Image0106Here at Madison Dental, we are committed to helping others and want to address some of the most common oral health problems.

Bad Breath: The medical term for bad breath is halitosis, and it can be a result of poor dental hygiene and also a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can be made worse by types of food you eat and having an unhealthy lifestyle. If you don’t brush and floss daily, food particles remain in the mouth promoting bacteria to grow which causes bad breath. Smoking or chewing tobacco can also cause bad breath and stain your teeth.

Other dental causes may include poorly fitting dental devices, infections in the mouth, and cavities. Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, can cause bad breath. Other illnesses could contribute to bad breath and should be checked for right away; including respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, sinus infections, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and problems with the liver or kidneys.

Plaque: Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. Plaque develops when foods containing sugars, such as carbohydrates, and starches are left on the teeth. The bacteria in the mouth thrive on this and produce acid as a result. Over time, this acid works to destroy tooth enamel, resulting in decay. This plaque can also develop on the tooth roots under the gums and break down the bone supporting the teeth.

Practicing good oral hygiene habits are critical to preventing plaque buildup. We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and playing close attention to the space where your gums and teeth meet. You should also floss between your teeth at least once a day to remove food particles and bacteria. We also recommend using an antibacterial mouth rinse and visiting your dentist every 6 months for a routine examination and cleaning. For some patients, a sealant may be recommended.

Gum Disease: This is the inflammation of the soft tissue that surrounds the teeth. If treated early, the condition may be reversed. If left untreated, the disease may destroy the bone that supports the tissue resulting in tooth loss. The easiest way to avoid gum disease is to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist for regular cleanings and examinations. Signs that you may be in trouble include bleeding while brushing, soreness, and red or swollen gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact the office right away.

If you have any questions about your oral health, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (281) 397-0311.