Dental Tips Blog

Oct
19

Prevent Bad Breath with These 5 Tips from a Dentist

Posted in Bad Breath

Companies that market toothpaste or chewing gum claim that their products are the key to fresh breath. But there are more effective ways to keep your breath sweet-smelling.

Read on to find out what oral health experts recommend to help control halitosis.

  1. Brush and Floss Daily

Good oral hygiene is the biggest deciding factor in breath freshness. If you’re bothered by bad breath, see if your oral hygiene routine could use some improvement.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Did you know that having dry mouth can make your breath smell? Instead of just masking odor with a sugary breath mint, try having a couple glasses of water.

  1. Clean Your Tongue

Missing your tongue may be the main cause of your bad breath. Germs on your tongue can flourish and produce foul odors if you don’t clean it daily. A toothbrush or tongue cleaner both work fine.

  1. Make Some Diet Changes

Cutting back on a few items may help you enjoy fresher breath. Try to limit the following smelly items in your diet as far as your general health allows:

  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Garlic and onions
  • Strong-smelling fish
  • Dairy
  • Sugar (contributes to the growth of stinky dental plaque)
  1. Chew on Natural Breath-Fresheners

Mints and chewing gum do provide a boost of freshness for your breath. But the sugar content and other added ingredients may make your mouth more dried out and smelly than it was to begin with.

Dentists recommend chewing on sugar-free gum and candy. Alternatively, go the natural route and chew on herbs and spices such as cloves, parsley, or fennel. These items won’t put your teeth at risk of decay.

See your dentist for more help in managing bad breath.

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

Sep
11

Bad Breath—A Sign You’re at Risk for Stroke?

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One unfortunate episode of halitosis can have major social repercussions. But bad breath could even be a sign of something far more serious—a high risk for stroke.

The Connection Between Gum Disease and Stroke Risk

Recent studies have strengthened a link that’s been proven between gum disease and other health problems including stroke.

One study in particular showed that those who regularly visit the dentist have a 50% less chance of having a stroke than those who don’t. And further research revealed that those with inflammatory gum disease are nearly three times more likely to have a stroke than those without the disease.

The evidence is strong that chronic gum disease increases the risk of stroke. Additionally, the bacteria that cause gum disease and gum inflammation have been found in the plaque deposits inside arteries.

So what does any of this have to do with bad breath?

Bad Breath and Stroke Risk

Gum disease affects some 80% of adults in the United States. It occurs in varying degrees. Some people only suffer the occasional bout of gingivitis while others develop a more serious form called periodontitis.

Periodontitis is when the tissues in the gums, ligaments, and surrounding bone start to break down in a reaction to plaque bacteria. As the tissues become swollen and inflamed, they pull away from tooth roots and start to rot.

This results in teeth loosening up and producing an extremely foul odor.

If you suffer from chronic bad breath, then it’s possible that advancing gum disease is the cause. See your local dentist for a checkup to see what you can do to lower your risk for gum disease and the ensuing complications like stroke.

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

Sep
11

Are You Throwing Your Money Away on Mouthwash?

Posted in Bad Breath

Using a mouthwash can help you feel like you’re doing a really thorough job with your oral hygiene.

But unless you make an informed choice about your mouthwash, you may just be wasting your money on an utterly useless product.

What a Good Mouth Rinse Should Do

A mouthwash isn’t just a breath-freshener. The strong flavorings do help cover up halitosis (bad breath), but those effects are temporary. The real benefits come in when the product contains antibacterial agents that help slow down the growth of germs in the first place.

Mouth rinses labeled “antiplaque” or “antigingivitis” contain those agents that fight plaque growth. Less plaque means fresher breath and healthier gums.

Many mouthwash formulas also contain fluoride, a mineral essential for preventing tooth decay and strengthening enamel.

What’s in Your Mouthwash?

The unfortunate fact is that not all mouthwash formulas are created equal, but they’re packaged in similarly attractive bottles. At first glance, one brightly-colored bottle of liquid might not seem that different from the next.

Take a closer look at the label next time you shop for mouthwash. If you don’t see anything like:

  • Cetylpyridinium chloride
  • Essential oils (menthol and eucalyptol)
  • Fluoride

Or any other “active ingredients” listed, then that mouthwash may not do much good.

Some rinses are little more than food dye and flavoring mixed with alcohol and water. This solution leaves a tingling burn and temporary fresh scent, but it doesn’t do anything to your mouth besides dry it out.

Stop wasting your money on products that don’t benefit your teeth or gums! Talk with your local dentist or dental hygienist for advice on choosing the right mouthwash for you and your family.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Apr
20

Is Your Bad Breath Caused by Gum Disease?

Posted in Bad Breath

The occasional bout of bad breath can be annoying and embarrassing. But halitosis may also be a sign of a serious underlying problem.

For example, did you know that bad breath can be a sign of gum disease? Here are some indications that your foul breath might merit a trip to the dental office.

Your Gums Are Looking Puffy or Redder Than Usual

Gum disease causes inflammation in the tissues around teeth. This means that there are likely some signs of swelling or redness in the gums. Add to these symptoms a decaying odor, and you may very well have an infection in your gingiva.

The Smell Never Goes Away

Bad breath is often due to lingering food odors or plaque bacteria. If the cause of your stench is that simple, then brushing your teeth should take care of it.

Halitosis caused by gum disease, however, won’t go away no matter how much mouthwash you swish around.

People Avoid Standing Near You When You Talk

We all naturally back away when blasted with a full-force wave of halitosis. But if most people who know you find excuses to keep their heads turned away whenever you start a conversation, that means your breath has a bad reputation. Folks are prepared to avoid it!

If your bad breath doesn’t just give off the occasional funky odor but consistently sends others running away, then that could be a sign of a chronic health issue like gum disease.

Don’t leave your gum health to chance – it’s closely linked to your overall health. See a dentist or periodontist right away for a periodontal evaluation and help conquering your halitosis.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Apr
17

How to Get Rid of Tonsil Stones

Posted in Bad Breath

Tonsil stones, or tonsiliths, are small deposits that form in pits on tonsils and other areas in the throat. These deposits are a combination of food, bacteria, and other debris found in the mouth. They form over time and can harden or calcify if they aren’t removed.

Not everyone gets tonsil stones but if you do, then you know how challenging they can be. Tonsil stones can cause halitosis (bad breath) and a foul taste in the mouth. If you get large stones, they can be difficult to remove. Stones may even dislodge on their own and you might cough them up at inopportune times.

Here are a few methods you can try to remove these stones before they cause you trouble.

Gargle

Gargling with saltwater and/or a mouthwash on a regular basis will flush away debris from your throat and reduce bacteria.

Cotton Swabs or Toothbrush

Daring individuals with control over their gag reflex can use tools to physically scoop out tonsil stones. If you go this route, choose a tool that won’t scrape your tonsils and that you can’t accidentally choke on.

Try a Water Flosser

Water flosser shoot out a gentle stream of water through a toothbrush-like device. This tool is easy to move around and blast away stones in your tonsils.

Improve Your Oral Hygiene

A plaque-filled oral environment provides more bacteria for creating tonsil stones. You may experience fewer stones if you brush, floss, and rinse daily.

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

Apr
11

4 Ways to Get Rid of Garlic Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Garlic is healthy and a delicious ingredient in meals, but it’s also notorious for lingering on the breath. What can you do to keep the noxious odors from sabotaging your reputation? Try one (or two or three) of the following suggestions.

Brush Your Tongue

Brushing your teeth after a garlicky meal can help get rid of lingering odors, but make sure you get your tongue, too. That’s where a lot of smelly germs and debris end up. A clean tongue will reduce your chances of having bad breath.

