Posts for: March, 2017
Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.
Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?
In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.
As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.
And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.
Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.
Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”
If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”
Regular dental checkups are essential for the maintenance of healthy gums and teeth. And in between those exams, it's important that you work to keep your gums and teeth clean and healthy. Dr. Janette Williams at Montgomery Dental Care in Cincinnati, OH, offers a full range of dental services. Here are the top reasons why you need to visit the dentist regularly.
Examine Your Gums
During your exam, your dentist will examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease and other health problems. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. In the early stages of periodontal disease, most treatment involves non-surgical procedures.
Look for Tooth Decay
Your dentist can detect tooth decay easily by examining your teeth, probing your teeth with dental instruments and looking at dental x-rays. Tooth decay is damage that occurs when bacteria inside your mouth combine with the foods you eat to make acids that eat away your teeth. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause an infection, pain and tooth loss.
Take Dental X-Rays
During your dental checkup, your Cincinnati dentist may take dental X-rays or, if necessary, do other diagnostic procedures. Dental X-rays allow your dentist to see detailed images of your mouth. X-ray images can show dental cavities and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual exam.
Oral Cancer Exam
During your dental checkup, your dentist will look for signs of oral cancer. Your dentist will feel the area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your cheeks and lips, as well as examine the roof and floor of your mouth and the sides of your tongue. Early detection is crucial in overcoming this disease.
The Dental Cleaning
Dental cleanings are usually done during dental checkups. A dental cleaning is a procedure for the removal of tartar and plaque that may develop even with regular brushing and flossing. Dental cleanings help prevent cavities and gum disease. Regular dental cleanings may also lower your risk for some diseases, like heart disease and stroke.
Going to the dentist is important at any age. Poor dental hygiene can lead to several problems such as cavities, gum disease, infection and tooth loss. Call Montgomery Dental Care at (513) 793-5703 today to schedule a dental appointment in Cincinnati, OH. Regular visits to a dentist will get you on the road to good oral health.
For most people, going to the dentist is as routine as getting their oil changed. But if you're like the one in ten people with severe anxiety, dental visits are anything but routine.
What may have begun as a childhood fear has turned for many people into a lifetime avoidance of dental care. Â This absence of dental cleanings, checkups and treatments can have an adverse effect on not only their oral health but their general health too.
But there are ways you can reduce dental visit anxiety, beginning first with finding a compassionate dental provider. A good dentist-patient relationship is important for everyone, but more so for people with anxiety. Building a trust relationship with a dentist who listens and accepts your fears without judging is your first step to overcoming them.
Though finding an understanding provider is important, it may not be enough in the beginning of your return to regular dental care. To help you further relax during visits, we can also provide medicinal therapies known collectively as sedation.
Although it has some similarities, sedation is different from anesthesia. The latter deadens pain sensation; sedation aims to calm your emotions. The most common sedation is taken in oral form, usually a pill (or syrup for children) taken an hour or so before the appointment. Oral sedation is often used in conjunction with gases like nitrous oxide and local anesthesia.
For a more relaxed state (especially during an involved procedure) we may use intravenous (IV) sedation. With this method we deliver the medication through a small needle or catheter inserted into a vein.
IV sedation places you in a reduced state of consciousness. But it isn't a “sleep” state as what's achieved during general anesthesia, but more of a “semi-awake” state. You won't need assistance with breathing or heart function and you can respond to verbal or touch commands. Many drugs used for IV sedation also have an amnesiac affect, so you won't remember many details about the procedure.
Depending on your level of anxiety, we can match the right therapy to induce calm and relaxation. Sedation can help you see dental visits in a more positive light so that it truly does become a life routine.
If you would like more information on sedation therapy during dental visits, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “IV Sedation in Dentistry.”