The Path to a Healthy Mouth

Having a healthy mouth can do wonders for your life, both in regards to self-esteem and overall health. Yet the foods we eat and the bad habits are obstacles that stand in the path to a healthy mouth. Do your part to promote healthy oral hygiene by knowing what oral maintenance involves.

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Dealing with the Problem of Bad Breath

Do you notice that your breath smells foul even when you haven’t eaten anything that has a particularly strong odour? Are you becoming conscious that you are turning off the people you are talking to because they smell this odour, too, coming from your mouth? If you are suffering from halitosis, otherwise known as bad breath, you need to check in with your dentist as soon as you can.

Sources of Bad Breath

Bad breath typically is associated with the food you last ate. If the food had ingredients with strong smells, such as onion, for example, then it’s only natural that the smell will be in your mouth, too. In certain cases, though, it has nothing to do with your meal. What compounds bad breath is if you do not practice proper oral hygiene.

Sometimes, bad breath comes from a decay or infection in a tooth. It may also be indicative of an illness or condition in another part of your body, such as your digestive system. Whatever the source may be, it is important that you visit with your dentist to get to the bottom of it.

Bad Breath and Illnesses

There are various oral conditions that can give you bad breath apart from tooth decay. Even periodontal (gum) diseases can result to this. Dry mouth, salivary gland problems, or even medication side-effects also contribute to your mouth’s foul smell.

As for the illnesses, the ones you should be on the lookout for if you’re having trouble getting rid of bad breath would be bronchitis, diabetes, liver or kidney problems, and even pneumonia. These may seem like they shouldn’t have anything to do with your oral condition, but they do. In this case, your bad breath is not the main problem, but rather is only a symptom of a bigger one, and so you’ll need to get help from the proper specialist.

At the very least, though, your dentist could help you identify this bigger problem by first checking up on your bad breath.

Your Dental Hygiene Plan

Teeth can experience all sorts of problems over time. Whether it is yellow stains or cavities, you can deal with these problems correctly by adapting a good dental hygiene plan that you can follow on a daily basis.

Eat Healthy

In order to keep your teeth and gums healthy, you need to eat the right foods, especially dark and leafy greens. These foods, including kale, require you to chew a lot. The constant chewing helps clean bacteria and plaque off your teeth so that they stay clean.

Cheese is also great to eat for cleaning your teeth because it helps produce more saliva in your mouth. With more saliva in your mouth, the amount of bacteria is effectively regulated.

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When You Should Seek Help from a Dentist

Sometimes taking good care of your teeth isn’t enough. There are times when you need to see a dentist, who can perform specialized procedures to restore your teeth.

Missing Teeth

If there are teeth missing from your mouth, your confidence may suffer as a result. You can get it back thanks to dental implants, though. A Colorado Springs dentist can offer dental implants, which look and feel just like normal, real teeth.

After these implants are secured into your gums, they will remain there for a long time. In fact, if you properly take care of them, they can last for as long as 10 years. Dental implants also give you the proper face structure so that your jawline doesn’t sag or look abnormal.

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