Hi, it's Mia Armonde here to talk to you about family dentistry. As my small family grew into a large one, I found myself at the dental office on a regular basis. Every six months, the kids would go into the dentist for a cleaning or repairs to their teeth. During that time, I took an interest in the various ways the dental tools were evolving. Tools used in the dental industry have grown in leaps and bounds in the last few decades. For example, my kids went from hearing the dental drill to wearing headphones that completely canceled out the sound. Each time we go back into the dentist, I take a close look at the improvements that have arisen since the last visit. The results are astounding. I will cover my findings on this site, so you can also enjoy the improvements to dental tools and techniques.
Bad breath is embarrassing. Everyone has it occasionally, but when it's a chronic condition, it really impacts your life in a negative way. You may avoid people and constantly worry about your breath at work or during social situations. You might need to make an appointment with your dentist to get the situation under control. Here are some suggestions on how to manage your bad breath.
Remove Bacteria Frequently
One cause of bad breath is the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth. Try brushing your teeth more often during the day to keep bacteria away. Your dentist office team may recommend specific toothpaste and mouthwash for you to use as a treatment against chronic bad breath. You don't need to scrub vigorously. Just use a brush with soft bristles and gently brush your teeth and gums.
You can even buy disposable mouth swabs to carry with you for this purpose. If brushing isn't convenient, consider carrying a small bottle of mouthwash and use it a couple of times at work to keep bacteria at bay. In addition to removing food bits and bacteria from your teeth and gums, focus on brushing your tongue. Buy a tongue scraper and clean off your tongue throughout the day to help control mouth odors.
Treat Your Dry Mouth
Another cause of bad breath is dry mouth. Dry mouth is a problem because you need plentiful saliva to bathe your teeth and control bacteria. A common cause of dry mouth is smoking. If you can stop smoking, you may be able to stop your problem with chronic bad breath. Dry mouth is also caused by some medical conditions or it can be the side effect of medication.
If that's the case with you, talk to your dentist about how to combat the condition. Some suggestions include drinking water frequently throughout the day, sucking on sugar-free hard candy to stimulate saliva, chewing sugar-free gum, using artificial saliva, and using moistening mouth gel. Your dentist might even recommend a prescription drug that stimulates the production of saliva so your mouth isn't so dry all the time.
Undergo Necessary Dental Treatments
Cavities also cause you to have bad breath due to the odor coming from the decay in your mouth. Getting your teeth in shape with fillings, crowns, or extractions might be the solution to your bad breath problem. Gum disease contributes to bad breath too since infection is held under the gums. Your dentist may recommend deep cleaning of your teeth that cleans out the infection and plaque build up under your gums and on your teeth.
In some instances, the odor from infections may be coming from your sinuses. You might also have some other medical condition that causes bad breath. When that's the case, your dentist will probably advise you to see your doctor for a medical examination and treatment.
By working with your dentist, you can find a solution for your chronic problem so you can relax and enjoy being around people again. Of course, you'll still have instances of bad breath when you eat garlic or onions, but the constant odor that plagues you all day will be a thing of the past once your dentist discovers the source of your problem and treats it accordingly.Share
14 June 2017