7 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath

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People with chronic bad breath know the embarrassment and frustration associated with this condition. In this post from Durham Dental Group we look at possible causes, some that are often overlooked:

  1. Poor oral hygiene
  2. Digestive problems
  3. Systemic infection
  4. Bacteria on dentures
  5. Gum disease
  6. Food particles on tonsils
  7. Dry mouth

We can help you with this uncomfortable issue. If your bad breath is the result of inadequate oral hygiene, you’re in luck—this is one of the easiest types to treat. If you have visited our dental blog before, you know step one: make sure you brush for a full three minutes and floss before you climb into bed.

People with no idea how long they brush can set a timer (there is probably one on your smartphone). In addition to cleaning tooth surfaces, scrub your tongue! Then take the time to carefully floss around each tooth to wash away the plaque between your teeth and keep your gums healthy.

Some people brush after each meal to prevent particles of food from sitting on their teeth during the day. Excellent idea! In addition to freshening your breath, consistent oral hygiene will improve your health.

Possible dental causes are: a cavity, a broken crown, or gum disease. If we suspect that your bad breath is related to a non-dental condition, such as a respiratory infection, you will be referred to an appropriate medical professional.

Treating bad breath starts with a visit to Durham Dental Group. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Are Toothpicks Good For Cleaning Teeth?

At Durham Dental Group, our dentists always remind patients how important it is to clean their teeth on a regular basis. Not just the front surfaces, but between the teeth, too. This is essential for cavity prevention.

What’s the best way to go about getting those narrow spaces between teeth? That’s an easy one: dental floss. Our rule of thumb is to brush your teeth twice a day, and floss at least once – ideally, just before bedtime.

What about during the day, though? You’ve just had lunch, or a mid-afternoon snack, and you can feel the gunk that’s stuck between your teeth. It isn’t always easy to pull out dental floss in the middle of the day, especially if you’re in a meeting or some other appointment.

How about a good old-fashioned toothpick? They’re quick and convenient, easy to carry around, can be subtle, and have pointy tips that are good for digging into tight spaces.

Our quick answer? No. In fact, we frown on toothpicks. For one thing, they don’t do a very good a job compared to other options. For another, it is not unheard of for people to get splinters in their gums when a piece breaks off. You might also poke into your gums by accident.

But the bottom line is that they don’t clean off plaque. Which brings us back to those other options: when you’re out and about during the day, we recommend using an interdental cleaner. There are several types available at any grocery store: they’re usually made from a soft plastic with bristles on the end. They’re slender and compact, so you can slide them easily between your teeth to dislodge and remove food particles.

We’ll admit that chewing on a toothpick looks pretty cool. But they are not recommended for cleaning teeth. Use an interdental cleaner like those made by DenTek, or GUM. Floss picks are also good.

Above all, see us at Durham Dental Group for a professional cleaning and checkup every six months. Our services include general and pediatric dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 


Is Your Low-Carb Diet Giving You Dragon Breath?

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This post from Durham Dental Group focuses on a sometimes-unpleasant topic, bad breath. Many people mistakenly believe that it is always linked to poor brushing. The truth is that there are many causes of halitosis. We can help you pinpoint the cause of yours, and discuss how to cure it.

Your diet greatly impacts your breath. Because foods begin to be digested the second they enter your mouth, and because they are absorbed and distributed throughout the body, you probably will be able to smell strong foods like onions and garlic long after you’ve eaten them.

Therefore, using a mouthwash will only mask the smell. Constantly sucking on breath mints is also not smart. This may bring additional oral issues—especially if the mints have sugar. If you want real relief, you may need to avoid the strong foods altogether.

Additionally, many dieters find that their diet regimen is making it harder to keep their mouth fresh and clean. Low-carb and no-carb diets promote fat burning, but the the chemicals released during this process can lead to the side effect of bad breath. Increasing water intake can help alleviate this.

