June 16th, 2020
How To Reduce or Prevent Bad Breath
8 things you can do to get a better smelling mouth according to the May Clinic:
- Brush your teeth after you eat. Keep a toothbrush at work to use after eating. Always brush when you first wake up and make it the last thing you do before you hit the hay!
- Floss at least once a day. Proper flossing removes food particles and plaque from between your teeth, helping to control bad breath.
- Brush your tongue. Your tongue harbors bacteria, so carefully brushing it may reduce odors. People who have a coated tongue from a significant overgrowth of bacteria (from smoking or dry mouth, for example) may benefit from using a tongue scraper. Or use a toothbrush that has a built-in tongue cleaner.
- Clean your dentures or dental appliances. If you wear a removable partial or denture, clean it thoroughly at least once a day. If you have a retainer or mouthguard, clean it each time before you put it in your mouth and when you take it out.
- Avoid dry mouth. To keep your mouth moist, avoid tobacco and drink plenty of water -- not coffee, soft drinks or alcohol, which can lead to a drier mouth. Chew gum or suck on sugarless candy to stimulate saliva. For chronic dry mouth, your dentist or physician may prescribe an artificial saliva product to help stimulate the flow of saliva.
- Adjust your diet. Avoid foods such as onions and garlic that can cause bad breath. Eating a lot of sugary foods is also linked with bad breath.
- Regularly get a new toothbrush. Change your toothbrush when it becomes frayed, about every three to four months, and choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Schedule regular dental checkups. See your dentist on a regular basis -- generally twice a year to have your teeth or dentures examined and cleaned.
In addition to the above, consider starting a routine with a product like Phillips: Breath RX. Breath RX is a kit that comes with a mouthwash, toothpaste, tongue spray and tongue scraper. Just add flossing to the routine and you have a win-win for healthy gums AND Teeth! If you are concerned your breath is abnormal, please make an appointment today! We are here to help!
June 9th, 2020
Are you hiding more than germs under your mask?
Have you heard the new term "mask breath"?
Now that you're wearing a face mask, if you have noticed an unpleasant odor, it's likely caused by your own bad breath. This could have been something happening for quite some time but you never noticed because you weren't forced to notice. Now that your breath is "in your face" you can't ignore it.
How Can I Get Rid Of Bad Breath?
- Get on a solid oral hygiene routine:
- Brush at least twice a day
- Brush your tongue (especially toward the back)
- Gargle with antibacterial mouthwash (especially at night before bed)
- Floss daily
- Have your teeth and gums evaluated by Dr. Bryan and his hygienist. During your annual periodontal (gum) evaluation by your hygienist, they will check your gums for pocketing which can be the culprit of odor-causing build up in between the tooth and gum tissue.
- If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, treat it immediately to rid your mouth of smelly bacteria and germs. Periodontal disease treatment cannot be performed at home.
What If the above doesn't help? Sometimes bad breath (chronic halitosis) has many possible causes, including:
- Diseases of the teeth, gum, or tonsils
- Heart Disease
- Lung issues
- Smoking Regurgitating food
- Zenker diverticulum. A pocket in your espoghagus where food can embed and bacteria grow
- Tonsil stone: A crevice in your tonsils where debris can collect and harden, and bacteria can grow.
If you notice bad breath that doesn't go away with good oral hygiene, including a visit to the dentist...the next stop would be to see your primary care physician. Remember to keep all of your preventive care appointments with Dr. Bryan and his team to keep the bad breath bacteria away!
November 5th, 2018
How to keep gums healthy
Some news from one of Dr. Bryan's hygienists, April:
So when it comes to taking care of your mouth many people forget about their gums. Excessive buildup of bacterial plaque can lead to gum disease. When you clean your teeth, you should also clean your gums. Floss is the best way to clean your gums. Floss gets to where the bristles of your toothbrush cannot.
THE DANGERS OF GUM DISEASE Gum disease begins as Gingivitis (infection in the gums). The gums can become red, swollen and may even bleed when touched.
- If not attended to, it can lead to a more advanced gum disease called Periodontal Disease. With Periodontal Disease the gums will pull away from the teeth allowing bacteria to go into pockets and cause infection below the gum line.
- If left untreated, eventually, the fibers and bone supporting the teeth are destroyed and can lead to tooth loss.
KEEPING YOUR GUMS HEALTHY At home you should brush two times a day to remove bacterial plaque from your gums, teeth, and yes your tongue. Also clean in between your teeth at least one time a day with floss, floss picks or proxy brushes. Also you should visit your dental hygienist on your recommended frequency. The hygienist will evaluate the health of your gums.
If you are due for your hygiene visit and dental examination, please call us as soon as possible to get on the books!