Mar 2014

Q & A (abFout flossing)
Q….”My gums bleed sometimes when I floss my teeth, which I admittedly don’t do as often as I should. Is this normal? Should I be concerned?
A….”Normal?” No. Common? Yes
Bleeding gums are often a sign of inflammation, caused by buildup of food, plaque(the soft debris that’s hardened onto your teeth) or calculus (debris that’s hardened onto your teeth). Regular flossing can prevent this buildup. Once a day, you should floss gently up and down between teeth, hugging each tooth like a ‘C.’ But it’s important to have regular professional cleanings-at least every six months-since there are hard -to-reach areas that even regular flossing and brushing can miss.



Do you suffer from bad breath? Would you know it if you did?
Whether you call it bad breath or halitosis, worrying about your breath is an unpleasant feeling-which no one likes to talk about. According to the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs, 50% of adult population has had chronic bad breath at some point in their lives.
But what causes it? And can it be cured?
There are number of possible causes for bad breath, ranging from harmful to serious. The most obvious offenders are the foods we eat. Sure, food like garlic and onions can be smelly but if you don’t brush your teeth, any food can cause bad breath. That’s because the major cause of bad breath is bacteria that consume the food particles left in your mouth after eating. In the process of doing this, they produce bad smelling compounds that result in bad breath. The longer you wait to remove those particles, the more likely it is that you breathe will smell.
Most bacteria in the mouth responsible for bad breath hang out on the back of the tongue. Your first in of defense should be to make sure you brush at least two times a day for two minutes and floss at least once of day. It also helps to brush your tongue to dislodge the bad breath bacteria.
Another culprit of bad breath is dry mouth, a condition that occurs when the flow of saliva decreases. Dry mouth can be caused by medication, salivary problems and by breathing through your mouth. To get relief you can chew sugar-less gum or sucking on sugar less candy. There are some rinses like Biotin that help minimize the dry symptoms. This is considered artificial saliva.
Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth can also be a warning sign of gum disease, which is caused by plaque. At this point only a dentist can help bring your mouth back to a healthy state. Finally, bad breath that doesn’t respond to any treatments may be a sign of a more serious medical disorder. Some systemic conditions, including diabetes, liver and kidney disease, produce symptoms related to mouth odor. Tonsil stones, sinus and lung infections may also play a role in bad breath.
If you have good oral health and still have bad breath then you should see a dentist. A treatment plan can be developed for you to combat your problem. One effective tool is to scrap plaque off your tongue, using a tongue scraper of brushing your tongue. The tongue is a like a carpet, it traps debris. A helpful site to visit is, the American Dental Association’s website for patients.
Ref: Healthy Living Magazine