Community member wrote into The Doctors to find out if there is a cure for halitosis. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman performs a procedure that can banish bad breath for good.
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Causes and Treatment of Bad Breath Dr. Travis Stork: Today, we’re showing you about the newest cures that you need to know and a produced The Doctors community member Selectress101 wrote and asking, “Is there a cure for halitosis?” And, it’s one of the most popular questions that you ask us all the time, so our next guest Patrice has tried everything to deal with her own smelly situation. Patrice: I used mouthwash. I chewed gum. I ate mint, brushed my teeth, mouth washed again just to get rid of my bad breath. My friends tell me, “Your breath stinks.” The inside of my mouth hurts because I gargle so much. I'm always covering my mouth when I laugh, and on dates, forget about a kiss, I think, in the minute. It’s so embarrassing. I need a cure. Dr. Travis Stork: Oh, we’ve seen lasers do some pretty amazing things in the show but can a laser cure Patrice’s bad breath? Well, we have our good friend dentist, Doctor Bill Dorfman backstage in our procedure room with Patrice right now. Bill says he has developed a procedure that can eliminate bad breath. But, first things first, Bill let's talk about why we get bad breath in the first place. Dr. Bill Dorfman: Well, Travis, bad breath is caused by a few things. You have the transitory bad breath, and that kind of comes from smoking, garlic, food, things like that. And then, you have that chronic bad breath. Chronic bad breath is all bacteria. Typically, 90% of those live on the tongue, and that’s why it’s so important that you scrape your tongue and just get all that off of there, okay. But, patients that have paradomal disease or bone loss, what you're going to have is you're going to have pockets up in here and the area between the tooth and the gums will create a pocket up here. We’re going to eliminate those pockets on Patrice today. Patrice is having bad breath because of the pockets and we’re going to use this revolutionary new laser. Now, this new NV Microlaser is a laser that we use to cut and cauterize the tissue. And this tissue that covers the tooth and it covers the pocket. Once we eliminate that, the bacteria can't live there. So, she’s instantly going to have good breath. Now, we’ve numbed Patrice up here. Open real wide for me. There we go. And, what we’re going to do is we’re just taking away the pockets in here and by taking this away, there we go, all done. Dr. Travis Stork: So, anything we can do at home, Bill to prevent these pockets from forming in the first place. Dr. Bill Dorfman: Well, what you need to do Travis is you need to practice good oral hygiene. You need to brush, you need to floss, and you need to go to your dentist at least every four to six months. And people will say, “Well, do I really need to floss?” My rule of thumb is only floss the teeth you want to keep. Dr. Travis Stork: There you go. That’s great advice, and Patrice are you ready to get out there and -- Dr. Lisa Masterson: Start kissing? Patrice: Yes, I am. I just need to find someone to kiss now. Dr. Bill Dorfman: Maybe Travis. Dr. Travis Stork: Well, Patrice and Bill, thank you so very much. We appreciate it.