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That Cup of Coffee Might Be Compromising Your Smile

Posted by Darren Martin on Nov 1, 2016 12:12:20 PM

That Cup of Coffee Might Be Compromising Your Smile

An issue that doesn't seem to get enough traction, among coffee drinkers, is the beverage's affinity for producing stains. The longer coffee remains on your teeth, between brushing, the more likely you are to see discoloration along your enamel. If you're one of those people who craves a cup, during late evenings, to get you through the last of your favorite television reruns, you're doing better than most. Still, taking the proper steps to protect your teeth is essential. The first thing you should understand is how coffee stains occur and why being proactive is vital to your oral health.

 

Protecting Your Enamel

Anytime you eat or drink, bacteria, food particles, and liquids become trapped in the tiny clefts in your enamel. Pigmented drinks, like coffee, are especially problematic and will cause permanent stains if not they are not quickly addressed. Some experts suggest brushing or rinsing, at the very least, after consumption, but others say neither will effectively prevent stains. Flossing regularly, and using an electric toothbrush is recommended; however, the best prevention method and the most practical solution for preserving adequate oral hygiene is periodic visits to the dentist.

 

Does Rinsing Really Help?

Those who warn against brushing as a sole means of protecting your teeth do so for good reason. The acid in coffee eats away at enamel. If you're like many people, coffee is an absolute necessity. In that case, rinsing after every few sips can be helpful as a temporary solution, but keeping up that habit can be exhausting. Just be sure to check daily for any changes to your teeth, and schedule teeth whitening with your South Carolina dentist as soon as you notice any yellowing or other discoloration.

 

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Using a Straw Won't Prevent Stains

You've probably heard, at least on one occasion, someone suggest a straw as a way to send the liquid straight down your throat. "Does this method really work?" you're probably wondering. To answer your question, "yes and no." It may help prevent coffee stains from appearing on the visible areas of your teeth, but the acid still splashes against backs of them, leaving your enamel vulnerable to dangerous erosion. Once that protective layer starts to break down, you'll lose the best natural defense you have against not only stains, but also tooth decay. When using a straw, you should still remember to take additional precautions just to be safe.

Are Teeth Whitening Strips Overrated?

Using Whitening strips is certainly one method of getting rid of coffee stains if they happen to occur. However, you'll want to avoid using them as an excuse to gratify that coffee addiction. The problem is not that they don't work, but you should always be reluctant when considering any supermarket solutions. Some whitening strips are laced with an acid called chlorine dioxide, used to sanitize swimming pools. Inside your mouth, this substance does much more harm than good, eating away enamel and ruining the hard work you've invested into maintaining your impeccable oral hygiene.

 

The best way to protect your teeth is distancing yourself from all things espresso, but since that's not a reality for most coffee drinkers, cutting back on refills could also be helpful. Some sources, including NPR, say around three cups of coffee per day is acceptable. Of course, that won't help keep your enamel intact. The best alternative for combating stains and holding on to that winning smile is scheduling a consultation with Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry. 

Topics: Halitosis, teeth whitening

4 Ways To Spot Gum Disease

Posted by Darren Martin on May 27, 2015 2:03:00 PM

Left untreated, gum disease could lead to a number of systemic issues—including increasing the risk of a heart attack. We can prevent, or treat, gum disease—but first you have to find out if you are at-risk for gum disease! Here are the top 4 ways to spot gum disease. 

Bad Breath That Won’t Go Away-

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Gum disease is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Improper brushing, flossing and overall oral healthcare can cause plaque build up. If you have persistent bad breath, your chances for gum disease are higher than others. While not all with bad breath have gum disease, it is an important factor to consider when visiting your dentist. 

Red or swollen gums-

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Inflammation in the gums usually comes from accumulated bacteria that have attached to your healthy gums. If your gums are swollen or red, this is one of the largest signs of gum disease and you should consult with your dentist on proper steps to alleviate the problem.

