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Bad Breath in Children

Bad Breath in children

What causes Bad Breath in Children?

Your kids should always brush their teeth before bedtime, and when they wake up in the morning. Enforcing this habit is great for their developing teeth. It can also prevent bad breath from becoming problematic. Bad breath can be caused by things other than oral health, though. Here are other common reasons for bad breath in children, and some solutions for preventing and treating bad breath.

Sinus Infection

If your kids complain about a sore throat or stuffy nose, it might be a sinus infection and not just a regular cold. Sinus infections can cause fluid to stick around in the throat and nasal passages. This creates a perfect environment for bacteria to form. Bad breath caused from sinus issues can’t be treated only from brushing your teeth and mouthwash. If your child has a severe sore throat or painful nasal passages, contact your doctor so that antibiotics can help combat the bad breath and get your child healthy again.

Foreign Objects

This is not something that parents commonly think about when their child has bad breath. However, an object getting suck in your child’s nasal passages can cause bad breath. Kids often insert small objects like food, beads, or toys into their nostrils. If an object gets stuck in your child’s nasal passages it can cause an odd, stinky smell. If you’ve exhausted other options, and think maybe your child got too curious and could have lodged something in his or her nostrils, call your doctor to get the object taken out.

Tonsils

If your child is complaining of pain in the back of their throat, and their breath has been bad, you can always check their tonsils. Instruct your child to open his or her mouth, grab a flashlight, and take a look. If your child’s tonsils are healthy, they should be pink and have no spots. If they are infected, they can have white spots, they can be red, inflamed, and often have a bad odor. The smell of the infection and the bacteria that collects in swollen tonsils can cause very bad breath. If your child has inflamed tonsils, be sure to take him or her to the doctor so that an antibiotic can get rid of the pain and bad breath.

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Kids run around a lot. They run on the playground, they run around in your backyard, and they run with their sports teams. Kids often don’t understand the importance of drinking water, so they get dehydrated very easily. When children play sports, their bad breath is often caused by a lack of fluids. This can cause a dry mouth, and there is less saliva being produced to wash away smelly bacteria. Too little saliva can also cause cavities and tooth decay, so it’s very important for your kids to stay hydrated!

It’s important to remember that bad breath can also be caused by poor oral hygiene habits. Be sure to encourage your kids to brush twice a day, and make sure none of these other problems are causing your child’s bad breath!

7 Steps to a Better Smile

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7 Steps to a Better Smile

It is not a big secret that a white smile is one of the attractive facets that can make anyone look younger than they really are. A research done by American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry reveals that 96% believe that a person is more appealing when they possess an attractive smile.

Good dental health is just more than the looks. Since the mouth acts as the gateway to the rest of the body, the health of the teeth and gums plays a major role in impacting the overall health of the body. Certain steps will help not just maintain the health of these parts, but they would also improve the smile.

1. Brush regularly – Dental hygiene is largely based upon brushing, and it serves to eliminate any food particles in the mouth, freshen the breath, and clean the teeth. The fluoride toothpaste also helps improve the strength of the teeth. Dentists recommend to brush at least two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste in order to let it work its magic. It is the reason for most electric toothbrushes to have a default two-minute timer.

2. Floss daily – The bacteria that gets missed by brushing, as a result of getting in between the teeth, can be removed by flossing. It is recommended that flossing should be done twice a day in order to prevent occurrence of gum diseases.

3. Regular Dentist visits – It is recommended to get dental cleanings done by your dentist regularly. Visiting the dentist at least once every six months helps spot early symptoms of gum disease. Early detection can be immensely helpful in a quick recovery. Those who are prone to cavities must consider visiting the dentist once every four months.

4. Healthy diet – Diet often plays a role in helping improve the strength of the teeth. Intake of calcium rich foods will not only help improve the condition of the teeth, but that of bones too. Gum health can be improved by intake of vitamin C.

5. Avoid Smoking – Journal of Periodontology says that gum disease is likely to affect people who smoke regularly, and they are more than four times likely to be affected by the problem than non-smokers. Smoking also increases the chances of oral cancer apart from contributing towards bad breath.

6.Whiten Teeth – Teeth whitening may predominantly be considered as a cosmetic exercise, but today’s products are extremely safe when done under the care and supervision of a dentist. Whitening products that are available over-the-counter are only effective for removing minor stains; one has to go for professional whitening products in order to remove severe stains.

7.Other Cosmetic Options – Since the smile plays an important role in making an impression, it is recommended to undergo cosmetic enhancements in order to fix various issues. Cosmetic dentistry’s incredible rise over the last few years means that everything from stained, crooked, or even oddly shaped teeth can be corrected and improved. Straightening the teeth is also possible through orthodontics.

Cosmetic dentistry does not come under insurance cover; it makes a lot of sense to opt for an experienced cosmetic dentist before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.

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10 Reasons To Quit Teeth Grinding, 4 Ways To Stop

shutterstock_67571734Do you wake up in the morning with your jaw clenched? Do you have sensitive teeth? Are the tips of your teeth worn down? You may suffer from bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding.

Teeth grinding – caused by a voluntary or involuntary contraction of your facial muscles – is harmful to your oral health. If you don’t think it’s a big deal, consider this: teeth grinding can create between 250 to 600 pounds per square inch on your first molar.

 

 Teeth grinding can have any of the following symptoms/effects:

1.Gum or periodontal disease. This is where the attachment fibers around your teeth break down due to trauma and, as a result, your teeth grow loose.

2.Cracks in teeth. Usually these are small, but when you have large silver-colored or amalgam fillings, grinding can cause much larger cracks.
3.Abfraction lesions. This is where you start losing enamel close to the gum-line, causing scooped-out lesions. These lead to sensitivity and weakening of the tooth structure, which may mean additional fillings.
4.Sensitivity. Sensitivity caused by tooth grinding can mimic that caused by cavities.
5.Damage to crowns or veneers. Most often, grinding causes the failure of fillings and veneers on anterior teeth.
6.Excessive damage to teeth opposing porcelain crowns.
7.Tempero-mandibular joint problems, which causes clicking and popping of the jaw.
8.Limited opening of your mouth.
9.Headaches.
10.Sore facial muscles.

The bottom line – teeth grinding is bad news, and it should be addressed like any other medical condition.teethgrinding

Prevention and Treatment
1.The best way to prevent teeth grinding is by reducing stress and anxiety. There are many to do this, but I recommend meditation and yoga. Just 20 minutes of meditation before sleeping will lessen teeth grinding.
2.While most teeth grinding is stress-related, it can sometimes result from misalignment of teeth. One way to be sure is to see a dentist in Jupiter.
3.Also, sleeping on your back tends to reduce teeth grinding because it allows your mouth to open up a little. If possible, avoid sleeping on your side or stomach.
4.The best treatment for teeth grinding is to use a nightguard, which is a mouthpiece that keeps your teeth from making contact and distributes the force of clenching evenly across your teeth.

Best of luck with stopping your teeth grinding.  If you are looking for a dentist in Jupiter, look no further thanShoreline Smiles and make an appointment today.

The Silent Disease In Your Mouth

gum-diseaseDid you know that every three out of four of adults in America have a disease in their mouths that they don’t know exists? A disease that — if left untreated — can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke?

Gum disease is the silent disease in your mouth. And it’s not being properly diagnosed. Studies have found that only 13% of dental offices across the country are using the proper method of diagnosis, which involves taking measurements of the pockets around your teeth. At Shoreline Smiles we take gum disease seriously and perform an in-depth analysis of all of our patients’ gum health.

But Where’s The Pain?

I am often asked by my patients, “Why don’t I feel any pain if I have gum disease?” The answer to that question is that pain is on it’s way. While early on you may not feel discomfort, the pain sets in the severe stages of gum disease. Unfortunately, when it reaches this stage, the gum disease is not reversible.

5 Signs That You Have Moderate To Severe Gum Disease

1. Your gums bleed profusely upon brushing or flossing

2. You have bad breath

3. Your teeth feel mobile

4. Your gums are red, swollen and/or receded

5. Your teeth hurt while chewing

Like any other medical condition, gum disease is serious and needs to be treated. It’s best to catch it in it’s early stages when it can be reversed. And with proper maintenance, you can keep the disease in remission.

Now that you’re more aware of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Shoreline Smiles and have us take a look. While you’re there, be sure to ask your friendly Shoreline Smiles dentist about how to keep your gums looking healthy.

Why is Teeth Whitening so popular today?

imagesTeeth whitening is popular for lots of reasons. The most obvious? Having a naturally whiter smile makes you feel great and it is aesthetically pleasing to others. It helps you improve your appearance, enhance your self-esteem and confidence and makes a great impression on others. Tooth whitening is also an easy and more inexpensive procedure to undergo than many other forms of cosmetic dentistry. So, considering cost, results and satisfaction, tooth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world.

A quick glimpse at history shows that the desire to have white teeth has been around long before the arrival of seductive Hollywood smiles and billion-dollar bleaching campaigns.

People have actually been whitening their teeth for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians used a cream made from oxen hooves mixed with burned eggshell, pumice and water to whiten their teeth. Upper-class Romans added expensive imported urine to their teeth whitening mix (unaware that it was the ammonia molecules that were whitening their teeth). The Greeks had formulations, as did the Europeans who were putting compounds on their teeth in a conscious effort to whiten them during the Renaissance. Unfortunately, those compounds were essentially the equivalent of today’s Clorox & ate the enamel away on the teeth. They had whiter teeth for a while, but then they started to see severe decay.

