Wearing masks to protect you and others from COVID 19 has also brought out more awareness of bad breath. Under that cloth or surgical mask, there is just no where for your breath to go making you more aware of bad breath issues.
First steps to the one-two knockout punch to get rid of bad breath is to determine what is causing it. There are several factors that can contribute to bad breath and they include:
- Chronic acid reflux
- Chronic dry mouth
- Kidney failure
- Tooth decay or gum disease, which results from plaque build-up
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Tobacco use
- Untreated tonsilitis
- Allergy-related postnasal drip or respiratory infections like sinusitis or bronchitis
Determining the primary reason for bad breath will assist you in addressing the problem. Also having a good thorough oral care routine that includes brushing your teeth twice a day and daily flossing that will remove [ . . . ]
Fluoride is recognized by the ADA (American Dental Association) as a safe and effective way in preventing tooth decay for both children and adults. Community water fluoridation continues to be one of the most effective ways to be sure you are provided the fluoride needed.
However, many people do not realize that the bottled water they are drinking does [ . . . ]
While wearing a face mask is important to keep us safe from COVID-19, new medical and oral health issues are becoming apparent from the long period of time that many of us are having to wear them.
You also may have now noticed the smell of your own breath as well as other oral health issues.
Face masks are saving us from COVID-19
Every time we say a single phrase, we release hundreds of respiratory droplets that can be transmitted several feet away. These tiny droplets are almost impossible to track and therefore just as difficult to tell who is infected or not.
The face mask will protect and help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 by stopping the droplets from being transmitted. [ . . . ]
Many of us equate having braces right along with one of the rituals of being a teenager that started in the mid 1900’s. The history of creating that perfect smile can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans.
Today we find that the field of orthodontics has morphed substantially over the last quarter century.
By using 3D dental imaging, orthodontists are now able to get a more [ . . . ]
Most of us know that to improve your oral health with what you eat, you need to cut back on all those tempting sugary snacks. There are other ways to improve your smile through your diet! It also has additional benefits for your body’s health when you cut back on sugar while boosting the health of your mouth! Here are a few suggestions for snacking to naturally keep your smile shining and strong.
THOSE RAW VEGGIES SUCH AS CARROTS, CELERY, AND CUCUMBERS
You are probably not surprised that raw vegetables end up on most lists of healthy snacks. What you may not know is that raw vegetables that are high in fiber can help prevent tooth decay? While you are enjoying them, you are also gently scrubbing your teeth as you chew them. This will remove plaque that would have otherwise caused cavities. When you are chewing raw vegetables, it will encourage [ . . . ]
There’s more than one smart way to brush your teeth.
But is there a clear better way? One of the great dental debates is manual toothbrushes vs. electric toothbrushes. One is a trusted, reliable, proven tooth cleaner. One is a technologically advanced cleaning method that provides in-depth and thorough tooth care.
As the American Dental Association (ADA) notes, both electric and manual toothbrushes [ . . . ]
When it comes to a tooth, gray is a scary color indicating oral health issues and aging, worn-down teeth. Gray teeth sometimes happen through no fault of their owners.
“For some people, no matter how often they brush and floss, their teeth never turn that pearly white,” Colgate.com’s Jenny Green notes.
But why do teeth turn gray?
The Tetracyline Effect
For older Americans, the reason [ . . . ]
Gingivitis and Periodontitis, two words you do not want coming out of your dentist’s mouth at your next checkup. We’ll pause to let everyone take a deep breath here.
Their unpleasant names alone are enough to scare anyone hoping to emerge from their next dental exam with a clean bill of oral health into brushing and flossing more thoroughly and regularly. But what is the difference [ . . . ]
ADA Cautions Popular Brightening Fad Can Be Dangerous To Teeth’s Health
Charcoal isn’t just for grilling anymore.
Today, the popular cooking mainstay of America’s backyard grills is being used as an ingredient for everything from drinks to skin care to hair care. Believe it or not, people coast to coast are turning to “natural” charcoal toothpastes to whiten their teeth. A brushing method first practiced by the ancient [ . . . ]
A Quick History Lesson
- 3,000 B.C.: Hesi-Re, the world’s earliest known dentist, sets up shop in Egypt. He hands out crude toothbrushes made from twigs and leaves.
- 500 B.C.: Ancient Greeks develop one of the world’s first toothpastes, creating a mixture that contained iron rush and coral powder to clean their teeth. In China, early dentists mix soot, honey, crushed egg shells and ground ox’s hooves to deliver Asia’s first tooth cleaning paste.
- 1,000 A.D.: A majority of people believe tooth pain is caused by tiny tooth worms instead of cavities.
- 1498: Chinese dentists develop the world’s first bristle toothbrush by attaching coarse boar hairs to handles made of bamboo or bone.
- 1945: A majority of Americans begin brushing their teeth daily.
Dental care and knowledge has come a long, long way over the last 5,000 years. Today, Americans are spending on average 38.5 total days of their lives brushing their teeth, a time investment that can lead to a lifetime of strong oral health. Nearly all Americans know the immense benefits of teeth brushing, but do you know these lesser known facts about teeth?
Facts About Teeth You Might Not Know
Knowledge is power, and these facts [ . . . ]