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What Really Causes Bad Breath?

Posted by Darren Martin on May 14, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Most people take the time to groom themselves and make themselves presentable including by brushing their teeth. However, some people have the problem of bad breath. This may be unknown to them but it is very apparent and disturbing to people around them.

Also known as halitosis, the problem is short lived in some but in others it is a constant problem. The odor that those who have this issue emit varies depending on the underlying cause of the problem.  Also, there may be additional symptoms other than the bad smell. There may also be a kind of coating on the tongue, a mouth that is dry and a bad taste that may change from time to time.

Causes of bad breath

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The problem may be caused by a number of different things. For it to be eliminated completely, the treatment that is administered must be given according to the cause.

Diet
Diet can cause bad breath if you do not brush the teeth thoroughly and floss as well. This is the way to remove even the tiny food particles that tend to get lodged in between teeth. If they are not removed, the particles can cause tooth decay as well as leave the mouth with a bad smell as bacteria start to grow on them. Foods that have strong odors can also leave the mouth smelling bad. This includes foods like garlic, onion, spices like curry, some kinds of cheese, fish and beverages that are acidic such as coffee.

When foods are absorbed into the bloodstream and then moved to the lungs, odors are notable when you exhale. Such foods can also bring on an upset tummy and cause you to belch during which a bad smell is released.  A person on a diet that is low on carbohydrates can also have a mouth that smells. This kind of bad breath is known as ketone breath.  On such a diet, the body burns the fats it has for energy. The final product of this is ketones which leave an odor similar to that of acetone when one exhales.

Dry Mouth

A mouth that is dry because of decreased saliva flow can also leave your mouth smelling. Saliva is essential for digestion and it also removes food particles that would remain in the mouth and start smelling. Medically known as xerostomia, a dry mouth can be caused by some kinds of medication, problems with the salivary gland and drawing breath through the mouth.
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Consumption of tobacco products

Apart from leaving the teeth stained, irritating the gum tissues and causing and worsening tooth decay, smoking cigarettes or chewing products made with tobacco can also cause bad breath.

Illnesses
There are illnesses that can leave the mouth with a foul odor.  Some of these are diabetes,  intolerance to lactose,  gum diseases or periodontal infection,  local infection of the respiratory tract and  infections of the throat such as tonsillitis and pharyngitis.  Others are Sjogren's syndrome which leaves the mouth dry, disease of the liver or kidney, chronic bronchitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease and chronic sinusitis which may be aggravated  by a post-nasal drip.

Use of dentures and dental appliances
When devices are used in the mouth to correct different dental anomalies, they can cause bad breath. This usually develops from the food particles that are not properly cleaned from the appliances. They then start forming bacteria and causing the teeth to rot as well as emitting a foul smell.

The same problem can also develop when dentures are loosely fitted in the mouth. They can keep grazing against the gums and leave sores and sometimes infections which can start giving off a bad smell.

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Morning breath

When you sleep, bacteria accumulates in the mouth which is why people wake up with a smelly mouth in the morning. When you are awake, saliva is continuously being produced and it cleanses the mouth of food particles thus odor-causing bacteria do not accumulate.

Also, some people tend to breath through the mouth when they are sleeping which incidentally also causes problems with snoring.  Breathing through the mouth leaves it dry which can make morning breath that much worse.

Curing bad breath

Fortunately, bad breath is a problem that can effectively be cured.  For starters, examine your diet if you find  some foods leave you with a smelly mouth. Eliminate them, consume them less frequently or reduce how much of them you use such as ginger and garlic. Also, examine your dental habits. Do floss as well brush and do replace a toothbrush with worn down bristles.

Morning breath can be tackled with mouth washes that are specially meant for use at night when saliva flow is reduced. Using mouthwash after brushing the teeth in the morning, sucking on breath mints and chewing sugarless gum also helps keep odors at bay after a spicy meal.

 

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Topics: bad breath, oral health, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist

10 ways to know you have bad breath

Posted by Darren Martin on Apr 15, 2013 5:24:00 PM

bad breathIf people tend to rub their noses or step back and start talking, you should get a clue. Also, if everything seems to be going well but your date suddenly pulls away when you go in for a kiss, bad breath may be the problem.

There are nine other ways to tell that you have a problem with bad breath.

1) Ask
Some people try to get a whiff of their breath by cupping the hand to the nose and sniffing. This only gives you the smell of your hand.  The human body tends to adopt so that you can smell other beings and things apart from yourself so you cannot an odor just by breathing into your hand.

