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How to Heal Faster after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on January 29, 2016 , Comments Off on How to Heal Faster after Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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The best way to recover from wisdom teeth surgery is to follow your oral surgeon’s instructions religiously. Not following the oral surgeon’s orders can result in a painful recovery, including getting a dry socket. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah want to provide you with the best results when getting your wisdom teeth removed. Below are some little known tips to speed up the healing process after having your wisdom teeth removed.

 

Keep your Head Elevated

To speed up the healing process you can keep your head elevated for 3 days at a 45 degree angle. This will help you recover faster from wisdom teeth surgery because blood vessel tone and blood volume near the wound change when lying flat, which can make the wound throb.

 

Ice

Ice the cheek closet to the extraction area for 24 hours. This will provide some relief from the pain and help you to heal a little faster. Never apply heat to the area.

 

Dry Mouth

Don’t let your mouth dry out. As with any surgical wound you will need to keep the area moist so it can heal correctly. If you breathe through your mouth it would be wise to get an oral cavity moisturizer to keep the moist and allow for optimum healing.

 

Massage

Because the dentist had your mouth open for so long during the extraction of your wisdom teeth you jaw is likely to be very soar, causing additional and unnecessary pain. Massage the area of your jaw joint, just place your fingers just before the opening of each ear if you are having trouble finding where to massage. This will alleviate some pain and help you to heal just that much faster.

 

Drink Coconut Water

Drinking ice cold coconut water can give you the electrolytes you need for healing. The electrolytes will help to keep your blood sugar stable while you are unable to eat solid foods for the next few days.

 

Anything you can do to speed up the healing process after a wisdom tooth extraction should be approved by your dentist. It is important to follow any and all instructions given to you before and after the procedure so you may heal properly. The dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork, Utah care about your health and well-being. You can trust us to give you the best care when it comes to your dental needs. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our dentists today.

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Foods that Stain

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on December 29, 2015 , Comments Off on Foods that Stain

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Nothing is worse than seeing your once bright smile seem dim and dingy. The culprit may in fact be the foods you are eating. There are a variety of foods that most of us consume on a daily basis that will stain our teeth and ultimately ruin our once bright smiles. While Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork offers teeth whitening by experienced and knowledgeable dentists, we recommend you try and stay away from the foods listed below as much as possible.

  • Black Coffee. While this caffeine boost is often a “necessity” in most people’s lives, it can cause your white smile to dim. It is said that adding cream or milk to your coffee may help to prevent staining.
  • While wine can be beneficial to your health in various aspects it also contains polyphenols that cause tooth staining. The alcohol within your wine will also cause damage to your teeth due to the acidity that will wear away your tooth enamel. To help prevent staining or erosion, rinse out your mouth with water soon after drinking wine.
  • Cola Drinks. These sugary drinks are often the worst for your teeth. While they are bound to stain your teeth they also cause tooth decay and enamel erosion. Drinking cold cola drinks cause even more damage as the cold makes the enamel in your teeth very porous and vulnerable to staining. If you must drink cola drinks try and do so through a straw.
  • These yummy summertime treats are often the worst when it comes to staining your teeth. The dyes used in popsicles tend to stain not only your lips but your mouth as well. The cold Popsicle also causes your tooth enamel to become very porous and more vulnerable to staining.
  • Soy Sauce. This sauce has a tendency to actually stick to your teeth. Its dark pigment will cause staining to your once pearly whites. If you have to partake of this sauce on your sushi, rinse out your mouth with water after consuming.
  • Tomato Sauce. This sauce is known to be highly acidic. Acidic foods cause the enamel on your teeth to become weak and more susceptible to stains. By eating a foods such as spinach before consuming tomato sauce, you can provide a protective layer on your enamel against the acidity.

While you can’t avoid all of these foods, there are ways you can prevent ruining your beautiful smile. Visiting one of our highly skilled dentists at Roger’s Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork will help to keep those pesky stains off of your teeth. For more information about teeth whitening and the other dental services we provide, call one of our friendly customer service associates today.

