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We all experience bad breath occasionally, but when it becomes a chronic problem it can really disrupt your life. That’s when it’s time to reach out for help from our O’Fallon dentists. Keep reading to get 3 tips on how to deal with problematic bad breath. 

Keep Water Handy

Water is the #1 friend to your smile and enemy to bad breath. Every time that you sip on some water, you help to clear away dental debris and bacteria, and you also prompt saliva production in your mouth. Because saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria, you really want to encourage a saliva-rich environment. Keep water handy at your desk or around the house, and make a point and sip from it continuously. 

Be Selective When Choosing Products

Sometimes you feel like you just need a quick fix to refresh you smile on the go. The thing is, you want to be mindful and intentional when you purchase mints and gum. Oral bacteria absolutely love sugars—they use them to feed and grow. So, it’s very important that you choose formulations that are sugar-free. When you combat bad breath with sugary formulations, you may actually be compounding the underlying problem.

Snack And Sip Smartly 

It’s important to remember that oral bacteria stay active and feeding for about 20 to 30 minutes after you eat or drink (anything other than water). One goal, therefore, is to limit the amount of time that oral bacteria are able to be active and feeding. Try to eat and drink during specific periods throughout the day, rather than snacking and sipping continually. And take a minute to rinse your mouth with water after a meal—this helps to pump up saliva production.

If you’re dealing with chronic bad breath, there are treatment solutions available to you! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our O’Fallon dentists to learn more and schedule a personal consultation.

You are the frontline when it comes to maintaining a healthy and strong smile. As you care for your smile every day, you have the opportunity to identify, and then promptly address, any changes to your oral health.

Our O’Fallon dentists are here with some oral health red flags to look out for:

  • Spots or discoloration on your tooth surface

Sometimes dental discoloration is a purely aesthetic or surface issue. In other cases, however, visible spots can indicate cavities. It’s best to have these spots examined by a dentist. When it comes to cavities, it always easiest, fastest, and least expensive to deal with them in their earliest stages.

  • Inflamed or swollen gum tissue

If your gums begin to look particularly red or irritated, this could be due to gum disease. Likewise, infected gum tissue is prone to be bleeding, and may be sensitive to the touch.

  • Changes in bite alignment

Shifting teeth can indicate periodontal disease, as the supportive structures that hold your teeth in place begin to weaken. Bite changes may also occur due to chronic bruxism, and enamel deterioration.

  • Chronic bad breath

If you can’t seem to freshen your breath no matter what you do, you may have an oral infection that requires treatment. Oral bacteria produce unpleasant odors when they feed on sugars and grow. Consequently, hard-to-treat-bad breath often indicates an entrenched infection in the teeth or gums. In order to treat this type of halitosis, you really need to address the core infection first. 

Our O’Fallon dentists are here to help you treat any existing oral health problems, so that you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile for years to come. The best way to get started is to give our office a call, or use the Contact Us page on site to submit a question. We look forward to speaking with you!

Our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists have found that the more that our patients know about their various aesthetic treatment options, the more empowered they are to make transformative treatment decisions for their smiles. With that in mind, keep reading to learn more about one exceptionally popular treatment option: the dental veneer.

Veneers Are Low-Maintenance 

Once your veneers are bonded to your natural smile, you will be able to jump back into your normal routine in short order. Veneers do not require you to change your diet, and you won’t need to add a bunch of steps into your oral hygiene routine. Plus, the porcelain that we use to create veneers is naturally stain resistant, so your restorations will stay looking bright and fresh for years to come.

Versatility is Key 

Veneers are able to address a number of different aesthetic and structural dental issues all at once. That is why this treatment is so popular among people who are trying to achieve smile transformations. Using veneers, you can close gaps between your teeth, while covering dark or stained enamel. You can also cover damaged teeth, and even make your smile look better aligned. Veneers offer a single solution to multiple dental problems.

Treatment Is About More Than Aesthetics

Many people first gravitate toward veneers because they want to improve the appearance of their smiles. However, when our team is creating and placing veneers, we’re taking your whole smile into account—including how your teeth fit together. This is crucial for your long-term oral health as well as the longevity of your veneers. 

The best way to get started is to contact our O’Fallon cosmetic dentists to schedule a consultation. Once we complete a thorough dental assessment, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of whether or not veneers can meet your needs. We’re also here to answer all of your questions about aesthetic treatment options, including porcelain veneers! 

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