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Previously, we addressed the common causes of bad breath and why flossing is crucial to the health of your mouth. Continuing our discussion, we want to explore what oral health issues may be causing bad breath.
If you suffer from bad breath that does not improve even with a proper dental hygiene routine, it may be a warning sign of a more serious issue. It is important to remember that if you have bad breath it does not mean you have any of these problems below, but you should visit your dentist to address the issue.
Bad breath can be a symptom of both oral health conditions and non-oral health conditions.
The oral health conditions include:
Throat problems, like strep throat
A root canal that is infected
Throat or oral cancer
Tonsils that contain trapped food particles
Non-oral health issues associated with bad breath include:
Your Dental Hygiene Habits are Important
Preventing bad breath starts with a proper oral hygiene routine. Flossing, brushing your teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of your mouth two times per day should be a routine you follow. You can also use mouthwash, though mouthwash only acts as an additional aid, not a substitute for brushing and flossing.
Is bad breath an issue that you struggle with?
If you deal with bad breath, be sure to speak with your dentist. Having bad breath is a common issue and, whether it's due to not flossing or something more serious, you will want to make sure the problem is fixed. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Florian in North Royalton, OH today.
Typically, it is still recommended that you visit the dentist twice per year for check-ups as well as cleanings. The main reasons you would want to visit the dentist twice per year includes ensuring that your dentist can find trouble that you may not even experience or feel.
Your dentist can find early signs of tooth decay and treat it early on. Tooth decay does not become visible or create pain until the advanced stages.
Your dentist will also be able to identify other dental health issues, such as gum disease. If caught early on, many dental issues can be treated fairly easily.
For individuals who have great dental health and have not experienced any dental health issues, you may be able to increase the time between visits. You will want to speak with your dentist about the best visitation schedule.
But, on the other side, there are individuals who may want to increase the number of visits they make to the dentist each year. These individuals include people that have experienced gum disease, have a genetic predisposition for plaque build-up or decay and individuals with a weakened immune system.
The best way to find out how often you should make an appointment is to speak with your dentist.
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Chewing gum can’t possibly be good for your oral health, can it? After all, don’t we always here about how detrimental chewing gum is for your oral health? However, thanks to an ingredient called xylitol (or sorbitol), chewing gum may actually have great benefits for your oral health.
Determining if chewing gum is healthy or not for you is highly dependent on what kind of gum you are chewing. If you are chewing gum that is full of sugars, you are doing a disservice to your oral health by introducing these sugars to your mouth for prolonged periods of time. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you are chewing sugar-free gum that contains an ingredient by the name of xylitol, you are helping your mouth fight diseases like gum disease and cavities. In many studies, xylitol has been found to be more effective than fluoride at protecting your teeth against decay. You can read more about xylitol, here.
In addition to introducing xylitol to your mouth, sugar-free chewing gum can also stimulate your salivary glands, helping you to avoid dry mouth. Dry mouth is a contributor to cavities, as it results in inadequate saliva to counterbalance the acids and sugars from the foods and beverages you consume.
Chewing sugar-free chewing gum can help prevent the following oral health issues:
It is critical to make sure you are chewing gum that is sugar-free, and you should always look for xylitol in your chewing gum!
Are you in need of oral health care?
If you are concerned about tooth decay, and want to do more than just your normal oral hygiene routine, you might want to change your dietary choices.
The team at Royalton Dental Associates in North Royalton, OH wants your teeth to be as healthy as possible. By including these things in your diet, you can increase your chances of remaining cavity free.
1) Eat your fruits and veggies.
Many fruits and veggies are great for your oral and overall health. Pineapples, celery, and pears are especially good for your oral health.
2) Stick to sugar-free sweets.
If you are eating sweets, especially candy, make sure it contains Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that actually prevents cavities from developing.
3) Chew sugar-free chewing gum.
As with some sugar-free candy, sugar-free gum may contain Xylitol. When you are looking for gum to buy, you should look specifically for a brand that contains Xylitol.
4) Drink wine and eat raisins.
There are studies that show a chemical component in wine and raisins that fights the bacteria that causes cavities to develop.
5) Consume more dairy products.
There is a protein in dairy products called casein that is extremely beneficial to your oral health. Casein is found in yogurt, cheese, and more!
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One of our greatest defenses against cavities, in addition to proper care, is our saliva. Our salivary glands are primarily located in our cheeks and underneath our tongues, and create two types of saliva: serous saliva and mucoid saliva. The serous saliva is the kind that is important in preventing cavities. What makes this saliva so important, is that it helps to neutralize the acids in the mouth that cause cavities.
Unfortunately, as we age, our salivary glands begin to be used for things like storing fat. Over time, these fat cells replace the cells that secreted saliva, and we begin to experience dry mouth (xerostomia). After we start suffering from dry mouth, our mouths becomes more acidic and we start to develop more cavities. When you put all of this together, it is easy to see why we develop more cavities with age.
In addition to the aforementioned problem, there are many medicines and medical treatments that can cause dry mouth. For starters, many required medications have dry mouth as a side effect. Unfortunately, since these medications are not optional, people usually cannot stop taking the medication. Next, medical treatments, like chemotherapy, hinder the process of cell development. Due to this, our salivary gland cells do not regenerate as quickly, and our saliva production suffers.
As you grow older, it is important to maintain your oral wellness visits. Our mouths undergo many changes as we age, and it is important to stay on top of things with help from your dentist and oral hygienists. There are many treatments available to help combat cavities, including fluoride treatments, and hygiene products that contain fluoride.
If you have a cavity and live in the North Royalton area, or would like to schedule an appointment with professionals who can help your situation, contact us today. The team at Royalton Dental is always welcoming new patients, and wants to start taking care of your smile today.