Dental Tips Blog

Jan
7

How Mouth Breathing Affects Your Smile

Posted in Bad Breath

There is an unfortunate stigma attached to the habit of breathing through your mouth. But rather than being a gauge of intelligence and/or a sign of a social failure, mouth breathing is an indicator that something is interfering with the way your body normally breathes.

Mouth breathing can be caused by:

  • Nasal obstruction
  • Large tonsils
  • Inflammation
  • Common cold
  • Allergies
  • Sinus infection

Even the way the lips and/or tongue are attached to the mouth can cause mouth breathing. If these are positioned uncomfortably, it can be hard for the lips to stay closed together naturally, and if the mouth is open, air will pass through.

The Effects on the Mouth

Why is mouth breathing bad? The air is filtered differently when you breath constantly through your mouth. The byproduct tends to increase the acidity of your blood and saliva. This results in your teeth swimming in a more acidic environment, putting them at risk for cavities.

But the “swimming” may not happen much, at all.

Mouth breathing also tends to dry out the oral tissues. A dry environment will make your gums uncomfortable, while increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Dry mouth also leads to halitosis (stinky breath).

What to Do

There’s often not much you can do if your body is already anatomically predisposed to mouth breathing. But, your dentist can provide you with tooth-strengthening treatments to combat increased cavity risk. A minor surgery could even correct the position of your lips or tongue. It’s also a good idea to see your doctor about any chronic sinus issues or enlarged tonsils.

Schedule a visit to your dentist today for help controlling the effects of mouth breathing.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Nov
27

Why is My Breath so Horrible?

Posted in Bad Breath

When you’ve tried different breath-freshening products time and again, it can be so frustrating to have persistent bad breath. The reason you still struggle is that bad breath cannot be effectively masked. It must be treated at the source -and you just might have your gums to thank for that!

What Do My Gums Have to Do with This?

Bad breath is typically the result of bacteria in the mouth creating an odor. The more you let bacteria grow, the stinkier your breath gets. So poor oral hygiene is a common cause of bad breath.

But it can get worse.

Plaque bacteria that is not flossed and brushed away will eventually cause gums to get inflamed and break down. This is called periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease. Periodontitis is what happens when your gums become infected because of bacteria. This process can create some very strong and unique smells.

Fight Back!

It’s never too late to improve your oral hygiene routine. In fact, by making some adjustments to your routine, you can prevent gum disease from affecting you in the first place. However, you can’t do this alone. You need to have your gums assessed for signs of disease. This is where the dental expert comes in. A professional dental cleaning will give you a clean slate to work with.

Fresh Breath: A Sign of Health

Don’t forget to schedule a tooth and gum consultation with your local dentist. The sooner you take action, the quicker you can get a handle on your breath concerns.

So stop trying to mask the problem. Face it down with a little help and start enjoying a new take on life!

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd. #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7177

Nov
25

5 Tips to Freshen Your Breath Naturally

Posted in Bad Breath

You might be surprised to learn that freshening your breath doesn’t always mean adding something to your mouth. A lot “breath fresheners” include ingredients that can make your breath even worse.

The following five tips should give you a good handle on good breath:

  1. Keep Your Mouth Clean

Bad breath is most frequently linked to plaque bacterial buildup. Lots of brushing will keep the action of stinky germs to a minimum! Make sure to floss daily to get those bits brushing misses.

  1. Drink Lots of Water

A dry mouth tends to hold onto the smells of everything you eat…as well as all those smelly bacteria. Staying hydrated helps your mouth stay clean and fresh. Choose water over drinks high in caffeine, acid, and sugar. These things are what encourage bad breath.

  1. Go Green (Herbs, That Is)

Chewing on some fresh herbs is a pleasant way to freshen your breath minus the sugar that comes in a lot of gum and lozenges. Instead of a minty sweet, try chewing on a sprig of mint, itself. Parsley is also a nice option.

  1. Spice is Nice

If you want something potent to mask all that garlic you just ate, try crunching on a dried spice such as:

  • Clove
  • Cardamom
  • Fennel

These spices are sugar-free, natural, and strong – perfect for bad breath.

  1. Check Your Gut Reaction

Your mouth tends to reflect whatever you put in it. The foods you eat could be adversely affecting your digestion. Persistent bad breath can be a sign of gastrointestinal issues. Ask your doctor about any possible underlying causes for foul breath.

Visit your dentist for a full dental check-up and learn more about how to keep your breath kissably fresh.

Posted on behalf of:
Springhurst Hills Dentistry
10494 Westport Rd Suite 107
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 791-8358

Aug
1

5 Causes of Bad Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

We all have those bad days where we need a mint or piece of gum to cover up dragon breath!

But the best way to treat halitosis (bad breath) is to attack the source. Investigating these possibilities could help you make your breath a whole lot sweeter!