If you see people tending to move away from you when you speak, ask someone whether you have bad breath. They may  have noticed it but avoided telling you because they didn't want to embarrass you.

2) Use a kit: 
If you are too embarrassed to ask, use a home testing kit to test your breath. The kits are available in chemists and they are very well priced. One version of it is a pocket-sized kit.  If the kit comes out clear after you put some saliva on it, you are in the clear but if comes out blue, your breath is less than fresh.


Whether you want to be sure that your breath is fresh before you step in for a job interview or ahead of a date, you can quickly use the kit and remedy the problem with a breath mint or breath spray if necessary. There are different versions of it which the smallest ones similar to a pack of gum in size to fit in a pocket or purse.

3) Wrist test
You can also be able to tell whether your breath is stale by licking the inside of the wrist, leaving this to dry for a minute and sniffing. The inner wrist is not constantly handling things so it can give you a true reading of your breath. You can also do this on the back of your hand. It works because if you have halitosis, sulphur salts will be transferred from your tongue to your skin.

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Another pointer to bad breath is a bad taste in your mouth. Your may not be able to smell your breath by cupping your hand to your noise and smelling it but you can certainly taste it.  You may notice an odor after a heavily spiced meal or after  taking an alcoholic or sugary drink.  Brushing and a swirl of mouthwash usually takes care of incidental causes of halitosis.

5) Halimeter test
The best way to test your breath is to have it checked at the dentist's office where it is tested with a halimeter.  A halimeter is an instrument that accurately measures the concentration of sulfide molecules in the breath and saliva.  There is a big difference in sulfide concentration between breath that is fresh and breath that is stale and this is the basis of the test.  The instrument is now widely used in dentists clinics and  it's the most accurate and honest way to test the state of your breath.

6) Testing with cotton
Another way to test is to with a piece of cotton gauze. Use some to wipe the back of the tongue and sniff it.  If it smells, then your breath smells. You may also see a yellow colored stain which is an indicator of higher than normal production of sulfide.

7) Testing with dental floss
You can find out if your breath is fresh using dental floss. Use some in between the teeth at the back which is where food particles are most likely to get caught. Smell the floss and you will get an idea of the odor others get whenbadbreath3 you speak.

8) Test with the mirror
Here is another method: stick out your tongue. Do this in front of mirror, bringing out your tongue as far as possible. If there is a white colored film on your tongue, you may have bad breath because of bacteria that lingers on this bio-film layer which keeps you emitting a bad smell.

9) The spoon test
You can also use a spoon to get to the back of the tongue. Invert a teaspoon and use it to scrap the back of your tongue. Do it gently so that you don't gag. If there is a whitish coating on the spoon, sniff it. It will most likely smell bad if there is a coating.

Help available
The first step to solving a problem is being aware of it. Take a first step with these nine testing methods or the first of paying attention to a tendency to turn away or step back when you speak. Then, take the next step of finding  effective solutions which are available.

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Topics: bad breath, get rid of bad breath, Dental Benefits

Let Your Smile Shine With Dental Implants

Posted by Darren Martin on Mar 5, 2013 1:18:00 PM

Are you tired of hiding your smile because of that badly chipped or missing tooth? Did you lose a tooth in a fall or a brawl and now can’t find that special someone because of the gap in your smile? Consider a dental implant.implants

 

Back in the day, dental implants used to be quite painful and laborious, sometimes taking almost a year to complete, and all the while burning a hole in your pocket. But today, you can receive a full dental implant in just a few months and at a fraction of what it used to cost

Dental implants are usually made of titanium and function as artificial roots for false teeth. A dentist or periodontist, working with a gum and bone specialist, surgically inserts the implant into the jaw bone. In a short amount of time, you have a durable, strong, stable, realistic looking new tooth or set of teeth.

 

A second type of dental implant functions as an anchor for dentures that can replace multiple teeth and be removed at will.

Dental implants are great for filling in that missing tooth and for replacing multiple missing teeth. They look and feel just like your real teeth and can greatly increase your chewing and flirting capacity.

A few other reasons to consider dental implants include:

 

 

  • Implants don’t slip like dentures or bridges.
  • Dental implants look more natural than dentures because the imitation tooth is directly attached to the implant in your jaw bone.
  • Implants require no annual or bi-annual maintenance and they last your whole life.
  • Implants create healthy, happy gums and bones since the anchor is not filled with bacteria from a sickly root or tooth.

