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!
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!
Fluoride: What Is It?
How many times have you gone to the dentist and heard about fluoride, but never really knew what it was? Today, we will be discussing fluoride, what it is, what it does, and why it’s important to your dental health. Not many people know that fluoride is a natural substance that is found in nature through water, soil, and some food. Even in these forms, fluoride helps decrease the possibility for tooth decay. Since tooth decay is arguable the most common health problem afflicting children and adults alike, the effort to increase fluoride exposure began years ago.
Fluoride is used throughout the dental profession with hopes to benefit the life of one’s teeth. Some uses are in toothpaste, varnishes, fillings, and even special brands of floss! Statistically, fluoride has the potential to reduce tooth decay by 20 to 40 percent, which has safely protected children from cavities for years. It helps prevent tooth decay multiple ways, including changing the structure of enamel in children younger than 7 to increase resistance to acid, and also reducing the ability for bacteria to produce acid that harms the tooth.
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When taking care of your oral hygiene, there are structures in your mouth other than your pearly whites that need to be checked! The structures holding your teeth together are an important aspect of your dental health like gums, roots, and nerves!
This aspect of dentistry is known as periodontics, and their job is to make sure everything around your teeth is healthy and working efficiently!
It is important to keep up with your routine dental exams to catch early signs of inflammation, disease, or injury related to these structures within your mouth.
The Progressive Family Dentistry team is here to help with all of your dental needs! We will do our best to care for you and your teeth to help avoid gum disease or other ailments! Contact us today for an appointment!
As any Dentist would say, it is important to keep up with proper oral hygiene. Have you or your children ever wondered what that really meant? Brushing your teeth and flossing, right? Well, there is actually more to it!
What are you Using?
Make sure the toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss you are using are of good quality and ingredients. You want to use toothpaste that has an appropriate amount of fluoride within it’s formula. As far as a toothbrush goes, buy one that fits comfortably in your mouth and is not too big or too small. If possible, purchase a toothbrush that is electric to give a little extra to your routine than just manual power.
Brush your Teeth Correctly
Hold that toothbrush at an angle, making sure to align the bristles facing the gum-line. Brush your teeth with short strokes, making sure to brush the outside, inside, and tops of your teeth… and don’t forget your tongue!
Clean your Equipment
Having clean equipment is the beginning of having proper oral hygiene. Rinse your toothbrush after every use, and store it in an upright position. You don’t want the water settling in your brushes and not drying. Shared toothbrush holders have the individual hole for a reason, so make sure if you share a bathroom and store your toothbrushes together, you are using a container that ensures they wont touch. Do not continuously cover your toothbrush within a container, a few times for travel is fine, but more than that can cause an increased risk of bacteria.
Replace your Toothbrush
This is one that most people do not do. Replace your toothbrush, or head of your electric toothbrush every three to four months!
And, of course, also make your dentist appointments with Progressive Family Dentistry at your availability. We would love to help you take care of your smile!
Have you ever gone to the dentist for a cleaning and when the dental assistant began to floss your teeth, your gums bled? I think it’s safe to say we have all been in this situation. But how do we prevent our gums from bleeding? Here are a few tips on how to keep your gums healthy.
We know we know, you’ve all heard it before. But were serious! Brushing your teeth is wonderful but it doesn’t allow you to get between them. Flossing at least once a day can help you remove the plaque from that sandwich you ate for lunch.
Brush Twice a Day
We are exaggerating when we say to brush your teeth after every meal. The faster you get the residue from food off of your teeth the better! Allowing residue to stay on your teeth increases the likelihood of damage.
Be Mindful of What You Consume
Taking a moment to think about what you’re putting in your mouth and putting in your body is a great way to make sure you are taking your health seriously. Smoking, for example, has been traced to the onset of gum disease. Your body is so important and you want to make sure it stays healthy.
Now easily into the pace that you can buy over-the-counter, using fluoride is a great way to protect your teeth!
The important part of dental care is ensuring that you prevent gum disease, but likely now you have a good idea of what you need to do in order to prevent it! If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to call her office or walk in! At Progressive Family Dentistry, we treat you like family!
Has your child ever asked you how many teeth they have, why their teeth fall out for the Tooth Fairy to collect, or why teeth don’t all look the same? Well, you may have to handle the question about the Tooth Fairy, but we can answer the other two!
A child has 20 teeth in total. These are the teeth that will fall out and end up under their pillows for the Tooth Fairy to leave them money. Both the upper and lower jaw include 2 canines, 4 incisors, and 4 molars. The reason they do not look the same is because they each type have their own function.
Teeth located in the front of the mouth, the ones predominant in a smile, and help bite off food for you to eat. Coincidentally that they are located in the front of the mouth, they are also the first type of teeth to come from the gums in babies.
Canines are the sharp teeth located on the sides of ones forward jaw. These teeth help tear or bite into food that is too difficult for your incisors to penetrate.
Molars can be tricky to explain in a child. The Molar category is broken into two sections. Premolars and Molars. Premolars are not located in young children because they do not begin growing until around the age of 10. Molars are the biggest and strongest teeth. These grind up food and therefore assists in the digestive process. Wisdom teeth are included in the molars of adults once the grow in, adding to 32 teeth in an adult!
Let your child know how many teeth they have and how many teeth they will have when they grow up and see what they say! Let our team know their funny or smart responses the next time you bring them in for their appointment with us at Progressive Family Dentistry!
We know the last thing on your mind when you are feeling under the weather is getting up to brush your teeth. Taking care of your body while your sick should be your top priority. Yet we stop taking care of our mouths when we are sick. Here are some ways you can keep your mouth healthy while you’re sick.
The Progressive Team