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
I have been to these guys for over 10 years. Friendly faces and honest work. I look forward to many more years with the Design office.
A 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 and […]
Anonymous
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.
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 my […]
Garrett K.
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.
The dentists and staff are highly professional and super friendly. I have gone to Dr Hermann for the past 15 years and he is magnificent. Nicole (from Chicago) regularly attends to my dental needs […]
Jeffrey W.
Dr Herrmann and his staff were wonderful. Easy to make an appointment, friendly staff, and terrific teeth cleaning.
Bonnibelle G.
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.
I have been seeing Dr. Desio and Dr. Herrmann for close to 3 years now. I was so impressed with how thorough they are with the initial exam and every time I have visited since. They are so pleasant […]
Laura B.
Always friendly and professional, great service.
Anna O.
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 comfortable, […]
Soojin C.
From the time I connected with their team. They were fantastic. Thorough and get follow through. Team was professional and hospitable. Dr. Hermann has a good sense of humor and love baseball. They […]
Allan N.
Very professional treatment done with care . The technician was informative at each step, and answered several of my questions concerning gumbo irritation.
James 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.
I first came to Dr. Desio on a referral from a friend after a bad experience. I was scared, and Dr. Desio was kind, reassuring, and honest. All entire team members are all the same way. 15 years […]
Victoria S.
Good as usual. Donna always does a wonderful job cleaning my teeth
Doris I.
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.
I was a little early and the tech was able to take me early. I always try to be on time or early and appreciate it when I can be taken early. She was very efficient and knowledgeable. I was in and […]
Anonymous
I came in for a checkup and described some pain in a section of my mouth. Dr. Herrmann quickly diagnosed the problem as a small crack, and drilled it and filled it on the spot. super efficient! Donna […]
Craig T.
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 […]
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  • 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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