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Best Ways to Prevent Bad Breath

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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…

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!


What exactly is a root canal?

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A root canal is an important treatment for many dental problems. Though many people are filled with dread when they hear those two words, root canals are often necessary to ensure that you have a healthy mouth. Root canals are performed for many reasons. Often dentists try to avoid root canals by filling in teeth.…

A root canal is an important treatment for many dental problems. Though many people are filled with dread when they hear those two words, root canals are often necessary to ensure that you have a healthy mouth.

Root canals are performed for many reasons. Often dentists try to avoid root canals by filling in teeth. However, there are times when a filling won’t work, and a root canal is necessary to save a tooth. Root canals are also used when teeth are infected, especially when the infection is deep. If you suffer trauma to your mouth, you may need to have a root canal completed to help save a tooth.

If you decide against having a root canal completed, your tooth decay will just continue to get worse until you lose the tooth. If your tooth is infected, the infection will continue to get worse. It may travel deep into your gums and become very painful. Your mouth may hurt constantly from the infection.

During a root canal, the goal is to alleviate pain and infection so that we can save your tooth. We remove the dead nerve from your tooth. Then, we seal off the remaining nerve, stopping the infection and pain. Our goal is to keep your tooth from becoming infected again. We also want to prevent an abscess from forming, which can become very painful.

After your root canal, your mouth will be numb, so you should avoid eating and drinking until your mouth feels normal again. You should also continue to brush and floss your teeth as soon as your mouth is not numb anymore.

You may also notice some tenderness for a few days. Your jaw may even be sore. You can use some over-the-counter medications if needed for pain. It is also common for your tooth to feel strange for a few days until you adjust to it. If the pain continues for several days, you should talk to your dentist about scheduling an appointment for a recheck.


What are dental crowns?

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Many people don’t have smiles they are proud of, and that is a shame. All people should be happy to show off their smiles, but most are not proud of their teeth. Many people have broken teeth. Decay can eat away at teeth, sometimes until there is almost nothing left of the originals. Also, sometimes…

Many people don’t have smiles they are proud of, and that is a shame. All people should be happy to show off their smiles, but most are not proud of their teeth.

Many people have broken teeth. Decay can eat away at teeth, sometimes until there is almost nothing left of the originals. Also, sometimes your gums may become sore and inflamed to the point that they can’t hold your teeth in quite as well. You may easily lose teeth then.

For these reasons, dentists use crowns, which are artificial teeth. These teeth are made out of plastic and are made to look natural. They can be made in many shades of white so that they can match your teeth. They are also made to be the same shape and size as your original teeth. Crowns can cover up bad teeth, or they can be used in the spaces where your teeth used to be.

You may wonder if crowns will fall out easily. However, they are very strong because of the way they are placed in your mouth. We can cement a crown right onto your broken tooth. If you have lost a tooth, we place implants in your gums, which act as new roots for your crown.

Crowns are so strong that you can continue to eat and drink whatever you want. You won’t have to deal with any restrictions in your daily life, though you may want to wear a mouthguard when you are playing sports!


Teeth Whitening

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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…

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!


Temporomandibular joint disease (TMD)

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Temporomandibular joint disease (TMD), a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is becoming more of a problem. The disorder causes pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and the muscles that move the jaw. Many people have pain in their jaw and its muscles, though that does not always signify a problem. Most of the…

Temporomandibular joint disease (TMD), a dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), is becoming more of a problem. The disorder causes pain and discomfort in the jaw joint and the muscles that move the jaw.

Many people have pain in their jaw and its muscles, though that does not always signify a problem. Most of the time the pain is temporary and goes away without any help from us.

However, sufferers of TMD have other symptoms. They may have pain in their jaw, face, and even their ears. Many suffer from headaches. Some people even experience pain in their neck and dizziness. Most people complain that they have trouble eating along with an uncomfortable bite.

Most of the time people are able to treat the symptoms by themselves at home. They may use over-the-counter pain relievers along with ice packs to help dull the pain. However, there are times when you need to see a dentist.

Dentists will do a thorough examination and then decide the best way to help you. Mouth guards, worn during sports (when you clench your jaw) or at night (when you grind your teeth), can be very helpful. There are times when surgery or implants may be necessary to help though.

If you are suffering from TMD or think you are, you should start by using pain relievers along with ice packs. If that is not helpful, you may want to contact your dentist and think about getting a mouth guard. You should try to do everything you can to protect your teeth. Plus you shouldn’t have to live in pain because of TMD.


Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth can become a real pain in your mouth! Though they are helpful, most of the time they are misaligned, which can cause a whole lot of problems! Wisdom teeth are your last set of molars. They come in much later than the rest of your teeth. Many start to come in when you…

Wisdom teeth can become a real pain in your mouth! Though they are helpful, most of the time they are misaligned, which can cause a whole lot of problems!

Wisdom teeth are your last set of molars. They come in much later than the rest of your teeth. Many start to come in when you are a teenager, though you might not get them until you are in your twenties.

If you are lucky, your wisdom teeth will come in straight, but more often than not they are misaligned. They can come in facing any direction. Sometimes they come in horizontally, while others end up growing right into your second molars. They can damage not only your other teeth but also your nerves and jawbone.

Even worse, there are times when your wisdom teeth can become impacted, which is when they struggle to come out of your gums. There are also times when they only come through partially, which can become just as much of a problem. When only part of your tooth comes through the gums, bacteria can grow around the tooth and gums, causing a lot of problems.

Because wisdom teeth are not really needed and cause so many problems when they don’t come in correctly, most dentists recommend you remove them. Dentists actually prefer to remove them before they come in to save you from all of the potential problems you may face.

It is also recommended you have surgery before they come in. The surgery itself and the recovery are easier. Also, teenagers tend to heal much faster than adults!

Only a lucky few don’t have problems with their wisdom teeth, but most people do better if they get them removed before they even come in. It saves them from the pain of their teeth coming in and the potential damage to their jawbone and nerves!


Dentures

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It is really important to take good care of your dentures. Not only do you want them to last a very long time, but also it is important for good dental health. Your mouth, gums, and remaining teeth need to stay healthy. Here are some tips about how to take good care of your dentures:…

It is really important to take good care of your dentures. Not only do you want them to last a very long time, but also it is important for good dental health. Your mouth, gums, and remaining teeth need to stay healthy.

Here are some tips about how to take good care of your dentures:

Handle your dentures as little as possible and do so carefully. Do your best not to break them (or break them badly). Remove them only when you are standing over a sink or table so that if you do drop them, they don’t have as far to fall. You can even fill the sink full of water so that they will fall into the water instead of onto the table.

Clean your dentures regularly. Dentures need to be cleaned every day just like regular teeth. They are prone to getting food and plaque buildup. However, make sure you use denture cleaner and not toothpaste, which can damage dentures. Rinse your mouth after eating and in between brushing to keep your dentures clean.

Talk to your dentist about the proper care of your dentures when you are not wearing them. Most dentures need to be kept moist. This keeps them from drying out and losing their shape. However, not all dentures can be soaked, so it is important to discuss how best to care for your dentures with your dentist.

Dentures are a big investment, so you should do everything you can to make them last. You need to handle them as little as possible. It is also important to clean them regularly, just like you would with your regular teeth. You also need to know the best way to store your dentures when you are not wearing them. Some can be soaked while others can’t, so please discuss this with your dentist.


Periodontal Disease

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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.


Good Dental Care

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In order to take good care of your mouth, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. It is important that you spend several minutes brushing your teeth. You want to do a thorough job instead of rushing it. It is also recommended that you change your toothbrush regularly.

Once you finish brushing, flossing is necessary to remove plaque and other things that build up between your teeth. Using a good antibacterial mouthwash will ensure your mouth stays healthy and free of (most) bacteria and germs.

Though you may not believe it, your diet is also important for a healthy mouth and teeth. You should stay away from sugar, sweets, and sodas, which can cause more cavities.

It is also very important to visit the dentist regularly to help you ensure your mouth and teeth stay healthy. During your visit you will get a professional cleaning to remove any additional plaque and tartar that are stuck to your teeth. We also can clean underneath the gums, reaching the areas you are unable to. During this time we will also do a thorough examination to check for any potential problems. It is our goal to fix them before they become even bigger ones. We may require x-rays to spot even more potential problems in your teeth.

Good dental health starts at home with proper brushing and flossing. An antibacterial mouthwash is also beneficial to help keep germs and bacteria at bay. However, nothing is better than a good professional cleaning. We also will check your mouth and teeth for any problems, either catching them early or monitoring any potential ones.


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"Had a tooth to break at lunch and they had me in the office right away (2 hours after it broke) to evaluate the situation. A plan of action was made and the hygienist went above and beyond and went ahead and cleaned my teeth while I was there! Great service and super smiling faces! Everyone was very friendly and kind! No better dentist office around!"

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