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Ridding Yourself of Bad Breath
We have all heard about it, joked about it, and even had it: bad breath, and by calling it halitosis does not make it smell any better. Bad breath is everyone's nemesis, increasing self-consciousness, causing embarrassment and negatively affecting social lives everywhere. Happily, there are several things you can do to have sweet breath and a fresh mouth.

Brushing, Flossing, and Scraping
Plaque is a major cause of bad breath, so brushing three times a day, followed up by flossing once daily will decrease your chances of bad breath. The less popular technique as brushing and flossing is tongue scraping or brushing. That thick coating that often appears on your tongue is none other than bacteria with a putrid smell. You can simply brush your tongue with your toothbrush to remove it or purchase a tongue scraper to do the job.

Take Care with What Goes in Your Mouth
Onions and garlic are often cited as major causes of bad breath and it is true, even as delicious as they are, they will leave your breath smelling less than sweet. Brushing won't solve the problem because the essence of the onions and garlic makes its way through your bloodstream into your lungs where you eventually breathe them out. The only way to avoid bad breath from garlic and onions is not eat them. Smoking is another bad breath enhancer that also stains teeth, causes cancer and damages gums.

If your bad breath persists, do not hesitate to call our dental office to make sure all is healthy and well and there are not underlying medical conditions causing the problem.

Symptoms of Tooth Enamel Erosion
Tooth enamel erosion is quite common and is a leading cause of decay and cavities. How do you know if your tooth enamel is being damaged? There are several common symptoms of tooth erosion beginning with pain or discomfort when eating foods or drinking beverages that are hot, cold or super sweet. You may be experiencing tooth erosion if you feel rough edges on your teeth from chipping and cracking due to the loss of their protective enamel. Another common symptom is yellowing teeth or smooth, shiny surfaces where they did not exist before. Dents (also known as cupping) may appear, particularly in areas where biting and chewing occur. If you notice any or all of these symptoms, contact our dental office to protect your teeth and preventing further tooth enamel erosion.

Repairing Tooth Enamel
If you find you have lost some of your teeth's enamel, there are ways that our dental office can repair it and strengthen your teeth. Obviously, the solution to repairing tooth enamel depends on your specific problem and the degree of the enamel loss. If the damage is worn enamel, chipped or discolored teeth, our dental office will likely recommend tooth bonding to repair the damage enamel. Bonding actually covers the damage and improves the tooth's appearance. If, on the other hand, you have lost a great deal of the enamel and outer shell of the tooth, our dental office may recommend covering the remaining healthy tooth with a crown in order to prevent further damage and decay.


Dennis Simonsen DMD - Simonsen Dental | | 503-646-3169
14125 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton, OR 97005



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