April 2016

Dealing With Bad Breath

checkups1Bad breath can put a serious damper on your life. Bad breath affects a great deal of the U.S. population – with some aware of the issue who are embarrassed by it and others who are unaware of the issue until it is brought to their attention. Because most causes of bad breath originate inside the mouth, it is very important that you visit your dentist to determine a successful way to handle your unpleasant issue. When it comes to troubling dental issues, dealing with bad breath is one that can typically be easily improved by avoiding certain things and increasing a few oral health care habits.

  • Avoid odorous foods and beverages. One of the first steps to take in dealing with bad breath is to avoid foods and beverages that are known to cause bad breath. Onions, garlic, cheeses, coffee, and alcoholic beverages are the most commonly known culprits of bad breath. Not only do they all have a strong smell on their own, but they leave residue inside your mouth; therefore, every time you exhale you are releasing these odors out into the air around you. Avoiding these foods and beverages as much as possible is the best way to help your bad breath. But when that is not feasible, keeping a toothbrush and toothpaste handy so that you can brush your teeth following consumption, or using a strong mouthwash after eating, can help to combat your bad breath.
  • Stop tobacco use. All tobacco products are not only harmful to your oral and general health, but they also cause bad breath. Tobacco is another product that has its own strong smell, and using tobacco products not only leaves the smell inside your mouth, but it causes damage to your teeth and gums that exacerbates the odor.
  • Keep yourself hydrated. Dry mouth is another culprit of bad breath. Your mouth needs saliva to help wash away plaque from the mouth. When not enough saliva is produced, plaque will build up quickly on the teeth. Because plaque is made up of bacteria and acids, it will significantly contribute to bad breath.
  • Practice good oral hygiene. Practicing good oral hygiene habits is the most important step that you can implement to combat bad breath. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily go a long way in keeping your mouth clean and fresh. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria-laden plaque from the mouth and, when done right after a meal or drink, can eliminate most odors caused by foods and beverages. Making your oral hygiene habits a priority, and increasing them when necessary, will go a long way in dealing with bad breath.
  • Clean your oral appliances. If you wear any type of oral appliance (e.g. retainer, Invisalign® aligners, dentures, partial dentures, etc.) it is essential that you implement proper maintenance to keep them clean. All oral appliances should be cleaned at night and any time that they are taken out of the mouth and are going to be placed back inside the mouth. Oral appliances are notorious for harboring foul odors because they easily hang on to particles inside the mouth.
  • Visit your dentist on a regular basis. Your dentist is your number one advocate in dealing with bad breath. Regular cleanings and checkups will help to ensure that there is not a buildup of plaque or damage occurring inside the mouth that is causing your bad breath. Bad breath that is not directly caused by odorous foods, beverages, or tobacco products can be a side effect of certain medications or a health concern that should not be ignored.

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Avoid These Denture Cream Pitfalls

senior-coupleIf you wear traditional dentures, your replacement teeth may only be as good as your denture adhesive cream. Dentures typically need an adhesive cream to give them a better level of stability and hold. Unfortunately, denture adhesive creams are known for being problematic. The only way to completely avoid the following denture cream pitfalls is to secure your dentures with dental implants instead.

Denture Adhesive Problems

Messy: There is really no way around it; denture creams are messy. They also tend to emit a strong odor, which further dampers the experience.

More Hassle: In order for your dentures adhesive to work, it needs to be applied to a clean denture. You cannot simply add new layers of your adhesive to old, existing layers. Not only will it not stick, but it can also allow bacteria to grow on your dentures. When placed back into your mouth, you put yourself at higher risk for gum disease and bad breath. Daily cleaning and careful adhesive application is an avoidable hassle if you opt for implant-supported dentures instead.

Health Risk: Many dentures creams contain zinc. Unfortunately, recent studies have linked zinc exposure to neuropathy, a nerve disorder that causes pain and numbness in the extremities (hands or feet). There are some denture cream brands that have gone zinc-free as a result.

Extra Cost: You may think you are saving money by avoiding the cost of dental implants to secure your dentures. However, the cost of a tube of denture cream can get quite pricey, especially when you may go through multiple tubes in a year.

No Guarantee: Even if you find a good zinc-free denture cream that you can tolerate, you will never have a 100% guarantee that your dentures won’t slip or fall out of place when you are speaking or eating.

As stated above, the only real solution to solving your denture cream pitfalls is get a set of dental implants to permanently secure your prosthetic teeth. You won’t need to get a full set of dental implants; only 2 to 4 implants can often stabilize a lower denture. If you want to rid yourself of your denture cream problems, please contact Dr. Wayne Suway. He is an experienced and talented dentist who specializes in top quality tooth replacement.

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The Implant Abutment

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGDWhen it comes to dental implants, there is a lot of talk about the implant restoration (custom crown) and the implant itself (the titanium screw that acts as a tooth root replacement). However, there is another component of a dental implant sandwiched in the middle of the implant and restoration. The abutment is a critical part of your dental implant’s success. An abutment is either placed on or built into the top of the dental implant to connect the implant to the replacement tooth (crown restoration or denture).

Unless you are seeing a dentist who conducts same-day dental implants, the abutment will not be placed until the implant site has healed and the titanium screw has fused to the jawbone, a process that can take 2 to 3 months. The implant is covered with gum tissue during this healing phase and surgically uncovered when it is time to place the abutment and the final tooth restoration. Most crowns and fixed partial dentures have a cemented or screw-retained fixation on the abutment. Abutments can be made of a variety of materials, including titanium, surgical stainless steel, gold, zirconia (or white ceramic). Abutments also vary in their design, depending if they are being used on a three-piece, two-piece or one-piece implant type. Most dental implants use a three-piece design. Your abutment choice will depend on your unique tooth restoration plan and the preferences of your implants dentist. When a dental implant is placed correctly and at the proper angle, a custom abutment is typically not necessary. Instead a pre-fabricated abutment can be used, which also reduces cost.

Dental implants are an intricate system, but they undoubtedly provide the most long-term function and natural appearance than any other tooth replacement available. Dr. Wayne Suway understands the technicality, artistry and science it takes to ensure your dental implants are successful.

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