Bad Breath
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What you eat affects the air you exhale. Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, contribute to objectionable breath odor. Once the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs, where it is expelled. The odors will continue until the body eliminates the food. People who diet may develop unpleasant breath from infrequent eating. If you don't brush and floss daily, particles of food remain in the mouth, collecting bacteria, which can cause bad breath. Food that collects between the teeth, on the tongue and around the gums can rot, leaving an unpleasant odor. Dry mouth occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Saliva is necessary to cleanse the mouth and remove particles that may cause odor. Dry mouth may be caused by various medications, salivary gland problems or continuously breathing through the mouth. Tobacco products cause bad breath, so if you use tobacco, ask your dentist for tips on kicking the habit. Bad breath may also be the sign of a medical disorder, such as a local infection in the respiratory tract, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, liver or kidney ailment.

Using Mouth Wash
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Swishing mouthwash after brushing can help neutralize odor-causing bacteria in your mouth and the antibacterial ingredients used in some mouthwashes have been shown to kill residual bacteria in the mouth.

It is important to use the recommended amount of mouthwash and to swish it around vigorously for about 1 minute making sure it is able to cover all areas between your teeth and soft tissues. After swishing for 60 seconds, using the same solution, or new solution, gargle the mouthwash in the back of your mouth and throat for another 30-60 seconds. The time to use mouthwash is important while gargling because the back of the mouth and throat contain bacteria that can lead to bad-breath and is an area untouched by brushing and flossing. Finally spit out the mouthwash - do not swallow it! You may decide to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to remove the residual mouthwash or you can elect to leave residual mouthwash to work in your mouth.

Mouthwash is not a brushing and flossing substitute!
Mouthwashes do not prevent cavities and just from swishing it around in your mouth is not enough to remove plaque from around your teeth and does not remove odor-causing particles from your tongue like brushing would do.

Cold Sores
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Recurrent Herpes Labialis (the common dental term) is a very common viral infection in children and adults. It is caused in most cases by a sub-type of the Herpes Virus, and in most patients it is preceded by an illness (a cold), exposure to sun or exposure to cold. Most patients experience what is known as 'prodromic' symptoms such as itching or burning sensation in the area where the blisters soon appear. This information may allow your dentist to recommend therapies that may minimize or eliminate the appearance of the blisters. This infection is usually self limiting and can last up to 14 days before the scabs fall off.

Mouth Guards
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Accidents can happen during any physical activity. A mouth protector can help protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Over-the-counter stock mouth protectors are inexpensive, pre-formed and ready-to-wear. Boil and bite mouth protectors offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. Softened in water, they are more adaptable to the shape of your mouth. Custom-fitted mouth protectors are made by your dentist for you personally. They are more expensive, but a properly fitted mouth protector will stay in place while you are wearing it, making it easy for you to talk and breathe.

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We ask that our female patients who are pregnant or think they possibly could be to inform us prior to your x-ray examination and dental treatment.

Traumatic Ulcer
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It is not uncommon for children to inadvertently 'bite' on their lips or cheeks, particularly following a dental visit where local anesthetic was used. The main reason why this occurs is the natural curiosity that a child has about the area of the mouth that is 'numb.' We try our best to explain to children that local anesthesia is temporary and we give them (and their parents) instructions on how to prevent 'lip biting.' In the event that this occurs, please notify our office so we can determine if your son or daughter will require treatment (i.e. antibiotics or pain medicine).

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