James C. Calcagno, DDS

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blog-logoBad breath is a topic that concerns most people, so what causes it? Bad breath ( oral malodor) is most often caused by odor causing bacteria or an infection in the mouth. The tongue can act as a shag carpet trapping bacteria. When this layer of bacteria is not removed, it can cause a smell. Tools such as tongue scrapers can remove this film; keeping the oral cavity cleaner and improving the taste and smell.


Gum disease which is the inflammation of our gums and supporting tissues can also be a contributor to bad breath. Harmful bacteria which are anaerobic (not requiring oxygen), live under the gums and maybe difficult to treat. Daily flossing, proper tooth brushing, and professional cleanings performed by the dentist or dental hygienist is required to remove deposits under the gums and remove this harmful bacteria.


If bad breath still exists after good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, a medical examination by a physician may be necessary. Internal factors concerning the gastrointestinal or medical illnesses such as sinus infections, diabetes, liver and kidney disorders, acid reflux, and other diseases may be contributing to the odor. If you are noticing an odor on your breath or have been told that you have bad breath, consult with your dentist or hygienist. Should the problem still exist after proper oral hygiene, a referral to your medical doctor may be necessary.


Written by: Camile Periat, RDH and James Calcagno, DDS

Client Testimonials

The entire staff is excellent in delivering the highest quality dental care under the guidance of Dr. Calcagno. I drive from San Jose to see the Calcagno team. They are, far and away, the very best.5stars
Camille is very professional and excellent at what she does. She always makes me feel comfortable. Recently, someone tried to recruit my husband and I to their dental practice. I told my husband; "no Camille, no deal!" My experience with Dr. Calcagno and his staff has made the experience of "going to the dentist," pleasurable. Thank you.5stars


Dr Calcagno has been my dentists for over 20 years. He and his entire staff will always spend time to have everything explained to you and what all the possible options are. They will treat you like family, need I say more!5stars
I always have a great experience at Dr. Calcagno's office. Dr. Calcagno and his Staff are always very caring and positive. It is a wonderful environment and always love to go back to his office. They have taken care of all my dental needs and go above and beyond for their clients. 5stars
Always satisfied with the expert service from Dr. Calcagno and his very qualified staff.5stars


As always, a very pleasant, relaxing visit..this team is the best! And Dr.Calcagno their suburb leader!5stars
My dental hygenist does an excellent job of cleaning my teeth in a thorough and efficient manner. The dentist exam is also thorough and I appreciate that he keeps me informed about areas of concern and what his plan of action is.5stars
The dental asst always makes me feel so comfortable so my anticipation is never stressful. I thought i was going to need a crown or at the least a new filling but he was able to repair the tooth... Thank you Dr. Calcagno and staff.5stars


As always!!!...the best care a patient can receive. Dr. Calcagno, you and your staff have my healthcare at the top of your mission. Thank you for a wonderful visit and keeping my smile, smiling!!! Enjoy your work days and keep those smiles coming.5stars
I love this dental office! The whole office is so professional yet super friendly. The office staff sets the tone by knowing exactly who you are when you walk in the door. The hygienist does the best job ever, and the doctor is super friendly at the same time explaining the best course of action to correct any problems without feeling any pressure. I highly recommend this dental office!5stars


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