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

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

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

May
6

Allergy Season: What It Means For Your Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Springtime brings rain, beautiful new flowers, and wonderful weather to enjoy the weekend outdoors. But it also brings seasonal allergies. Nasal allergies and drainage in the back of the throat are one of the contributing factors of bad breath. Many people begin to find themselves experiencing a bad taste in their mouth, or their children having bad breath.

When we’re congested, we tend to breathe out of our mouths rather than breathe through our noses. Mouth breathing dries out the mouth and alters the oral flora, allowing it to also have more odors, especially when drainage is present. Treating the congestion (or preventing it) is essential. This pressure can also create the illusion of toothaches in the upper teeth, due to swelling of the sinuses, which push on the roots of the nearby teeth.

To improve bad breath related to allergies, always be sure to brush the tongue as well as the insides of the cheeks and lips. Adding a drop or two of essential oils can also freshen the breath for several hours. Try to avoid using over the counter mouthrinses that contain alcohol, as these will only dry the mouth out and compound the problem. Also avoid mints, which contain sugar and can multiply the levels of bacteria in the mouth.

Everyone’s allergies come in different severities. Some people find that taking an over the counter antihistamine works fine for them, while other people prefer to use local honey, or may even have to get regular allergy shots. Whatever method you use, if the allergies persist, be sure to see your doctor for an opinion.

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

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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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Mar
26

What is Halitosis?

Posted in Periodontics

If you have ever heard the term “halitosis,” you probably wondered what it means. Well, halitosis is simply the technical term for having bad breath. Did you know that over 80 million people suffer from halitosis? That is a big problem.  But there are many solutions and remedies that can be done to help.

Before solutions and remedies are discussed, let’s look at the causes first. Some of the causes of halitosis are poor oral hygiene, an infection, periodontal disease, food or drinks that are consumed, dry mouth syndrome, and several others. Want some good news? Some of these causes can be prevented!

To prevent halitosis or bad breath – learn to have better dental hygiene. This means work harder to brush, floss, and use mouthwash not only often but also effectively. Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist for some tips! You can also prevent halitosis by watching what you eat and drink. This means limit your sodas and garlic or other types that can create bad breath. And last but not least if you are a smoker, consider quitting immediately. Smoking increases your halitosis as well.

If you are having a lot of difficulty with your halitosis, please schedule an appointment with your dentist for a routine check-up. Your dentist will be able to examine to see if there are any underlying issues. Also, your dental professional will be able to give you more tips to help with the halitosis. It is very important to keep routine appointments with your dental professional!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Juban, Juban Dental Care

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Dec
3

Simple Ways to Freshen Your Breath

Posted in Gum Disease

Freshening your breath isn’t just about using popular mouth rinses or gums. There are some very practical steps you can take to help eliminate bad breath and prevent it from recurring. The #1 cause of halitosis is bacteria in your mouth, so eliminating or reducing bacterial levels is extremely important when you want to prevent your bad breath from coming back.

Most bad-breath bacteria hide on the surface of your tongue. Thousands of small papilla on your tongue’s surface allow bacteria to build-up and emit odor as they begin to break down. Brushing your tongue helps, but using a tongue scraper is even better. This thin plastic device is drug over your tongue, starting in the back and working your way to the front, and visibly removes large amounts of bacterial deposits. You’ll be amazed when you use one for the first time!

Untreated gum disease can cause breath to be so bad that it can be smelt across the room. In addition to flossing each day to remove food buildup, it’s important for you to have a professional cleaning so that deep tartar and bacteria can be completely eliminated from existing gum pockets. Otherwise you’ll not only have bad breath, you’ll also be at risk to lose your teeth.

Utilizing essential oils can be very effective at instantly giving your breath a freshened boost. Just a drop or two of peppermint essential oil, or an oral-blend can bring instant minty breath that lasts for hours. Put it on your toothbrush and use it along with toothpaste twice each day, and you’ll notice tremendous results.

Bad breath can also be the result of allergies, medication, or an underlying health condition. If halitosis persists, be sure to talk to your dentist.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers

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Oct
23

Chronic Bad Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Chronic bad breath, which is also known as halitosis, is a condition that negatively impacts a patient’s personal and professional life.  In addition, it can also be a sign of a serious dental or other health issue.  A dental professional should be consulted to determine if the cause of the halitosis is bacteria in the patient’s mouth or if there is another cause.

The dentist will first perform a thorough examination of the patient’s mouth to determine the patient’s overall dental health.  As most cases of chronic bad breath are a result of bacteria, the dentist will discuss the patient’s oral hygiene and make sure that they are brushing and flossing at home on a daily basis. In addition, the dentist will make sure that the patient is brushing the roof of their mouth, as well as their tongue.

After the dental exam, the dentist will be looking for such things as sinus infections or uncontrolled diabetes, both of which can cause bad breath.  In addition, the dentist will discuss any medications the patient is taking, as certain medications can cause dry mouth.  This is significant because bacteria cannot be washed away when the mouth is dry, leading to a build up of bacteria in the mouth!

Depending upon the results of the dentist’s findings, they will take steps to treat both the underlying cause and the symptoms of the patient’s bad breath.  In cases where the dentist feels that the causes are not a result of a medical condition, they will refer the patient to the appropriate medical doctor for treatment.  In most cases, chronic bad breath is easily treated once the cause is determined.  There is no need for a patient’s personal and professional life to be negatively impacted by their breath!

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

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