Bleeding While Brushing, Flossing or Eating Hard Food

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Gum disease makes your gums very weak and thus, brushing, flossing or even eating certain foods can make your gums bleed. Pay special attention to your gums as you floss or brush. Though not all bleeding comes from gum disease (sometimes you’re just brushing too hard), blood in the gums is something to monitor. Consult with your dentist if you have persistent bleeding while brushing or flossing.

Sores in your mouth

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Sores in your mouth is a large sign of gum disease. It means bacteria has accumulated and is affecting the region so much that it is infiltrating your system. If you have sores in your mouth, see a dentist immediately to be tested for gum disease or other systemic issues. 

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How the Halimeter can fight bad breath

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 14, 2014 6:59:00 PM

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis is an embarrassing problem. It is embarrassing to the person who has the problem and those around them like friends, family and colleagues who may find it difficult to approach them about their problem.

Odd reactions from people around you may tip you off that you may have halitosis. If you suspect so, it is advisable to take measures to take care of the problem right away.

Why use a halimeter ?

A halimeter is a small machine that is used to take a reading of your breath. It resembles the desktop breath analyzer machines used by police officers. It was first invented in the 1970s to measure the level of pollutant volatile sulfur in the air. It was later developed for oral use. You will blow into a special tube and the machine will indicate the enzymes and chemicals that are in your breath. You then keep using the halimeter regularly at the dentist's office to monitor the levels of these enzymes and chemicals while continuing with measures to remedy the problem.

What causes halitosis

Halitosis is most commonly caused by three chemicals; dimethyl sulfide, hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan. When you find out which ones are giving you bad breath, you have a better chance of getting rid of the problem for good.

Working with the dentist

It is advisable to work on the problem of bad breath with a dentist. In addition to administering a breath test with the halimeter, they will also give you a complete dental exam and note down your health history. Doing so may unearth other causes of the problem such as a decaying tooth that needs to be removed, a cavity, gum disease or an abscess.

With the check-up and your health history, the dentist may unearth other causes of bad breath which sometimes are medical reasons. If they suspect that you have an underlying medical condition like problems with your liver or heart which are potentially fatal, they will refer you to a doctor for a check up.

Another way a dentist will help you conquer the problem is by charting your progress as you go on with measures to counter it. They will keep giving you breath tests using a halimeter to see if the measures you are taking are working.

Cure, don't cover

Perhaps you have tried to get rid of the problem yourself by using breath sprays, breath mints and chewing gum. These may cover up the problem for a while after using them but they will not get rid of the problem completely. Also, sometimes the problem may be chronic halitosis.

Chronic halitosis


The problem of bad breath is chronic in some people. This means that with some measures, the problem goes away only to reappear again after a while. This is why working with a dentist is important. If the problem is chronic, the dentist will definitely send you off for a physical examination.

Possibilities like medication that you are using long-term such as for the heart, liver, blood pressure and diabetes which may be drying out your mouth will be explored. The dentist will also look closely at your lifestyle habits. Your diet and how much water you consume per day will also be looked at.

Consuming heavily spiced foods for instance, will definitely compromise efforts to completely eliminate your halitosis problem. Drinking heavy amounts of alcohol frequently also contributes to the problem. Another habit your doctor will look at is how much water you consume every day. When you have a problem with bad breath, it is important to keep sipping on water frequently. This increases the flow of saliva in the mouth which keeps washing away the bacteria that would otherwise linger in the mouth and cause bad breath.

Sorting out teeth problems

Another reason that it is best to work with a dentist is that they can advice you on treatments that may help to sort out the problem. For instance, if you have gaps in between your teeth or if they are crooked, there will be food particles that remain lodged in them even after brushing and flossing. This is the reason why older people, who typically have missing teeth, tend to have the problem of halitosis compared to young people.

It would therefore be advisable to have treatments done to straighten your teeth and close the gaps in between. There are a number of effective ways to do this including wearing braces or Invisalign which are invisible aligners.   

