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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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.
Dr. Herrmann and staff are very friendly and professional. Outstanding!
Mark S.
I am a new client, previous dentist retired so I was looking for some local to Falls Church City. Dr. Herrmann and staff provided a welcoming environment and were very professional and honest. After […]
Donald M.
Excellent, as always. They fit me in the same day I called, about a crown coming loose. Had me fixed up & on my way in less than half an hour.
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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 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.
I’ve been a patient of Dr. Herrmann since the beginning of his dental practice in Falls Church, over twenty years! He handles dental procedures some dentists will not do. I know of no dentist more […]
Robert H.
Quality service that’s well worth the value. They find underlying issues and seek to treat them before they get to the drilling phase.
Carrie M.
Always a good experience. Have been a patient of Dr Desio’s since 1998. Great service.
Leslie L.
I have been going to this practice for many years. Everyone on the staff always treats me as an individual, not as just another mouth to clean and check. I feel like the dental care is top-notch, as […]
Susan J.
No one does it better. The offices are welcoming, the staff are extraordinary, and the treatments are as comfortable as possible. Cleanings are a breeze and take place in an environment that feels […]
Scott M.
Friendly, welcoming staff puts you at ease
Laura C.
I have been coming to this office for years and love it! Everyone in the office is friendly and professional – would recommend this office to anyone!
Lauren B.
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 years […]
Tsak P.
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.
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.
This practice is great from the front desk, to the hygienists, to the Drs. They are as good at listening as they are at explaining things while being professional and kind
Alyson S.
Love this practice. They were recommended to me by other moms in town.
Kate G.
Hygienist is best I have ever had. Front desk staff is extremely helpful and friendly
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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 staff […]
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:30 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
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (703) 988-6938
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