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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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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, oral health, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, blood when brushing, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits, gum disease, heart problems

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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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

10 Tips to Eliminating that Unpleasant Bad Breath

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Nov 9, 2011 3:20:00 PM

One of the questions that is often asked to practitioners of family dentistry is, "How do I get rid of bad breath?" We would like to offer 10 tips to help you eliminbad breathate bad breath so that you can be at your best and have a healthy, fresh, and clean mouth all day long.
1. See your dentist or doctor. In some cases, bad breath is a symptom of a dental or medical condition. If you have persistent bad breath, please see your family dental professional or your family doctor to address the root of this symptom.
2. Floss every night. Really. At least once a night, if not after every meal. If you are serious about correcting bad breath, you need to floss and remove the tiny bits of food that your brush misses. Dental professionals recommend the "tiny tree" single use flossing devices - many dentists and men and women on the go keep a bag of these on hand in their car, workplace, gym bag, and handbag to be ready to floss whenever necessary.
3. Use mouthwash. Antiseptic mouthwashes, used frequently, can kill germs that lead to bad breath. Find a flavor you like and keep a bottle in your desk drawer or in your car so that you can rinse after every meal.
4. Carry a toothbrush. You really should brush after every meal to prevent food from getting trapped between your teeth, which can lead to bad breath and tooth decay. Having a toothbrush on hand will help keep your breath fresh.
5. Use a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers, available at grocery stores, health food markets, pharmacies, and at family dentistry centers, help you scrape away the germs and buildup that lead to bad breath.
6. Buy a pack of Waterpik. Your floss and brush can't reach everywhere. Use a Waterpik to get rid of the germs that lead to bad breath. Family dental centers sell or can recommend the perfect Waterpik and brushing system for you and your family to use.
7. Consider your diet. Your diet affects your breath. Pay close attention to foods that give you bad breath and avoid them whenever you need your breath to be in top form
8. Quit smoking. This is a surefire way to get rid of bad breath and other medical problems. Not to mention, it'll get you that extra step closer to a whiter smile!
9. Drink more water. By staying hydrated, you can help your body flush out the toxins that lead to bad breath
10. Chew some parsley. There is a reason that parsley is used as a garnish - it's great at correcting bad breath! While it might not be practical to carry a sprig with you at all times, family dentistry professionals recommend keeping some on hand in the refrigerator.
We wish you the best of luck and hope that our tips help you eliminate bad breath. As a family ourselves, we want to ensure that your entire family has healthy and clean teeth and feels great about their smiles and breath!
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Optimizing your Dental Insurance in Columbia, South Carolina

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Oct 25, 2011 10:02:00 AM

Dental health is one of the foundations for excellent overall health. When it is time for your or a member of your family's bi-annual dental visit or any specialized dental procedures, the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to cover the bill. Unless you want to pay for all of your family dentistry expenses out of your pocket, the best option is to be covered by a a dental plan.

What is Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance provides a percentage of coverage for you and your family on most preventative and restorative dental procedures. Preventive, or routine cleanings may not be that expensive but when it comes to filling cavities, root canals, or replacing missing teeth, these procedures will be quite a bit more in price. That is where dental insurance becomes very helpful. Think of it like a coupon. It covers a portion of the cost of your services, but not the full amount. The annual benefit generally depends on the type plan you or your employer selects. So it is very important to read your policy carefully and ask your insurance provider questions so that you understand what your dental insurance covers and what it does not.

How do I Get Insurance?

Many employers offer dental insurance for you and your family. You pay for the premium out of your salary. If your employer does not offer dental insurance, you can buy it from a number agencies in South Carolina. Another option is to consult special interest groups that you belong to that may carry group dental insurance policies. These groups include: sororities or fraternities, churches, alumni associations, etcetera. What Are My Options? There are several different plans offered for family dentistry. A traditional dental plan allows you to pay your premium weekly or monthly, depending on the policy. These are found through your employer or an agent. A voluntary group plan is when you get a group of people together and purchase a plan. This helps with lowering the cost of insurance.

Why Should I Purchase Dental Insurance?

Dental Insurance is relatively inexpensive, especially when you look at how much you would spend on dental work in the the long run. You can save a significant amount of money and be assured that you are covered when an emergency arises.

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Again, when choosing your insurance coverage, make sure you read the policy carefully so that you know what is covered. Also take note to see if you can decide on what dentist you would like to see or if you are restricted. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is right for you and your family.

Topics: Family dentistry, oral health, Insurance, Dental Benefits