Dental Tips Blog

Nov
12

Oral Hygiene Hacks for Better Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Tired of halitosis and breath malodor? Don’t rely on mints or alcohol-based mouthwashes…those could make the problem worse. Here are a few other tips to try to get that halitosis under control:

Add a Few Drops of Essential Oil to Your Toothbrush 

Essential oils like peppermint can make your breath feel fresh for hours. Add just one or two drops to your toothbrush once or twice a day, then brush as normal. Or, you can add the drops to a small cup of water to rinse and gargle with it for the same effect. 

Don’t Forget to Clean Your Tongue 

Approximately 90% of bad breath bacteria originates on the tongue. Have the right tools necessary to clean your tongue and you’ll be amazed at what you see come off. While a soft toothbrush is ok to use, a tongue cleaner/scraper is even better. 

Drink Lots of Water 

Water helps to keep your mouth lubricated while washing away excess bacteria. It doesn’t “break down” the way other drinks will, and as such, it won’t add to the problem. 

Treat Your Seasonal Allergies 

Nasal congestion and drainage at the back of your throat may be what’s causing you to have halitosis. If your physician recommends an over the counter allergy medication, be sure to take it every day…even if you think you won’t have a flare up.

If you’re also suffering from signs of gum inflammation or recession, or if your gums bleed when you floss, you could have periodontal disease. Untreated, gum disease can cause significant bad breath. Talk to your dentist to find out how they can help.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

Nov
8

Cure Halitosis in 5 Simple Steps

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You’ll be happy to learn that there’s nothing sensational about beating bad breath. There isn’t anything bizarre or difficult about conquering offensive odors in your mouth. Halitosis treatment is based on pure common sense and tested scientific methods.

These five tips will help you identify the root cause of noxious breath in different aspects of your life.

  1. Up The Hygiene

Remove the stench rather than mask it with a rinse. Dental plaque is made up of leftover food debris and bacteria that can produce a potent stench. Check to see if your plaque-removal routine needs some adjustment.

You should be:

  • Brushing your teeth at least twice a day
  • Brushing your tongue
  • Flossing daily 
  1. Switch To Water

A dehydrated mouth easily picks up bad smells. Get plenty of water and choose good old H2O over sugary and caffeinated drinks which will make your breath worse. Alcoholic mouth rinses could be just as bad!

  1. Cut Out Unhealthy Habits

Tobacco use and excessive alcohol use will take a toll on your breath. Your body (and your friends!) will thank you if you make changes to cut out harmful habits.

  1. See Your Doctor

Surprisingly, bad breath may not actually originate in your mouth. Some underlying health problems including acid reflux, respiratory infections, and liver and kidney problems can also contribute. Plan a checkup with your doctor if you suspect there’s more to your halitosis than dental concerns.

  1. Visit Your Dentist

A dental examination could reveal areas of disease or infection in teeth and gums that may contribute to a bad taste and smell. Your dentist can treat the problem which will in turn help you get rid of bad breath.

Schedule your dental visit today!

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

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?

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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

Aug
1

5 Causes of Bad Breath

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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

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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
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

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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

Apr
10

Chronic Bad Breath

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Let’s face it, bad breath can be just plain embarrassing. Chronic halitosis (bad breath) can have a seriously negative impact of your personal and professional life. From having people back away from you as you speak, or having people turn their faces away from you, to having loved ones avoid kisses from you – bad breath can really stink, pun intended. But what many people with chronic bad breath may not be aware of is that it can actually be a sign of a more serious health problem. Bad breath should not be ignored or masked with chewing gum or mouth wash. Chronic bad breath needs professional dental care to find its source and to help treat it.

For many people, bad breath is simply a sign of poor dental hygiene. When there is a heavy presence of bacteria in the mouth it can decay and cause the breath to stink. Often times, bad breath that is caused by this can be corrected by practicing good oral hygiene at home through brushing at least twice a day and flossing every day. Keeping regular dental appointments for cleanings and checkups is also a necessary part of promoting good oral health.

For some, chronic bad breath is a symptom of a much more serious problem. Prolonged sinus infections and uncontrolled diabetes often causes severe halitosis. Dry mouth that is triggered by certain medications can also lead to chronic bad breath. By seeing a dentist regarding halitosis conditions that need medical care are often brought to the attention of patients.

If you or a loved one suffers from chronic bad breath, make an appointment with your dentist. Together you can find out the cause of your halitosis and you can come up with a treatment plan that will help to minimize your chronic bad breath.

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

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Apr
9

Halitosis and You

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When you have halitosis, it’s hard to hide it.

Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath, occurs when the bacteria in your mouth is out of balance, leading to a foul odor that can cause people to avoid being near you. Even loved ones might turn away in disgust.

Halitosis can be caused by a number of things, the most common being food. Certain foods such as garlic, onions or certain types of spices can lead to bad breath. The smell can continue for more than a day, as the food passes through the digestive tract, is absorbed into the body and then is given off as a gas in the lungs.

Persistent, long term halitosis is usually a symptom of another more serious underlying health issue. Poor dental hygiene habits can lead to gingivitis, periodontal disease, dental carries or infections, all of which can lead to bad breath.  Other diseases, including cancer or acid reflux disease, can sometimes cause foul odors from the mouth.

Dry mouth is another concern, whether it is due medication or disease or breathing through the mouth.  Saliva helps to neutralize acidic bacteria, and without it, odors can run rampant. This is why people who snore often wake up with bad breath.

If you think you might have bad breath, ask someone you trust to take a whiff and let you know. Or, lick your forearm and then sniff the area with your mouth closed. If you smell anything afoul, you might have a problem.

Toothpaste, mouthwash and breath mints can be suitable temporary solutions to mask unpleasant odors. But if the bad breath persists despite these measures, it could be a sign of more serious issues.  In this case, you should seek a diagnosis from your dentist.

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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