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Getting your Kids Excited to Brush

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on November 30, 2015 , Comments Off on Getting your Kids Excited to Brush

The importance of dental hygiene should be taught at a young age. If they develop a good dental hygiene routine when they are young they are more likely to keep up the habit as they grow older. Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork wants to help you in getting your kids excited about taking care of their teeth by following these tips and tricks.

 

The Toothbrush

A boring adult toothbrush will not do to properly brush your kid’s teeth, or get them excited about brushing. Today we have a variety of fun characters available in the perfect size for our child to brush their teeth with. Having them pick out the toothbrush with their favorite character will encourage them to use their toothbrush more often.

 

Story Time

Children have vast imaginations. Play with their imagination and incorporate healthy dental hygiene practices into a story. Be creative and have interesting characters encounter evil germs that your child has to help the hero of the story get rid of. Kids love getting involved in a fun and creative way. This can be done with any necessary hygiene routine.

 

Make it a Game

This also goes along with the story idea. You can make brushing your teeth a game. Make them bets or have races. When doing this make sure they are still brushing properly! One example is by having them brush their teeth with you. Whoever can brush their teeth better and make them really white and sparkly will win the prize! Anything to help get your child motivated will work.

 

Rewards

Setting up a rewards system will help your child acquire the habit of brushing regularly. You can create a daily and weekly chart to help them remember when to brush their teeth. After having completed a certain amount of successful teeth brushings they can receive a reward. This works for older children who have the right idea and technique with brushing, but just lack the motivation to do it as often as they need to without being reminded.

 

Having proper dental hygiene starts at a young age. These tips and tricks will help you to get your little one on the right path. Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork can help you ensure your child’s perfect smile with our early dental care. Please call us today to set up an appointment or to ask any further questions on how we can help you in all of your dentistry needs.

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The Worst Foods and Drinks For Teeth

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on October 30, 2015 , Comments Off on The Worst Foods and Drinks For Teeth

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Your friendly Spanish Fork dental office cares a great deal about your teeth, which is why we try to educate our patients so they know how to best take care of their teeth for a healthy smile. Part of taking care of your teeth is being careful about what you eat and drink. We’re not saying you need to avoid these things altogether, just that you might want to moderate the intake of some of the following foods and drinks.

Ice

You probably don’t think to just eat ice, but many people enjoy chewing on the ice from their iced beverages. Chewing on ice can leave your teeth vulnerable to erosion of your enamel. If it’s a habit, try to stick to just sipping on the water or beverage to avoid an emergency visit to your Spanish Fork dental office due to damaged enamel.

Citrus

Citrus fruits are acidic and frequent exposure to them can erode enamel and make your teeth more susceptible to decay over time. Citrus fruits can also irritate mouth sores so avoid at all costs if you have any open sores in your mouth. Moderation for the most part is fine, just be careful.

Coffee

It’s hard to pass on a cup of coffee in the morning but drinking coffee every single day can stain your teeth. The caffeine in things like coffee and tea can also dry out your mouth. If you do choose to consume, make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. If you add sugar to your coffee, try to keep it minimal.

Sticky Foods

Dried fruit is a healthy snack for the most part but unfortunately the stickiness of it can wreak havoc on your teeth. Sticky foods are bad for your teeth because they stay on your teeth longer than other food and can result in cavities. If you eat sticky foods, make sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards and to brush and floss often.

 

Soda

Sipping on soda is one of the worst things you can do for your teeth. When you drink lots of soda or other sugary drinks, plaque bacteria uses that sugar to produce acids that destroy your enamel. Most carbonated drinks are acidic, even the diet ones, so it’s best to just opt for water instead. If you do consume, balance it out with some water afterwards.

 

We hope to have provided some insight as to what foods and drinks should be avoided for a healthy smile. If you need an appointment or have questions, give you Spanish Fork dental office a call.

