Cause of Bad Breath

 1.What is the cause of bad breath? Are some people more prone to it than others?

Bad breath can be caused by a multitude of factors. The most common form is halitosis which is caused by the bacteria in the mouth that secrete gases that are stinky. Those with active periodontal disease are prone to it.  Those who smoke, have diabetes,  are mouth breathers or poor oral hygiene are all more susceptible to periodontal disease, while it really can affect anyone.  Other forms of bad breath can be due to allergies and congestion which cause post-nasal drip, which also leave a lingering smell due to the mucus in the throat. 

2.What is an effective way to freshen up your breath before a big date?

It is important to keep up with your dental heath by getting regular cleanings and sticking to a home care regime. In addition, a Waterpik is a great way to really flush out the plaque, bacteria and food particles that brushing and flossing cannot always remove, this helps control odor tremendously.  I also love using a tongue scraper and keeping Listerine Breath Strips within reach at all times.

3.Describe the teeth whitening process. (What does it entail, how is the upkeep? Is it suited for all patients?)

Teeth Whitening, whichever brand or technique you use is using a form of peroxide to remove the stains from the enamel and whiten the outermost layer.  It is not damaging if done correctly, but it can cause some temporary sensitivity.  Whitening dehydrates the enamel which is why they can become somewhat sensitive but once they rehydrate they go back to normal.  It’s important during the dehydration state that you avoid staining foods because they will hinder the whitening effects.  

In-office whitening usually has the most dramatic results but should always be maintained with whitening trays or strips.  When you feel as though your teeth are not as white as they were after your whitening treatment, using whitening trays or strips are a great way to revert the teeth back to the shade they used to be. I personally love putting gel in my whitening trays while I am getting ready for an event because its only 15 minutes and I know my teeth will look amazing and my breath with smell great too because the peroxide in the whitening gel helps kill the bacteria that cause bad breath, double whammy!

Whitening is not for everyone, restorations do not whiten, but if they have a lot of stain around them the whitening gel can help lift the stain.  Also for those with active decay or root exposure, whitening can cause extreme sensitivity.  

4.Describe an effective way to whiten your teeth at home with white strips. (How long does it last, how is the upkeep?)

A great way to use the white strips is to brush with a tooth paste that is a little more abrasive and floss it between the teeth as well. This helps prep the teeth and lift any stain on the teeth before whitening. Next it’s best to use the strips before bedtime as directed. As previously mentioned, whitening dehydrates enamel, therefore if used before bed your teeth can rehydrate overnight and you don’t have to worry about avoiding staining foods and drinks.  It is also important when you are first starting out to do the strips consecutively for two weeks, this really gets the teeth white. Once you have reached your ideal whiteness you can reapply as needed, usually one session is enough.

5.Describe the importance of flossing and good dental hygiene.

Oral health is important for your whole body. Periodontal disease, or more commonly referred to as ‘gum disease’ has been linked to premature births, un-controlled diabetes, and heart disease to name a few.  The mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body so it is important to keep it clean. The bacteria in your mouth can travel to the rest of your body so it is important to maintain good oral hygiene to keep these obnoxious pests at bay.  Proper brushing and flossing has been proven to keep these bacterial colonies away and lower the risk for active gum disease. a


HealthSarah Jebreil