We have all had bad breath at some point in our lives. Whether it was caused by the garlic bread you had for lunch or when you forgot to brush your teeth before you left the house for work. There are, however, many other causes for bad breath that are more serious and need medical attention.
The medical term for bad breath is Halitosis. Specifically for the chronic sufferers, halitosis can be frustrating to live with. So what causes it?
Tobacco products are known to cause serious health problems such as cancer and disease, but it also causes halitosis due to drying your mouth or leaving its byproducts behind after using.
Coincidently a side effect of smoking, dry mouth on its own also causes halitosis. The saliva in your mouth is your body’s natural tool for cleaning and removing excess food from your teeth. It is also made up of substances that help prevent cavities. Without it, your mouth feels dry and this can cause halitosis.
Infections can cause halitosis, ranging from your nose, your throat, and your mouth. The mucus your body produces due to infection is filled with bacteria which causes you do have bad breath.
Last but not least, problems with your teeth can also cause problems with bad breath. From cavities to gum disease, these can cause you to experience halitosis.
How can you prevent bad breath?
While in some cases halitosis is chronic, others have the ability to do something about their bad breath. A simple way to prevent bad breath is to keep up with your oral hygiene routine! Make sure you are brushing and flossing all of your teeth, even your tongue! Another great way to stay on top of your oral health is to make routine trips to the dentist! We would love to see you at Progressive Family Dentistry, so make an appointment today!
We have all heard the term wisdom teeth one time or another. Perhaps you’ve wondered why we have these set of teeth that 85% of the population have extracted, and what their purpose is to begin with. You’ve possibly wondered what causes them to need extracting, and if you need to set up an appointment to have yours extracted. We are going to try our best to answer these questions for you!
What are they?
Wisdom teeth are the set of molars that make up the ends of your two rows of teeth, on the top and bottom of your mouth. All the way in the back, these teeth emerge from the gums later in life and often come with discomfort and pain.
Why do we have Wisdom teeth?
It’s all related to our ancestors! Way back when humans needed to grind and chew their food without using utensils, these molars really helped out when eating raw or hard items.
An impacted tooth
Impaction occurs when a tooth grows in incorrectly, unable to break the gum line. This could be because the tooth is pushing on a tooth beside it in many different ways. This pushing against another tooth is a cause of great discomfort.
The removal process
Each case is different, because each tooth will be at a different stage in the emerging process. A wisdom tooth perhaps never leaves its place inside the bone and needs to be cut out, or it has grown in perfectly fine. Depending on the angle of growth, each tooth will need to be extracted differently.
After surgery, there are rules to follow in order to ensure the health of your mouth and gums. This healing process could take a couple of weeks or a few months, and should be taken seriously.
If you have any more questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our team at Progressive Family Dentistry. We would love to talk with you!
Plaque is a very nasty substance made from bacteria and germs that covers your teeth. Plaque sticks to your teeth and begins processes like tooth decay and gum disease.
What are the signs?
If your gums are red and puffy, you could be seeing the beginning stages of gum disease, which causes a breakdown of the tissue in your gums. Without this tissue there is nothing holding your teeth, causing the potential for them to fall out.
How to Remove Plaque
The great fact about plaque is that it can be removed from your teeth in multiple ways! The first, flossing. You know those tiny crevasses between your teeth? Even they have plaque! Combat the growth of plaque in those areas by flossing each day. Don’t forget to rinse after!
Brush your teeth in small circular motions after you have flossed. The circular motions are a soft way to gently remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. After brushing your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue! Even your tongue has germs and food particles that can grow bacteria. Always rinse after brushing.
Plaque is dangerous to your oral health, but it is also very preventable! Even though we did not mention it above, it’s also a great idea to go see a dentist regularly to ensure your teeth are healthy in more ways than just rid of plaque.
Make your appointment to see a member of our Progressive Family Dentistry team!
The Progressive Team