Dr. Tom Berry

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Specialties:

  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    What causes bad breath (halitosis)?

    Halitosis or bad breath usually results from poor oral hygiene. Failure to brush and floss on a regular basis results in bacteria and food debris accumulation in the mouth. Odors can be given off by bacteria that are around the teeth, gums, and tongue and decaying food particles left in the mouth.

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    Does bad breath (halitosis) affect children differently than adults?

    The cause of bad breath in adults and children is generally the same, poor oral hygiene. The treatment would be the same beginning with the routine of twice daily brushing of the teeth and tongue and daily flossing. Also schedule regular dental visits for professional teeth cleanings twice yearly. Read More
  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    How are children treated for bad breath (halitosis)?

    Treating bad breath in children is the same as treating bad breath in adults. A program of good daily oral hygiene with twice daily brushing of the teeth and tongue and flossing is advisable. Also schedule regular dental visits for professional cleanings twice yearly.

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    How do I manage my cavities on a daily basis?

    Good oral hygiene is the first line of defense against dental caries. Brushing the teeth and tongue twice daily along with flossing is very important. Along those lines, schedule regular visits with your dentist for professional cleanings.

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    What are the symptoms of cavities?

    Symptoms of cavities may include sensitivity to hot or cold or sweets. Sensitivity to biting pressure or chewing may indicate that you have cavities. If you have constant or intermittent pain of a tooth or any of the above symptoms, you should see your dentist. Read More
  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    How can I prevent cavities?

    Good oral hygiene is the first line of defense against dental caries. Brushing the teeth and tongue twice daily along with flossing is very important. Along those lines, schedule regular visits with your dentist for professional cleanings at least twice yearly.

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    How are cavities detected?

    When visiting your dentist there are several methods he or she may use to detect cavities. First is visual inspection of the teeth looking for discoloration, enamel destruction, or holes in the teeth. Secondly, your dentist may use a probe or dental explorer to check the crevices of your teeth for

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    What causes cavities?

    Cavities are caused by demineralization of the outer surface or enamel of the tooth. The demineralization process starts from acids produced by bacteria living on the tooth. A thin film of biomaterial called plaque forms on the surface of the tooth. Acid producing bacteria live in the plaque. These

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    What are cavities?

    Cavities, otherwise known as dental decay or dental caries, are holes in the teeth caused by demineralization of the enamel of the teeth. The demineralization process starts on the outside of the tooth by acids produced by bacteria. A thin film of biomaterial called plaque forms on the surface of

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    Why is my bad breath (halitosis) worse in the morning?

    Morning breath is generally caused by a dry mouth at night. Normal salivary flow decreases at night. The bacteria in the mouth have a much better chance to grow when there is less saliva. This will lead to an increase in the likelihood of bad breath in the morning.

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    Is there a cure for bad breath (halitosis)?

    While there is no cure for bad breath, just like there is no cure for body odor, it generally can be easily managed on a daily basis. Good oral hygiene is the first line of defense against bad breath. Brushing the teeth and tongue twice daily and along with flossing is very important. Along those

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    Should I talk to my doctor about bad breath symptoms?

    Commonly halitosis should be discussed with your dentist first. If no obvious dental causes can be found such as poor oral hygiene or periodontal disease, then a consultation with your doctor would be appropriate. Certain medical conditions can contribute to bad breath such as diabetes, kidney disease,

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    Can eating garlic and onions cause bad breath (halitosis)?

    Some foods like onions and garlic can be detected on the breath for up to 3 days after consumption. After the food is absorbed into the blood stream, odors are transferred to the lungs where they are expelled. Mouthwashes can mask these odors for a short period of time. Read More
  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    Are my dentures causing me to have bad breath (halitosis)?

    Dentures are made of acrylic (plastic) and tend to absorb most mouth odors. Any foods or drinks consumed can contribute to an objectionable smell of your dentures. It is advisable to remove your dentures in the evening and brush them as you would your own teeth and place them in a denture cleanser.

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  • Dr. Tom Berry - city, AK - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Dr. Tom Berry answered:

    Can anorexia nervosa cause bad breath (halitosis)?

    Severe dieting and anorexia nervosa can produce a condition called ketoacidosis. In a starving body the liver breaks down fats and proteins causing ketoacidosis. As a result the person may have a foul, fruity smelling breath not unlike nail polish remover.

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