Stinky breath is embarrassing for you, and downright unpleasant for those around you. That’s why there are so many products on the market that focus on this annoying problem. Luckily there are some home remedies you can use to combat mouth odors. Try some of these to see if they work for you to keep your breath clean and fresh.
Your first line of defense is to get rid of food particles and bacteria lingering in your mouth. Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly helps remove the major contributors to stinky breath.
Visiting your dentist every six months allows an examination for decay and disease, and provides a more thorough cleaning than you can accomplish yourself.
There is a large selection of toothpastes available today, many offering combinations of benefits. An example is mint toothpaste with whitening powers that is made to strengthen your teeth and freshen your breath. It’s easy to experiment with various brands and flavors to see which one you like best, and helps solve your mouth odor problem.
You can also use baking soda on your toothbrush, because its abrasive qualities help remove bacteria from your teeth. You can use baking soda once a day by itself or in addition to toothpaste.
Although the breath benefits usually don’t last very long from mints, they still can be effective right before entering a social situation or after eating a strong-smelling food.
Some herbs can fight bad breath. Chewing on spices like fennel, cardamom, and cinnamon sticks can aid your breath for a while. This is a popular remedy in other countries where less man-made options are available.
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Maintaining good oral health includes more than just brushing and flossing. You also need to see a dentist regularly to treat any problems that arise with your teeth and gums, and to have more extensive cleanings than you are able to do yourself. Many oral health problems go unnoticed by the patient, but your dentist can detect and treat them before the problem becomes severe. Here is what you can expect when visiting your dentist.
What happens on the first visit?
Your first appointment with a dentist requires some extra time and examination. First, you’ll be asked to complete medical history forms about past dental work, conditions, diseases, and similar issues. You will need to list any medications you are taking and dosages. There will also be questions about your general health, because sometimes other medical conditions and drugs affect your oral health. Next, you will be examined to determine your current dental condition, and asked questions about pain or problems. If you have any dental anxiety or fears, share that with your dentist so that you can work together to make you more comfortable. Also, it is likely that your dentist will recommend a set of initial X-rays to look for problems and establish a baseline for your care.
What about follow-up visits?
As you maintain regular dental visits twice a year, your dentist will get to know you and your oral health. Your medical history won’t be required, unless you have updates about changes in your health or medications. The main focus of follow-up visits will be addressing concerns you may have, and performing a thorough examination and cleaning. Your dentist will check your neck and head to look for any unusual lumps or swellings in lymph nodes or salivary glands. Your gums will be examined for redness, swelling, or easy bleeding that may indicate gum disease. The soft tissues of your mouth like lips, tongue, and insides of your cheeks will be checked for spots, cuts, or swelling. Your dentist will examine every tooth looking for possible cavities or other problems. X-rays may be needed if anything requires further evaluation. Keeping a regular schedule of dental checkups will increase your chances for good oral health and a nice smile.
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Your smile is often the first thing that others notice about you, so that’s why teeth whitening has become such a popular part of people’s oral health routine. With time and diet both working against you when it comes to maintaining bright white teeth, it’s almost inevitable that your teeth become stained and begin to turn yellow over the years. Luckily, there are ways to reverse the discoloration and restore your smile.
There are a number of options for whitening your teeth. You can have it professionally performed at a medical office using techniques such as Zoom. Professional methods are fast and produce dramatic results, since cosmetic dentists are able to use the strongest concentrations of whitening agents. You can also obtain whitening kits for use at-home from your dentist, which involve using customized trays and somewhat milder ingredients. Or you can opt to use over-the-counter products like toothpastes, gels, strips, and creams. These products tend to contain the mildest agents, so may take longer and might not achieve the highest degree of whiteness on your teeth.
No matter what whitening method you select, there are some tricks for maintaining the whiteness afterwards. The most obvious way is to avoid eating or drinking items with stain-causing reputations. Common culprits are coffee, wine, tea, berries, and dyed products like sauces or curry. When you do consume these types of foods, brush your teeth immediately afterwards to limit the staining effects. Another way to maintain your pearly whites is to visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings. Even though you should be brushing at least twice a day at home and flossing daily, it’s important to have your teeth professionally cleaned about every six months because they can do a more thorough job. Finally, be sure and follow the recommendations on your whitening product instructions and the advice of your dental care professional so that you have the best chance for keeping your teeth white.
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One of the most important things about wearing dentures is finding a secure grip. You don’t want them to come loose while you’re eating, talking, or doing anything else for that matter. You also don’t want to spend forever trying to clean them, so the goal is to select a strong adhesive that works without the mess. It may take some time to experiment to see which you like best. Here are some types of adhesives and descriptions of each to help you choose.
Cream adhesive usually provides the strongest grip, but some wearers dislike it because it’s often more difficult to clean from the mouth and teeth. Glue residue can usually be pulled off gradually, and using a soft but abrasive cloth can remove glue from the gums. If adhesive remnants are swallowed, it can cause an uncomfortable sticky feeling in the esophagus.
If the hassles with denture cream aren’t for you, denture powder is another option. You sprinkle the powder onto the interior part of the dentures, and then place the teeth in your mouth and press firmly. The natural moisture in your mouth mixes with the powder to create a paste, which is much less messy than denture cream. However, you do give up some of the power of creams because the grip with denture powder is less secure.
Denture wafers or strips
A newer type of adhesive, denture wafers or strips have double-stick sides which firmly attach the dentures to your mouth. These are very simple to use and remove, and are not messy. They are also comfortable thanks to the extra cushion the strips provide between your mouth and the dentures. Denture wafers do not form the same type of barrier that other denture adhesives provide though, so food can become trapped between the dentures and your gums.
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