Common Questions About Halitosis And Bad Breath
What is halitosis?Chronic bad breath or halitosis is a condition in which a person produces a malodor from their oral region, and normal oral hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing and regular dental visits are unable to eliminate it. Everyone will occasionally experience intermittent bouts of “morning breath,” but this is not considered chronic halitosis.
Who gets halitosis?
Basically everyone has the propensity to get chronic halitosis. It isn’t more common in men or women, nor is it more prevalent in certain races or
socioeconomic levels. It’s a common malady that’s estimated to impact anywhere from 50-80 million people in the United States alone.
Over more than two decades of treating chronic halitosis, we’ve found that many people will choose to suffer in silence and not discuss it with either their spouse or healthcare provider due to the embarrassment of the problem.
How successful is the treatment in our clinic?
Since we began treating this problem, we’ve maintained a 99% success rate.
Is the treatment uncomfortable in any way?
Our treatment is non-invasive and there’s no discomfort whatsoever. We don’t need to use injections of any kind.
Once I visit your clinic, how long will it take to complete the treatment?
It usually takes 2 appointments to resolve a person’s halitosis condition, no matter how long they’ve had it prior to contacting us. Once your problem has been eliminated, we’ll likely recommend you follow a preventative maintenance program for a period of time. How long you need to follow this program will vary individually.
Will my health insurance cover any of the treatment?
Halitosis treatment is not a covered benefit with medical or dental insurance companies, but we can assist you in getting some reimbursement by billing your dental insurance company for certain diagnostic procedure codes.
If your dental insurance policy is a PPO type of plan, we can assist you by providing you a claim form to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement once treatment is completed. On average, most people receive reimbursements between $200 and $500.
Am I risking anything by receiving treatment in your clinic?
Because the treatment is non-invasive, there’s no way our treatment can be harmful to you.
What if my halitosis condition is determined to have a medical
It’s extremely rare for a halitosis condition to be caused by a medical condition. It’s also quite easy to determine this, and if there’s a medical cause, it will likely be determined quickly at the initial diagnostic appointment. If we find that your halitosis has a medical cause, we’ll refer you to the appropriate medical doctor for treatment.
Are antibiotics used as part of the treatment for my halitosis condition?
For many reasons, antibiotics are not a viable method of treatment for resolving a halitosis condition. We have never used or recommended them.
Once my halitosis condition is eliminated, will it come back?
Once your halitosis condition has been successfully eliminated, we’ll develop a personalized maintenance program for you to follow that will prevent the reoccurrence of your condition. Generally, the frequency of this maintenance decreases significantly with time, sometimes to the point of not having to perform it anymore.
Treat Your Chronic Bad Breath Today*
Tired of wondering if your bad breath is making the wrong statement about your health? Dr. Anthony Dailley has the perfect solution to restore your self-confidence and your fresh breath. Contact our practice today to schedule a consultation.
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