Thursday, May 30, 2013

Bad Breath

By Rey Vetangelo

Everyone has been there before. Stuck on a plane or bus ride or even in the office next to a person with bad breath can be one of the most unpleasant social situations to find yourself in.

When you are learning about tooth decay, you should understand that cavities are a result of tooth decay. The tooth decay is a precursor to the cavity and if the decay can be stopped and taken care of you will find that you do not have to deal with the pain and expense of a cavity.

While you are learning how you are going to prevent tooth decay, you will want to start with the basics. Tooth decay is best prevented by brushing and flossing your teeth properly and consistently, to ensure that there is not an excessive buildup of plaque on your teeth.

Removing your enamel increases sensitivity and your chance for tooth decay. You only get one enamel coating. It doesn't grow back if you abuse it. Take care of it instead.

Each type of buildup on your teeth will be problematic. You should be sure that you are taking time to clean off your teeth properly on a daily basis so you are able to prevent the buildup from hardening and eating at the protective layer that covers all of your teeth.

The resulting unhealthy mouth sustains inflamed tissues within the mouth and it is this inflammation that typically will give off the bad scented and often sulfuric odor that is generically referred to as bad breath. But everyone has bad breath from time to time; like when a person wakes up in the morning after breathing through their mouth all night, drying the inner surface area of their mouths and getting that disgusting cotton ball breath.

This type of bad breath occurs to everyone from time to time and does not reflect the condition of bad breath as defined above. While many people suffer from chronic bad breath, not every person who has the occasional unflattering odor emanating from their mouths need to take the added precautions and measures to fix the problem.

While you are getting your teeth inspected, you will also find that your dentist will examine your teeth with a pointed tool and small mirror. He or she will be able to look through your mouth and find the spots throughout your mouth that have plaque buildup on them.

You will also want to make sure that your dentist takes x-rays of your mouth on a consistent basis so any underlying problems can be addressed. The x-ray will enable your dentist to identify any major problems with your teeth.

Fifth, clenching or grinding your teeth wears them away. Some people clench or grind when they're stressed, thinking, or sleeping. Often they don't realize it is happening. They don't know what signs to look for. Symptoms of grinding and clenching include a constant dull headache, sore jaw, worn down surfaces, tooth sensitivity from worn enamel, and an earache. A great source to check with is a loved one. They can hear it or see it happening at any time of day. They make mouth guards to soften the blow to the teeth. It also helps to find out what moods you are in when you clench or grind. When you recognize that mood, you can look to relax your jaw.

Make sure that you create a habit that works well for you to ensure that your teeth are as well taken care of as possible and you avoid any major dental problems.

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