Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by many things. It may be the result of odor-causing foods, tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease, continued mouth dryness, use of tobacco products, sinus or respiratory infections, some medical disorders, inadequate oral hygiene or some medications. Your dentist can help identify the cause and, if it’s due to an oral condition, can develop a treatment plan to eliminate this common source of embarrassment.
How To Brush Your Teeth
Always use a soft toothbrush for thorough but gentle cleaning. After each meal or at least twice a day. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle. Begin by brushing the outside of the front teeth. Use a gentle back-and-forth motion.
How to Floss
Wind 18″ of floss around your two middle fingers. Gently guide the floss between teeth. To remove plaque and debris, gently move the floss up and down against the tooth. As you move from tooth to tooth, use a fresh section of floss each time.
Teeth Clenching (Bruxism)
Bruxism is the technical term for forcible grinding and clenching of the teeth. It usually happens at night, during sleep, although some people grind their teeth during the day as well. Most people who grind their teeth are over 25 years old,…
Tooth sensitivity is a common problem for most people. Our teeth can be greatly affected by hot, cold, sweet, and sour food or drink. Over-enthusiastic brushing, recession of gums, gum disease (periodontitis) all can expose the soft, porous structure of the tooth (dentin), making it susceptible to external stimuli…