WE ALL KNOW THAT FEELING… you wake up in the morning to sun shining, birds chirping and happily lean over to your significant other to say hello! Instead you are greeted by the horrible smell of morning breath. Or maybe you run into friends after work and suddenly become conscious of that bad taste in your mouth.We’ve all been there! Unfortunately, bouts of halitosis, or bad breath, are pretty much inevitable. Today we’re going to explain why that is, what causes that nasty smell and what you can do to keep bad breath at bay!
It All Starts With BacteriaWe’re not the only ones who need to eat to stay alive, so do the bacteria living in our mouths. When they snack on whatever’s left behind from our last meal, they release foul-smelling odors as a by-product, causing bad breath.
What you can do: Clean your teeth after every meal! Brush, floss and pop in a piece of sugar-free gum for good measure. This will eliminate food debris and bacteria from your mouth and prevent bad breath. A clean mouth, is a fresh mouth!
Choose Breath-Friendly Foods And Beverages
Keep in mind that certain foods and beverages can make bad breath more likely, such as sugary foods and drinks, garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol.
What you can do: Choose breath-friendly foods and beverages! Water washes away food debris and increases saliva flow in your mouth, protecting your teeth and mouth from bacteria. Healthy food choices such as carrots, celery and apples are high in water content and actually work as a natural toothbrush, scrubbing plaque bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth.
Good Oral Hygiene Can Reduce Morning Breath
Morning breath seems to be an especially pungent offender. Why is this? It’s mainly because of dry mouth. During the day, saliva works to wash away food debris and keep bacteria in check. When we sleep at night, however, our saliva production goes down, causing our mouths to become dry and allowing bacteria to proliferate. If you sleep with your mouth open, it can be even worse.
What you can do: To make your morning breath less offensive, follow a good oral hygiene regimen. By brushing and flossing your teeth before bed, you’re giving bacteria less food to munch on, which will help your breath be better in the morning.
In addition, we highly recommend cleaning your tongue by either brushing it or using a tongue scraper, since this is where most bad breath-causing bacteria are found. Another tip is to keep water by your bedside. When you wake up at night, take a drink! Keeping your mouth moist will combat the spread of those smelly bacteria.
We’re Here For You
For the most part, bad breath is manageable. If you feel like your halitosis is severe however, especially if you follow the steps above, it can be a sign of something more serious such as gum disease, diabetes, sinus problems, gastric reflux or liver or kidney disease. If this is the case, come in to see us so we can address the issue and find the proper solution. We are here to serve you!
Our patients’ smiles make it all worthwhile!
Baby On Board!
Congratulations on this exciting time of your life! You have so much to think about during pregnancy from nutrition to what color you may paint the nursery, but don't overlook your dental health.
The levels of hormones are increasing during pregnancy. You may notice swollen or bleeding gums, which is known as Pregnancy Gingivitis.
If your already bushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth once a day, keep up the good work! If not, there’s no better time to start, as poor habits during pregnancy have been associated with premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
Make sure your eating a balanced diet and getting all your vitamins, because your nutrition affects the babies development and their teeth. The babies teeth are forming between 3 and 6 months of pregnancy.
Please come visit us to get tips and get your check up.
It is very common to have anxiety or fear at the dental office.
Most people have experienced horrific and negative times at the dentist, thus, the majority refuses to step foot into a dental office. The online Dental Research Journal provided a questionnaire to 437 of their patients. 58.8% have experienced dental anxiety.
At La Contenta Dental “we cater to cowards”.
Here are some tips and tricks we use to help your dental visit be a great one:
You protect your skin from the sun, but what about your teeth?
Here are some tips to help keep your teeth happy and healthy.
The swimming pool
It is important to brush your teeth after swimming in a chlorinated pool. Some swimming pools have extra high chlorine levels that can weaken your teeth.
We don’t think too much about saliva and that’s probably okay, but it’s an important defense against decay and bad breath. Staying hydrated helps to prevent teeth decay and protects your gums.