The way it works is fairly straight forward, with the amount of time varying depending on the individual needs of each patient. It starts at your dentist’s office.

After the initial examination and consultation, you will receive a temporary cosmetic device to wear until your permanent dental implant is secured.

 

A team of dentists and specialist develop a surgical plant, which usually involves inserting a root replacement through the gum and into the jaw bone. Time is needed after the initial surgery for the implant to fuse to the bone before attaching the tooth. You feel no pain during this process as the anesthetic delivery is very sophisticated and effective.

The fusing of the bone and implant is a process called osseointegration. During this time, the gums also heal and become strong enough for the permanent tooth to be inserted by attaching the tooth to the implant. A custom designed crown can be attached to the post until the implant and gums are ready for the actual prosthetic tooth attachment. When the whole procedure is complete, the implant will be your new tooth or set of teeth for the remainder of your life – unless you find yourself in another brawl or fall.

 

So take care of your teeth.  They can make or break your smile and your smile can make or break that important interview, or that romantic date you’ve been trying to make happen.

How great will it feel to be able to smile without having to feel stressed out about your missing teeth? In fact, smiling is known to actually relieve stress. You deserve a smile that makes you feel good, not stressed. Consider a dental implant – talk with your dentist today and take your smile and your self seriously – and don’t forget to laugh too.

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Topics: fillings, dental fillings, oral health, missing teeth, childrens teeth, dentures, teeth implants, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, dental implants

The 10 Dental Mistakes That May Require An Emergency Dentist

Posted by Darren Martin on Jan 16, 2013 11:18:00 PM

If you have ever had to find an emergency dentist because you had excruciating pain, chances are that there are dental mistakes you have been making that led to such a situation.  Emergency trips  to the dentist  can be avoided if some dental mistakes are avoided.Dental Mistakes

1. Brushing too fast and too hard

Brushing too hard and too fast is actually scrubbing rather than brushing. This causes the enamel to erode so that with time, the teeth may become sensitive.  Gums can also start receding. It is enough to brush with firm strokes and not with a hard toothbrush.

2. Brushing right after eating or drinking acidic food and drinks
Acid is another thing that wears out the enamel. Brush your teeth at least half an hour after consuming something acidic or else you will be brushing the acid in and weakening the enamel.

3. Not brushing the teeth regularly
Ideally the teeth should be brushed after every meal so that the plaque does not get a chance to start causing havoc. This may be impractical but at the very least  teeth should be brushed at least twice a day.

4. Not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth
Another common mistake people make that could lead to a trip to an emergency dentist is not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth. A lot of people concentrate on the front surfaces and neglect the back of the teeth and the upper surfaces. With time, the plaque will start to eat into the teeth and cause cavities and loosen teeth as well as causing gum disease.

5. Not flossing
Flossing is as important as brushing. The fine thread gets in where brush bristles do not and it removes the fine scraps that will cause tooth decay as over time as plaque accumulates.
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6. Ignoring problems like bleeding gums
Signs like gums that bleed when the teeth are brushed should not be ignored. They are signs of a deeper underlying problem like gum disease. Some people just ignore this and other signs like bad breath that persists even soon after brushing.  It is not until there is excruciating pain or other symptom that a dentist is seen and most likely it will be an emergency dentist.

7. Not having regular check ups
This is something most of us dread right from childhood. This is mainly because we were taken to see the dentist for a aching tooth which has to be filled because there was a cavity. Dental visits were therefore associated with pain so even as grown-ups we tend to avoid the dentist. This is ironical because with frequent check-ups, problems can be caught early and addressed with no long or painful procedures.

8. Going for the least expensive and not necessarily the best dentist
Many people give priority to health insurance and many do not have adequate cover.  Standard health care policies don't include dental insurance so dental care visits have to be paid for out of pocket. Most people therefore opt for the cheapest dentist and don't bother to verify their credentials.

9. Not changing your toothbrush often which makes brushing ineffective
For a toothbrush to clean teeth well, the bristles have to be straight and firm. Toothbrushes should therefore be changed periodically because soft and bent bristles don't clean well. Even better, get an electric toothbrush that  cleans thoroughly every time.

10.  Excessive consumption of sugary and spicy foods and drinks

Diet and other lifestyle habits affect the state and appearance of the teeth. Those with an affinity for chocolates, candy, soda and other sugary things can expect cavities and frequent trips to an emergency dentist.  Smokers and  fans of spicy food can expect pronounced staining.

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