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October 14, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene   Bad Breath  

Foul breath, also known as halitosis, is a common concern of many patients. It affects approximately 50% of the adult population world wide. 90% of cases of halitosis can be traced to local sources in the oral cavity.

It can be caused by 1.Poor oral hygiene  2.Deep cavities in the teeth  3.Periodontal disease  4.Oral infections  5.Certain foods  6.Impacted food  7.Tongue coating  8.Poor salivary flow  9.Smoking  10.Alcohol

Interaction between oral bacterial species and the above co-factors produce the chemical agents of malodor which are volatile sulfide compounds. These are hydrogen sulfides, methyl mercaptans and dimethylsulfides. These smell like either rotten eggs or rotten cabbage.

Treatment is to determine the cause first. It could be from the mouth, diet, sinuses, stomach, liver cirrhosis and diabetes to name a few.

If the odor originates from the mouth then your dentist will check all your teeth, do a thorough cleaning, evaluate your gums, show you how to clean your tongue and evaluate your diet. Mouthrinses with anti microbial properties can also be an effective tool in reducing the quantity of microorganisms causing halitosis. An emergent treatment is the use of probiotics that are targeted against the causal bacteria.

Using candied mints or gum only masks the problem and can also make it worse because the sugar in the mints are fuel for the bacteria that cause the malodor.

In this day and age halitosis is usually easily treated.

By Joseph DuRoss, D.D.S.
April 20, 2013
Category: Oral Health

She's an international star who's recognized everywhere she goes. As Carol Brady, she was an ambassador for the “blended family” before most of us even knew what to call her bunch. And her TV Land Pop Culture Icon Award is on permanent display in the National Museum of American History. So what item that fits inside a purse can't Florence Henderson do without?

“I will never leave home without dental floss!” she recently told an interviewer with Dear Doctor magazine. “Because I have such a wide smile, I have found spinach or black pepper between my teeth after smiling very broadly and confidently.”

Henderson clearly understands the importance of good oral hygiene — and she's still got her own teeth to back it up! In fact, flossing is the best method for removing plaque from between the teeth, especially in the areas where a brush won't reach. Yet, while most people brush their teeth regularly, far fewer take the time to floss. Is there any way to make flossing easier? Here are a couple of tips:

Many people have a tendency to tighten their cheeks when they're holding the floss, which makes it more difficult to get their fingers into their mouths and working effectively. If you can relax your facial muscles while you're flossing, you'll have an easier time.

To help manipulate the floss more comfortably, try the “ring of floss” method: Securely tie the floss in a circle big enough to easily accommodate the fingers of one hand. To clean the upper teeth, place fingers inside the loop, and let the thumb and index finger guide the floss around each tooth. For the lower teeth, use two index fingers. Keep moving the floss in your hand so you always have a clean edge... and remember, the goal is to get the tooth clean, but it shouldn't hurt — so don't use too much pressure or go too fast.

So take a tip from Mrs. Brady: Don't forget the floss! If you would like more information about flossing and other oral hygiene techniques, please contact us for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Flossing: A Different Approach.”

By Joseph DuRoss, D.D.S.
January 15, 2013
Category: Oral Health

Describing Vanna White, co-host of the hit television game show Wheel of Fortune as friendly is an understatement. Yes, a good portion of the credit goes to her bubbly personality; however, you can't look at her without noticing her world-famous smile.

During an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, Vanna shared some of the secrets to her trademark smile. Secrets that she is instilling in her children.

“I floss every day and I brush my teeth at least twice a day — morning and night — and sometimes after lunch.” She added, “I think that flossing is the most important thing. I believe that dental floss helps a lot, as it keeps your gums strong and looking younger.” And when asked about how often she has her teeth professionally cleaned she replied, “...every four to five months because I get a lot of plaque buildup.”

A typical dental hygiene visit is one that involves prophylaxis, a dental (and insurance) term for scaling and or polishing procedures to remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from the crown or portion of the tooth that you can see. Scaling is a procedure where we use special hand-held instruments and/or ultrasonic scalers to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar that can coat your teeth causing them to feel rough or fuzzy. To polish your teeth, we use a rubber polishing cup, prophy paste and a motorized instrument that removes bacterial plaque and surface stains. This is usually the last portion of a routine cleaning because it leaves your teeth feeling smooth and shiny.

However, if you have been seeing blood when you brush your teeth or while flossing, you have the telltale signs of periodontal (gum) disease. During your cleaning appointment, we will clean below the gum line to treat and manage your periodontal disease (an infection of the gum and jaw bones). We may also discover that additional, deep-cleaning treatments (such as root planing) may be needed to treat and manage your periodontal disease.

To learn more about this topic, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Teeth Polishing.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination and cleaning. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Vanna White, continue reading “Vanna White.”

By contactus
June 22, 2012
Category: Oral Health

Heart Disease and Oral Hygiene

Heart disease and gum disease has been linked together for a long time. But what is it that creates this link. Many researchers thought that it was the bacteria from the gum disease traveling internally to infect the heart.

The truth of the matter is that the gums are often chronically inflamed when you have gum disease. It is a low grade infection. When this occurs the liver produces C-Reactive Protein. And this has been shown to be a higher risk factor for heart disease than cholesterol.

Trearment is simple. Have your teeth cleaned regularly. Brush and floss at least twice a day. And use a mouth rinse like Smart Mouth to destroy the bi-products of the bacteria

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