Guard your mouth
Summer is the time for outdoor sports and you can protect your teeth, cheeks, gums and lips with a low-cost mouth guard. It could save you from a knocked out or chipped tooth, and it will prevent you from grinding your teeth during the big game.
Don’t use your teeth as a bottle opener
No really, just don’t. We’ve all seen someone open a bottle with their teeth. An amazing feat? Nope, but a great way to cause micro fractures in your teeth. Using your teeth to rip open potato chip bags or to crush ice are also no nos.
There are lots of reasons to smile all summer long. Evidence suggests that smiling reduces stress and helps your heart. So show those teeth! Brush twice a day, floss daily and smile big. You'll feel better when you do.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.
What should I use to clean my baby's teeth?
A toothbrush will remove plaque bacteria that can lead to decay. Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day at bedtime.
How can parents help prevent tooth decay?
Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.
During the Middle Ages, monks were the most educated citizens and carried out surgical procedures, including dentistry. When the Church banned monks from performing surgery, bloodletting, and extracting teeth, these tasks fell to barbers because of their expertise with sharp shaving blades.
Due to barbers' facility with knives, they had often helped monks with surgical duties even before they became the chief providers of dentistry. They took up the banned duties of the monks, which meant they extracted teeth and engaged in bloodletting as well as embalming the dead and cutting hair.
Apthous Ulcers (canker sores) are considered autoimmune disease with poorly understood triggering cause. These lesions occur on cheeks, floor of the mouth, and tongue. They are NOT contagious.
Did you know that there are healthier foods to eat for your teeth.
It might not come as a surprise that people get drunk and get their teeth knocked out during St. Patrick’s Day. Data from 2008-15 suggest that the day after St. Patrick's, there is a 77 percent jump in emergency visits to the dentist. And in fact, it's almost identical between men and women.
Women see a 77.4 percent increase in emergency dental visits, and men see an increase of 78 percent.
Face plants, sidewalks and fists are some of the main reasons people are losing their teeth. So please be careful not to fall down and face plant into the sidewalk or try not to get angry and offend someone so you don’t end up biting their fists this year. But on the off chance you do happen to lose a tooth there are some things you can do….
First it is important to get to the dentist as quickly as possible after a tooth has been knocked out. It is also important to avoid damaging the tooth even more.
Follow these suggestions to improve the chances of saving your tooth:
· Handle the tooth carefully. Try not to touch the root . It can be damaged easily.
· If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the upper part and rinse it with milk. If you don't have any milk, rinse it with water. Don't wipe it off with a washcloth, shirt or other fabric. This could damage the tooth.
· Try slipping the tooth back into its socket. In many cases, it will slip right in. Make sure it's facing the right way. Don't try to force it into the socket. If it doesn't go back into place easily and without pressure, then just keep it moist (in milk, saliva or water) and get to the dentist as soon as you can.
· Keep the tooth moist. Drop it into a glass of milk. If you can't do this, place the tooth in your mouth, between the cheek and gum. Place the tooth in the cup with the saliva. If nothing else is available, place the tooth in a cup of water. The most important thing is to keep the tooth moist.
If the tooth is intact (not broken in pieces), it is always a good idea to try to save it.
Don't let this post detour you from having a FUN and SAFE St. Patrick's Day!
The Tooth Fairy tightened her money bag after an all-time high payout in 2016. According to the original tooth fairy pole, sponsored by Delta Dental, the Tooth Fairy's cash gifts dropped to an average of $4.13. Even though the average price of a tooth dropped, the Tooth Fairy still paid out $271 million for lost teeth across the nation. Those looking under their pillow for their first lost-tooth received an average $5.70 per tooth.
No matter how generous the Tooth Fairy decides to be, a visit from the Tooth Fairy is a great way to teach children good oral health habits at an early age. Having conversations with children about good oral health can help establish strong habits for a lifetime.
Although 89% of the homes the Tooth Fairy visits receive money, the fairy is also known to occasionally leave gifts that promote dental health, such as toothpaste or toothbrushes.