 

 

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Daily Tips for Great Oral Hygiene

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on September 29, 2015 , Comments Off on Daily Tips for Great Oral Hygiene

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Taking care of your teeth and mouth every single day is crucial to your overall oral hygiene. If you tend to neglect your oral hygiene, you may want to reconsider. Not taking care of your mouth can lead to more serious problems down the road so it’s important to take preventative action now. Your Spanish Fork Utah dentist can provide you with some great tips in order to take care of your oral hygiene every single day. We recommend practicing the following tips every single day.

Brush Twice a Day

If you don’t brush your teeth twice a day, now is a good time to start doing it. You may think brushing once is good enough but it’s smart to brush once in the morning and once before you go to bed. Brush at a slight angle when going against the gum line and be gentle as vigorous scrubbing can actually damage your teeth.

Floss Every Day

There’s a reason your Spanish Fork Utah Dentist tells you to floss every day, it’s extremely important. When you don’t floss, food can get stuck between your teeth and can eventually lead to cavities and gum disease. Flossing is the only way to get that stubborn bacteria out from in between your teeth. It’s tough to get into the habit but it’s worth it.

Use a Toothpaste With Fluoride

Fluoride is added to toothpaste in order to help strengthen your teeth and make them more resistant to breakdown by acids, which often leads to cavities. Using toothpaste with fluoride is essential to reducing cavities and fighting off tooth decay.

Use Mouthwash

Using mouthwash after you brush your teeth twice a day is another great way to keep your mouth healthy and clean. Mouthwash can help reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Look for one that has fluoride in it for that added layer of protection.

Brush Your Tongue

Bad breath comes from bacteria that’s been sitting on your tongue. When you brush your teeth each day, take a moment to scrub your tongue but make sure to be gentle. This will help remove the bacteria and lead to fresher breath.

We hope these tips help you keep your mouth healthy and clean. If you ever have any questions on how to practice oral hygiene, let your Spanish Fork Utah dentist know and they would be more than happy to answer your questions.

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Foods That Can Help or Hurt Your Bright Smile

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on August 20, 2015 , Comments Off on Foods That Can Help or Hurt Your Bright Smile

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A smile is often our greatest asset. It can open doors to new relationships or brighten someone’s day. That is why taking care of your smile should be a top priority. The foods we eat can often have a direct impact on our bright smiles. Below are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to taking care of those precious pearly whites.

Foods to Avoid

Sugary Drinks: When bacteria in the mouth break down simple sugars, they produce acids. These can erode tooth enamel, creating pits where cavities can form. Sugary drinks, including soft drinks and fruit drinks, consist almost entirely of simple sugars.

Candy and Highly Sweetened Snacks: Similar to sugary drinks, candy and highly sweetened snacks are loaded with sugar causing acid and tooth decay when the bacteria in the mouth tries to break down the sugar. Sticky and gummy candies pose the biggest threat, since they adhere to teeth, making it hard for saliva to wash them away.

Some Starchy Foods: Foods such as bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes raise acid levels and in turn erodes tooth enamel.

Sugary Breakfast Cereals: Along the same line of sugary drinks and candy, these yummy cereals produce acid causing erosion of tooth enamel. The combination of starch and sugar is more likely to get stuck in plaque between teeth.

Coffee, Tea, and Red Wine: These beverages are known to cause stubborn stains to your pearly whites. Since these beverages are often sipped and enjoyed, the acids remain in the mouth longer and cause more acid build up.

 

Foods to Choose

Water: Plain and simple. Water is the best thirst quencher and removes those harmful acids.

Sugar-Free Drinks: Craving something sweet? This is a good alternative to water, in moderation. These drinks still wash away harmful acids and reduce the risk of cavities. However, these drinks may still result in a trip to your dentist down the road.

Sugar-Free Chewing Gum: Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva, which helps neutralize acids in the mouth, protecting tooth enamel. The flow of saliva also washes food out of the mouth, limiting the amount of time it is in contact with teeth.

Citrus Fruit: Citrus fruit, although acidic, increases saliva flow and actually protects tooth enamel.

