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Bad Breath is No Good

March 19th, 2012

Bad breath, also called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. You may not even be aware of your own bad breath, so if you’re concerned you may be suffering from it, talk to Dr. Michael McCarthy and Dr. Cristen Lindal and team. We can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, develop a treatment plan to treat it.

There are many reasons for bad breath:

  • · What you eat can also affect the way your breath smells. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, can have a very strong and lasting odor.
  • · If you don't brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath, not to mention tooth decay and gingivitis.
  • · Bad breath can be caused by dry mouth (xerostomia), which occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Saliva is necessary to cleanse the mouth and remove particles that may cause odor.
  • · Tobacco products cause bad breath. If you use tobacco, ask us for tips on kicking the habit.
  • · Bad breath may be the sign of a medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment. If this is the case, you may be referred to your family doctor or a specialist to determine the cause.

The good news is there are many ways to help eliminate bad breath from your life. Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath, so schedule regular dental visits with office of Dr. McCarthy & Dr. Lindal, for a professional cleaning and checkup. Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove food debris and plaque, and don’t forget to brush your tongue, too!

American Heart Month & your cardiovascular health, from Drs. McCarthy and Lindal

February 6th, 2012


You may remember our post from last week, when we discussed February being National Dental Health Month. But did you know February also marks American Heart Month at the office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal?

It’s a great time of the year to take notice of the health of your heart – cardiovascular disease remains American’s number one killer, claiming more lives than the rest of major causes of death, according to the American Heart Association. Studies have shown a correlation between gum disease and heart disease, underscoring the importance of good oral health care.

Visiting our Camarillo office regularly can help prevent gum disease or at least catch it in its early stages - a healthy mouth begins with a visit to Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal's office. In observance of Heart Month, it’s also important to know your numbers: blood pressure (less than 120/80), cholesterol (less than 200) and BMI (less than 25). If you have any questions about heart health, or about your ongoing treatment at our office, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Or, you may ask us on Facebook!

In love with your smile? Tell us all about it!

January 17th, 2012


As one of the largest and most established practices in the area, the office of Michael W. McCarthy, DDS, provides compassionate, caring dentistry to Camarillo and the surrounding areas. For over 25 years, Dr. Michael McCarthy and our team have helped improve and maintain the oral health of patients of all ages. We create a comfortable, high-tech office environment that puts patients at ease and generates confidence in our expertise.

Whether you've visited our office once for a cleaning, or have been coming here for years, we encourage you to recommend us on our Google Places page!

After all, your positive reviews and referrals help Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Cristen Lindal create more and more beautiful smiles here in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and surrounding areas!

Thank you in advance and enjoy the rest of your week! You may write your review here.

We appreciate your kind feedback!

This Year, Make a New Year’s Resolution to Smile About!

January 3rd, 2012

Let’s face it- when was the last time you managed to keep a New Year’s resolution? We at the office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal believe the key to sticking to a goal is picking one that is both reasonable and attainable. If you haven’t yet picked a New Year’s resolution, consider setting one that will improve your oral health!

For example, resolve to brush twice and floss once a day. Good oral hygiene only takes a few minutes a day, and can make a big difference in your oral health and overall health too! For more oral health-themed resolutions for you and your family, check out <a href="http://www.funtasticdental.com/articles/Prevention-article2.htm">this article</a>.

We would love to see what you come up with, share with us by commenting on this post or on our Facebook page. Whatever your New Year’s Resolution, we wish you the very best for 2012!

-Happy New Year, from your friends at the office of Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Lindal,

In love with your smile? Tell us all about it!

September 29th, 2011

As one of the largest and most established practices in the area, the office of Michael W. McCarthy, DDS, provides compassionate, caring dentistry to Camarillo and the surrounding areas. For over 25 years, Dr. Michael McCarthy and our team have helped improve and maintain the oral health of patients of all ages. We create a comfortable, high-tech office environment that puts patients at ease and generates confidence in our expertise.

Whether you've visited our office once for a cleaning, or have been coming here for years, we encourage you to recommend us on our Google Places page!

After all, your positive reviews and referrals help Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Cristen Lindal create more and more beautiful smiles here in Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard and surrounding areas!

Thank you in advance and enjoy the rest of your week! You may write your review here.

We appreciate your kind feedback!