Dental Tips Blog

Sep
25

The Ugly Truths Behind Bad Breath

Whether you are out on a date or snuggling in bed with your spouse, bad breath can be a surefire turn off. Bad breath, medically referred to as halitosis, can be a sign of poor oral hygiene and other health problems. Foods that you eat as well as unhealthy lifestyle habits can also contribute to bad breath.

Poor hygiene habits are a leading cause of bad breath. Without consistent brushing and flossing, food particles remain in your mouth that promote bacterial growth between your teeth, around your gums, and around your tongue. When this bacteria spreads, it begins to decay in your mouth which causes bad breath. Most Duluth dentists will tell you that while brushing your teeth is important, it’s flossing that is essential to a healthy mouth. Flossing is the only way to remove bacteria-loving food particles from between your teeth.

Smoking and chewing tobacco-based products also cause bad breath. Nicotine builds up along your gum line causing stains and making it difficult to remove plaque buildup. Without the removal of plaque, bacteria continue to grow and spread all over your mouth, resulting in bad breath.

Foods you eat also affect your breath. Garlic and onions are two of the most common culprits, but other foods with a strong odor also affect your breath. Strong odors from foods will remain in your mouth until they have been fully digested and have passed through your body. While brushing and flossing may help reduce the smell, they are only masking the odor.

The gum disease, gingivitis, is commonly a result of persistent bad breath. Ongoing halitosis may be a warning sign of plaque buildup within your mouth. When untreated, the bacteria mentioned above thrive and decays. The bacteria cause toxins to form in the mouth that can result in gum disease.

Taking proper care of your teeth and gums may not guarantee your success in the romance department, but it’s one step in the right direction. And it’s a step that you can make today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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Sep
25

Bridging the Gap

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Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of a false tooth (or teeth) in between two crowns. The crowns act as anchors supported by existing teeth to hold the bridge in place. People get dental bridges for different reasons. Esthetically, they can restore your smile and maintain the natural shape of your face. Practically speaking, dental bridges help to restore the ability to properly chew and speak by distributing the forces in your bite properly. Dental bridges also help to hold your existing teeth in place so that they don’t shift position and cause other oral problems.

While multiple visits to your Duluth dentist may be necessary, you will start with two basic procedures. For the first one, your “anchor” teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of the enamel for the crown to be fitted to. Impressions of your teeth will be made so that your dentist will have a model from which to create your bridge. A temporary bridge will be given to you to wear to protect your exposed teeth and gums. During your next visit, your temporary bridge will be removed so that they permanent bridge can be placed and adjusted for a proper fit. Any further visits (other than your regularly scheduled cleanings, of course) will depend on how your bridge placement is working for you.

With consistent good oral hygiene, your dental bridge can last fifteen years or longer. Most dental insurance plans will cover a percentage of your bridge procedure, which is a huge benefit to most people. If you have missing teeth and would like more information about a dental bridge, please call us. We are here to bridge the gap from a less than stellar smile to a radiant one.

Posted on behalf of Nukoa Family Dentistry

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