Stomach Problems

Gastric issues such as acid reflux can create an acidic and smelly environment in the mouth. You might be aware that your bouts of bad breath may simply be the side effect of a condition you are dealing with. Conversely, your bad breath could be an indication that you should see your doctor for a checkup.

Congestion and Sinus Issues

Even a common cold can give you bad breath. When your nose is blocked up, you tend to breathe through your mouth more. Mouth breathing dries out your mouth and encourages bad breath. A nasty upper respiratory infection in itself can also affect the quality of the air you breathe out.

Smelly Foods

Foods like onions, garlic, coffee, and tuna have a serious reputation for lingering on the breath! These potent foods stay in your system for quite some time after you’ve eaten.

Poor Oral Hygiene

If you don’t brush and floss as recommended, the buildup of plaque bacteria will start to stink! Oral diseases like gum disease and tooth decay also have unique and pungent odors. Ask your dental hygienist or dentist for suggestions on improving your oral hygiene routine.

Dry Mouth

Some health conditions, cancer treatments, and medications are known to cause dry mouth. A dry environment is ideal for hosting all sorts of smelly germs. Talk with your dentist about saliva substitutes to keep your mouth fresh and comfortable.

Talking about bad breath doesn’t have to be embarrassing. Ask your dentist for help!

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325

Apr
6

How to Avoid Bad Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Nobody wants to have halitosis (chronic bad breath.) It can be embarrassing – even to discuss with your dentist. The good news is there are preventive measures you can take to avoid mouth malodor.

What causes bad breath?

Many times, bacteria building up in your mouth are the cause of bad breath. Then it triggers gum inflammation, infection, and give off foul odors. If you have food trapped in your tonsils, cavities or unclean dentures, these areas can create malodor as well.

Bad breath can also be an indication of an underlying medical condition. Some of those conditions include: acid reflux, chronic bronchitis, diabetes and liver disease. You should visit your medical doctor to rule out these other possible causes of bad breath.

Certain medications can cause dry mouth, which also can lead to bad breath. If you have dry mouth, talk to your dentist about a saliva substitute and a Sodium Fluoride rinse.

To improve your breath, your dentist will recommend:

  • Schedule a visit every 6 months for a cleaning and exam
  • Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day, preferably at night before you go to bed
  • Use a tongue scraper or your toothbrush to clean your tongue
  • Quit smoking or tobacco habits
  • Avoiding alcohol-containing mouth rinses

Don’t let bad breath get you down.

Staying hydrated is important for keeping your mouth clean. It’s a good idea to sip on water throughout the day to rinse away bacteria. But ultimately, you should also see your dentist. They can help you pinpoint the cause, and offer suggestions to help.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Mar
14

Horrible Halitosis

Posted in Bad Breath

Do friends take a step back, or even worse, turn their heads when you chat with them?  It’s rather embarrassing to discover you have bad breath – however, you’re not alone. More than 80 million people suffer from chronic halitosis, so it’s not unusual that you might be affected by it too.

Fighting Bad Breath

Halitosis can be caused by many things – such as a sinus infection, hormonal changes, or chronic diseases like diabetes, kidney failure and even acid reflux. In most cases though, bad breath simply begins in the mouth and is preventable by following a few tips:

  • Oral Hygiene – Are you brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly? Poor dental hygiene habits allow food particles to break down, forming odor-causing bacteria.  Your tongue harbors more bacteria than any other part of your body. If you’re not including tongue cleaning as part of your oral care routine, it might be contributing to your unpleasant breath.
  • Food – It’s no secret that certain foods affect your breath. Avoiding odor-causing foods such as onion, garlic and even some spices can prevent unwelcome halitosis.
  • Dry Mouth – Saliva plays an important role is washing away oral bacteria and food particles. Without enough saliva, odor-causing bacteria lingers and grows.
  • Tobacco Usage – Not only do tobacco products dry out your mouth, but they also create an unpleasant odor that’s difficult to mask, even with good dental hygiene habits.
  • Oral Infections – Bad breath can be a sign of a more serious problem:  an infection in your mouth. Mouth sores, periodontal disease and tooth decay can create an unpleasant odor that needs dental intervention.

The best way to fight halitosis is by seeing your dentist regularly, and by ruling out any potential dental problems that could cause it. Call today to make an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446

Mar
7

Four Causes of Halitosis

Posted in Bad Breath

Halitosis (chronic bad breath) can destroy your social life, relationships, and even affect your career choices. It’s a touchy subject to bring up, but your dentist is always available to help if bad breath is a concern.

Gum Disease

Periodontal disease can cause tooth loss, but it can also cause bad breath. Odorous bacteria reside along and under the gumlines, destroying bone and gum tissue. To prevent this from happening, brush and floss your teeth thoroughly along the gumlines. 

Health Problems

Conditions like acid reflux disease or even dietary imbalances may cause odorous bacteria to come back up into the mouth during digestion. Instead of self-medicating, it’s important to see your primary care provider to discuss the best way to manage imbalances and dietary conditions. 

