Showing posts from April, 2018

4 Causes of Bad Breath

We've all had it. Whether it's first thing in the morning or surfaces after eating onions on a hot dog, halitosis (bad breath) plagues us all at one point or another. What is the cause and how do I get rid of it? There are many different reasons you may have bad breath, I will list four here. Bacteria: Bacteria naturally are found in your mouth. They eat when you eat. When bits of leftover lunch linger, the  smor gas bord begins for the bacteria, leaving a foul odor. The solution is simple: brush and floss your teeth. If you've done those things and your bad breath persists, it may be an indication of gum disease. In that case, you should talk with your dentist.   Food: Besides feeding that bacteria in your mouth, food also has it's own stench that could be the culprit for your bad breath. Foods like onions, garlic, or sauerkraut often tend to have lingering effects until they are out of your system. Mouthwash and gums can mask the smell temporarily. Me

Which type of toothpaste is best?

This is a question that I get quite frequently from my patients. The type of toothpaste that I recommend will vary based on the needs of that patient. One factor to take into consideration is sensitivity. If you have sensitive teeth I recommend Sensodyne. I have seen the best results for sensitivity with their paste. There are several types of Sensodyne, all of which are equally great. For more information on Sensodyne products go to . Another factor to be aware of is the advertised "whitening" toothpaste. Whitening toothpastes tend to be much more abrasive but do not “whiten” teeth as much as they “scrape” teeth. They can even cause some sensitivity and damage. I would avoid using whitening toothpastes and stick to other means for whitening. If you have questions about whitening your teeth, please contact our office for options or leave a comment below. The last factor I look for when recommending toothpaste is whether or not it conta