Best Diet to Prevent Bad Breath

Best Diet to Prevent Bad BreathIt’s hard to resist raw chopped onions on a Coney dog or a big burger with a thin slice of raw onion, but you’d better hope you don’t have to socialize too much after downing these tasty treats.

Battling Bad Breath

As a general rule, bad breath is related to what we drink or eat.  As to beverages, alcohol is sure to give you bad breath, coffee does as well.  Different cultures have spicy foods, and people who consume these foods on a regular basis, will experience odors, not only emanating from their mouth, but also from their pores.

Listerine, a leading mouthwash manufacturer, says there are five top foods that will give you bad breath – of course, we are familiar with onions and garlic being the biggest culprits, and even canned tuna is no surprise, but horseradish and dairy foods also make your mouth feel a little funky.

Dairy products as a source for bad breath may surprise you, but, while dairy products may be good for your teeth and bones, they make your mouth feel unclean.  This is because naturally occurring bacteria from your tongue feeds on the amino acids in dairy products (milk, cottage cheese, yogurt and cheeses), resulting in a foul odor.
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What Teeth say about Overall Health

Teeth and Overall Health
Next time you visit your dentist you may tell him more about yourself than you realize. Your dentist might learn a lot about your overall health simply by performing a routine dental exam. A client who has teeth that the enamel has worn down on might be stressed out and grinding their teeth during the night. Your teeth, gums and the tissues found in the mouth can share a lot about the state of your overall health. Sometimes the dentist might be the first health care professional who warns you of health conditions. Here are a few things your mouth might be saying about you. Continue reading “What Teeth say about Overall Health”

Diseases that Cause Cavities

Diseases that Cause CavitiesA smile says a lot about someone. It’s a natural gesture to want to smile back, but what if your pearly whites are less than attractive? Products that whiten teeth have bombarded the market with effort to improve the everyday appearance of someone’s smile. What if our teeth are trying to tell us something is wrong? Okay, most people try to fix their appearances rather than read into warning signs that our bodies are giving us. What concerns should be addressed when looking at a smile that makes you question how many cups of coffee or sweets a person consumes? Well, you’ve come to the right place, these are common medical questions most people will ask the Internet for the answer before stepping foot into a doctor’s office. Continue reading “Diseases that Cause Cavities”

Sleep Apnea and Teeth

Sleep Apnea and TeethMillions of people in the United States today suffer from sleep apnea, and many of them don’t even know it. In fact, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, upwards of 12 million people in the U.S. have from sleep apnea. That means that about 1 in 20 people throughout the country suffer from sleep apnea, with many of them not even being aware of their medical condition. The problem, of course, with not knowing is the serious complications that can occur due to this disorder with no preventive measures being taken. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can cause its sufferers to stop breathing while they’re sleeping, with incidents of breathing cessation occurring up to 100 times per night. One of the little known consequences of sleep apnea is its effects on oral health, which can be serious. Continue reading “Sleep Apnea and Teeth”

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

Teeth GrindingTeeth grinding that occurs on an occasional basis typically isn’t harmful. Many people grind their teeth infrequently, especially when they have an overabundance of stress in their lives. However, teeth grinding on a regular or even semi-regular basis can cause oral health problems. Millions of people throughout the United States suffer from a condition known as bruxism, which is the medical term for teeth grinding. If you’re someone who suffers from teeth grinding, it’s time to talk to your family dentist about it, if you haven’t already. Following are tips and information regarding bruxism from top dentists in Millburn that will help clear up some of the questions you may have about your teeth grinding.

Causes of bruxism

Bruxism often is caused by something more serious than anxiety or stress, especially if it occurs regularly. Many people who grind their teeth experience it at night, while they’re sleeping. This is because bruxism often is caused by an abnormal or misaligned bite, crooked teeth, or missing teeth. Bruxism can even be caused by a medical condition known as sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that can cause breathing cessation while sleeping. Sleep apnea is a major cause of bruxism, and because it can be dangerous, it is vital that those who suffer from teeth grinding during sleep see a healthcare professional as soon as possible.