Allergies

Nasal drainage in the back of the throat, along with mouth breathing can alter the flora inside of your mouth. Bad breath is a common side effect. Many adults see this in their children, when nasal congestion causes them to breath through their mouth throughout the day.

Mints or Mouth Rinses

Trying to cover up bad breath with mints, gums, or mouthrinses can make breath even worse. Alcohol-containing rinses dry out your mouth, altering the bacterial levels that affect your breath. Likewise, mints or gums can provide bacteria with sugar to eat on and produce more odorous bacteria.

Have your dentist examine your mouth to make sure it is free of infections or other conditions. Cleaning your tongue each day, drinking plenty of water and managing your health are essential. Schedule a cleaning to freshen your breath and enjoy a healthier smile.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

 

Feb
5

Three Ways to Freshen Your Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Bad breath can make a bad impression, ruin a date or just make you have a bad taste in your mouth. Managing the bacteria that cause bad breath is important. Here are a few important steps to keep in mind for fresher breath and a cleaner mouth:

Clean Your Tongue

90% of the bacteria that cause bad breath reside on your tongue. Brushing your tongue isn’t enough. Instead, use a soft tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the tongue’s surface. You will be amazed as what you see! 

Keep Allergies and Sinus Congestion in Check

Sinus drainage in the back of the throat is a huge contributing factor to bad breath. This is easily seen in children who are mouth breathers due to allergies. Taking an over the counter medication to improve airflow through your nose will help significantly. 

Have your Teeth Cleaned Regularly

Unmanaged gum disease typically results in a foul odor or taste in the mouth. Brushing and flossing simply aren’t enough to reverse this condition. A professional cleaning will remove calcified bacteria under the gumlines to improve healing and reverse the cause of the odor. 

Use Essential Oils

Over the counter mouthrinses may contain alcohol, drying your mouth out and making it harder to fight bad breath. Using pure essential oil blends that contain peppermint or spearmint can freshen your breath for hours. Simply place one or two drops on your toothbrush or in a small cup of water to use as a mouth rinse.

Remember that severe halitosis could be an indication of a serious health or dental problem. Seeing your dentist regularly can help you keep this in check and give you a reason to smile!

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Jul
17

Chronic Bad Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath should not be ignored. Beyond missing out on a first kiss, and beyond it affecting your professional life, chronic bad breath can be a sign of a serious dental health problem. Mouthwashes, gum, and mints will only mask chronic bad breath; they do not address the cause of the problem. Working with your dentist can help you pinpoint causes to your bad breath and can help to improve your breath.

The most common causes of chronic bad breath are related to diet and hygiene practices. Most cases of chronic bad breath are caused by the presence of bacteria in the mouth. When bacteria remains in the mouth, it will build and decay and will cause very bad breath. Practicing good oral hygiene at home can help tremendously to improve the smell of bad breath. By flossing daily, thoroughly brushing the teeth, and by visiting the dentist regularly can help to get chronic bad breath under control. Smoking and heavy alcohol consumption are also culprits to chronic bad breath. By cutting back on alcohol and by quitting smoking altogether, the enhancement in one’s breath can be astonishing.

Your dentist will work with you to determine the cause(s) of your bad breath. If there is a serious medical problem, your dentist can work with your regular physician to customize a treatment plan for you. If your chronic bad breath is causes by dry mouth, a moisturizing mouth spray may be prescribed to moisten the mouth and allow for the saliva to wash away the bacteria that causes bad breath.

You don’t have to live with the embarrassment of bad breath. Talk with your dentist for and evaluation and treatment options today.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center

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Jun
6

What is a Tongue Scraper?

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Tongue scrapers are small, flexible plastic devices that are used to help clean bacteria off of the tongue. The rough surface of the tongue harbors nearly 90% of all odor-causing bacteria in the entire mouth. Toothbrushes remove a small portion of this odorous bacteria, but the tiny papilla on the tongue make it difficult to remove all of it. Instead, the firm plastic scraper is used to remove a visible large amount of bacteria that will have you convinced that you’ll need to use it a few times each day.

To use a tongue scraper, place it at the back of the tongue and use moderate pressure as you pull it forward toward the front of the mouth. After one swipe, have a look to see just how much bacteria has been removed! Rinse the scraper off, and repeat these steps 2 or 3 more times.

Your mouth will feel much fresher after using a tongue scraper. The oral hygiene device can be used for a long period of time as long as it is cleaned regularly. Many different shapes, styles, and textures are available over the counter or at your dental office.

Removing bacteria from the tongue will only do so much. Other odorous bacteria hide under the gumlines, especially in patients with active gum disease. See your hygienist for routine cleanings twice each year. If you have periodontal disease, a deep cleaning may be needed to fully remove all of the plaque biofilm from your mouth. Allergies and sinus drainage can also contribute to bad breath. Ask your dentist or hygienist about fresh breath options that would work best for you.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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