Taking Care of Your Teeth

Thanks to better at-home care and in-office dental treatments, more people are keeping their teeth throughout their lives. Some diseases and conditions can make dental disease and tooth loss more likely. But most of us have a good deal of control over whether we keep our teeth into old age.

The most important thing you can do is to brush and floss your teeth each day.

Most mouth woes are caused by plaque. Plaque is a sticky layer of bacteria, bits of food and other organic matter that forms on your teeth. The bacteria in plaque make acids that cause cavities. Plaque also leads to periodontal (gum) disease. This can become a serious infection. It can damage bone and destroy the tissues around your teeth.

The best defense is to remove plaque before it has a chance to build up and cause problems. Brushing removes plaque from the large surfaces of the teeth and from just under the gums. Flossing removes plaque from between your teeth. You also can use other tools to keep your mouth and teeth clean.

How Do You Get Bad Breath?
  • Diet - You can also get transient bad breath from diet (e.g. garlic, onions etc.).Fortunately, most dietary causes can be masked by mouthwashes or mints.
  • Smoking – Smoking is another culprit. By drying your mouth, it makes the smell worse and also builds up tar and nicotine inside your mouth.
  • Bad Mouth Care - Incorrect cleaning of the teeth, flossing or mouth washing can leave behind bacteria which builds up.

How Do You Solve Bad Breath?
  • Brush & Floss Correctly - The first thing you can do for bad breath is to brush and floss correctly to remove the bacteria that are producing these gases. You can also clean your tongue using your toothbrush or a special tongue scraper.
  • Professional Mouth Cleaning – If these simple measures fail, then professional cleaning of your mouth is the answer and can often make a dramatic difference in your confidence.