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FAQ: General Dentistry

23/05/2018 10:34

How do I get rid of bad breath?

Bad breath, also know as halitosis, is caused by poor oral hygiene and/or oral health. Routine professional dental cleanings, effective brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning can help eliminate unpleasant mouth odor. If it is established that bad breath is not dentally related, then a physician’s consultation may be necessary to rule out sinus issues, stomach related problems, consumption of certain types of food and medications or other systemic issues.

Can teeth whitening damage teeth?

Professional teeth whitening products used under the supervision of a trained dental personal do not harm teeth or gums. Mild sensitivity does occur after the whitening process, this can be easily treated with desenitizing gels.

I catch myself clenching and grinding. How can I stop this habit?

Clenching and grinding also known as Bruxism is a subconscious habit. Stress is a major contributor in developing this habit. Clenching and grinding can cause TMJ related issues such as tooth wear, Stiffness in the jaw, neck and shoulder area and clicking in the jaw joint. Clenching and grinding cannot be stopped, however, wearing a custom formed mouth guard can help protect your jaw joint and teeth. Consistent use of the mouth guard can help relax the muscles around the jaw joint and decrease the stiffness and pain in the jaw, neck and shoulder area.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

We highly recommend brushing and flossing at least twice a day, once in the morning preferably after breakfast and once in the night after dinner just before bedtime. This keeps plaque levels low especially during sleeping hours, decreasing the risk of developing gum disease and/or tooth decay. Along with daily brushing and flossing, Routine professional dental cleanings and check ups twice a year are imperative to maintaining oral health.