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

Posted in Bad Breath

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

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

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

Apr
8

4 Signs It’s Time to See Your Dentist

Does that nagging in the back of your mind leave you unsure of whether or not you need to see a dentist? If you’re behind on your regular check-ups, it’s time to have your smile checked out; but some concerns can even pop up between your routine dental visits. Here are 4 signs that you ought to go ahead and make an earlier trip for a quick exam – just in case.

Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity can come in many different shapes and sizes. Types that your dentist may ask about include sensitivity to cold, heat, pressure, air, or touch. If sensitivity comes on suddenly and is painful, it’s best to have it checked out. 

Something “Doesn’t Feel Quite Right”

You know your body better than anyone else. Even if a tooth doesn’t hurt, people frequently come into the dental office saying a tooth feels “funny” or “not quite right,” only to find out that they were right. It’s best to take action right away, before the problem becomes more significant.

Chronic Bad Breath

Halitosis (bad breath) can be an indication of an underlying dental problem – such as an abscessed tooth or periodontal disease. If swelling, drainage, or tartar buildup is visible, the odor is likely due to bacterial infections that need to be addressed by your dentist.

Tooth Movement

Rapid or gradual tooth movements are an indication that something is going on under the gumlines and within the bone. Neglecting tooth movement can allow the teeth to fall out, wear down or break.

Thankfully some concerns turn out to be nothing minor at all! You only have one smile though, so make the smart decision to have problems like these checked out as soon as possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Springfield Lorton Dental Group
5419-C Backlick Rd
Springfield, VA 22151
(703) 256-8554

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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