Dental Tips Blog

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

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

Jun
6

What is a Tongue Scraper?

Posted in Bad Breath

Tongue scrapers are small, flexible plastic devices that are used to help clean bacteria off of the tongue. The rough surface of the tongue harbors nearly 90% of all odor-causing bacteria in the entire mouth. Toothbrushes remove a small portion of this odorous bacteria, but the tiny papilla on the tongue make it difficult to remove all of it. Instead, the firm plastic scraper is used to remove a visible large amount of bacteria that will have you convinced that you’ll need to use it a few times each day.

To use a tongue scraper, place it at the back of the tongue and use moderate pressure as you pull it forward toward the front of the mouth. After one swipe, have a look to see just how much bacteria has been removed! Rinse the scraper off, and repeat these steps 2 or 3 more times.

Your mouth will feel much fresher after using a tongue scraper. The oral hygiene device can be used for a long period of time as long as it is cleaned regularly. Many different shapes, styles, and textures are available over the counter or at your dental office.

Removing bacteria from the tongue will only do so much. Other odorous bacteria hide under the gumlines, especially in patients with active gum disease. See your hygienist for routine cleanings twice each year. If you have periodontal disease, a deep cleaning may be needed to fully remove all of the plaque biofilm from your mouth. Allergies and sinus drainage can also contribute to bad breath. Ask your dentist or hygienist about fresh breath options that would work best for you.

Posted on the behalf of Dr. Sarah Roberts, Crabapple Dental

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Jun
20

Sweeten Your Breath With a Dental Cleaning

Looking for a new job or just want to keep the one that you have? Hoping for a promotion, or an increase in salary? Dating? Married? Friends? Want to make a good first impression or leave a lasting bad impression? What are we talking about here? Bad breath!

Bad breath can occur on occasion, such as from the food that we eat, or it can be a chronic condition. Food, of course, is a primary source of bad odors that come from the mouth. Such foods as garlic, onions, spicy or exotic foods, fish, some cheeses, coffee or alcohol are the usual culprits. Although these smells can be pungent for a time, they seldom linger beyond a short time frame.

Sometimes food becomes stuck in the teeth, promoting bacterial growth. Smoking and chewing tobacco leave chemicals that remain in the mouth that not only are odorous but can cause gum disease or oral cancers. And, of course, various health problems such as sinus infections, colds, thrush, bronchitis, acid reflux, diabetes, lactose intolerance, liver or kidney diseases, and many medications all have the potential to cause bad breath.

Of primary concern, here, is the bad breath effect resulting from poor dental hygiene. Think, just for a moment, of the smell that builds up in your kitchen garbage can before it is taken out of the house. Simply put, when food rots it smells! Rotting food particles smell bad, whether it is left in your mouth or kitchen garbage can. Irregular or infrequent brushing or flossing allows a buildup of plaque, potentially causing periodontal (gum) disease. Left untreated, this will ultimately lead to tooth loss.

The moral of this story? See your dentist regularly for a routine dental cleaning.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers

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