Causes and Treatments for Bad Breath

I once heard someone say that, “A good friend is someone who will tell you when you have bad breath.”  Bad breath is a common problem that can be very embarrassing to deal with.  Some cases of bad breath can be caused by eating certain foods such as onions or garlic.  This type of bad breath can be easily dealt with by simply rinsing your mouth and/or brushing your teeth after a meal containing these foods.  Mouthwash, breath mints or gum can also be used if you do not have water or a tooth brush readily available.

Bad breath can also be caused by bacteria in your mouth.  Practicing good oral hygiene such as brushing thoroughly at least twice daily and flossing at least once daily as well as visiting a dentist for regular dental cleanings and checkups can go a long way in eliminating the bacteria that causes bad breath.

In other cases, bad breath can be a sign of a more serious dental health issue including periodontal disease, tooth infections or abscessed teeth.  To effectively treat this type of bad breath, it is necessary to first identify and treat the cause of the problem.  If your bad breath is being caused by periodontal disease, your dentist may recommend an anti-microbial rinse or a deep cleaning process (scaling and root planing).  In severe cases, oral surgery may be required to arrest the progression of periodontal disease.  If your bad breath is being caused by an infected or abscessed tooth, a root canal procedure or even an extraction may be required to eliminate the infection.

Finally, some cases of bad breath can be caused by dry mouth: a common side effect of many medications.  If this is the case, your physician may try to substitute your medication with another type that does not cause dry mouth.  You can also buy products that help to moisten your mouth and apply them throughout the day.

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What To Do About Your Silver Amalgam Fillings

If you have old silver amalgam fillings in your mouth, you may be wondering whether or not you should have them removed and replaced with another type of filling material such as composite resin or porcelain.  You may have heard about the safety concerns surrounding silver amalgam fillings due to the fact that they contain Mercury: a powerful neurotoxin.  At certain levels, exposure to Mercury can cause neurological issues, autoimmune disease, chronic illnesses and mental disorders.  The important question to ask is whether or not the quantity of Mercury vapor in our silver amalgam fillings and a constant exposure poses a significant health risk.  This question is currently being debated among dental professionals all over the world.

In the past, silver amalgam was the primary material used to fill dental cavities.  This is because silver amalgam is relatively inexpensive compared to other materials and is extremely durable.  In the past, most people were not aware of the fact that silver amalgam fillings contain Mercury.  Today, most people are aware of this fact and are also aware of the risks associated with Mercury exposure.  For this reason, many people are opting for dental fillings made from different materials such as composite resin and porcelain.  Others are choosing theses options because composite resin and porcelain fillings can both be made to closely match the color of your teeth for a more natural and attractive appearance.

If you are worried about your old silver amalgam fillings and are interested in having them removed and replaced with materials that do not contain Mercury, talk to your dentist today.  If you do decide to have them removed, it is important that you visit a dentist who is familiar with this process and follows the guidelines established to protect you from exposure to Mercury vapor while they are being removed.

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Exercise and Your Oral Health

We all know that exercise is good for us.  Exercise is good for your cardiovascular health.  It is also good for your mental health as exercising releases endorphins which can help to reduce your stress level.  The fact that exercise is good for your overall health is pretty widely known but did you know that exercise can also benefit your oral health?

There have been a number of studies linking exercise with improved oral health.  A study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that one’s level of physical activity may lead to healthier teeth and gums.  During the clinical trial, researchers from the University of Florida measured the Body Mass Index (BMI), body fat percentage and maximal oxygen consumption in a group of volunteers.  These factors were then used to determine each volunteer’s weight control and exercise capabilities.  Next, the researchers assessed each volunteer’s oral health.  The researchers discovered that individuals who maintained a healthy weight and exercised regularly were less likely to develop gum disease.

This is good news as gum (periodontal) disease is a common problem affecting many adults in America.  Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues supporting your teeth.  If not treated properly, it can lead to serious dental health problems.  In fact, periodontal disease is currently the number one cause of tooth loss in adults in the United States.

This is just another good reason to lace up those running shoes and head out on the trail!  Whether it is running, walking, swimming or biking, regular exercise is good for your overall health.  So smile and get moving!

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Fluoride and the Risk for Tooth Decay

Most of us are aware of the fact that Fluoride helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay.  This is why fluoride is often added to water as well as toothpastes and mouth rinses.  Many dental practices across the United States also offer professional Fluoride treatments as an important part of a preventive dental treatment plan.  However, in the past, it has not been fully understood just exactly how Fluoride reduces the risk of tooth decay.  New research recently published in the American Chemical Society (ACS) Journal, Langmuir, sheds some new light on this very old topic.

