Patient Education

Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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...  Foods containing odor-causing compounds enter the bloodstream; they are transferred to the lungs, where they are exhaled Poor oral hygiene habits-Food particles remaining in the mouth promote bacterial growth Periodontal (gum) disease-Colonies of bacteria and food debris residing under inflamed gums Dental cavities & improperly fitting dental appliances-may contribute to bad breath Dry mouth (Xerostomia)- May be caused by certain medications, saliva gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing Tobacco products- Dry mouth, causing bad breath Dieting-Certain chemicals called ketones are released in the breath as the body burns fat Dehydration, hunger, missed meals- Patients will be given instructions on the proper usage and answer any patients questions & concerns water and chewing foods increases saliva flow and washes bacteria away Certain medical conditions & illnesses- Diabetes, liver & kidney problems, chronic sinus infections bronchitis, and pneumonia are several conditions that may contribute to bad breath Keeping a record of what you eat may help identify the cause of the bad breath...

Bad Breath (halitosis)
...If your bad breath persists even after good oral hygiene, there are special products your dentist may prescribe, including Zytex, which is a combination of zinc chloride, thymol and eucalyptus oil that neutralizes the sulfur compounds and kills the bacteria that causes them...

Canker/Cold Sores
...A healthy diet and good oral hygiene are usually the best remedy, but some special rinses and anesthetics can help...

Cavities and Tooth Decay
... Preventing Cavities The best defense against cavities is good oral hygiene, including brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

Diabetes
... As with any condition, good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing and rinsing, as well as the proper diabetic diet, will go a long way in preventing needless problems...

Dry Mouth
...Of course, there is no substitute for regular checkups and good oral hygiene...

Oral Cancer
...Maintaining good oral hygiene, and regular dental checkups, are highly recommended...

What is Tooth Decay?
... Simple Preventative Measures The two best defenses against tooth decay and gum disease are a healthy, well-balanced diet and good oral hygiene, including daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and rinsing...

Seniors and Oral Health
... In fact, there's usually no reason for you NOT to keep your teeth your entire life, providing you maintain a healthy balanced diet and practice good oral hygiene...

Braces (Orthodontia)
... Daily oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and rinsing are a necessity...

Flap Surgery
... A pocket reduction procedure is recommended if daily at-home oral hygiene and a professional care routine cannot effectively reach these deep pockets...

Implants
...In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene...

The Preventive Program
...At the initial visit oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits...

Medication and Heart Disease
...That’s why it’s critical to practice good oral hygiene to keep infections at bay—this includes a daily regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing...