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Man Checking His BreathIt’s not the best way to deal with bad breath…

Do you have bad breath, aka halitosis? If so, what are you doing about it, besides turning your face away from anyone who comes near?

Finding the cure means first finding the cause. In many cases, food particles and bacterial plaque accumulate toward the back of your tongue and go bad there. But you might also be suffering inflamed gums, infection, saliva deficiency, stomach upset, even anxiety. Dieting can bring it on, as can smoking, diseases like diabetes or chronic bronchitis, and poor dental hygiene. Certain medications can cause it.

Keeping your mouth healthy is the surest way to keep it kissing sweet. But while the social aspect of halitosis is important, the medical aspect is equally so. One of the warning signs of gum disease is bad breath.

If you are brushing (your teeth and your tongue), rinsing, and flossing twice daily and you still have bad breath, tell us about it. Be sure to tell us about recent illnesses or surgeries and what medicines you are taking. Keep a log of the food you eat. We can help identify the cause and—if it’s an oral problem—develop a plan to treat it.

If you are brushing, rinsing, and flossing twice daily and you still have bad breath, tell us about it.

About Binu Thomas, DDS

As the head of a boutique, patient focused practice in the heart of Orangevale, Dr. Binu Thomas has been practicing general dentistry for over 20 years. He graduated in the top of his class at dental school, and took advanced training in preventative pediatric dentistry. Over the years, he has trained under some of the best known cosmetic dentists in the nation. He has further advanced his skills and knowledge in endodontics (root canal), cosmetic dentistry, and oral surgery. His efficient, attentive services lead patients to feel well cared-for, no matter their dental needs. His professional team will show you the respect and attention you deserve from the moment you schedule your first appointment. Dr. Thomas has been married for over 20 years to his beautiful wife Aveena, and they have two wonderful children, Joshua and Ariyana. Dr. Thomas is very involved in his community and helps out at the local church, food closet and more.

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