Earlier research has firmly established the fact that Fluoride helps to harden the enamel coating that serves to protect teeth from harmful, decay-causing bacteria.  Newer research than this also showed that Fluoride penetrates into and hardens a much thinner layer of enamel than previously thought.  The most recent research has shown that Fluoride also works by affecting the adhesion force of bacteria that stick to the teeth and produce the acid that can cause dental carries (cavities).  The experiments revealed that Fluoride reduces the ability of harmful bacteria to stick to the teeth, thus making it easier to wash it away with saliva and brushing.

Now that you know that Fluoride can be very beneficial to your dental health, how can you get it?  There are a variety of ways to get Fluoride into your system including in your diet or water, through topical applications such as toothpastes and mouth rinses, via professional applications (gels, foams or varnishes) applied in a dental office, and as supplements via prescription from a dentist. If you need Fluoride to protect the long-term health of your teeth, your dentist will be able to recommend the most appropriate method to fit your needs.

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Cosmetic Dentistry: Is It For Me?

If you were not blessed with a perfect smile, you are not alone.  After all, not all of us are lucky enough to have naturally beautiful, pearly white, straight teeth.  However, this does not mean that you cannot have a perfect smile; it just may take a little bit of effort and realistically, a financial investment, in order for you to reach your goal.  Fortunately, thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry and dental technology, cosmetic dentistry has become a viable and affordable option for many people.  So, is it right for you?  You are the only one who can answer this question. However, if you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile and it is negatively affecting your confidence and your quality of life, it is at least worth your time to schedule a smile consultation with a qualified cosmetic dentist.  A qualified dentist can help you determine the most appropriate cosmetic dental treatments needed to enhance the appearance of your smile while staying within your budget.  And, many cosmetic dental practices, including Pure Dental Health in Atlanta, offer flexible and in-house financing plans to help you cover the costs of your treatment.

So, what are your options for achieving a more beautiful, confident smile?  There are many.  If your teeth are discolored or stained, teeth whitening can be used to help you achieve a brighter, more vibrant smile.  If your teeth are unevenly gapped or spaced, porcelain veneers or adult braces may be used to help you achieve a more balanced and beautiful smile.  If you are missing a teeth or multiple teeth, a dental bridge or dental implants may be used to fill the space and restore both the form and function of your smile.  If you currently have old metal fillings, they can be replaced with tooth colored fillings for a more natural appearance.  The options are endless.  In some cases, a combination of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures may be required to achieve your goal.  This is referred to as a “Complete Smile Makeover” or “Full Mouth Rehabilitation”.

The bottom line is that you do not have to continue to be embarrassed or ashamed of your smile.  With expert cosmetic dentistry, it is now possible for you to achieve the smile you have always wanted!  Call Pure Dental Health today and schedule a smile consultation with Dr. Justin Scott so we can get started.  You are going to love your smile!

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The Benefits of a Beautiful Smile

When we smile, it makes us feel good.  Why is this?  It is because smiling can boost your mood and your immune system.  And guess what, smiling can make others around you feel better too because smiling is contagious.  When you smile at someone, chances are they will smile back.  Besides, studies have shown that it is actually easier to smile than it is to frown because smiling involves fewer facial muscles.  Here are some other fascinating facts about smiling:

1.  Smiling is a universal sign of happiness that is recognized by different cultures all over the world.  When we smile, we are all speaking the same  language.

2.  You are born with the ability to smile.  Even babies who are blind are able to smile proving that this is not a learned behavior.

3.  Smiling frequently increases your chances of getting promoted as people who smile often are perceived as more attractive, confident and sociable.

Hopefully, this information has given you a good reason to smile.  However, for many people, smiling can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.  If you have teeth that are crooked, discolored, gapped, unevenly spaced or missing, you may not enjoy smiling.  Laughing, talking and engaging in any type of social interactions may be difficult.  However, this does not have to be the case!  With today’s advances in dental technology and cosmetic dentistry, there are lots of reasons to smile.  With cosmetic dental procedures such as teeth whitening, cosmetic veneers, adult braces and dental implants, it is now possible for almost anyone to achieve the smile of their dreams.  And, many cosmetic dental practices including Pure Dental Health in Atlanta offer flexible and in-house financing plans to help with the cost of treatment.  If you are currently unhappy with the appearance of your smile, call Pure Dental Health today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Justin Scott so we can give you a good reason to smile!

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