Few things can be as embarrassing as chronic bad breath. In addition to affecting your social life, halitosis may also be a sign of serious dental issues. Dr. Naik discusses the causes of bad breath and the steps you can take to keep your breath fresh.
What causes bad breath? A variety of factors can lead to bad breath. Once common cause is dry mouth. When we take certain medications or drink products containing caffeine, the saliva in our mouth dries up. Saliva is the body’s natural means of cleansing the mouth of bacteria and food particles. Without saliva, bacteria thrive, breaking down food particles and releasing foul odors. Poor oral hygiene, such as rarely brushing or flossing, also allows bacteria to multiply and feed on stray food debris. Finally, one of the early symptoms of gum disease is bad breath. Gum disease occurs when bacteria irritate the gums, leading to gingivitis. Over time, the gums may start to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. When bacteria invade these pockets, the onset of gum disease begins. If left untreated, gum disease may lead to sore gums and even tooth loss.
How do you fight bad breath? First, always maintain proper dental habits. You should brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and always rinse afterward with an antibacterial mouthwash. These simple measures help remove the bacteria and food particles that cause halitosis. You should also attend regular checkups and cleanings with Dr.Naik. During a checkup and cleaning, Dr. Naik will pinpoint the cause of your bad breath and prescribe the treatment necessary to ensure good dental health and fresh, clean breath. Finally, cut down on foods high in sugars and other starches. These foods and drinks can often lead to dry mouth and plaque buildup, which eventually cause bad breath and the development of gum disease or tooth decay.
Our dental practice enthusiastically shares our knowledge and skill set with patients to maintain smiles’ health and vitality. We listen. We care. Dr. Naik looks forward to giving you and others in Moreno Valley, CA the gift of a lovely smile. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment 951-924-2700!
Which do you use, a manual or an electric toothbrush? While both provide the care necessary to help your smile remain free of decay or gum disease, many people ask which is the better choice. Dr. Naik explains the key differences between electric and manual toothbrushes, while offering tips on proper brushing techniques.
According to the American Dental Association, both electric and manual toothbrushes will successfully clean your teeth if used properly. From there, the issue becomes one of preference. Some people have difficulty with their dexterity. Whether due to age or arthritis, in these cases an electric toothbrush often makes thorough brushing easier. Parents sometimes prefer electric toothbrushes for their children simply because kids find the electric models fun. So, which do you prefer? Remember, when choosing a brush, electric or manual, always look for the seal of approval from the American Dental Association.
To keep your teeth happy and healthy, you should brush at least twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. Try to brush for a minimum of two minutes, taking care to reach the molars in the back of the mouth, as well as the inner surfaces of your teeth. When you brush, avoid rough, horizontal strokes. This can irritate your gums and wear away the enamel on your teeth. Use soft, short, circular movements instead. Replace your toothbrush, or in the case of the electric models, the head, often. Harmful bacteria can adhere to the bristles of your brush, especially after a bout with illness. To prevent reintroducing bacteria, make sure your bristles are dry before each use and regularly replace your brush or brush head. Correct brushing helps your smile stay free of unsightly stains, tooth decay, and even the harmful symptoms of gum disease.
Our dental practice enthusiastically shares our knowledge and skill set with patients to maintain smiles’ health and vitality. We listen. We care. Dr. Naik looks forward to giving you and others in Moreno Valley the gift of a lovely smile. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment at 951-924-2700!
A healthy diet protects both your teeth and your overall health. Many people don’t realize how beneficial proper nutrition can be for their smiles. A healthy meal aids in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, avoiding foods and drinks detrimental to your dental health also help prevent tooth stains. In order to keep your smile beautiful and bright, Dr. Naik would like to discuss some tips for maintaining a healthy and balanced diet.
When we consume foods and drinks high in sugars and other starches, we increase the presence of oral acids in our mouths. These acids lead to enamel erosion, weakening our teeth’s defenses against bacteria. Over time, our teeth become vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. If left untreated, patients may even run the risk of suffering from a dental abscess, or infected tooth. When possible, try to avoid snacks such as chips or candy and cut down on the consumption of sodas or other caffeinated drinks.
Instead of indulging in foods and drinks high in sugar, try substituting unhealthy snacks with fresh fruits and vegetables. While certain fruits, such as apples, contain sugar, they also contain high amounts of water to help cleanse the sugar from your teeth. For people who chew gum, switch to a sugar-free alternative. Sugar-free gum helps patients avoid decay while increasing the production of saliva, your body’s natural means of rinsing away sugar and food particles. Tea sweetened with artificial sweeteners or sparkling water offer refreshing alternatives to sugar-laden soft drinks.
Along with eating a proper diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, patients should also practice regular dental maintenance. Always brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, as well. These simple steps help your mouth stay free of harmful bacteria and stray food particles, helping prevent tooth decay and keeping your smile free of unsightly discoloration.
Our dental practice enthusiastically shares our knowledge and skill set with patients to maintain smiles’ health and vitality. We listen. We care. Dr. Naik looks forward to giving you and others in Moreno Valley the gift of a lovely smile. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment at 951-924-2700.