Symptoms of bruxism

One piece of good news about bruxism is that there are warning signs that will help you to determine if you’re a sufferer. People who suffer from teeth grinding while they sleep may have morning headaches that are dull, with the pain sometimes lasting all day. Additionally, they may experience a sore jaw, as this is a telltale sign of bruxism. Of course, many people who suffer from bruxism sleep with a partner who informs them of the night teeth grinding, often because it can become loud and interfere with a loved one’s restful night’s sleep.

Effects of bruxism

For some patients who suffer from bruxism, results can be serious. Nightly teeth grinding can lead to loose teeth, fractured teeth, and even loss of teeth. Continuous or constant grinding of teeth can wear them down. For many sufferers, this situation often results in their need for dental crowns, bridges, implants, root canals, or even dentures. Sometimes teeth grinding can even lead to more serious medical conditions such as TMD, temporomandibular joint disorders (often wrongly referred to as ‘TMJ’, named for the temporomandibular joint). TMD can lead to serious complications such as severe pain and even jaw sticking, which makes it extremely difficult to open the mouth.

What you can do about bruxism

If you suspect you may be suffering from teeth grinding, it’s vital that you see your family dentist as soon as possible for examination. There are some steps you can take to help quiet your bruxism. These include utilizing stress relief products before bedtime, such as relaxation videos or any type of music that relaxes you. You can also try holding a warm damp cloth next to your face for about 10 minutes before you go to bed in order to ease the muscles of your jaw. A hot bath or stretching before bedtime can also help to relieve muscles. Some people even find comfort in meditation before bed. Additionally, it’s important to reduce the consumption of caffeine before bedtime. However, the most important thing you can do if you’re suffering from any of the warning signs of bruxism is to be evaluated by your family dentist or a cosmetic dentist in your area. The best news about teeth grinding is that healthcare professionals such as cosmetic dentists can treat it.

There are many reasons why people might grind their teeth every now and then, including anger, stress, and frustration. It’s when teeth grinding happens on more than an occasional basis that it becomes a problem. In fact, if you’re someone who suffers from bruxism, you likely already have a problem, and that’s what’s causing the teeth grinding in the first place. You need to let your family dentist know immediately about the issues you’re having with teeth grinding. Not only is teeth grinding that happens regularly or even semi-regularly occurring because a problem already exists; it can lead to more serious oral health problems, and the causes of your bruxism need to be addressed. Contact a top dentist in order to determine the cause of your teeth grinding, and to begin any necessary treatment.

Routine Dental Care for Seniors

Dental Care for SeniorsThe average lifespan is increasing, and that means seniors have more time now than ever before to enjoy a full and active life. It’s true that seniors in Livingston and throughout the country have a greater expectation of having a long, happy life. But if your teeth are in poor condition, chances are you might not be enjoying life as much as you should. If you’re going to live longer than your parents and grandparents, why not make it the best life possible?! Perhaps there was a time when living longer meant you were a likely candidate for losing your teeth and wearing dentures, but those days are in the past. And, even if you do have dentures, you want them to last. Whether you’re a denture wearer, you have your own natural teeth, or you have dental implants or any of the other wonderful innovations of restorative dentistry, your oral hygiene habits are a vital part of your healthy, active life. Continue reading “Routine Dental Care for Seniors”

Routine Dental Care

Routine Dental CareWalt Disney once said, “A kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” Needless to say, this was a metaphor. No one wants to experience an actual kick in the teeth … not just because it’s painful, but also because, well, everyone likes having nice teeth! Right about now you may be thinking, “Well, duh!” However, have you ever thought about how likely it is that someday you may lose teeth due to improper dental care? A healthy dental care routine often is all that’s necessary to ensure that your teeth remain with you for the rest of your life. But keeping your teeth may be only half the story. Recent studies have shown a potential link between poor oral hygiene and risk factors for developing certain medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. The fact is that poor dental hygiene is the main reason that people throughout the country can experience tooth decay, tooth loss, and even loss of the bone structures surrounding the teeth. Here are some tips on optimal dental care routines for everyone in your family. Continue reading “Routine Dental Care”