All fresh, all the time

It is rare that a dentist using a halimeter will be unable to get to the root of the problem of bad breath and prescribe measures to combat it. Engage one and get rid of the embarrassing problem once and for all.

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Topics: bad breath, invisalign vs braces, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, periodontal disease

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Permanently

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 12, 2014 11:03:00 PM

Everyone wakes up with breath that is not fresh in the morning. This is because bacteria keep multiplying in the mouth at night and there is no continuous flow of saliva to get wash it away as is the case during waking hours. This is easily sorted out when the teeth are brushed and flossed. Eating specific foods such as onions, garlic and heavily spiced food can also leave one with bad breath. Again, this is easily taken care of with a toothbrush and toothpaste or some gum.

 

If the problem goes beyond this for you and bad breath persists throughout the day, then it is necessary to take measures to get rid of bad breath that go beyond brushing and flossing the teeth.

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Not sure you have the problem?

Not everyone who has bad breath is aware that they have the problem. People's odd reactions when you open your mouth to speak are a clue but there are ways to confirm your suspicions. The scientific way is to use a bad breath meter which measures the quantity of sulfides in your breath.

At home, one way to find out if your breath smells is to take a piece of gauze and wipe it on your tongue. If the gauze comes out with a yellow color or with a smell, it is an indicator of high levels of sulfides in your body. Sulfides are the cause of bad breath. Another way is to lick the back of your hand and smell it after 10 minutes. If they are present, sulfur salts will remain and they will smell. A third way is to floss your teeth at the back and smell the floss.

 

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath 

Having established that there is a problem, do the following to get fresh breath;

  1. Don't slack off about brushing and flossing your teeth. Do so after every meal. Carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to work if you have to so you can brush your teeth after lunch. Getting dental check-ups twice a year is also important. Sometimes, bad breath is an indicator of a serious problem like unclean dentures, an abscess, gum disease or a tooth that is decaying.
  2. Clean your tongue as you clean your teeth. The top of the tongue is a place that bacteria love to lodge, especially at the back of the mouth.  If the mouth is not cleaned after eating, a lot of remains are left here which bacteria start working on and causing odor. Swirling water around the mouth after eating can take care of this such as after having a snack when the teeth won't be brushed. Using a tongue scraper every time along with brushing the teeth is also advisable.
  3. What you eat also matters in you are trying to get rid of bad breath. Crisp, fresh foods naturally clean the teeth. This includes fruits and vegetables like apples, lettuce, carrots, pears and raw cucumber. Such foods also add antioxidants that boost health, including dental health.
  4. Another way to use what Mother Nature provides to get rid of bad breath is to use herbs. Chewing raw parsley naturally cleans the palates and gets rid of odors. Cardamom is also effective in fighting bad breath when used to cook meals. Sipping on black and green tea as well as herbal tea like peppermint tea also works
  5. Eating a diet low in carbohydrates to lose or maintain weight can also result in bad breath. Such a diet makes the body release ketones. These are foul-smelling chemicals that are released from the body through the breath.
  6. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in the mouth so bacteria are washed away. The key is to ensure that the gum is sugarless. Gum with sugar should be avoided because sugar ferments bacteria which will worsen the problem. Apart from sugarless gum, try and drastically cut down or completely avoid sugary foods and drinks and minimize the amount you add to your tea and coffee.
  7. Dehydration also causes bad breath. Increase your intake of water. Keep sipping water all day rather than lug it down only after meals. It will keep your mouth clean and odor-free.
  8. If the problem of a smelly mouth comes on suddenly, the culprit might be medication you have started taking. Some drugs given for high-blood pressure, allergies and depression may make your mouth dry which can cause it to smell. Talk to your doctor or take extra water and chew sugarless gum.
  9. Using mouth washes also helps to get rid of bad breath. Just avoid the type with alcohol as they make the mouth dry and worsen the problem.
  10. If all fails, visit Davis and Dingle. We've got you covered. 

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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