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14Aug
Most patients are concerned about developing dental cavities, so they check for spots on their teeth and brush their teeth frequently to minimize plaque on dental enamel. This is a great start to an effective dental hygiene routine, but in order to maintain a healthy mouth patients also need to take steps to prevent gum disease as well as prevent dental cavities.

When bacterial plaque infiltrates gum tissue, a patient is suffering from gum disease. This bacterial infection can cause swollen gums, bleeding gums, and loose teeth. If left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and bone deterioration.

Now in order to prevent gum disease you have keep your teeth as free of plaque and tartar as possible. This can become difficult for patients who have crooked or crowded teeth. Crowded teeth are difficult to clean with brushing, because plaque builds up in the hard to reach spaces between teeth. So if you have crooked or crowded teeth, and you’re trying to prevent or treat gum disease, you should:

  • Make sure to floss at least once a day. Flossing everyday is important for all patients, but patients with crowded teeth need to take special care to floss. Flossing is one of the best ways to clean plaque from between teeth.
  • Consider having your teeth straightened. Straight teeth are not only attractive; they’re also much easier to keep clean than crowded teeth. Cosmetic treatments such as Invisalign and braces can straighten crowded teeth and make it easier for you to maintain a clean gum line.
  • Add a mouthwash into your daily routine. To give yourself some extra bacteria fighting power, try using an antibacterial mouthwash every time you brush. Antimicrobial rinses are another great way to kill bacteria that’s hard to reach with brushing.

If you have concerns about your gum health, let your dentist know as soon as possible. With diligent at-home care and professional treatment you can conquer gum disease and keep a strong smile for years to come. Give our Glendale dental office a call for more information or to schedule an appointment!

05Jun

If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your breath, you know that it can really put a damper on your social interactions, and leave you feeling wary about interacting with new people. Don’t let bad breath stop you in your tracks, our Glendale dentists can help you can take control of your oral health and reclaim good smelling breath with adequate treatment.

 

The first thing to do is to make sure that you’re following an adequate daily oral hygiene routine. You should brush and floss at least twice daily to help diminish plaque and tartar in the mouth and keep your mouth clean and fresh.

 

If you’re already following these simple steps but still experiencing bad breath, you may want to add an antimicrobial mouthwash in your routine. This mouthwash freshens breath temporarily, and it can also kill bacteria that you may have missed brushing.

 

It’s also important to consider any lifestyle changes that may contribute to bad breath. First of all, dry mouth will lead straight to bad breath if left unchecked. Saliva production is a critical component of dental health—saliva helps remineralize teeth and neutralize harmful (and odor causing!) oral bacteria. If you have dry mouth, you don’t have enough saliva in your mouth, so oral bacteria may run rampant.

 

You may begin to experience dry mouth if you’re…

 

  • Dehydrated
  • Stressed
  • Skipping meals

 

Additionally, if you sleep with your mouth open at night, you may find that you wake with a dry mouth and bad breath.

 

So what can you do?

 

Make sure to eat regular meals and drink enough water during the day. Brush and floss regularly with the additional use of a mouthwash. If you’re still experiencing chronic bad breath, you may have existing dental decay that is causing bad breath. Remember that you should have a professional dental check-up and cleaning at least every six months in order to maintain oral health and fresh breath!

 

Give our Glendale dental office a call for more information or to schedule an appointment!