Posts for: March, 2017
Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.
Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?
In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.
As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.
And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.
Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.
Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”
If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”
If you conducted a poll, chances are you would quickly discover that many people would like to alter their smile in some way. One of the most straightforward methods of refreshing the smile is to remove stains that have set in over years of time. When this is done, the entire face seems to brighten! As a consequence, or benefit, your vibrant smile tells others that you are warm and friendly, motivated, successful, even more trustworthy. Years of research have demonstrated the immense value of a beautiful smile, and our patients discover this in their own lives after taking that step into cosmetic dentistry.
Why you Shouldn’t DIY your Smile
We live in a society of proud DIYers, those who love to take on an improvement project without the help of a professional. This may be great if you’re planning to paint a room in your house or plant a garden, but the benefits of DIY don’t really translate when it comes to your smile. The heavy lifting in this scenario really should be left to the professional. We may not be talking about physical lifting, but the removal of stains from teeth is nothing to leave to the untrained.
Let’s investigate DIY teeth whitening briefly, that’s all it will take. In a quick online search, you will find multiple sites promoting stain removal with lemon and baking soda. This method is not new at all. In fact, as shocking as it may seem, it originated in ancient Egypt. If rubbing teeth with pumice and vinegar worked, wouldn’t it seem logical that the method would have stuck? It didn’t. Why? Because pumice is abrasive (like baking soda) and vinegar is acidic (like lemon). Each, on their own, will damage enamel. Together, they pack a one-two punch that will not only cause your teeth to look even more discolored, but will also increase your risk for cavities.
Get Results without Compromising your Oral Health
Teeth whitening treatment has evolved over hundreds of years of trial and error. Many years ago, the simple tray method that we use was proven both safe and effective. The application of a precision concentration of peroxide using custom-fit trays is gentle, yet capable of brightening your smile several shades in just a few weeks.
Don’t DIY your smile. Call Dr. Maybruch at 718-263-8300.
As times have changed, we have seen impressive statistics alerting us to newfound longevity. Humans are living longer. As a result, we are seeing renewed interest in aesthetics. Who doesn’t want to look and feel their best, regardless of age?
You and Your Smile
One of the best ways to attend to your appearance is to brush your teeth twice a day. Dentist also encourage patients to floss their teeth on a daily basis. Brushing and flossing lay the foundation for long-lasting oral health as well as lasting beauty. Healthy habits are integral to the prevention of plaque, slowed progression of discoloration, and to the lasting results from cosmetic dental treatment.
Your Dentist and Your Smile
Dental care used to be about prevention and restoration only. Hundreds of years of research and development have brought us a number of impressive technologies and methods for improving the appearance of teeth.
Veneers. Dental veneers are sheaths of material that can be bonded to the front surface of teeth. The intent of the veneer treatment may be to cover an imperfection, such as a crack, or it may be to change the shape of a tooth that is too small or oddly positioned. In just two to three visits, this method of cosmetic dentistry can transform your entire smile.
Teeth whitening. The value of a brilliantly bright smile is demonstrated in the billion-dollar teeth whitening industry. A number of commercial products have been developed to meet the demand for aesthetic beauty. While whitening toothpaste and strips may seem promising, the fastest and most affordable way to banish discoloration from your smile is to visit your dentist. Professional teeth whitening involves the application of a highly concentrated bleach to break apart molecules of debris that have accumulated beneath the surface. Teeth whitening it safe, convenience, and can keep your smile shining for many years.
Imperceptible restorations. Historically, teeth that were repaired with fillings and crowns, and even dentures, lost their natural beauty. Today, we have the right techniques and the right materials to restore structural integrity as well as a life-like appearance. Restorative dental care meets your needs for authenticity and for durability to support biting and chewing.
We take pride in helping you feel confident in your smile. Contact us for your visit today.
Sensitivity can be very good at certain times, but not when it comes to your teeth. That being said, tooth sensitivity is one of the most common symptoms reported to dentists. There are various reasons why your teeth may become sensitive. One that is becoming prominent is gum recession. Many years ago, a receding gum line was like a receding hairline; it indicated old age. The truth is, no matter how old you are, gum recession is a problem that you want to avoid. The good news is you can.
Reasons you Want to Avoid Gum Recession:
- Receding gums indicate weakness and gingival tissue. The gums should surround teeth snugly. If gums do not adhere to teeth, pockets of plaque can develop. This eventually leads to gum disease.
- Pockets of bacteria around teeth are also a major factor in chronic bad breath.
- Gums stabilize teeth by covering substructures like teeth roots. When the roots are not adequately covered, the risk for root caries develops. The idea of painful cavities on the roots of teeth send shivers down our spines.
- Also covered by the gums are the delicate soft tissues deep within teeth. When coverage becomes weak, the nerves are more exposed to external stimulation. This can make meal times uncomfortable and unpleasant due to the sensitivity of these nerves.
Why Gum Recession may Occur
The primary culprit to gum recession is infection. You may know this as gum disease. While this condition most certainly weakens gingival tissue, there are other reasons why your gums may be receding:
Poor hygiene technique. Most people are aware of the importance of brushing and flossing on a daily basis. What many people may not realize is that plaque begins to build up on teeth within 24 hours. This is one of the reasons why we are encouraged to brush in the morning and at night. When plaque builds up around teeth, bacteria have a place to settle. The accumulation of bacteria in plaque degrades gum health.
Aggressive hygiene techniques. Most people can appreciate the feeling of a nice clean mouth. Some people just try a little too hard, literally! It is not necessary to brush your teeth as if you’re scouring caked on food from a pan. Gentle motions from a soft bristle toothbrush are sufficient to remove debris and minimize the development of plaque. Brushing too hard actually hurts gingival tissue, causing abrasions that can catch debris and invite bacteria.
We can help you support your efforts to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Schedule your visit with us today.
To lose a permanent tooth goes against everything nature has intended. Most adults never expect that they will experience this problem; at least not before they have grown quite old. The fact of the matter is tooth loss does not have to be an age related problem. Patients of our friendly dental office receive the personal dental care they need to mitigate the various factors that may lead to tooth loss. Furthermore, we have the training and the technology to restore much more than missing teeth should that become necessary. Here, we will touch on just a few of the reasons why dental implant treatment is worth considering.
- Healthy, attractive teeth are fixtures that we expect to see in the smile. If your mouth is not filled with teeth that are healthy and that look good, your smile is not living up to its full potential. This can have a subconscious effect on the image you have of yourself. Self image is an important thing to foster, regardless of your age or your line of work.
- Where there is attractiveness and healthy self image, there is confidence. Where confidence is found, we also see greater enjoyment in professional and social engagements. Statistics demonstrate that confidence in the workplace translates into greater success, especially when it is accompanied by an attractive smile.
- Until you’re forced to live without all of your natural teeth, you do not realize just how vital they are to your chewing function. Restorations that are not anchored in the jaw like natural teeth feel, well, unnatural. Dental implants are intended for total restoration, roots and all. The stability that is gained from the fusion of bone around implant posts re-creates a natural feel so immense that you may not be able to tell a difference.
- Tooth loss, at some point, translates into bone loss. This is a natural consequence of having no roots to transfer force between teeth and the jawbone. To continue this process, which is what encourages new bone to grow, it is necessary to replace roots, not just teeth.