In contrast to previous  teeth whitening methods, today’s treatments are much safer and produce great results – with far less damaging side effects.

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Maintaining Dental Health

Maintaining dental health has two main components — at-home dental hygiene and professional cleanings and examinations. Simple maintenance of your dental health can prevent complications such as tooth loss, as well as the need for restorative or cosmetic dentistry in the future.

 

How can I prevent tooth decay and gum disease?

Good oral hygiene starts at home, though it needs to be supplemented by regular visits to our cosmetic and general dentistry practice, Shoreline Smiles. Steps you can take to prevent tooth decay and gum disease include:

Thorough brushing

Brush at least twice daily using a soft-bristle toothbrush and an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. This helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and the need for costly cosmetic or restorative dentistry in the future. Replace your brush every two to three months.

Proper flossing

Flossing is crucial to the health of your teeth and gums and the prevention of gum disease. When flossing, use an 18-inch strand of floss. Ease the floss between each tooth; then, sweep it up and down several times while curving around the tooth at the gum line. Don’t forget to floss behind your last tooth and to floss bridges and artificial teeth with the aid of a floss threader.

Regular dental visits

At every regularly-scheduled dental appointment at Shoreline Smiles, one of our dentists will carefully check your teeth, gums, mouth, and throat. A checkup at the Shoreline Smiles dental office includes:
A head and neck examination: This includes a cancer exam, facial exam, palpation of chewing muscles, palpation of lymph nodes, and an exam of the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. A clinical dental examination: This includes a periodontal exam and examinations of the mobility of teeth, the mucous membranes, saliva, occlusion (bite), removable appliances, and contact between teeth. If we detect tooth decay or broken fillings, we will discuss appropriate action with you. A full set of digital X-rays
A dental cleaning (prophylaxis): This includes scaling plaque, polishing teeth, flossing, assessing your mouth’s cleanliness, and providing oral hygiene instructions. If you wish to learn more about proper brushing and flossing techniques, ask your dentist about it at this stage of the visit.

Following the clinical dental exam, your dentist will discuss a detailed treatment plan, if necessary. One of our friendly receptionists will schedule a follow-up visit for you.

Regular dental visits, along with a thorough home care regimen, are key to a lifetime of good oral health. General dentistry of this type can prevent the need for cosmetic or restorative dentistry later in life.

 

How does fluoride help prevent tooth decay?

Fluoride helps reverse and prevent tooth decay in three ways:

1. Promoting Tooth Remineralization

Acids can demineralize a tooth — that is, create a weak spot that develops into a cavity. Fluoride helps promote the opposite process, called remineralization, which can reverse the very early stages of tooth decay.

2. Helping Teeth Become More Resistant to Tooth Decay

Fluoride actually strengthens teeth, giving them natural protection against future tooth decay.

3. Inhibiting Oral Bacteria’s Ability to Create Tooth-Attacking Acids

Fluoride disrupts bacteria’s ability to metabolize sugars, the process that leads to the attack of tooth enamel.

 

What are the stages of gum disease? How is gum disease treated?

Gum disease has several stages. The initial stage is called gingivitis and is an infection of the gingival (gum tissue). In this stage, gums become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. The underlying bone is unaffected. In later stages, however, gum disease can lead to bone loss and the loosening or even loss of teeth.

Gum disease treatment varies according to the stage of the disease. At its mildest stages, gingivitis can be treated by clearing plaque and tartar deposits from the gum pockets. Severe gum disease, on the other hand, might require treatment that includes bone and gum grafts.

 

 

Cosmetic Dentistry Today

Dentist Jupiter FloridaWith the constant media coverage of celebrities, many Jupiter area dental patients are interested in having a smile like the stars. With an experienced dentist and the right smile makeover procedures, anyone can have a smile they want to show off.

Many smile makeovers include teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Most drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. Your general dentist can recommend an effective one, or he or she may offer in-office bleaching. This is a quick way to see whiter teeth in less than an hour.

For missing teeth, most cosmetic dentists will recommend a dental implant. Because a dental implant is anchored into the jawbone, it looks and feels just like a natural tooth. A dental implant prevents jawbone recession and the shifting of adjacent teeth.

Dental veneers are especially popular in the Jupiter area. They cover the front of the teeth and are custom-made for each individual patient. These are useful for dental patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth that they would like to hide.

Enamel shaping, bonding, and braces are other successful treatments that can be used to help your teeth look their best.

I’m Dr. Jeff Riso, DDS  and Dr. James A. Guzauskas, DDS  trusted Jupiter dentists. If you are looking for quality dental care, I hope you’ll give us a call at (561) 743-8877.

We offer cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns.