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Posts for: September, 2017

Millions of people across the US suffer from bad breath. For these people, it is a constant worry of being embarrassed if they get too close to someone during conversation or everyday activity. However, if you are someone who suffers from bad breath, don't worry—you aren't alone. By identifying what causes bad breath, you can help to eliminate it.
 
What causes bad breath?
 
More likely than not, if you suffer from bad breath, it is a result of neglecting your oral hygiene. If you aren't brushing and flossing as recommended, chances are that you will develop bad breath. Bad breath comes as a result of leftover food particles in your mouth along with germs and bacteria. 
 
Even if you are brushing and flossing as recommended, you still need to maintain routine dental check-ups. Receiving check-ups and cleanings will give the dental office an opportunity to remove plaque and tartar that are unable to be removed by brushing and flossing. 
 
If you do not take proper care of your teeth and receive dental check-ups, you may develop gum disease. Unfortunately, one major side effect of gum disease is bad breath, also known as halitosis. 

Halitosis North Royalton
 
Finally, Dr. Florian recommends brushing your tongue when you brush your teeth and gums. Brushing your tongue will break up colonies of bacteria that are a major source of bad breath. Utilizing a tongue scraper might be your best option for cleaning your tongue.

To learn more about halitosis, be sure to visit our page for a full look at causes and treatment.
 
Do you suffer from bad breath?
 
Dr. Florian in North Royalton is always welcoming new patients and would love to see you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian, click here. Dr. Florian and his team will give you a professional cleaning and can identify any causes of bad breath. 


Question: What is the hardest part of the human body?
 
Answer: Your tooth enamel.
 
Yes, that's right, your tooth enamel is harder than your skull or your femur. 
 
While there is no doubt that tooth enamel is strong, it is also quite delicate. For this reason, along with many others, caring for your teeth is extremely important. There are some habits and foods that can cause your tooth enamel to break down or erode.
 
For starters, everyone loves to chew on ice (at least it seems that way). However, chewing on ice can cause a ton of damage to your tooth enamel. Similarly, chewing into a popcorn kernel can cause your tooth enamel to wear down. In addition, chewing on your nails and having mouth jewelry are typical causes of weakened enamel as well.


 
Some other things which might weaken tooth enamel include fruits that contain citric acid, chewing on pens or pencils, inadequate oral health care, and much more!
 
While all of the above can cause your tooth enamel to wear down, one of the most common reasons for damaged tooth enamel is bruxism. Bruxism is the act of constantly grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw. When your teeth are worn down because of bruxism, this is termed attrition. If your attrition is extreme enough, your root dentin will come to be exposed, inducing high sensitivity and some yellowing. In addition to weakening your teeth, grinding and clenching might damage the ligaments around your jaw and alveolar bone.
 
If left neglected, bruxism may even cause periodontal disease to form. This would be in addition to tooth staining, sensitivity, and an increase in tooth decay.


Need an Appointment?

If you are suffering from bruxism, contact Dr. Florian and his staff at Royalton Dental Associates in North Royalton, OH. A bite guard can help alleviate your condition. This is done by giving your teeth and jaw an area to rest.