Dental Tips Blog

Jan
29

How to Treat Bad Breath

If you are concerned about bad breath, or halitosis, you should see your dentist as he or she will be able to help you diagnose the causes. There are several ways that you can prevent bad breath, though, and these should be done on a regular basis.

The first and most important way to prevent bad breath is to have a healthy mouth. Brush twice a day, and floss once a day for optimal dental health. See your dentist at least twice a year for routine exams and dental cleanings. Do not forget to brush your tongue, as bacteria live on your tongue and when you breathe out, odors can form. When you brush, pay close attention to the back of your mouth and the inside of your teeth.  Brush for at least two minutes twice a day.  If you are a denture wearer, make sure you are removing your dentures for at least four hours every night and cleaning them thoroughly between use.

You should never use candy or mints or gum to treat bad breath.  Increasing sugar amounts that live in your mouth will increase the risk of tooth decay, and this can cause further bad breath.  If you are going to chew gum or eat candy, sugar-free or sugarless brands should be used.

For infrequent bad breath, a mouthwash can be used. However, you should know that this will only mask the odor and not treat the problem. If you cannot eliminate your bad breath with a good brushing and flossing, you should consult your dentist.

Aug
6

Preventative Dental Care Saves Money

Millions of Americans do not get the dental care they need in part because they believe they cannot afford it.  This idea is understandable, especially given that about half of all Americans are not covered by dental insurance and even those who have coverage often have high deductibles and co-payments.

However, the reality is that dental care can be much more affordable than most people think and there is some dental care such as preventative dental care that you simply cannot afford to skip.  In fact, dental care is one of those areas where you have to spend a little to save a lot.  Many people make the mistake of trying to save money by not going to the dentist for regular dental cleanings and checkups.  They only go to the dentist when they have a problem and their teeth or gums are sore and bleeding.

This is a huge mistake not only for your dental health but also for your finances. More than anything else, you can save big on dental care by having your teeth cleaned and examined by your dentist at least once and preferably twice a year.  Regular cleanings and checkups avoid tooth decay and gum disease.  In addition, if any tooth decay or gum disease starts to form, your dentist can take care of it easily and inexpensively when it is caught early.

By waiting until your teeth hurt to see the dentist, all you are doing is guaranteeing that you will need extensive costly dental treatment.  By the time tooth decay causes your teeth to hurt, you are likely to need more than a simple filling.  You may need a crown or a root canal to restore the tooth or you may have so much damage due to gum disease that the tooth cannot be saved.

At this point you will need treatment for gum disease followed by dental implants, a bridge, or a partial denture.  All of these are far more costly than what you would have paid for regular, routine dental care.  Do yourself and your wallet a favor-get regular preventative dental care and save money while enjoying excellent oral health.

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