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Jan25

2018

What causes bad breath? Here are some tips to make it go away. postByDental
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Have you ever been stuck talking to someone who’s breath wasn’t overly pleasant or worse, downright stinky? It can be one of those awkward social situations, do you say something or just try and cut the conversation short?

Occasional bad breath

Sometimes bad breath, or halitosis, can be simply because we’ve decided to indulge on a loaf of garlic bread, or we have been in such a rush to get to work that we’ve forgotten to clean our teeth in the morning. Coffee breath is such a bummer!  

It’s no wonder that store shelves are overflowing with gum, mints, mouthwashes, and other products designed to fight bad breath.  But sadly, most of these products really are just temporary measures.

There are many causes of occasional or an intermittent case of bad breath such as, acid reflux, eating strong smelling foods like garlic and onion, or simply being unwell with a sore throat or respiratory infection. These are part of life and pretty normal if kept in check.

But there is a big difference between these sorts of causes AND having chronic halitosis.

Chronic Halitosis

Chronic halitosis (that is, bad breath on a daily, or very regular basis) is often the result of tooth decay, gum disease or a coated tongue. It’s caused by a build-up of hundreds of bacteria on the tongue, gums, and throat.  They live on the tongue or below the gum-line or in pockets created by gum disease between your gums and teeth.

That type of bacteria doesn’t need light to survive, so it burrows down into the roots and can create real problems. YUK. 🤢

Chronic bad breath will need a trip to the dentist to ascertain the cause.  Leaving any form of gum disease and tooth decay too long may ultimately lead to more serious health problems down the track.  That is something you DON’T want.

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is also a condition that can lead to bad breath. Smoking or certain medications can cause dry mouth, along with some foods, like caffeine and alcohol

Dry mouth is caused by slowing saliva production, when there is not enough saliva in the mouth to wash out the bacteria which then results in a build-up of food particles and nasty bacteria that will cause that horrible smell.

That is why brushing and flossing is SO IMPORTANT to manage or eliminate bad breath – to clean out all those pockets in your mouth which can fill with bacteria.  It also helps if you drink plenty of water and swish cool water around your mouth to help to freshen “morning breath.”

Covering up bad breath with a bottle of strong mouth wash will only work in the short term. It will help with the smell briefly but it won’t eliminate the cause of problem. In fact, mouth washes which contain alcohol can sometimes dry out your mouth and make things worse.

If you think your bad breath, or a family member, could be the result of an oral hygiene issue we would highly recommend you drop us a line at Taree Dental Care and book in for an appointment. 

Learning proper dental hygiene is the first and best step to achieving fresh breath. Bad breath can feel embarrassing, but it really doesn’t need to be that way.

Regular dental check-ups and cleans are also very important. ☑️

Call us at the clinic on  (02) 6550 0960. We can book you in with one of our friendly Taree Dentists who will be able to get your mouth back on track to fresh and inviting breath!

Jan9

2018

Tips to maintain your kid’s healthy smile postByDental
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A child’s first tooth is a pretty special occasion!  Your child can now bite which means tasting a wider variety of foods and developing some taste buds.

Ideally, at Taree Dental Care we recommend introducing your child to the dentist about 6 months after all his or her baby teeth have come through. 

Not only are regular check-ups essential to maintain your child’s teeth, gums, and smile – it’s proven that an early, non-invasive dental checkup goes along way to avoiding long-term dental anxiety.

A lot has changed in the last decade and dental visits are now way more comfortable then they have ever been.  (We like to make it fun at our Taree Dentist with a bright and cheery clinic and your kids can even play their favourite TV show while sitting in the dental chair!)

Here are some tips to help maintain your kid’s healthy smile.

Get your kids involved and engaged in taking care of their teeth early

Teaching your child to look after their teeth from a young age is critical.  Brushing teeth doesn’t have to be a dreaded daily mission – try to get your child actively involved.

Let your curious pre-schooler  pick out their own new toothbrush and a great-tasting toothpaste.  Kids who take the lead are more likely to make daily brushing a personal habit – and it will feel like less of a chore.

A word of warning though, even though your pre-schooler might want to ‘fly solo’ when it comes to brushing and flossing, you’ll still need to supervise his or her technique and help ensure that the teeth are cleaned at least twice daily.

As your child then heads into ‘big school’ and gains a tiny bit of maturity, it’s the ideal time to seriously reinforce those healthy oral habits.  Afterall, your kids only get ‘one shot‘ once their adult teeth start to come through from the age of about 6 or 7 years.

You will know this is happening because it’s when the words ‘tooth fairy’ and ‘money’ will start to enter your child’s vocabulary on a more regular basis. 

What to expect at your child’s trip to the dentist

Do everything to make a trip to the dentist a positive experience. Try to plan your child’s dental visit for a time when they’re well rested, if you can. Don’t tell them to be brave (they already are), don’t bribe them, or use the dentist as punishment or a deterrent.  Believe me, those strategies do more harm than good.

It’s also important that you don’t express any of your own dental fears to them.    If you are feeling nervous this can rub off onto your child, so it’s important to stay calm and positive.

Rest assured that at a young age, usually little or no treatment is required and it’s more about creating trust between child and dentist as well as giving you, the responsible parent or carer, some guidance to help set your child up for a lifetime of good dental hygiene.

At your child’s appointment we might review and discuss:

✔️Brushing technique

✔️Bite (how your child’s teeth will come together)

 ✔️Soft tissues such as gums and cheeks

✔️Any habits, such as thumb sucking

 ✔️Risk of decay and how to prevent it

 ✔️Prevention of trauma to your child’s mouth

 ✔️Provide some nutritional advice.

Remember we have your children’s best interests at heart and we like good habits to be formed early.  Educating your child, and you, is all part of the process.  Afterall, information is power.

As a general rule, the earlier your child visits the dentist the better.  A lot of my patients in their middle years with dental problems weren’t encouraged to look after their teeth when they were younger – and sadly, now it shows.

Your child’s early dental care, as well as creating good and lasting habits, will help protect them from tooth decay and other significant (and potentially costly) future dental treatment.

Is your child eligible for the Medicare Child Dental Benefits Scheme?

At Taree Dental Care we have a professional team and we pride ourselves on providing excellent dental care for your children, with a strong focus on prevention over cure.

We specialise in children’s dentistry and we are Taree’s leading children’s dentist.

We are also amalgamated with the Child’s Dental Benefits Scheme through Medicare, so your child aged between 2 and 17 years may also be eligible for dental benefits.

To find out if your child is eligible, grab your Medicare number and get in touch with us today at Taree Dental Care on  (02) 6550 0960.

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