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18Sep

Bad breath isn’t just unpleasant; it can be downright embarrassing. The good news is that there are things that you can do to help minimize malodorous breath. Our Glendale dentists are here with some quick tips—keep reading to learn more!

We all deal with bad breath temporarily after we’ve eaten something stinky: say garlic or onions. However, chronic bad breath is actually caused by a buildup of bacteria in your mouth. As oral bacteria grow and multiply, they release odors as a byproduct.

So, one of the best things that you can do in order to fight bad breath is to thoroughly clean your smile every morning and night. Take special care to clean your tongue, as this can harbor malodorous bacteria. You can also get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after you eat during the day. This will help to clear away dental debris while simultaneously prompting saliva production.

Speaking of saliva, patients who deal with dry mouth are more likely to develop halitosis. This is because saliva works to neutralize oral bacteria, re-mineralize enamel, and freshen breath. So, if your body is not producing enough saliva, bacteria can quickly take over.

Make sure that you’re drinking enough water and staying well-hydrated to encourage saliva production. Drinking water throughout the day, as well as rinsing your mouth with water, will help your body better fight off potentially harmful oral bacteria.

If you’re going to be using mints or gums to temporarily freshen your breath, you want to look for formulations that don’t contain sugar. Oral bacteria feed on sugars, so you want to limit sugar in your diet.

Our Glendale dentists are here to provide you with any support and information you may need about fighting bad breath. Give our office a call to get started, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit an inquiry for our team.

04Sep

The world of restorative dentistry has come a long way over the years. However, just because we can fix any dental problem, doesn’t mean preventive dentistry no longer matters. It is always better for your smile, and your pocket book, if you focus on preventing dental problems in the first place.

Today our Glendale dentists are going to be reviewing some things that you can do in order to protect your smile as much as possible. Let’s get started!

When it comes to preventive dental care, your at-home oral hygiene routine is very important. Our dental team only sees your smile twice a year, but you can take steps every single day to keep your smile healthy and clean.

Your dentist will be able to give you personalized recommendations on how to care for your smile at home. However, generally speaking, patients of all ages should be brushing their teeth twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed—as well as flossing at night. You can also incorporate a mouth rinse into your routine for additional bacteria-killing and breath-freshening power.

In order to achieve optimal results, you need to pair daily at-home care with semi-annual professional cleanings. Some patients may need to complete professional cleanings more frequently, especially if they’re battling gum disease or living with diabetes. During a professional cleaning, our dentist is able to clear away plaque and tartar that as accumulated over time. Tartar is actually plaque that has calcified onto the tooth surface, so it really has to be removed using professional tools.

Our dental team also completes an oral cancer screening during every semi-annual appointment. Because many oral cancers are difficult for patients to detect in their earliest stages, completing regularly schedule professional screenings is crucial for early detection and treatment.

As always, our Glendale dentists are happy to give you any additional information you may need. Give us a call to get started!

 

21Aug

When it comes time to transform and improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, you want to choose a treatment that fits into your life. Our Glendale Invisalign dentists have helped numerous patients perfect their smiles with simple, convenient, and patient-friendly Invisalign treatment. Keep reading to get more information from our dental team!

Q: What does it feel like to wear Invisalign aligners?

A: Because Invisalign aligners are designed to fit snugly over your existing smile, you’ll find that it is easy to speak and smile normally with your aligners in place. You will be able to feel them on your teeth, especially at first, but patients report that this sensation diminishes over time.

Q: How do I keep my aligners clean?

A: The first thing to know is that you will actually take your aligners out whenever you need to eat or drink something other than water. This helps prevent our aligners from becoming damaged or grungy. So, you’ll pop your aligners out to eat, and then clean your smile before putting your aligners back in place. Additionally, you can clean your aligners with toothpaste or the Invisalign cleaning formulation.

Q: Will my Invisalign aligners wear out?

A: Throughout the treatment process, you’ll only be wearing specific aligners for two or three weeks. This means that, generally speaking, you won’t really be wearing individual aligners long enough for them to wear out. When it comes time for you to receive your post-treatment retainers, our dental team will talk to you about you can maintain these oral appliances so that they last as long as possible.

If you have been considering Invisalign treatment, our Glendale Invisalign dentists are happy to give you all of the information you need about this treatment option. The best way to get started is to give our dental team a call to schedule a personal consultation.