The variety of information a person can find regarding any one subject just by doing a keyword search on the Internet is astounding. Add to that what is heard through the radio, tv, print media, and word-of-mouth, and it’s easy to get confused. One article we recently read was “50 Secrets Your Dentist Won’t Tell You” in the July 2009 issue of Reader’s Digest (and on Readersdigest.com). This article goes to show that even among health professionals, you’re gonna get some diverse opinion.
But one supposed “secret” that is “if you have bad breath, your dentist won’t tell you unless you ask,” is NOT true at our office. I’m not saying we’re out there calling you names, talking behind your back, making disgusted faces when you come in with bad breath– quite the opposite– we like to discuss it with you and we will bring it up if we notice it. It does not offend us. “Bad breath” is absolutely something to be addressed at the dental office, and if your dentist doesn’t tell you about your breath, who will?
Also known as “halitosis,” bad breath can occur for many different reasons, and it’s important to discuss with your dentist. Halitosis can be a symptom of an underlying oral problem, including “dry mouth” and gum infections and disease. Diagnosing the halitosis can also lead to the diagnosis of other issues – or it can be quickly and easily solved with a few helpful tips from your dentist.
So please, take what you read out there with a few grains-of-salt, but rest assured that Drs. Ali and Ali are going to do what all dentists should do, and help resolve any bad breath issues with you in the privacy of the office and in a professional and helpful manner.