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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.
Periodontal (or gum) disease is actually a very common disease. It impacts almost 50% of adults and it not only affects your dental health, it can also take a toll on your general health and wellness.
Luckily, there is some good news! With effective dental habits, including regular brushing and flossing, and routine professional cleanings, you can dramatically reduce your likelihood of periodontal disease.
When it comes to individuals who already have been diagnosed, treatment is the best method to save your gums and dental health.
Some of the popular treatments for gum disease are non-surgical and include the following:
Scaling - This particular process gets rid of the tartar and bacteria from under the gums and on the surface of the teeth
Root Planing - Smoothing the root surfaces to reduce or prevent more tartar accumulation
Antibiotic Treatment - Antibiotics can help to manage the bacterial infection caused by periodontal disease
For more serious circumstances, surgical treatment may possibly be needed.
Are you concerned about gum disease?
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” How many times have you heard this statement in your life? We are guessing a lot. However, is breakfast actually the most important meal of day? And can it help to improve our oral health?
Dr. Florian wants all of his patients to be as healthy as possible; this includes both oral and overall health and wellness. Below, Dr. Florian examines the benefits of eating a good breakfast, and if it has any effect on our oral health.
Breakfast boosts metabolism
Unfortunately, many people skip breakfast as a way to eliminate calories in an effort to lose weight. However, if you do not eat three square meals per day, your metabolism will slow down, and you will lose some of your ability to lose weight. It is much better for weight loss purposes to eat a healthy breakfast instead of skipping out completely. See other ways to boost your metabolism here.
Eating breakfast will energize you
If you ever feel low on energy throughout the day, it may be as a result of skipping breakfast. This could also be a sign of sleep apnea! However, if you start eating breakfast, this should keep your mind sharp and give you energy, as you’ll have carbohydrates to burn. In addition to this, eating breakfast will keep you from overeating at lunch and experiencing a mid-afternoon crash.
Breakfast foods are quite healthy for you
Many breakfast foods will fill you with vitamins and nutrients to keep your healthy. Breakfast foods can also help to lower your cholesterol and provide you with amino acids.
Eating breakfast will not have any negative impact on your oral health. However, if you eat citric fruits for breakfast, you should brush your teeth approximately 30 minutes after consumption. If you brush your teeth too soon after eating acidic foods, you can actually damage your teeth.
What is the best breakfast food for your oral health?
The best breakfast food that you can eat for your oral health is yogurt. Yogurt, like other dairy products, provides you with calcium, casein, and phosphates, which help remineralize your teeth and keep them strong.
Are you concerned about your oral health?
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!
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Do your teeth look longer, or are they sensitive? This may be due to a common dental condition known as gum recession.
You will not notice gum recession at once, but it will be something that develops over time and causes some dental health issues. Gum recession is a common symptom of gum disease.
When you suffer from receding gums, your root dentin becomes exposed, causing sensitivity and discoloration. Additionally, the pockets created by receding gums gives bacteria and plaque an area where they can collect and wreak havoc in your mouth.
If you notice gum recession, and do not receive treatment, your gum disease is likely to worsen. This can cause tooth loss, loss of jaw bone, and many other health issues.
What causes gum recession?
- As stated above, receding gums are a symptom of gum disease. The infection in your gums will damage the tissue.
- Another cause of gum recession is bad dental hygiene habits. Using a toothbrush that is too tough or brushing too aggressively can physically wear your gums away. On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you do not brush thoroughly, the plaque and tartar build up will cause gum disease. Read here, about proper brushing.
- Piercings can not only cause your enamel to wear away, but also damage your gums. This is due to a rubbing that irritates your gums.
Other causes of gum recession are things like bruxism or teeth that are not aligned properly. Any condition that leads to gum disease can also be attributed to gum recession as well.
There is good news, however. Gum recession is able to be treated. Treatment will be dependent on your individual case. Many cases can be treated via a deep cleaning. However, in severe cases, you may require the attention of a periodontist.
Remember: If you want to prevent gum disease and recession, proper oral hygiene habits are critical.
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