5 ways to improve bad breath

Ways to take away bad breath

Bad breath is not cool. If you’re suffering from it, maybe it’s time to make your social life a little less awkward!

1) Brush your teeth – Twice a day. Your mouth has crazy amounts of bacteria. Brushing your teeth twice a day eliminates bacteria that gives you bad breath.

2) Don’t forget your tongue – Yes, you need to brush and scrub that too. Your tongue contains a lot of bacteria – that is often neglected when brushing your teeth. There are tongue cleaners in the market that help clean your tongue for a better smelling mouth!

3) Drinks more water – Why does your breath stink in the morning? Probably because you didn’t drink enough water the night before. The lack of hydration leads to a dry mouth. A dry mouth means you are not producing enough saliva that prevents bacteria growth in your mouth.

4) Eat carbs – If you over eat on proteins, your body produces ketosis – a byproduct of your body burning fat instead of sugar. Ketosis produces bad breath. So eat that bread.

5) Visit your dentist – This is not a hard sell. The excessive build up of tartar in your mouth produces bad breath. Your dentist can help you remove the tartar that brushing and flossing cannot alone won’t suffice. It is advisable to visit your dentist twice a year.

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5 foods that improve dental health

Healthy food for healthy teeth

We love food. Even as oral health care practitioners, we find it hard to resist awesome tasting dishes that may not be ideal for the health of your mouth. Good nutrition is also beneficial for your oral health. You should try to avoid food with food colouring, refined sugars, refined flours, artificial preservatives and high fructose corn syrup.

1) Water – The best natural thirst quencher helps wash away the particles and residue on your teeth.

2) Green Tea – Catechins in green tea helps kill off plague bacteria. Oh, kills those smelly bacteria that gives you bad breath.

3) Onions – Best eaten raw and fresh. Onions have antibacterial capabilities that kill off the plague causing bacteria in your mouth.

4) Cheese – The higher the pH level on your teeth’s surface, the less erosion it gets. Cheese helps that by neutralising plaque acid.

5) Wasabi – Rejoice sushi lovers, Japanese researchers have found that wasabi prevents bacteria from sticking to your teeth. Looks like the bacteria can’t stand the “spiciness” of wasabi.

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3 Reasons you need to start flossing

How can flossing help you

Sounds unnecessary but it’s extremely important for your health (not just oral health)!

 

1) It protects your gums

Flossing reaches areas your toothbrush can’t. These are prime areas for bacteria to grow and it is essential to ensure they are looked after too. Plaque and tartar build up can lead to gingivitis – an inflammation of the gums. Flossing helps reduce such build up.

 

2) Helps prevent other diseases

Bad oral health doesn’t just stay in the mouth. Bad oral hygiene can also lead to other ailments such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s respiratory illnesses and diabetes. Why? Because bacteria from the mouth can also spread to other parts of your body.

 

3) Saves you money

Good oral hygiene can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you maintain your teeth and gums well, the chances of a root canal and other dental treatment are several reduced. Helping you save money and time in the long run.

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Maintaining Your Oral Health

What to do to improve your dental health

Oral health is vital to an overall healthier life and body. It is common thought that the consequences of poor oral health might just lead to a few cavaties. But the truth is, studies have shown that those with poor oral health are more likely to suffer from heart and lung disease, diabetes and strokes caused by migration of bacteria from the oral cavity into the blood stream.

How to avoid pain and unneccessary costs
Maintaining your oral health is really easier than most people think, it starts at home! Here are some important habits to adopt to avoid pain, loss of confidence and unnecessary costs:

  • Applying a good brushing technique is essential to the daily maintainence of your smile and the health of your gums. Place your toothbrush at an angle partially against your gums and teeth and apply small circular motions Our doctors are more than happy to take you through the most effective techniques for brushing when we see you at your next appointment.
  • Finding the right toothbrush for you. It is actually easier to reach those “hard-to-reach” places using a small to medium sized toothbrush with bristles that are of medium softness. Bristles that are too stiff may injure the gums if brushing techniques are not applied correctly. Replace your tooth brush every 3 to 6 months, or when bristles start to fray.
  • Brushing your teeth twice a day and proper flossing helps prevent build up of plaque and calculus.
  • Our doctors are able to aid you in achieving good oral health and recommend 6 monthly scheduled appointments. We believe strongly in prevention where it is possible, to help our patients avoid the stress and trauma of more invasive procedures.
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How to choose the right toothbrush

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You probably don’t think much about this when you’re at the supermarket. However, it is important to ensure you have the right toothbrush for better oral health. There are a few main things about choosing your toothbrush.

 

1) Bristle type

Soft/medium/hard? We highly recommend soft bristles its the most comfortable and safe choice. Medium and hard bristles may damage your gums and protective tooth enamel. Also, try to get bristles with a rounded tips as they are aid in teeth protection.

 

2) Brush size

If you can , use toothbrushes with a smaller brush head. They enable you to brush with more flexibility. The standard sizes are about 1” long and 0.5” wide.

 

3) Manual or powered?

Powered toothbrushes and manual toothbrushes are no better than each other. What’s more important is what motivates you to brush regular. Powered toothbrushes are good if you have uneven teeth surfaces or arthritis that make brushing more challenging.

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