Rinse with Minty Mouthwash

No toothbrush handy? Rinse with mouthwash. Choose one with a powerfully minty flavor to mask your garlic breath for as long as possible.

Chew an Herb or Spice

Fresh herbs and whole spices work very well at minimizing stinky breath after a meal. Parsley, cloves, and fennel are great natural breath-fresheners.

Eat Fresh Mint, Apples, or Lettuce

Did you know that garlic breath can continue long after you’ve brushed your teeth? That’s because the smelly compounds in garlic enter your bloodstream, transfer from the blood to the air in your lungs, and are released back out your mouth when you exhale.

To treat your garlic breath at the source, you need to eat a food with enzymes that help break down garlic’s odorous compounds before they can reach your lungs. Research indicates that fresh mint, apple slices, and lettuce can do the trick. Eat one of these foods immediately after your garlicky meal and you should be able to avoid having dragon breath for the rest of the day!

Consult with a dentist offering halitosis treatment if you suspect your bad breath is caused by more than just your diet.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Jan
27

Why and How You Should Clean Your Tongue

Posted in Bad Breath

Your tongue is a very important muscle. It helps you taste, speak, chew, and swallow. But it also hides bacteria! Just like your teeth, your tongue deserves a daily cleaning.

Why Clean Your Tongue?

You may have noticed that your tongue is covered in bumps called papillae. Papillae help you sense textures and contain taste buds. They also provide the perfect hideouts for biofilm and other types of bacterial growth.

These germs give off noxious compounds that cause bad breath. Additionally, no matter how well you brush and floss, if you don’t clean your tongue, all that bacteria will come right back on your teeth within minutes after brushing.

Rinsing is not enough to clean your tongue. Antibacterial mouthwash only kills a few germs on the surface. You have to physically remove the film and food debris from off your tongue to get it really clean.

How to Clean Your Tongue?

Brushing is one method. There’s no need to be rough –  just scrub enough to loosen debris. Using a tongue scraper is another good option. A scraper is a thin flexible metal or plastic band that you pull gently over the surface of your tongue from back to front. Rinse it off after each pass.

Brush or scrape your tongue twice a day if bad breath plagues you. Stay hydrated with lots of water since dry mouth promotes bacterial growth and halitosis. Chew on sugar-free gum to stimulate a cleansing and hydrating saliva flow and to keep breath fresh.

Despite having a clean tongue, halitosis (bad breath) could indicate there’s a more serious issue such as gum disease or tooth decay. Contact your dentist for more oral hygiene tips and a dental health checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Aug
2

5 Causes of Bad Breath in Kids

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Wondering why your child’s breath smells so bad? There are a few possible reasons to consider.

  1. Poor Oral Hygiene

If your child has a lot of plaque bacteria and food debris in his or her mouth, this is most likely the cause of the stench. Tooth brushing and flossing are critical to removing plaque buildup and keeping breath fresh. Your child may need more help with maintaining a good routine of oral hygiene.

  1. Digestive Trouble

Bad breath could have its roots in a more serious issue. Digestive problems, for example, may be to blame. Indigestion and lactose intolerance are a couple possibilities.

  1. Cavities

A cavity is an actively rotting tooth. Your child’s foul breath could be an indication that they have a few spots of active decay in need of treatment.

  1. Infection and Allergies

An infection in the mouth or sinus drainage may give off a strong odor. Sinus infection can also lead to dry mouth and an increase in bacteria, both of which make breath stink.

  1. Dry Mouth

Have you noticed that your child’s mouth looks a little dry? Dehydration, certain medications, allergies, or just a habit of mouth-breathing can dry out oral tissues. Without sufficient saliva, you child’s oral environment will host more smelly germs.

What to Do About Bad Breath in Kids

Help your kids stay hydrated with plenty of water to avoid dry mouth. Sweet drinks will only promote the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Teach your children about the importance of good oral hygiene and help them brush and floss daily.

Lastly, schedule a visit to the dental office to find out what specifically could be causing your child’s bad breath.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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

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