Is Bad Breath a Sign of Something More Serious or Sinister?

We’ve all experienced it. Speaking with someone and their bad breath could destroy all flora and fauna in a 10 foot radius.

Halitosis, or bad breath as it’s commonly called, may be due to poor dental hygiene or can actually be symptomatic of something more serious.

If you are past the point of mouth washes and Zombie mints for bad breath, here are some tips for you.

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

If your morning breath lasts well into the night, it could be you are not drinking enough water. Keeping your mouth moist helps wash away food particles and bacteria which can be a primary cause of bad breath. If you have chronic dry mouth, you dentist can recommend an artificial saliva preparation or an oral medication that stimulates the flow of saliva.

Try Brushing Your Tongue:

The back of your tongue is where bacteria thrive. If you tongue is coated, try gently brushing it to dislodge bacteria. People who have a coated tongue from a significant growth of bacteria may also benefit from tongue scraping.

Adjust Your Diet:

Avoid eating a lot of Garlic or Onion as they cause bad breath. Sugary foods are also linked to bad breath. Try swithing up what you eat or when you eat, and see if you see improvement.

Regularly Get a New Toothbrush:

Seriously, bacteria thrive in toothbrushes, and you should replace yours often. This is especially true after you have been sick (flu, cold, etc.) – avoid a relapse and change your toothbrush. Every 3 or 4 months, replace your toothbrush and be sure to use soft bristles.

Be Sure and Brush Twice Daily:

Everyone brushes in the morning it seems .. but how about before you go to bed? Getting rid of the day’s food particles and bacteria is crucial to dental health (and sweet breath). If you aren’t brushing at night, this will go far in reducing any bad breath.

See Your Dentist Every 6 Months:

Get your regular dental exams. Bad breath can also be symptomatic of something more serious. Tooth Decay, Gingivitis, or Periodontal Disease. All of these can cause dragon breath. Keep your teeth and gums healthy with regular dental visits.

Bad breath can also be a symptom for more serious illnesses, such as stomach disorders, lung disorders, heart problems and even diabetes.

If you and your dentist can’t cure your bad breath “problem”, your dentist will in all likelihood refer you to a medical doctor in order to rule the serous things out.

How about you? Lookiing for a great family dentist in Sedalia or Cole Camp? Give us a call. We are experts on bad breath, and the causes.

In Sedalia: (660) 851-2128
In Cole Camp: (660) 668-3322

What is a Tooth Abscess and How is it Treated?

Did you awaken today with a toothache? Do you have severe and persistent throbbing pain radiating through your jaw and neck area? Are you running a low grade fever? If so, you may well have developed a tooth abscess.

A tooth abscess is caused by bacterial infection, and causes pockets of pus to build up underneath or in the soft pulp of your teeth. The pulp is the innermost part of the tooth that contains the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.

Bacteria will enter through either an untreated dental cavity or a chip or crack in your tooth and spread all the way down to the root.

Other Symptoms of Tooth Abscess:

In addition to those mentioned above, here are some other symptoms you should be aware of.

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Swelling in your face or cheek.
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck.

How Are Tooth Abscesses Treated?

Depending on the severity of the infection and how far it has advanced, these are the options of dealing with an abscessed tooth.

Open up and Drain the Abscess: The dentist will make a small cut in the abscess, allowing it to drain out, then rinsing with saline and prescribing an antibiotic.

Perform a Root Canal: In order to save your tooth, it may be necessary to perform a root canal. The dentist will drill down into the pulp of your tooth, and using special tools remove all the pulp and soft tissue. Then they will medicate your tooth, and seal it to prevent further infection. Once it is healed, typically a crown is applied to give you back a fully functional tooth.

Extract the Tooth: In severe cases where the tooth can not be saved, your only option is to have it extracted. To replace the tooth, you can choose a dental implant, or depending on location, even a bridge.

Possible Complications:

Tooth abscesses are a very severe infection, and will not go away without treatment. Left untreated, you pain will become more severe, and the infection can spread to your head and neck area. Eventionally, it can turn into sepsis – a life threatening infection that spreads through your entire body. We don’t want that happening, and neither do you!

Have Pain in Your Tooth, Neck Area or Jaw?

If so, give us a call before it becomes something more severe. The earlier you have an abscess treated, the better off you are and I can assure you the better you will feel.

Give Westwood Family Dental a call, we’ll take care of it for you. Two locations to serve you. Call today.

In Sedalia: (660) 851-2128
In Cole Camp: (660) 668-3322