Types of Oral Cancer

Types of Oral CancerSome types of cancer are on the decline throughout the entire United States. However, the number of cases involving other types of cancers is increasing. Oral cancer is one of these, and more Americans are in the high-risk groups for developing this disease than ever. There are several types of cancers that are considered oral, and the type typically depends upon the location of the disease. As with many types of cancer, the exact causes of the different forms of oral cancer are unknown to modern medicine. However, medical researchers have identified risk factors and behaviors that can put some individuals in greater danger of developing oral cancer, especially if they exhibit more than one of these components. Following is information on the different types of oral cancer, risk factors, and how to cope with a cancer diagnosis. Continue reading “Types of Oral Cancer”

Dental Care for Babies

Brush Baby TeethAfter having a baby, you watch weeks of it fussing, drooling and finally… you spot that first tooth that pops out from the gums. It’s an exciting experience, but it’s also the beginning of a long and trying life to teach your kids about their teeth and why it’s important to take care of them. For some kids, taking care or allowing them to take care of their teeth is an easy task, for others, not so much. Either way, it all starts with you and what kind of a foundation you will help to create for your baby’s healthy teeth and mouth. Some parents think that you don’t take care of your baby’s teeth until they get older, but this isn’t the case. In fact, even before they start growing teeth you should be cleaning their gums at least. Here are some important tips on taking care of your baby’s teeth and mouth.

Caring For Baby’s Gums

Yes, you can take care of baby’s gums even before any teeth come in. You should be doing this especially if they are on a bottle. This does not involve a toothbrush or toothpaste; instead it’s a very simple process. Tale a soft terry towel and moisten it, wipe down your baby’s gums 2 times a day at a minimum. Be sure to really wash their gums after feedings and before bedtime. So what does this do? In a simple explanation, it really is just a great way to wash bacteria off of their gums. Bacteria, as with adults, can create plaque that sticks to the teeth and can damage them.

Brushing Of the Teeth

Once the first tooth starts popping out of the gums, you can then use a toothbrush. Just make sure you are getting a baby toothbrush and not a child’s or adult’s toothbrush – even at their softest these are too hard for a baby’s gums and way too big. You will need a soft toothbrush with a very small head and a larger handle for you to hold. When first starting out, just take the toothbrush and wet it with water making sure you get all of the teeth, front and back. Once more and more teeth start to come in, OVER the age of 3, you can use a pea sized amount of toothpaste. You should be the one brushing your child’s teeth until they can do so on their own, and they can spit rinse and repeat on their own. Make sure that from the time you see the first tooth that you look for any spotting or discoloration. If you do see anything odd, make sure you talk to your Family Dentist in Millburn as well as your pediatrician.

Teething – An Uncomfortable Experience

Each baby goes through a stage where the teeth start to poke through the gums, this is called teething. Not only can it be painful for the baby, but hard for mom and dad too because chances are you are going to hear a lot of crying, fussing and seeing a lot of tears. It’s a difficult situation for any parent. You can tell when your baby is teething when they have swollen gums, they begin drooling more than usual and they have a slight temperature. If you want to try and get rid of teething pain, try these tips:

Teething Rings: Cool teething rings usually have water in them – freeze them or put them in the fridge for a cool temperature toy for them to chew on.

Bananas: If your child is old enough, you can freeze a banana and let them “gum” on the banana – tastes a lot better than a plastic toy that’s for sure!

Gum Rubbing: With a clean finger, you can rub your baby’s gums.

Never ever ever give your baby Aspirin. This can give your child a syndrome called Reye’s syndrome. It’s a rare condition but it can happen. Better to be safe than sorry. If the baby is really upset and you can’t calm him or her down, call your family doctor to see what you can do. Chances are they will suggest one of the above mentioned tips, but it’s worth a chance to see if they can offer additional support.

Dental Care Tips for Children

Healing teethIf you have children, there are certain things you need to know about when it comes to their teeth. The #1 question parents ask when it comes to their kids and teeth is WHEN? When should you actually start to brush their teeth? Some people may have different answers, but our answer is clear: As soon as they appear. Even if you are not using traditional toothpaste (as you shouldn’t be anyway) you can use a wet washcloth to clean their baby teeth to ensure that tooth decay is not present and does not happen early on. Kids and cavities is such a high statistics these days. In fact, over 40% of children have cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. That is just plain astonishing and shocking! Maybe if more parents knew how to take care of their kid’s teeth, less kids would have cavities at such a young age. If you want some tips on how to take care of your children’s teeth, there are a few tips below. Continue reading “Dental Care Tips for Children”