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Our Elmhurst Dentist Reviews 4 Mistakes You May Be Making When It Comes To Your Smile

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Sometimes, making even the smallest tweaks and improvements to your daily routine can pay off in a big way over time. That’s why our Elmhurst dentists have put together this short article reviewing four mistakes you may be making day to day, and what you can do about them. Keep reading to learn more.

Snacking or sipping continuously

Oral bacteria use sugars and carbohydrates to as fuel to grow. And it’s important to keep in mind that bacteria stay active for about a half hour after you finish eating or drinking. This means that you can eat the same amount of food, or drink the same amount of your favorite beverage, and it can actually do more harm if you do so continually throughout the day, rather than in one sitting.

Applying too much pressure

We all want to make sure that we are doing enough to clear away plaque and dental debris that has developed throughout the day. However, applying too much pressure with your toothbrush an actually cause your dental enamel to wear down and your gum tissue to become damaged.  

Using old dental tools

Many of us are using ineffective, worn down tools without even realizing it. The American Dental Association actually recommends that we switch out our dental tools every three to four months. Using older tools will lead to unnecessary plaque accumulation, and it may lead you to apply too much pressure to your teeth and oral tissues.

Ignoring nighttime dry mouth

If you are regularly waking up with a mouth that feels dry or stale, talk to your dentist about what you can do to reduce dry mouth when sleeping. When there isn’t enough saliva in your mouth oral bacteria are able to thrive. So, unless this is treated you may notice increased instances of cavities, gum disease, and hard-to-treat bad breath.

Maintaining oral health for the long-term is all about developing good habits. To learn more, or to schedule a personal consultation with our team, please feel free to give our Elmhurst dental team a call! 

Learn More About Bad Breath And Treatment Options From Our Elmhurst Dentists

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

We all deal with bad breath occasionally, especially after we consume something with garlic, onion, meats, heavily spiced foods, dairy, and sugars. This kind of malodorous breath usually dissipates on its own and isn’t something to be overly concerned about.

On the other hand, chronic bad breath that is difficult to treat may be a sign of oral health problems. The same bacteria that create cavities and gum disease create unpleasant odors.

So, if you notice that are frequently dealing with bad breath, you may need to:

  • Treat existing oral health conditions

If you have already developed cavities or gum disease, these infections will likely need to be treated in order for you to notice an improvement in your breath.

  • Update your at-home oral hygiene routine

Using specifically formulated toothpastes or mouth rinses can help you neutralize more bacteria and clear away plaque. You also want to make sure that you are using an effective toothbrush—remember the ADA recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months.

  • Increase water consumption

Dry mouth indicates a lack of saliva in your mouth, and chronic dry mouth is linked to bad breath. Oral bacteria are able to thrive when saliva is depleted. That is why it can be so impactful for you to increase the amount of water you are drinking, and rinse your mouth with water throughout the day.

  • Take a look at your diet

There are certain types of foods and drinks that bacteria absolutely love to use for fuel. Consume sugars, refined carbohydrates, and acidic substances in moderation. It is especially important to refrain from sipping and snacking continuously, as this allows oral bacteria to remain active 24/7.

Treating halitosis is often about improving and restoring your overall dental wellness. Our Elmhurst dentists are here to answer questions you may have, and to help you schedule your personal consultation with our team. 

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