Lastly, flossing regularly is often the key to truly fresh breath. Many men and women don’t realize how much food can be stuck between their teeth, and this food can cause halitosis if it isn’t removed. More importantly, the food particles turn into plaque which can cause cavities and gum disease.

At Durham Dental Group, we want all our patients to enjoy fresh breath. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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5 Reasons To See The Dentist

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This post from the dentist at Durham Dental Group has some important guidance about your dental health.

When we are young, we feel unstoppable. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. But a funny thing happens. As we age, we realize that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and our parents had a little more on the ball than we gave them credit for.

Here are five reasons to make the team at Durham Dental Group your partner in oral health.

Visit Durham Dental Group For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars, and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits repaired right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit Durham Dental Group For the Atmosphere.
At Durham Dental Group the dentist makes it a point to ascertain your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, we would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none.

Visit Durham Dental Group For the Discussion.
Durham Dental Group delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding family dentistry, general dentistry, and kids dentistry. We provide fresh, clear details regarding your treatment. You can count on cheerful care and first-rate oral treatment.

Visit Durham Dental Group For the Answers.

When you enter our doors, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of kids dentistry or the advantages and disadvantages of braces. and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for cosmetic dentistry? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for emergency dentistry? Who is a candidate for orthodontics?

Visit Us For Your Health!

Health is maintained through regular check-ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene, and healthy habits.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we offer general and cosmetic dentistry. Call our office to schedule your next cleaning and checkup today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Help Me, I’m Afraid Of The Dentist!

Durham Sleep DentistryIf you are afraid of your dentist, you are not alone. Far from it! At Durham Dental Group, we encounter many nervous dental patients.

Millions of adult Americans worry about going to the dentist. For some it’s so bad, they end up cancelling their appointments or don’t make them to begein with. This is a bad strategy, because it puts their dental health at risk. How do we calm their fears, provide a comfortable dental environment, and earn lifelong patients?

1) We carefully explain the findings of the initial dental examination and thoroughly outline any recommended care. The consultation also includes a discussion about pain control. This allows our patients to make informed decisions about their oral health and necessary dental services.

2) We practice gentle, pain-free dentistry.  Dental treatment will not begin until you are numb. Keep in mind, however, that every dentistry patient reacts to numbing agents and sedation medications differently.

Speak up promptly if you start to feel discomfort. We will pause treatment, give you an additional analgesic and wait until it takes effect. At Durham Dental Group, we never rush dental procedures.

3) We provide many in-office amenities that help our patients concentrate on something pleasant during dental treatment. Sometimes diversions such as listening to your favorite music provide a distraction while letting you remain clear-headed.

At Durham Dental Group, your dental health is our top concern. Our servies include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

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While poor oral hygiene is the most common cause of halitosis, it is far from the only one. The dentists at Durham Dental Group can assure you, many circumstances can contribute to or worsen the condition. One of these is the lack of saliva or xerostomia.

Saliva and Oral Health
Saliva moistens the teeth and gums and eliminates odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel stability. Immunoproteins in saliva inhibit the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby shielding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This protects against cavities and infections.

Many people are plagued with occasional dry mouth, such as when they are feeling anxiety or stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using over-the-counter saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have only occasional periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can bring about additional oral and physical health troubles.

At Durham Dental Group, we can help. Don’t hesitate to ask at your next dental checkup. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Be Glad For Our X-Ray Vision

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It’s not very enjoyable. You have to put on the heavy apron, hold a stiff piece of film in your mouth and sit really, really still while we take  x-rays. Is it really needed? At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we say absolutely! No question about it.

We can’t see everything that is going on with your teeth, bone, and surrounding tissue without x-rays.

What Hidden Problems Do Dental X-rays Detect?

