Oravital for Bad Breath
Most people who suffer from bad breath don’t even realize it, unless they have received specific, uncomfortable feedback from others. If you suspect your breath may be compromised by unwelcome odor, Cincinnati family dentist Dr. Tara Hardin has a range of ways to help, including a new system, called Oravital®.
Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria buildup, and is a key indicator of gum disease. Aside from making an unpleasant first impression, bad breath can be a warning sign of future health risks like heart disease and stroke. Some causes of bad breath include:
Food: The most notorious culprits of bad breath, garlic and onions, contain sulfur compounds that linger in your mouth and get expelled when you exhale. Coffee and alcohol reduce saliva flow, which allows nefarious food particles and bacteria to linger. Drinking plenty of water is an effective and natural way to combat these breath offenders.
Health: Pneumonia, bronchitis, diabetes, certain cancers, metabolic disorders and digestive issues can all impact the smell of your breath. Even some medications can have a mouth-drying effect, which results in halitosis. Sugarless candies and gum can help keep saliva flowing and minimize breath odor.
Habits: If you don’t brush at least twice a day, or if you skip flossing and dental appointments, your breath is likely to suffer. Smoking is also a habit which is detrimental to the quality of your breath and gums.
The Oravital® system involves 5 steps:
- Screening: A dentist-procured swab is sent for analysis.
- Treatment: If appropriate, an Oravital® antiseptic or antibiotic rinse is recommended.
- Evaluation: A dental check-up to evaluate your gums and breath is performed by our Cincinnati family dentist following the initial treatment.
- Maintenance: Along with regular brushing, flossing and dental appointments, Oravital® maintenance rinse will help prevent future breath and gum problems.
- Revaluation: Microbial testing is recommended at least once a year to monitor your mouth’s bacteria.
Within two weeks, most Oravital® patients experience a reduction in bleeding points, periodontal pockets and breath odor.
If you suffer from bad breath, contact Hardin Advanced Dentistry today by calling (513) 234-5531 or by completing the form on this page. We proudly serve patients from Mason and Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as Southeast Indiana and Northern Kentucky.