Cheese and Milk: This is the ultimate soldier in pearly white defense, and is a dentist favorite. Cheese and milk help protect your teeth in several ways. “First, they encourage saliva production, which neutralizes acids in the mouth. The protein, calcium and phosphorous in cheese and milk also buffer acids, protecting enamel from erosion. Studies suggest that cheese and milk may even help strengthen the protective minerals in teeth surfaces”.

Cocoa: Chocolate not only does tastes great, but it is actually good for your teeth. Substances found within this amazing dessert decrease inflammation and help protect against erosion and decay.

We at Rogers Center for Dentistry in Spanish Fork hope this article was informative to you and your beautiful smile. We would also like to remind you to schedule an appointment with our friendly staff to help you keep your greatest asset alive and sparkling! If you have any further questions on obtaining a whiter smile or any other dentistry needs, please feel free to give us a call.

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The Root of Wisdom Tooth Myths

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on July 17, 2015 , Comments Off on The Root of Wisdom Tooth Myths

Most of us have to get a tooth taken out at one time or another. In fact, for a lot of people, getting your wisdom teeth taken out in the late teens or early adulthood is almost like a rite of passage. It’s an inconvenience, it’s painful, and it can put you out of action for more than a week, but it’s something we all have to go through so it’s not usually the end of the world.

Still, though, just because it’s something almost everyone goes through doesn’t mean that it’s not still a scary experience— especially when you consider all the myths and horror stories you hear from friends and from down the grapevine. But that’s the purpose of this blog, to sort out the truth from the fictions.

First there is the dreaded dry socket. I remember being scared stiff before getting my wisdom teeth out when I heard about this painful phenomenon. It seemed like adding insult to injury, after going through involved tooth extraction surgery, to have to worry about painful and mysterious after effects. In truth dry sockets only occur after two to five percent of all patients after a tooth extraction. So that should put most of us at ease.

When a tooth is removed, the socket is the hole left in the bone where the tooth used to be. A blood clot forms in the socket to protect it from infections and interference. When that clot becomes dislodged, the socket is exposed to food, air, and fluids. This can cause intense pain lasting for five or six days. The name “dry socket” comes from the appearance of the socket in the absence of the blood clot.

So yes, dry sockets are painful and scary, but they seldom occur. If you follow the instructions of your dentist and oral surgeon after surgery you should be just fine. If you want to be extra sure not to get a dry socket, then after the surgery you especially want to avoid smoking, but also avoid drinking through a straw and taking medications with a blood thinning effect.

We at Rogers Dentistry are happy to serve Spanish Fork and the surrounding area. We hope that this article has been interesting and informative. If you have any further questions about wisdom tooth removal in particular, or dental care in general, don’t hesitate to give our Spanish Fork dentist a call.

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The Big “G” and You: Gingivitis Facts

by Rogers Center for Dentistry on April 28, 2015 , Comments Off on The Big “G” and You: Gingivitis Facts

A lot of people have gingivitis, many of you reading this may have gingivitis or some other periodontal disease without even knowing— a pleasant thought, right? Gingivitis is very common, so common in fact, that the CDC estimates almost 50% of the adult population suffers from a form of periodontal disease.

So, gingivitis is kind of a scary word. But how serious is it? Is It dangerous? Is it Latin or something? If it is, then why do we insist on using a dead language to formulate medical terminology? It’s time to put those fears at ease and shed some light on what can seem like needlessly obfuscatory language. First, to answer your most pressing question— Gingivitis is Latin. Sort of, it comes from the Latin word gingiva, meaning gums, and the Latin/Greek suffix -itis, which indicates disease.

Okay, now that the lesson in etymology is over, let’s get to your real questions. Periodontal disease is not usually very serious and thus can go unnoticed and untreated for a long time. Gingivitis shows itself in a swelling and redness of the gums, especially around the line where your gums meet your teeth, this is where gingivitis starts to grow. So because gingivitis is common and rarely requires urgent treatment, the best way to prevent it is (you guessed it!) the regular oral hygiene regiment recommended to you by your dentist. That means proper brushing and flossing.

