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19Mar

No one wants to be saddled with chronic bad breath, but this issue is an unfortunate reality for many dental patients. That is why our Glendale dentists are here to help our patients defeat bad breath for good. As you read through this short article, consider how you may incorporate breath-freshening habits into your own routine.

  • Diet

There are certain foods that affect breath temporarily: things like onions, garlic, and seasoned meats. This type of bad breath is usually temporary, and resolves on its own. Chronic bad breath, on the other hand, is often the results of an overabundance of bacteria in the mouth; bacteria actually release unpleasant odors when they feed and grow. By minimizing the sugars and refined carbohydrates in your diet, you can make it harder for oral bacteria to thrive.

  • Oral Hygiene

There are specially formulated toothpastes and mouth rinses on the market that help to freshen breath by killing bacteria and upping saliva production. But, the number one thing that you can do to keep bad breath in check is to follow your dentist-recommended brushing and flossing plan to the letter. Cleaning your smile of accumulated plaque every single day helps to freshen breath. Make sure that, when you’re flossing, you’re going all the way down into your gum tissue.

  • Dental Health

Sometimes chronic bad breath is the result of an existing dental infection, like a cavity or gum disease. In these cases, you likely won’t succeed in beating bad breath until you have the underlying infection treated; there are simply too many bacteria entrenched in your teeth or gums.

The good news is that no matter how persistent and unpleasant your bad breath may be, our Glendale dentists can help you achieve a fresh and clean smile again. Don’t wait to get the treatment you need—give our team a call to schedule a personal consultation! 

05Mar

There are a number of different underlying dental problems that can manifest as jaw pain; while you may not be able to tell exactly why this pain is occurring on your own, our Glendale dentists want to encourage you not to ignore it. Seeking prompt treatment for jaw pain can help you avoid more severe, and costly, dental health problems down the road.

Jaw pain may pop up due to:

  • Increased stress, which causes dental grinding
  • A misaligned bite
  • Temporomandibular joint damage or inflammation
  • A cavity near the back jaw
  • Periodontal disease

When patients ignore these warning signs, they risk developing more serious damage as time goes on:

  • Untreated TMJ problems often get worse over time. Some patients eventually have trouble opening their mouths all of the way or chewing comfortably. It is vital that your dentist assesses whether you’re dealing with underlying TMJ damage that needs to be addressed.
  • The same misaligned bite that causes jaw discomfort can also cause your teeth to wear down prematurely and unevenly. When our bites are poorly aligned, we unconsciously change how we bite and chew in order to compensate. Unfortunately, this is hard on the dental enamel, and can lead to cracks and chips. This type of damage can also result from bruxism (chronic dental grinding), whether it is caused by a structural imbalance or stress.
  • Cavities and periodontal disease do not go away on their own. Restorative treatment will stop the infection in its track, and repair damaged areas of your smile. When these types of infections are left untreated, they can spread to other teeth, gum tissue, and even the jawbone.

If you are experiencing jaw pain, think of it as a helpful warning sign or red flag; you know something is off with your smile, so now is the time to get the help you need! As always, you can contact our Glendale dentists to learn more, and to schedule a personal consultation.