Bad breath is a very real and persistent problem for many dental patients. If you’ve dealt with it, then you already know that it can negatively impact your social life and your self-confidence. However, not all bad breath is the same. Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you learn more about the causes of bad breath, so that you can address it in your own life, if necessary.
It is normal for people to temporarily experience bad breath after consuming an odorous food or drink. Garlic and onions, for example, are key causes of bad breath. In general, you’ll need to wait for these foods to pass through your system and for the odors to abate naturally. You can speed up this process by consuming a lot of water, and cleaning your smile thoroughly.
If you are plagued with chronic bad breath, however, a greater health risk may be to blame. The oral bacteria that cause cavities as well as gum disease also emit unpleasant odors as they grow and multiply. If you find it difficult to freshen your breath no matter what you do, it may be because you have entrenched oral bacteria, existing cavities, and gum disease.
In these cases, it is crucial that patients complete professional dental cleanings to help get their smiles back on track. During your cleaning our team will clear away accumulated plaque and tartar. Then, if we find any existing infections, we’ll recommend treatments to eliminate cavities, and help your gum tissue heal and regenerate.
Treating the underlying cause of chronic bad breath can make a huge difference to your life and your oral health. Keep in mind that sugary gums and mints can actually compound the issue over time, so talk to your dentist as soon as you notice chronic bad breath.
Our Saint Louis dentists are happy to give you any additional information you may need, and to walk you through your treatment options!
As a cosmetic dentistry patient today’s world, you have more treatment options than ever before. This is a huge advantage, but it can also prove to be overwhelming for patients as they try to choose the best treatments for their respective situations. Luckily, our Saint Louis dentists are here to help!
Today’s article is all about dental veneers. If you’ve been considering pursuing cosmetic treatment, we that this info helps you get a better idea of whether veneers are right for you.
As you may already know, dental veneers are thin porcelain restorations that can completely resurface individual teeth or multiple teeth at once. But you may not know that…
- Veneers are so thin, that they generally only as thick as a contact lens
- Once bonded to the tooth, these veneers are exceptionally strong and durable
- Porcelain, as a material, mimics the appearance of real enamel, down to the way that it reflects light
One of the advantages of the dental veneer is that it is so versatile. With this one restoration you can cover unsightly enamel, correct dental damage, make your smile appear straighter, and balance the appearance of disproportionate teeth.
What’s more, the porcelain veneer placement process generally takes two to three appointments to complete. In the first appointment, our team will assess your smile and shape your teeth to prepare them for the veneers. Then, we take an impression of your teeth; these impressions allow us to create customized veneers that fit seamlessly. Once your veneers are complete, you’ll come back for another appointment so that our dentist can permanently bond the veneers to your teeth.
That’s the quick run-down of porcelain veneers, but, as always, our Saint Louis veneer dentists are here to answer any additional questions that you may have. Give us a call to get started!
As is true with most things in life, the earlier that dental issues are identified and addressed, the simpler and less expensive the treatment process is. That is why our Saint Louis dentists work to educate our patients about oral health issues, so that they can stay alert for changes to their smiles.
Today we are reviewing a few warning signs that may indicate emerging oral health issues. If you notice that you’re suffering from these problems, reach out to your dentist for evaluation and treatment.
Persistent bad breath
It is normal for breath to become malodorous after eating foods like garlic, onions, etc. However, if you are suffering from chronic bad breath, and you find that it’s difficult to maintain a fresh and clean feeling smile, it may be because you have accumulated plaque and tartar in your mouth. Chronic bad breath is often linked to existing dental cavities and gum disease.
Some people simply have sensitive teeth: they may feel temporary discomfort when drinking ice cold drinks, for example. However, in many cases, dental pain indicates a dental problem. If a cavity has extended into the nerves of the tooth, for example, you will experience pain when the nerves are touched and when pressure is put on the tooth. In these cases, it is always the best course of action to be safe and complete an evaluation with your dental team.
Shifting dental alignment
When periodontal disease is left untreated, it can spread to other oral tissues and the connective tissues that hold teeth in place. If you notice that your teeth are feeling loose, or shifting along your gum line, periodontal disease may be the culprit.
Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you address these dental issues and more. We’re happy to answer any questions that you may have—give us a call to schedule a personal consultation!
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