Bad Breath: The Silent (Mood) Killer

  • February 1, 2017

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means!


Yes, love is in the air…..or wait….nope, that’s your breath.


If you’re suffering from bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis, otherwise known as the silent mood killer, the lethal agent of all things romantic, then you are just in time to schedule an appointment at Family First Dental & Implant Center in Leesburg, VA.


We offer treatment options for those suffering from bad breath so that you (or your date, rather) don’t have to endure a lonely Valentine’s Day this year!


What Gives?


So what’s causing your bad breath in the first place? It may feel like Cupid has forsaken you, but some pretty common causes for bad breath have nothing to do with mythical creatures. Let’s take a quick look at each one!


  • Bacteria – We hate to break it to you, but your mouth is full of bacteria. Talk about a mood killer! Especially when that bacteria feed on the foods you eat and decide to camp out for awhile, leaving their stink behind. Brushing your teeth regularly, especially after meals will help keep that stink to a minimum.


  • Dry Mouth – Saliva is your mouth’s natural cleaning agent, so if you don’t have enough of it to wash the foul smelling things away, you’re left with bad breath.


 Some causes for dry mouth are more serious than others such an underlying problem with the salivary glands.More common explanations are certain medications or that you’re simply breathing out of your mouth. But bad breath or not, you shouldn’t be doing that anyway!


  • Certain Foods – We love romantic Italian dinners. Even our own Dr. Buro loves to wow family and friends with his Italian cuisine, but foods containing garlic and onions come with the rather unpleasant consequence of bad breath. Just be aware of what you’re eating and plan your dates accordingly!


  • Medical Conditions – If you have a sinus infection, other forms of infection, or even gum disease, it may be what’s causing your bad breath. It could be an indicator of a more serious condition such as diabetes or a metabolic disorder, but this isn’t common.


If you’re able to rule everything else out and still can’t find the cause of your halitosis, call us at 703-297-4353 and request an appointment with one of our dentists at Family First Dental & Implant Center in Leesburg, VA.


Breath Savers!


You’re brushing your teeth regularly, avoiding garlic and onions, cruising through the winter season so far without a cold. You have no other underlying medical conditions. So what else can you do to avoid bad breath on the daily?


The good news is, quite a bit! These are things you should already be doing as part of an effective and proactive oral hygiene regimen. Fresh, clean breath is simply a happy consequence to these habits.

1.Floss Every Day – You simply cannot skip this crucial daily habit without paying for it, and one of the ways you pay for not flossing is halitosis. Flossing gets those tiny food particles out from between your teeth and is just another way to have fresher breath and to prevent even bigger, more serious oral health problems.

2.Use Mouthwash – Gargle. Spit. Repeat. Call us at 703-297-4353 to schedule a routine cleaning. Remember to ask Dr. Buro which mouthwash he recommends!

3.Clean Your Tongue – The tongue can be a breeding ground for smelly residue throughout the day, so don’t forget to clean your tongue as part of your brushing routine.

4.Slobber Away! – Eating a healthy diet is good for a number of reasons. Snacking on crunchy fruits and vegetables encourages salivation and protects your teeth against harmful acids. It also washes away the stuff our food leaves behind. So next time you’re hungry, reach for some carrots or celery.

5.Chew Smart! – Chewing gum or sucking on breath mints is great in a halitosis emergency (i.e. just before a date!), but just make sure to choose sugar-free options.

6. See Dr. Buro for an exam! Call us today to schedule a routine cleaning and exam or fill out our convenient online form. Let Family First Dental & Implant Center help you reach optimum oral health. Be sure to ask us about our treatments for bad breath.


This Valentine’s Day, don’t let bad breath fill the air between you and your date. Call us at Family First Dental & Implant Center at 703-297-4353. Let our team help you find out which treatment might work for you! We can give you the confidence to enjoy the season of love with someone special. The rest is up to you!