitening so popular?

  • Without question, whiter teeth helps individuals smile with confidence, and this is perhaps the number one reason why it continues to gain popularity.
  • Teeth Whitening is quick and painless. This is of great appeal for those that desire an immediate result, as well as individuals that have dental anxiety. In fact, many dental practices offer special amenities for those receiving teeth whitening such as watching television or listening to music.
  • When compared to countless other cosmetic treatments, teeth whitening is inexpensive, with long-term results.

How Do Teeth Become Dull And Stained?

It’s easy to see why teeth whitening continue to gain momentum for those desiring a whiter, brighter smile. Yet, how do teeth become dull and stained in the first place?

Consider the outer layer of the tooth called the enamel. Did you know? The color of natural teeth is generated by the reflection of light off of the tooth’s enamel, coupled with the color of the underlying dentin of the tooth. Because the thickness of an individual’s enamel is determined genetically, thin enamel shows more of the color of the dentin beneath. In turn, the texture of a patient’s enamel also plays a role in how white teeth appear.

In addition to genetic factors, pores in the tooth’s enamel absorb colors from foods and beverages that come in contact with teeth each day. Thus, darker colors are held in the pores, resulting in staining of the tooth. Specifically, tea, coffee, sodas, and red wine contribute to stains on teeth. Other factors include tobacco use (including smoking), inconsistent oral care, and aging.

Advanced Teeth Whitening in Cypress

Are you ready to smile with confidence? Dr. Vuong and the team at Smile Avenue Family Dentistry are happy to offer the advanced teeth whitening system called ZOOM! to patients in Cypress. Call us today!

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The Promises of Sedation Dentistry

If you are one of the many individuals across the United States that experience anxiety about visiting the dentist, you are not alone. Whether you have a low pain threshold, sensitive teeth, or if previous examinations have left a bad taste in your mouth, it’s important to consider the many advancements in dentistry that are paving the way for you to receive simple and straightforward dental care. Perhaps the greatest of these is Sedation Dentistry. Sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” sedation dentistry is safe and effective for all ages, and uses medication to help patients relax. For patients that need dental care, but are afraid to visit the dentist, sedation dentistry promises an easy, smooth, and positive dental visit.

To better understand how sedation dentistry can streamline dental treatment, it’s wise to learn about the types of sedation dentistry available.

Levels of Sedation Dentistry

While “sedation dentistry” and “sleep dentistry” are used interchangeably, patients are not asleep during most levels of sedation. For instance, for those with mild anxiety, dentists often administer nitrous oxide through a mask placed over the patient’s nose. This minimal level of sedation is sometimes called “laughing gas,” because it is known to cause individuals to giggle as they relax. This type of sedation wears off quickly after treatment, and patients may drive themselves home.

The next level of sedation is similar to the effects of Valium, and is given to patients orally, in pill form. Thus, patients are responsible for taking the medication one hour prior to their visit. Dentists may prescribe a larger dose depending on the patient’s level of apprehension and the dental treatment provided. It’s important to understand that oral sedation can cause drowsiness, and patients are wise to arrange for a family member or friend to drive them home.

For patients with extreme dental phobia or those receiving longer, more invasive dental treatments, IV sedation dentistry is a form of “conscious sedation” that is administered through an IV and monitored throughout the procedure. Though patients remain awake and can respond to instructions during treatment, they often find that they have no memory of the procedure.

Helping Patients Achieve Better Oral Health

Without question, sedation dentistry has helped patients achieve better oral health with the promise of a stress-free visit. This is why Dr. Patrick Vuong of Smile Avenue Family Dentistry makes it his priority to provide patients in Cypress with the advancements of sedation dentistry, so that they can receive the dental care that they deserve.

Is it time for your dental checkup? You can feel at ease at Smile Avenue Family Dentistry. Call today.

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Mouth Cancer

While mouth cancer can affect anyone, it is mostly associated with age and gender. Even so, an overwhelming percentage (91%) of mouth cancers are strongly linked to lifestyle. This means that many cases can be prevented. To learn more about the risk factors connected to mouth cancer, continue reading below.

Tobacco (Smoking)

Containing thousands of chemicals in each cigarette, smoking makes individuals three times more likely to develop mouth cancers, and seven times more likely to develop throat cancer. The act of smoking essentially transforms saliva into a dangerous cocktail of bacteria that damages cells in the mouth. At the same time, the body’s ability to fight infection is impaired due to a lack of blood flow to the mouth (also a result of smoking).

Also a probable cause of mouth cancer is second hand smoke. Specifically, those who have been exposed to second hand smoke for 15 years of more are twice as likely to develop mouth cancer.


While alcohol, in moderation, doesn’t pose any serious threat to the onset of mouth cancer, if it is done in excess or if it is paired with smoking, it becomes dangerous. In fact, it’s reported that excessive alcohol consumption can account for up to one third of all cases of mouth cancer.

HPV (Human Papillomavirus)

While the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is relatively common and most cases go away on their own, there are persistent HPV infections that can cause severe problems including abnormal tissue growth and genital warts (both can lead to cancer). It’s important to know that safe sex practices will greatly reduce one’s risk of developing HPV.


Surprisingly to some, nearly half of all cases of mouth cancer are tied to poor diet. The following foods are said to reduce one’s risk of mouth cancer: fruit, vegetables, vitamin C supplements, Calcium supplements, caffeinated coffee, and green tea.

Your Trusted Dentist In Cypress

Smile Avenue Family Dentistry welcomes you and your family to our practice, where we hope to be your trusted dentist in Cypress. When it comes to mouth cancer, we understand the importance of providing you with all of the information you need regarding your dental health, so that you can live a happy, healthy life. If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited a dentist, call us today. With comprehensive and conscientious care, you’ll feel at ease at Smile Avenue Family Dentistry.

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