Halitosis Specialist

Jeffrey M Navre, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Westbury, NY

Chronic bad breath, called halitosis, can leave its mark on your social and professional life if not well-managed. Unfortunately, very few patients with halitosis get the relief they need from over-the-counter products designed to treat this embarrassing condition. Dr. Jeffrey M. Navre, a dentist in Westbury, New York, specializes in finding the root cause of your halitosis and creating a treatment plan that really works. To find out how you can get your bad breath under control, call Dr. Navre today or schedule your appointment online.

Halitosis Q & A

What is halitosis?

In common terms, halitosis is chronic bad breath.

What are the most common causes of halitosis?

Halitosis has a number of causes, including:

  • Dental problems such as tooth decay or gum disease
  • Dry mouth caused by smoking or medications
  • Sinus problems
  • Kidney or liver disease
  • Acid reflux

Make an appointment today to see Dr. Navre, who can identify and treat the underlying cause of your halitosis.

When should I see a dentist for bad breath?

Short-term bad breath caused by eating garlic or other strong-smelling foods, a sinus infection, or temporary dry mouth does not require medical intervention. In these cases, chewing gum or using mouthwash can help.

However, if you have bad breath that doesn’t respond to these measures or that seems to exist all the time, schedule an appointment to see Dr. Navre.

Which treatments are available?

There are several things you can do at home to improve bad breath, including:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
  • Flossing your teeth every day
  • Eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables
  • Avoiding smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Having your teeth cleaned at least twice a year

In most cases, bad breath is caused by an underlying problem—either medical or dental—and the solution is to treat the underlying cause.

Who is at highest risk of halitosis?

People with dental problems such as periodontal disease or tooth decay, those who smoke or chew tobacco, and people with chronic sinus problems have the highest risk of developing halitosis, but others may suffer from bad breath, too.

What can I expect at my appointment?

Dr. Navre will perform a comprehensive oral evaluation to determine if dental or periodontal problems are causing your bad breath. If any problems are identified, you may need to return for a second appointment to have dental work performed. If Dr. Navre finds that there is no dental cause of your halitosis, he may refer to your primary care physician for further evaluation. Because bad breath can indicate a more serious underlying condition, it’s important that you follow up with your doctor if recommended.