Gingivitis occurs when bacteria gets under your gum line and forms plaque. If the plaque is allowed to accumulate over several days, usually by not brushing thoroughly and neglecting to floss, then it forms a calculus that eats away at the enamel protecting your teeth. In this way, gingivitis can contribute to tooth decay.

The truth about gingivitis is that, despite the intimidating name, it’s not very serious and it requires no magical treatments or cures; it just takes plain-old, boring hygiene. It’s also very common, there’s a good chance half the adult population of Spanish Fork has some form of periodontal disease.

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THE DAUNTING TOOTHPASTE AISLE! HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE.

by JJ on February 18, 2015 , Comments Off on THE DAUNTING TOOTHPASTE AISLE! HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE.

THE DAUNTING TOOTHPASTE AISLE! HOW TO CHOOSE A TOOTHPASTE.

There are as many product claims as there are toothpastes in the toothpaste aisle. The right toothpaste can prevent gum pain, stained teeth, cavities and even more serious dental issues.

 

For tooth sensitivity –

Many people have sensitivity to hot and cold foods on their teeth.  This issue can occur due to serious dental issues such as civilities or infections, but is most likely caused by brushing to roughly.  Sensitive teeth may also be caused by extra sensitive gums or exposed roots, which aren’t necessarily signs of poor brushing or flossing habits.  “There are many toothpastes on the market designed to reduce pain due to sensitivity.  Opt for toothpastes containing a desensitizing ingredient like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate,” suggests Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS, Rogers Center for Dentistry.

For yellowing teeth –

Whitening toothpastes contain modified silicone abrasives designed to help improve the appearance of your teeth.  “The objective of whitening toothpaste is to polish teeth and help prevent stains but they aren’t meant to remove older discolorations, for those you will need to visit your dentist.”  Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS, Rogers Center for Dentistry.

For cavity prevention –

According to the ADA, plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that is continually forming on your teeth.  Plaque interacts with foods especially sugars to produce acids that eat away at enamel.  So how do we fight this evil foe?  Fluoride!  Fluoride coats teeth and protects them from cavity-causing acids. Most toothpaste contains fluoride so any product that features the ADA seal and claims to be “anti-cavity” will do the job.

For tartar buildup prevention –

No one likes the hardened yellow build up called Tarter.  Tartar, which dentists sometimes call “calculus,” comes from bacterial plaque that has hardened.  Once plaque has hardened, no matter how much you brush the tarter will only come off with a dental cleaning.  A tarter-fighting toothpaste can prevent the plaque from hardening. Dr. Rogers suggests looking for a toothpaste that contains the ingredients pyrophosphates or zinc citrate.

For the all-natural product –

Among the myriad of toothpastes on the aisle, you may find a few all-natural products.  “All-natural, herbal toothpastes can be just as effective as anti-microbial based pastes,” Ada Cooper, DDS, a New York-based dentist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association (ADA).

For denture wearers –

Dentures still need to be cleaned just like any other teeth.  A good toothpaste will work but effervescent tablets or solutions have been shown to clean more effectively than brushing.  Soaking dentures will help maintain a fresh, clean smile.

Dr Rogers does caution, “No toothpaste can make up for the lack of brushing and flossing.  Excellent hygiene and regular visits to your dentists for preventative cleanings will help you maintain a beautiful smile.”

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We will let you in on a little secret!

by JJ on February 12, 2015 , Comments Off on We will let you in on a little secret!

We will let you in on a little secret!

Excerpts from, 8 Secrets Dentists Wish All Their Patients Knew, by Lisa Mulcahy

 

  1. “Psst, We know when you’re lying about flossing.”
    Unfortunately your gums give you away. “I can tell if someone hasn’t been flossing. You can’t hide the inflammation that can be caused by skipping brushing and flossing — the margins of your gums will look red, and if I’m examining your teeth, your gums might even bleed when I touch them.” Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS., Rogers Center for Dentistry. The key is to floss once a day to keep gums healthy and to keep a beautiful smile.

