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Dealing with Bad Breath

 

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Dealing with Bad Breath

We all have had to deal with embarrassing bad breath sometime in our lives. Usually we like to blame it on the food we just ate for lunch or dinner loaded with garlic or onions. But, is this really the cause? Or could it include a number of things we usually don’t suspect. There could be a number of different causes, some with simple solutions. Here are some tips to keep your breath smelling fresh.

Back to the Basics: Everyone is familiar with the basics of brushing and flossing. Basic hygiene practices for your teeth and gums will help keep you breath minty fresh. Don’t underestimate the effectiveness of brushing and flossing after every meal.

Dental Health: Regular dental appointments are important in the fight against bad breath. Tooth decay, dental abscess, gum disease are all causes of bad breath. You may be brushing and flossing multiple times a day but if you have a broken or decayed tooth the bacteria present will cause bad breath. Same with gum disease; Gum disease is a bacterial infection. It too can cause bad breath. Tooth decay and gum disease will require professional help from your dentist and hygienist.

Old Dentures: Old dentures can also cause bad breath. Generally dentures are made of a plastic material. This plastic is porous, with lots of nooks and crannies where bacteria can imbed into the surface. The American Dental association recommends replacing your dentures every five years.

Tongue Cleaning: One of the biggest factors causing bad breath is bacteria trapped on the surface of your tongue. Your tongue, especially the top back, has thousands of places for bacteria and food debris to stay trapped causing bad breath. The best way to treat this is with a device called a “tongue scraper”. This device removes much of the trapped bacteria and food debris.

Fruit Can Help: Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet naturally cleans your teeth by removing plaque and food particles from in between your teeth and gums

Herbal Remedies Work as Well: An exotic Indian spice known as Cardamom added to food can reduce bad breath naturally by eliminating fungi that live in your mouth. Also, black and green tea can help.

Medications: Certain medicines like antidepressants, antihistamines and blood pressure medication can contribute to dry mouth leaving a bad taste in your mouth. Dry mouth can be a major contributor to bad breath. Saliva is your bodies first line of defense to help wash away bacteria and clean your mouth. If you have dry mouth, check with your dentist about mouth washes and tooth paste that may help alleviate this condition.

Medical Conditions: Bad breath can sometimes be caused by health problems. Diabetes, acid reflux, liver problems and sinus infections all can contribute to bad breath. If you seem to have tried everything consult with your physician.

Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns.  So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000.  Visit our website at  www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach

 

 

Causes of tooth sensitivity

sensitive-teeth-popsicle-300x200Are your teeth sensitive every time you drink something cold, eat some Ice cream or frozen yogurt?  How about when you brush and floss?  You could be suffering from tooth sensitivity.  There are steps you can take to help and improve the health of your mouth. 

What are some of the causes?

You may be brushing with too much force or with a tooth brush that is too hard. 

Over time you can wear down the outer protective layers of your teeth exposing the more sensitive parts of a tooth.  Once this protective covering is gone hot, cold, sweet or sour foods can cause discomfort.  The simple solution to this is switching to a soft tooth brush and brushing more gently.

Your food or drink is acidic

Some foods like tomato sauce and salsa as well as fruits like oranges and grapefruit can cause sensitivity.  Sports drinks or soda are another source of acidic things that should be avoided.

Grinding your teeth

Even though it is the strongest substance in the body grinding your teeth can wear down the enamel.  When this happens the middle layer of the tooth is exposed.  Once exposed this layer can be sensitive to all sorts of things.  Even just chewing can make the tooth sensitive.  Grinding can also bruise the ligament that hold the tooth to the jaw which can cause the tooth to be sensitive.

Whitening toothpaste and Mouthwash

Not all toothpaste and mouthwash is the same.  Some companies add chemicals and whiteners to tooth paste that can result in sensitivity.  Mouthwash may contain these chemical as well or have high amounts of alcohol.  Switching to brands without whiteners or alcohol may help.

Gum Disease and Receding Gums

As we age changes occur in our gums.  Excessive amounts of plaque can cause gum disease which could lead to sensitivity or worse such as tooth loss.  It may also lead to receding gums.  When gums recede the more sensitive root area of the tooth is exposed.  Once this occurs not only is the tooth sensitive it is more prone to root decay.  The solution for this is to maintain good daily hygiene habits of brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings.

These are just a few of the causes and some solutions to lessen tooth sensitivity and improve your oral health.

Rest assured the dental team at Drs. Lerner and Lemongello’s office is available to ensure your comfort and safety and are available to answer any of your concerns.  So whether it is for a dental check up, a simple tooth restoration, a smile makeover, dental implants, or complete mouth restorations our team is ready to help you achieve the smile you deserve and the dental heath you want.

Get the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, make an appointment today! Contact Drs. Lerner and Lemongello for an appointment and information on all dental procedures at 561-627-9000.  Visit our website at  www.lernerlemongello.com and view our “Smile Gallery” for examples of some of South Florida’s most beautiful smiles.

 Drs. Lerner and Lemongello also proudly serve Stuart, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Boca Raton, Delray Beach and surrounding areas.

Is chewing gum bad for your teeth?

Is chewing gum bad for your teeth?  Chewing gum after a snack or meal stimulates salivary flow, clearing food from the mouth and neutralizing plaque acid.  Gum Chewing stimulates saliva production by up to ten times the normal rate.  Stimulating the salivary flow changes the chemistry of the saliva.  Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay.  Saliva stimulated by chewing gum also has a greater buffering capacity, providing more relief from gastric reflux.  Saliva plays a significant role in maintaining oral health.  We still recommend seeing your dentist regularly for checkups and keep up with brushing and flossing to keep that smile healthy and avoid cavities.

Sports Drinks vs. Your Teeth

Sports Drinks vs. Your Teeth.  Sports drinks and energy drinks might seem like healthy alternatives to soda, but they are not healthier for your teeth.  In our office we often see damage to the teeth and smile due to sports drinks.  A new study from New York University College of Dentistry shows that sports drinks contain high levels of acids that may be linked to a condition called erosive tooth wear.  In just 90 minutes of exposure to sports drinks over the course of a day the enamel coating on the teeth can be damaged and the teeth weakened.  This can lead to tooth  decay or erosion and the need for restoration.

Great Nutrition Great Teeth

In our office we stress the importance of a healthy diet.  Quick snacks, soft drinks and fast food are a part of life.  Unfortunately these foods have little nutritional value and can have detrimental effects on your teeth and gums.   Good nutrition and oral health go hand in hand.  When the bacteria in our mouth come into contact with sugar found in sweets or starchy food like ships, they produce acids that attach our teeth.  Soft drinks just make it worse.  All of this can compromise the health of your teeth and increase the need to restore your teeth back to health.  Not to mention the fact that this can tarnish a beautiful smile. It is for this reason maintaining a healthy diet is important.

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