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We have all had it happen, a close-talker with bad breath invades our space and shares more than just a sentence with us. Or maybe you are on the opposite end of the spectrum, always self-conscious, holding your palm up as a scent shield.
The truth of the matter is, there is a social stigma attached to halitosis (more commonly referred to as bad breath). It’s embarrassing, it can send the message that someone doesn’t keep up with his or her oral hygiene and it can keep those around us from getting too close.
The solution to this stinky problem can be as simple as drinking more water. One of the biggest causes of bad breath is a dry mouth, which can be a side effect of many medications. The combination of the high acidity and caffeine in coffee also results in a dry mouth. Like anywhere else in our bodies, there are good bacteria and bad bacteria in our mouths. For the good to thrive and the bad to call it a day, there must be a good pH balance in our oral environment. Not only does water keep us hydrated, but it can also flush out the bacteria and strong odors that linger from the food and drinks we consume.
Maybe you reach for a bottle of mouthwash, but if it contains alcohol it can actually make your breath worse than before, as alcohol will only perpetuate the dryness. Even rinses that are alcohol-free can throw off the ever-important natural pH balance, so it’s best to stick with the simplest of paths to fresher breath, and drink more water!
One of Dentalways’ registered dental hygienists, Claranne, says there are other issues that might ignite that imbalance and result in bad breath. “Mouth breathers and patients who tend to sleep with their mouths open almost always have halitosis. A sinus infection can cause odors because of the bacteria it creates, and people who experience acid reflux will notice its negative effects on their breath.” (There’s that pH balance, again!)
Bad breath has a lengthy list of origins and quite possibly just as many suggested solutions. Another Dentalways hygienist, Alice, suggests brushing after coffee. “If you find yourself in a situation where brushing is difficult, follow up your coffee with a glass of water to avoid coffee breath.”
“Stay up to date on cleanings, replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months or after you’ve been sick. Don’t forget to floss or use one of my favorite things, a Waterpik!” emphasizes Jessica M., Dr. Khullar’s assistant.
Dr. Khullar always stresses the importance of a commonly forgotten hygiene habit. “One main key to eliminating bad breath is brushing your tongue. Bacteria hides & thrives in the millions of crevices on the tongue’s surface.” You can invest a couple bucks in a tongue scraper from your local drugstore, but your toothbrush should do the trick. Doing this can both improve and freshen breath for hours.
If you wear dentures, be sure to remove and clean them thoroughly each night. Beware of sugary foods, alcohol and tobacco products. Remember to stay hydrated and, most importantly, if you have concerns about chronic bad breath that exceeds the occasional & normal awareness, call Dentalways at 501-753-7366 to schedule an appointment. Our discerning and responsive team can help determine and address the underlying causes of your halitosis. Your smile is the most important thing you’ll wear – we’d love to see and freshen yours!
My teeth have always been small which made my gums cover about 70% of my smile. For this reason, I have always been self-conscious when smiling. But because of Dr. Khullar’s generosity, kindness, and concern for my feelings he made the “total procedure” possible for me! Dr. Khullar and his team were as concerned and excited about the final outcome of my procedure as I was!
Now everyone tells me what a total difference it has made in my appearance. I cannot thank him and his team enough! He’s a wonderful person and an outstanding dentist. Because of them I cannot stop smiling!
Linda B. - Conway, AR
Dr. Khullar and his team including Lauren , Jeannie and Lori were exceptionally friendly and efficient, which is hard to find these days in doctor offices. During my recent visit they accommodated their schedule to get all my procedures on the same day. Dr. Khullar and his team spends time talking to you and explaining the procedures in detail. I would highly recommend this clinic to all my friends, family and physician peers. Keep up the great work!!
Senthil R. MD, MPH - Little Rock, AR
My last procedure was a root canal and two crowns. I was given plenty of time to relax, and because of the expertise and gentle care from Dr. Khullar and his team I actually slept through the entire procedure! Dr. Khullar stayed after hours to ensure that I was comfortable and answered all my concerns.
I travel an hour round trip to see Dr. Khullar and would encourage anyone else to do the same. His team, especially Jessica and Trish, make everything from insurance to payments to assisting in my dental care a surprisingly pleasant experience. You really can't say that about most dentists. Several of my family members are now patients at DK Dental, and we are the most satisfied we have ever been with our dental care!
Theresa C. - Conway, AR
Dr. Khullar and his team are so polite and fun to be around, it makes my visit enjoyable and relaxing. My mouth has done a 180 degree turn thanks to Dr. Khullar. He made me feel that every visit and every dollar was worth my wonderful new smile.
My life is much better without the pain of cavities. I feel free from the stress of bad teeth and bad gums. Dr. Khullar is one of my hero's, and his team is so nice and caring!
Dr. Khullar and his team are friendly and take excellent care of my family's teeth. The office is equipped with the technology needed to stay current with new advances in dentistry. They are local and schedule around our busy lifestyle with a family seven.
Dr. K and his team are very helpful with scheduling what needs to be taken care of first. They have worked hard with us to figure out what insurance would pay and help us figure out payment options. Thank you guys for all your help, our family is pain free and have healthy teeth because of your hard work.
What I like most is their friendly and professional assistance and the manner in which they care for their patients. Most of my visits required lengthy work. Dr. Khullar and his team made me feel very comfortable and at ease and all of my dental work was done with little or no pain or discomfort.
He and his staff are the friendliest and most enjoyable people anyone could be around and this so important in a medical setting.
Dr. Khullar and his team are always very cooperative and helpful in answering my questions. Everyone in his office is always cheerful and friendly. They always remember me from visit to visit!
I was pleasantly surprised when I first walked into his Perryville and Morrilton offices. He uses the latest high tech dental equipment, and he is fully staffed with qualified and friendly people.
On the day Dr. K told me it would take two hours sitting in the dental chair for the first phase of my tooth implant, I told him, no way! But he and his nurse worked in such an expert and gentle manner that I made it through the procedure just fine. The cost was less too. Dr. Khullar has done extensive work on my teeth the past couple of years, and from my point of view, he is among the best dentists to be found anywhere!
The best part of Dr. Khullar's office is the team is always friendly and smiling, they make me feel good about coming in. I have had a couple of crowns now and an inlay. I am 36 and had never taken the nitrous gas. Dr. K always asked if I would like some, but I was nervous about it. I will never have a crown without it again.
I love that because of Dr. K I can joke and have fun while having dental work done! Not to mention my crowns were perfect! I recommend Dr. Khullar to everyone I know.
I love the fact that Dr. Khullar and his team were persistent with my work until it was perfect and I was totally satisfied. His team is kind, caring, and friendly. I have regained my confidence with the great smile Dr. Khullar has given me. Dr. Khullar truly gave me a Hollywood smile!
When I first came to Dr. Khullar I did not want to smile, my teeth were worn out and I could not chew properly. But Dr. Khullar took care of all my dental problems and now I have the smile I've always wanted and can chew like never before!
My old teeth got worn and flaky. One of my teeth was so fragile, it broke while I was eating pretzels! My new LVI teeth are not only very comfortable they look great. Thanks to Dr. Khullar and his team I have a new smile that not only looks good, but makes me feel confident, assured, and about 10 years younger! Every morning when I look in the mirror I wonder why I didn't do this sooner!