 

  1. One tooth can lead to big trouble.
    “Once during a casual phone conversation, one of my friends said, ‘I broke my tooth — no big deal, right?’ I told him, ‘Call your dentist immediately!’ The truth is, neglecting any dental problem can have serious consequences for your health, however rare. Take my friend’s tooth: Even though the outside of it looked perfectly normal, untreated decay on the inside caused the shell of the tooth to break. Had the fracture also gone untreated, it could have infected the nerve of the tooth, which in some cases can spread infection throughout the body by way of the sinuses. It’s uncommon, but the risk is very real, so never leave an opportunity for infection to invade your body — including cavities. Get in to see your dentist ASAP. My friend did, his tooth was treated, and now he’s getting regular exams to prevent problems down the road.” — Alice Boghosian, DDS, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association

 

  1. Yes, it’s possible to over-whiten your teeth.
    With all the different ideas on how to whiten your teeth as well as the countless products and gadgets to help whiten your teeth, you may begin to wonder if it is possible to over-whiten your teeth. “Tooth enamel can be stripped away with the over use of at-home whitening strips, whitening toothpastes, and brushing with baking soda. Whitening under a dentist supervision will help you get the safest, whitest smile,” Dr. Paul Rogers, DDS., Rogers Center for Dentistry.  It is also possible to whitening your teeth naturally by avoiding stain causing foods and eating foods like strawberries and pineapple that are acidic in a cleansing way.

 

  1. Unhealthy teeth could affect how well you conceive.
    “A number of my friends have struggled with infertility, and they’re shocked when I explain that periodontitis, or gum disease, could be one of the things at fault. Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory condition that can affect many parts of your body. Research shows that women who have periodontitis can take longer to conceive, and unfortunately, those who do get pregnant are at higher risk for giving birth to a preterm or low-birth-weight baby. Your partner’s gum health matters too — a small study found that men with periodontitis may have lower sperm quality. The good news: Gum disease can be treated with scaling and root planing or surgery, depending on the severity. If you’re already pregnant, it’s often fine to be treated for periodontitis as well. I know several women who have gotten pregnant after being treated for gum disease — maybe that’s a coincidence, but seeing a dentist or periodontist certainly didn’t hurt.” — Griselle Ortiz-Ramsey, DMD, MS, Ph.D., diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology

 

  1. It’s okay if your kids wiggle their baby teeth.
    Keeping your hands away from your face and out of your mouth is good health advice to keep germs and illness at bay, but when it comes to baby teeth it is ok to wiggle those little teeth.   We are seeing an increase in kids that don’t lose their baby teeth until age 10 or later! Even if a baby tooth doesn’t come out, the permanent tooth underneath will still try to push through. The baby tooth may cause the permanent tooth to be misaligned, or come in partially, making it difficult to brush either tooth’s whole surface and leading to cavities and infection. “So teach your kids to do the ‘wiggle-wiggle-twist-twist’ — wiggle twice, then twist twice over and over again — while you’re reading them a bedtime story or during TV commercials. Just make sure they wash their hands before and after. And if you’re ever concerned that your kiddo’s baby teeth are taking too long to fall out, make an appointment with your dentist.” — Katherine Graber, DDS, MS, spokesperson for the American Association of Orthodontists

 

  1. Don’t just mask bad breath.
    “Whenever a friend asks me about bad breath, I fire off a series of questions: Is she brushing (including her tongue), flossing, and using a mouth rinse daily? Then: Has she been eating foods like garlic or onion? The problem with these foods is that nothing will eliminate the odor caused by them — you have to wait until they’ve passed through your system. Next question: Does she get food stuck in her teeth, or does she have gum disease, untreated decay, or dry mouth? If she answers yes to any of those, I tell her to see her dentist. And if that doesn’t help, I send her to her M.D. because her bad breath could stem from a condition somewhere else (for example, a sinus infection or gastrointestinal issue). Spending hundreds on gums, sprays, and mints isn’t enough — you have to get to the root cause of your bad breath.” — Tawana Lee-Ware, DDS, MSD, spokesperson for the American Association of Women Dentists

 

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