Halitosis – Bad Breath

Post by: Gerarda on 20 Jul 2020

Overview

Depending on the condition of your health, various foods you eat, and level of oral hygiene, you can suffer from halitosis or bad breath. This condition can be embarrassing especially when it is particularly foul smelling. You don´t want to be in the position where someone smells your breath before they are close to you. Embarrassing indeed! Sometimes simply improving your oral hygiene and being consistent with it can improve the problem.

Sure there are countless products that are designed to fight bad breath, such as mouthwash, mints and gum, but they are only a temporary solution and don´t address the cause of the problem.

Things to do before you see your dentist:
• Brush after eating
• Brush your tongue
• Floss after brushing
• Drink plenty of water
• If that doesn’t work then make an appointment to see your dentist
• If your dentist decides that your teeth are not causing the bad breath, then make an appointment with your medical doctor to ensure it is not something more serious

Symptoms

There are those who worry too much about their breath and have no problem and those who have bad breath and don´t know it. A simple test is to blow your breath into a cupped hand and smell it or ask someone close to you to smell your breath. You better know this person well because it is not the nicest request.

When To See A Doctor

If you realize you have bad breath, then look at your oral hygiene. See what you need to change in your lifestyle. Maybe you need to brush your teeth if you don´t already, or maybe you need to brush more often.

Look at when you brush your teeth. If you brush them before breakfast and before you go to bed at night then you need to change your routine and brush after breakfast. If you only brush before breakfast then particles of food sit in the mouth and between teeth until you brush and floss again. Bacteria are feeding between brushing and that is when things happen. Sulfur is produced by food particles left in the mouth and then you end up with bad breath or halitosis.

If you have good oral hygiene and still have bad breath then see your medical doctor.

Making simple changes to your oral hygiene routine can make a big difference. It will also be cheaper on the wallet.

6 Reasons Why Brushing Your Teeth is Essential

Post by: Gerarda on 21 May 2019

  1. Prevents Gum Disease – While poor oral hygiene, no regular trips to your dentist and genetics play a role in gum disease, so does non-existent brushing or insufficient brushing. If you´ve had a meal or a snack and have not brushed or flossed or at least rinsed your mouth then there will be leftover food deposits in your mouth. As a consequence those food deposits encourage bacteria which harden and become plaque. This can be seen as a white or yellowish substance at the gum line or between the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque irritates the gums and causes inflammation and the gums bleed when you brush. This is also known as gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease. The solution? Brush at least two or three times a day (three is ideal) to prevent plaque building up in the first place. And floss.
  2. Removes Stains on Teeth   The best way to do that is to have a good toothbrush and gentle toothpaste that you use at least twice a day. A soft toothbrush to be exact. For stains from coffee, red wine, ketchup and other teeth staining foods your toothbrush is your best defence.
  3. Maintains Fresh Breath As the remains of your meal accumulate, subsequent bacteria in the mouth are going to accumulate as well. This results in bad breath or halitosis. To prevent bacteria from building up, brush your teeth regularly, at least twice a day. If you cannot brush after eating then rinse your mouth to help prevent food from becoming trapped between teeth.
  4. Reduces Chance of Major Illnesses – Just as a prolonged plaque build-up on teeth causes gum disease, a plaque build-up in the arteries causes a heart attack or stroke. Are they the same plaque? No, but according to the Mayo Clinic there may be a link between infected gums (gingivitis) and infected heart tissue (endocarditis). Nevertheless, as researchers do not until now understand the link, just that there is one, it is best to play it safe and treat one condition knowing that it may benefit you in treating another.
  5. Pregnancy – Changes in hormones cause greater gum sensitivity, therefore, pregnant women are more susceptible to gingivitis.
  6. Saves Money – If you ever wonder if you are brushing your teeth correctly, have your dentist explain the proper brushing technique. Being proactive by brushing and visiting your dentist regularly can result in having lower dental bills as your dentist knows what is happening in your mouth and will inform you of any changes.
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Posted on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 9:07 am

Halloween candy and teeth

Post by: Gerarda on 31 Oct 2014

Halloween is here and the trick or treating and parties mean candies, and lots of them.

halloween

When your child eats sweets the bacteria in the dental plaque uses the sugars which results in acid production. Each time we eat or drink something, especially something containing sugar, a new acid attack occurs. The acid dissolves the enamel, the hard outer layer of the tooth. Brushing and flossing removes this plaque and prevents cavities from forming. Damage to teeth depends on how often sugar is consumed and for how  long it stays in the mouth.

Use this time to brush up on good oral hygiene habits and remind them of the importance of healthy teeth and gums.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Posted on Friday 31st October 2014 at 9:42 am