Preventive Dental care

xx Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums
May 13, 2012, 11:04:31 PM by Son of King

Like most people, you know that having a clean mouth is important. It makes you feel good about yourself. It gives you fresh breath and a nicer-looking smile. Since childhood, you've probably heard that brushing and flossing your teeth daily are necessary for good dental health. But like many people, you may not be sure why.
Brushing and flossing remove a thin sticky film of bacteria that grows on your teeth. This sticky film, called plaque, is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease. How can bacteria cause so many problems?
The plaque problem
Many of the foods you eat cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce acids. Sugared foods, such as candy and cookies, are not the only culprits. Starches, such as bread, crackers, and cereal, also cause acids to form. If you snack often, you could be having acid attacks all day long. After many acid attacks, your teeth may decay.
Plaque also produces substances that irritate the gums, making them red, tender or bleed easily. After a while, gums may pull away from the teeth. Pockets form and fill with more bacteria and pus. If the gums are not treated, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed. The teeth may become loose or have to be removed. In fact, gum disease is a main cause of tooth loss in adults.
One way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is by eating a balanced diet and limiting the number of between-meal snacks. If you need a snack, choose nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or a piece of fruit.
Daily oral care
The best way to remove decay-causing plaque is by brushing and cleaning between your teeth every day. Brushing removes plaque from the tooth surfaces. Brush your teeth twice a day, with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth, allowing you to reach all areas easily. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which helps protect your teeth from decay. When choosing any dental product, look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, an important symbol of a dental product's safety and effectiveness.
Cleaning between the teeth with floss or interdental cleaners removes plaque from between the teeth, areas where the toothbrush can't reach. It is essential in preventing gum disease.
By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile your entire life. Follow these tips to keep your teeth and mouth clean:
xx Plaque and Calculus
May 13, 2012, 11:01:52 PM by Son of King
ē   Research has shown that controlling plaque is important in the control of decay and gum disease. Plaque is neither food or food residue. Plaque is a clear, sticky deposit of of bacteria that adheres to the surface of teeth and gum tissue. It is so adherent that it can only be removed by mechanical cleansing. Plaque contains a variety of different types of bacteria. For this reason, certain types of plaque are associated with dental decay, others with calculus formation, and others with the inflammatory response of the gums (gingivitis).
ē   Plaque begins forming on the teeth in as little as 4 hours after brushing. This is why it is so important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. The rate at which plaque forms and the location in which it develops can vary between individuals and even between different teeth in the same mouth. One of the prime areas in which plaque accumulates is at the gingival margin and sulcus where the tooth meets the gum.
Plaque which is not removed regularly by brushing and flossing can harden into calculus (also called tartar). Calculus is plaque that has mineralized, forming a tough, crusty deposit that can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist. These deposits can form above (supragingival) and below (subgingival) the gum line. Calculus deposits are a significant contributing factor in periodontal disease because it is always covered by a layer of nonmineralized plaque. The calculus keeps the plaque close to the gingival tissue and makes it much more difficult to remove the plaque
bacteria. Thorough removal of these deposits is necessary to prevent the progression of periodontal disease.

Some people form heavy calculus deposits rapidly while others form little or no mineralized deposits. This is due to differences in the saliva, the types of plaque bacteria, and dietary factors. One can help reduce the formation of calculus by brushing with and ADA-accepted tartar control toothpaste and by having regular professional cleanings every 6 months or more frequently as recommended by your dentist or hygienist.
The prevention of gum disease and decay requires a life-long commitment to fighting plaque and calculus information. More information about plaque and tartar control.
xx Commonly Asked Questions About Halitosis Treatment
May 01, 2012, 06:07:27 PM by Isaac Adeniran
Commonly Asked Questions About
Halitosis Treatment
Q: How long does it take to treat, and once treated will my breath problem return?

A: It typically takes about 3 appointments to eliminate a personís halitosis condition.
At the completion of treatment we will recommend a program that will prevent the
reoccurrence of your halitosis. If the program is followed your breath problem will
not return.
Q: Will my insurance cover any of the treatment?
A: If you have dental insurance you will be able to get partial benefits for the
treatment. Because the treatment is so new, insurance companies have not yet
developed the new insurance codes necessary for processing the treatments.
Q: Do you prescribe antibiotics for the treatment?
A: No. Antibiotics are not able to effectively reach the specific bacteria that cause
halitosis. In some instances we do utilize specialized antibacterial rinses in
conjunction with our treatment.
Q: What is the success rate for the treatment?
A: Weíre proud to say that we have a 99% success rate.
 Q: What happens if it is determined that my problem is of a medical origin.
A: In the rare instance that this occurs we will refer you to the appropriate physician.
Q: Does the procedure hurt in any way, or are needles involved?
A: There is absolutely no discomfort involved in any treatment we provide. It is a
noninvasive procedure that requires no anesthesia or injections of any kind.
Q: Can any of the treatment you perform for the treatment of a breath problem causea person any harm?
A: No. In no way can our treatment cause any harm or complications with a patient. It
is a noninvasive treatment and the worse thing possible that can happen is for the
procedure to be unsuccessful.
Q: Once treated, will my breath problem return?
A: At the completion of your treatment we will develop an individualized maintenance
regimen for you which will prevent the reoccurrence of your old halitosis condition.
xx Halitosis - Treating Bad Breath
May 01, 2012, 06:04:21 PM by Isaac Adeniran

. Regular check-ups to correct problem areas: gum disease, carious teeth, faulty restorations, overhanging fillings, leaking crowns, all of which cause food traps, is a must. For those over thirty, the odor of periodontal disease is a particularly common cause of halitosis and one which is easily treated.
Having made certain that your physical oral condition is as pristine as possible by brushing and flossing and proper diet and all the other good things, your method of attack is as follows.

Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugarless lozenges to increase saliva flow. Saliva is the mouthís natural mouthwash; it has antibiotic elements in it which reduce the numbers of bacteria in the mouth. Sugarless gum or candy is an absolute must. Iíve seen horrible cases of decay and gum disease arise from the habit of frequently eating sugar containing foods. Some people learn how to milk the salivary glands by sucking on the cheeks or tongue.
When saliva production diminishes, keep the mouth wet with a liberal intake of water. Experts advise drinking eight glasses of water a day for basic metabolic function, and it seems that keeping the mouth moist is a good way of keeping the bacterial flora of the mouth under control. Hold the water in the mouth as long as possible-minimum of twenty seconds, and swish it around to loosen food particles and other bits of debris that bacteria feed upon. The longer the water remains in the mouth the better.
Snack on carrots, celery, or other vegetables to keep plaque from forming.
Vitamin C deficiency may be a cofactor-factor on bad breath. Smokers, especially should take regular supplements of vitamin C since the nicotine in the cigarettes destroys vitamin C. A better tactic is to stop smoking all together, but if youíre still puffing after hearing all the evidence, the fact that your own halitosis is polluting the air probably isnít going to change you much.
What works in the refrigerator may work in the mouth. Consider brushing your teeth and tongue with baking soda. This is admittedly kind of gross. Any of several brands of toothpaste containing baking soda can be used instead and are more palatable.
A handy portable, battery powered version of the water Pik is available. It can be easily transported in a purse or brief case and is one of the most powerful and certain ways of preventing bad breath; it really knocks the food particles out from between the teeth.
Consider any of the over-the-counter mouthwashes which do the same thing as rinsing the mouth with water, but also add a bit of odor neutralizing substances such as cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), zinc chloride (more about zinc in a bit.), or chlorhexidine. Look for products containing these compounds. Buying the mouthwash also makes the buyers a little wealthier, stimulates the economy, and maybe provides a sense of security. There is a prescription mouthwash called Peridex which seems to be a little more effective than the over-the- counter brands although its taste leaves something to be desired.
Before the big date, the business presentation, or the stress encounter consider rinsing the mouth with a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. A teaspoon of each is swished in the mouth for one full minute. Hydrogen peroxide releases free oxygen which is poisonous to many of the bacteria that cause bad breath. If things are really going to be tense, Maybe a tranquilizer or two might help also. (See your health care provider for advice on this)
Zinc and compounds of this metal have complex effects on the plaque forming process, and one researcher has suggested that zinc salts combined with ionone, an ingredient of tomato juice, appear to produce a much longer anti-plaque and anti-odor effect than either alone. Maybe those who favor bloody Maryís, virgin or real, in the morning, have hit upon the definitive cure for the jungle mouth.
In those cases where hunger odor is present, the way of correcting the problem is simple: just have a bit to eat.
The good news is that this scourge of humanity is not as much of a problem as its victims fear. Researches in the field find that at any one time only about one percent of the population has it, so many more people worry about bad breath than are actually afflicted. As a practicing dentist, Iím regularly asked about this phenomenon, and while gentle questioning of my patients indicates that almost everyone worries about bad breath, I find that Iím unable to detect it in most patients on examination. The conclusion, reinforced by many years of practical experience, is that bad breath isnít all that common. If however you have the risk factors given above, and if bad breath strikes you, the incidence is one hundred percent and the malady is real.
xx Halitosis - Basic Causes of Bad Breath
May 01, 2012, 06:02:39 PM by Isaac Adeniran

The cleanest human mouth harbors millions of potentially pathogenic bacteria, and given the right set of circumstances these bacteria decompose food particles left in the mouth. The odor-causing decay products have technical and imaginative names: Hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, dimethyl disulfide, putrescence, cadaverine, skatole, and indole.
Poor hygiene also contributes to bad breath when bacteria putrefy blood that oozes from periodontally diseased gum tissues, creating a particularly revolting and easily identifiable stench. Unclean dentures of any kind can cause bad breath in two ways, first by absorbing odor themselves and by helping to retain food particles.

Just as smelly substances are produced in stagnant water, offensive mouth odors result when the saliva becomes stagnant or diminishes . This is the basic cause of morning mouth, that noxious aroma that is observed upon wakening. During the night, salivary glands have slowed their functioning, and fresh saliva is meager, allowing the bacteria in the mouth to overgrow. Morning mouth tends to be most potent among those who snore or breathe through their mouths. Morning mouth disappears when you have rinsed your mouth or eaten something such as an apple or a slice of bread.

Morning mouth is also associated with hunger odor. This is a distinctive odor that accompanies the sensation of hunger. There is some evidence that hunger breath may arise from the putrefaction of pancreatic juices which pass into the stomach during the fasting state. Hunger breath is very apparent if the morning meal is omitted, even after tooth brushing.
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