Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry
510 N. Washington St, Suite 301, Falls Church, VA 22046

An Expert Guide To Treating Halitosis

Do you suffer from bad breath? Dentists call this condition halitosis, and it’s a prevalent problem today. Learn how to reverse and prevent this dental concern.

Dental Hygiene Can Harm or Help Your Breath

Most cases of halitosis are caused by odorous bacteria that collects on your teeth, between your gums, and on your tongue. It’s often found in people who suffer from gum disease, because the condition causes deep spaces between your teeth and gums, which tends to trap food particles. Over time, this food attracts bacteria and leads to very bad breath. The way to avoid both bacteria build-up and gum disease is by practicing good oral hygiene habits that remove the oral bacteria and keep your mouth clean.

How Lifestyle Leads To Bad Breath

While poor oral hygiene is to blame for many cases of bad breath, your lifestyle also plays a part in the quality of your breath. Certain lifestyle factors can leave your breath very bad, such as:

  • Dry mouth due to low saliva production
  • Snoring
  • Strong foods such as garlic and onions
  • Some medications
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Smoking

If any of these factor into your lifestyle, talk to an affordable dentist about facing them to reverse or prevent halitosis.

Treatment Tips for Halitosis

No matter whether halitosis is caused by poor oral hygiene habits or lifestyle factors, maintaining a regular dental hygiene routine will help you fight or prevent the problem. Follow these simple tips to beat bad breath:

  • Brush teeth at least two times a day, but preferably after every meal.
  • Floss daily.
  • Rinse with an anti-bacterial mouth rinse every day.
  • Get regular check-ups and cleanings from an affordable dentist.
  • Drink plenty of water to wash away oral bacteria and reduce dry mouth.
  • Curb your intake of foods that cause bad breath.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Discuss your medical conditions and medications with a family dentistry expert.

See an affordable dentist as soon as possible to treat any current dental concerns.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Falls Church, call Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry today at (703) 988-6938 or make an appointment.

Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Falls Church. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Herrmann & Desio Family Dentistry.

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Patient Reviews
All of the staff were very friendly, jovial, and helpful with a first-time patient.
Dan C.
Nikki, the hygienist, was great and accommodating. Pleasure to see Dr. Hermann again. I wish him a happy retirement. I’ve been seeing him since I was 7. I’m 31 now. Fantastic office and staff.
John A.
Nicole A. is my hygienist, and she’s the best. I used to dislike cleanings and going the dentist in general but that changed when I began seeing her. I’ve been going to see her for a few […]
Tsak P.
I’ve been a patient of Drs. Herrmann and Desio for over 20 years. They are both caring and gentle professionals, and their office staff is top notch. In my late 50s I decided to try Invisilign. […]
Honora D.
Wonderful experience. Now i can smile like I want just because of dr Herman . Amazing and friendly staff . Wonderful service. I will recommend everyone to come here .❤️👌👌
Savita S.
Most would agree that going to the dentist is the worst but at Dr. Herrmann & Desio it was a pleasure. From the friendly front desk staff to the excellent hygienist Niki, who left my teeth super […]
Rosana S.
My wife and I have been coming to Dr. Herrmann since we moved to the area four years ago. We always have a great experience and have never have to sit in the waiting room. Nicole is wonderful […]
Jacob P.
I’ve been coming to see Drs. Hermann and Desio for over 20 years. I continue to make the trip from out of town twice each year, because I know a good thing, when I’ve found it! The entire […]
Anonymous
As always, a good experience. I was taken in on time, everyone greeted me by name, explained what was going to happen and asked before doing anything that would cost extra (x-rays).
Caroline S.
My hygienist was very friendly and professional.
Jose C.
Two weeks ago, Dr. Herrmann extracted two of my wisdom teeth. I got to say, I was very nervous about the whole process, but Dr. Herrmann and his assistant Thea, made it better for me. The next day, I […]
Teresa Z.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Desio and his associates for the past ten years. They offer great customer service, dental care and the most up to date technology and procedures. I’ve just had […]
Garrett K.
I have been a patient for over 20 years and have only good things to say about Drs. Hermann & Desio. Professional, warm, friendly, generous, and skilled.
David N.
Dr Herrmann is a very good and kind doctor . His office is a wonderful place for those who dread the dentist . Friendly people and bright pretty office. I have taken my son here also and referred […]
Debra B.
Great practice!! Highly recommend both doctors!!
Krista S.
I am a new patient at Hermann and Desio Dental and as embarassing it is to say this, I haven’t had dental work done in a long time. The whole staff was very friendly and made me feel […]
Soojin C.
Wonderful experience. Now i can smile like I want just because of dr Herman . Amazing and friendly staff . Wonderful service. I will recommend everyone to come here .❤️
Savita S.
No wait. No pain. No complaints. Pleasant staff.
Richard U.
Everyone is always so pleasant, helpful and upbeat. Thank you so much!
Kathy S.
To go to the dentist here is easy and frankly, fun! I am so relaxed in the care of Donna Maffeo and Dr. Herrmann that I typically take a nap while I’m being worked on. These folks are THAT good […]
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  • Monday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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