18Sep

If bad breath is keeping you from living confidently, our Toluca Lake dentists can help. Nobody wants to be hampered by unpleasant breath, and the good news is there are steps that you can take to take control of this problem. Keep reading to learn more!

We’ve all experienced the temporary bread breath that results from eating and drinking odorous thinks—like garlic, onions, and red wine. For the most part, this type of bad breath is not particularly worrisome; as these foods work their way out of your system, the odors will dissipate.

The more troublesome type of bad breath is chronic and caused by bacteria build up in the mouth. Here’s how it works: as bacteria accumulate, they feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates on your smile. As a side effect of this process, oral bacteria produce unpleasant and strong smells.

So, in order to manage and defeat this type of malodorous breath, it is critical that you minimize the number of bacteria in your mouth, and treat any infected tissue. Your treatment plan may include:

  • An updated daily oral hygiene plan—our team may recommend that you use specially formulated toothpastes or mouth rinses to neutralize bacteria. Some patients also incorporate dental tools, like waterpiks, into their routines.
  • Frequent professional cleanings—the general recommendation from the American Dental Association is for patients to complete cleanings every six months or so. However, people who are battling ongoing dental infections often benefit from professional cleanings on a more frequent basis.
  • Root planing and scaling—this treatment removes plaque and tartar from your smile, all the way down to your tooth root. Our team gives your smile a fresh start, so that we can start to heal and regenerate healthy tissue.
  • Cavity elimination—if any of your teeth have developed caries, our team will remove the diseased tissue and restore the tooth. Cavities that are left untreated can cause halitosis perpetually.

Effectively treating chronic bad breath begins with bringing your smile back to health. Give our Toluca Lake dentists a call to learn more!

 

04Sep

Too many people avoid dental care until there is a problem; they don’t make the time to come in for treatment until they’re already dealing with cavities, dental damage, or gum disease. The truth is that is much easier, more comfortable, and affordable to put some time and energy into preventive dental treatments. By keeping your smile as healthy as possible to begin with, you can minimize your risk of requiring comprehensive restorative care in the future.

An important aspect of preventive dental care is the at-home oral hygiene routine. Because plaque is building up on your smile 24/7, you have to be just as persistent about cleaning your teeth and gums. In order to optimize your at-home dental routine, talk to your dentist about:

  • What size of toothbrush you should be using
  • What bristle-firmness you should look for in a toothbrush
  • Whether your toothpaste should include any particular ingredients

In order to achieve full results, you need to pair daily care with professional treatments. The American Dental Association recommends that patients complete professional cleanings every six months or so; these appointments also allow our team to check your smile for any signs of emerging problems, like oral cancer.

During your semi-annual appointments, our dentists may recommend particular preventive therapies, especially if you’re already dealing with a weakened smile. Topical fluoride treatments, for example, can help to strengthen vulnerable dental enamel. Sealants can also be used to protect deeply pitted enamel from bacteria colonization.

Take the time now to invest in preventive dental care. Your smile will thank you for it in years to come. Even if it has been a long time since you’ve been in to see a dentist, our Toluca Lake dentists are here to help you care for your smile. Give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site to get started.