Bad Breath

Are you riddled with bad breath? Are you embarrassed to talk, keeping your mouth closed tightly to keep the bad smell inside? Do you avoid sitting close to people and talking to them? Do people avoid you when you talk? If so, you may have a problem with bad breath.

Luckily, there are ways to prevent bad breath. Here are some ways that may work for you:

  • Pick up the slack on your home care. Everyone knows that teeth need to be brushed twice a day. People also know that they should floss daily. However, sometimes life gets in the way, and they don’t take care of their teeth like they should. An effective way to prevent bad breath is by brushing and flossing regularly. If you already brush twice a day and floss once a day, doing them both more often will help with your bad breath.
  • Don’t forget about your tongue. Bacteria, plaque, and other things can build up on your tongue, adding to your bad breath. You should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. You can also use a tongue scraper, which is even better at removing all of the stinky build up on your tongue.
  • Use a good mouthwash. Mouthwash has several purposes. It is used to clean out the remaining bacteria and plaque after brushing. It helps to kill bacteria. Most mouthwashes come in different scents so that you can make your breath smell better.
  • Kick the bad habits of smoking and chewing tobacco. Smoking and tobacco use can cause a lot of bad breath (along with other health problems), so you should try to stop. It is really good to quit, not only for oral health but also for your general health.
  • Don’t use after-dinner mints. After-dinner mints may help with your breath, but they are not good for you. Bacteria thrive on sugar, so the mint can actually make the problem of bad breath worse. If you are concerned about your breath after meals, chew sugarless gum instead.
  • See your dentist regularly. Dental problems can cause bad breath, so routine visits will ensure that your mouth is healthy and any problems are dealt with promptly. Also, professional cleanings will help get rid of extra tartar and build up, especially in areas that you can’t reach.

You may be concerned about your bad breath, but by following some of these simple tips you don’t have to let your bad breath ruin your life. Brush and floss regularly and be sure to visit your dentist every six months. To really freshen up your breath, use mouthwash and sugarless gum too!

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is very common in adults. It is caused by the buildup of bacteria and plaque in our mouths. Without routine brushing and flossing, it continues to build up, forming tartar. Periodontal disease gets worse the longer it is left untreated.

The first sign of periodontal disease is red and swollen gums. Most people say their gums bleed easily, even when they are just brushing their teeth. Some have trouble eating because their teeth are so sensitive. They may start to lose teeth. Often people with periodontal disease have really bad breath.

Periodontal disease is diagnosed through an examination of your teeth. Dentists may also look further by probing your mouth, looking for trouble areas. An x-ray is a nice way to see the progression of the disease.

The treatment for periodontal disease depends on how far along the disease has progressed. It is always important to start with a good professional cleaning. This is necessary to remove the tartar from your mouth and underneath your gums. Your dentist may recommend that you use an antibacterial mouth rinse after you brush your teeth. Sometimes antibiotics are necessary to get rid of the disease.

Once your periodontal disease is under control, good home care with brushing and flossing should help to keep it from coming back. You may want to continue using an antibacterial mouth rinse to help with any bacteria that brushing may miss. It also will help give you minty fresh breath!

Routine examinations by your dentist will help to ensure you have a healthy smile of which you can be proud. Just because you get the disease under control does not mean it won’t come back. It is very important to get back in the habit of brushing your teeth and taking good care of your mouth so it can stay healthy.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most commonly requested procedures is teeth whitening. Everyone wants to have a perfectly white, beautiful smile, and we are glad to help. There are many options to whiten your teeth.

Some can be done at home, though we recommend a thorough examination with x-rays first before whitening your teeth to ensure your mouth is healthy. If you have gum disease (or another disease) that is causing your teeth to be discolored, teeth whitening won’t work until you take care of the underlying problem.

There are many options to whiten your teeth, though most people prefer to whiten their teeth at home. At-home whitening is often cheaper and easier to do. Many patients use whitening toothpastes, though that can take a really long time to get results. There are also strips and trays you can use at home if you want to try that first. It still can take weeks (and multiple applications of whitening products) before you see any changes in the color your teeth.

Your best bet for teeth whitening is at a dentist’s office. We are able to use stronger solutions of hydrogen peroxide than you can at home. The results are often much better and quicker than if you were to try whitening at home. You can often see results before you even leave our office.

Though it can be more expensive, it is easier to get teeth whitening done at our office. It helps to keep the mess out of your home. Some of the products used to whiten your teeth at home can be quite unpleasant. You may have trays that don’t fit your mouth. Many people complain about the taste of the solution and never complete the whole teeth whitening process, which doesn’t help at all!

People also prefer to do their own teeth whitening so that they don’t have to spend a lot of time in our office. They prefer to spend shorter amounts of time at home than to come in for a long appointment. However, all it takes is a few hours, and you can have noticeably whiter teeth!

If you are concerned about the color of your teeth and would like to talk to us about whitening them (either here or at home), we are here to help!