  • Cavities beneath existing bridgework, crowns, or other restorations
  • Abscesses, cysts, and infections
  • Cavities between teeth just beneath where adjacent teeth touch (interproximal cavities)
  • The position of wisdom teeth

How Often Should X-rays Be Taken?
This depends on the dental patient. A patient with no history of dental caries, no current tooth decay, no braces, and no existing crowns, veneers, or bridgework is at low risk for cavities. A high-risk patient is in the opposite situation and may have one or more of the following: previous tooth decay, existing restorations, braces, weak enamel, chipped or cracked teeth.

In addition, patients with an eating disorder or other medical condition may be considered high risk. People who haven’t had their wisdom teeth extracted also need to be followed with x-rays more frequently.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, the state of your smile is important to us, and we do everything necessary to keep it healthy. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, including checkups and cleanings, and of course, x-rays. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Tooth Sensitivity Treatment At Durham Dental Group

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment in DurhamThis blog post from the dentists at Durham Dental Group is about tooth sensitivity.

Have you ever been eating an ice cream cone when you encountered a sudden jolt of pain in one of your teeth? If the enamel has eroded, or the gums have receded, the dentin layer of the tooth is exposed. The substances that cause tooth pain travel to the pulp where the nerves of the tooth are located. Ouch!

Tooth sensitivity can be a warning that something is amiss. It may be caused by a cavity, periodontal disease, gum recession, or bacteria build-up in a crack in a tooth.

A number of elements can cause gum recession including consuming acidic foods and drinks, teeth grinding, or cracked teeth. Surprisingly, one cause of gum recession is brushing too hard. That’s right; it is possible to brush too vigorously!

There are several treatments for tooth sensitivity including desensitizing toothpaste, fluoride treatments, and gum grafting. Of course, if you need a restoration, that is the first order of business.

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we treat tooth sensitivity. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and a range of other services. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Are You Getting Your Dose Of D?

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Most people know that vitamin D is important for healthy teeth and bones, but many of us fail to get adequate amounts. This blog post from Durham Dental Group is a friendly reminder to our patients – especially expectant mothers – about the importance of vitamin D.

Here is a sampling of vitamin D findings from around the web:

“Several recent reports demonstrate a significant association between periodontal health and the intake of vitamin D.”

“Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s determined vitamin D — which we often garner from sunlight — was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay.

“Inadequate vitamin D levels in pregnant women may be associated with dental caries in their children during the first year of life.”

“The sun is an excellent source of vitamin D, but it is hard to quantify how much vitamin D you get from time in the sun and the risk of skin cancer may outweigh the benefits. Food first, says Baylor College of Medicine dietitian Keli Hawthorne. “Supplements can fill in the gaps but it is always better to try to meet your nutritional needs with foods that contain fiber, phytonutrients, and so much more,” Unless you enjoy a diet that includes fatty fish or fish liver oils, it may be hard to get enough vitamin D naturally without eating fortified foods or taking a supplement. “The major dietary source of vitamin D comes from fortified diary, along with some yogurts and cereals,” Hawthorne says. Mushrooms, eggs, cheese, and beef liver contain small amounts.”

At Durham Dental Group in Durham NC, we encourage all of of our patients to practice preventative medicine by eating a healthy diet complete with all vital nutrients. We offer general and cosmetic dentistry, and have extended and weekend hours that fit the busiest schedules. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-794-7116

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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Do you recall what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, the people with you could see only pearly white molar surfaces. The metal fillings you probably got with that first cavity changed all that. But at Durham Dental Group, we offer white fillings.

The replacement of metal fillings with composite fillings that match the color of your teeth is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure that can transform a smile as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

Composite fillings are made of a mixture of glass or quartz and resin, which results in a natural tooth-colored material. They are quite durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Of course, we advocate regular brushing and flossing, and don’t want any of our patients to have any new cavities. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages over silver, the preparation requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure.

Many patients want to replace their existing silver fillings with composite white fillings. If this interests you, please give our office a call. At Durham Dental Group our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today!

Contact Durham Dental Group:

919-322-3585

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

202 W NC Highway 54 Ste 201
Durham, North Carolina
27713

 

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