Exquisite Smile Times

Healthy news and information from Exquisite Smiles / 2023 June Issue

Common Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath, or halitosis, can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Sometimes, it can point to a serious underlying problem. Most often, however, it’s caused by lifestyle choices like smoking or poor dental hygiene. Bacteria feast on food particles left in your mouth after eating and create odorous sulfur compounds that give off an unpleasant smell. Poor dental hygiene habits such as failure to brush teeth regularly can also lead to bad breath.

To combat this issue, improve your dental hygiene habits! Brush twice daily with toothpaste designed to fight bacteria buildup, floss and use a water flosser regularly, use a tongue scraper daily, drink water throughout the day, and use mouthwash once a day for freshness.

Schedule an appointment to rule out any underlying conditions affecting your oral health. We’re here to help you!

Is Your Diet Affecting Your Smile?

Certain foods or drinks, such as sugary snacks or beverages, can increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease by increasing bacteria in the mouth. Moreover, acidic foods and drinks can erode the enamel on your teeth.

It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients to keep your oral health strong, including calcium, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin C. Include foods like cheese, milk, nuts and leafy green vegetables in your daily meals.

Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is also essential for keeping your mouth free from bacteria buildup-it will also help rinse away food particles that may have accumulated from snacking throughout the day. Try to avoid drinking too much coffee or tea, since their acidity can cause discolouration of the teeth over time.

By making smart dietary choices now you can increase your chances at having a healthy smile for years to come!

The Benefits of Using an Electric Toothbrush

Did you know that research shows an electric toothbrush is more effective than manual brushes in removing plaque, reducing gingivitis, and preventing cavities?

That’s because it’s able to reach difficult spots that manual brushing cannot with its fast oscillating motion.The bristles also move faster, which allows for a deeper and more thorough clean throughout the mouth.

Additionally, many electric toothbrushes come with a timer feature so you know how long you should be brushing each section of your teeth for optimal results.

For those who find it difficult to brush effectively on their own due to physical ailments or disabilities, electric toothbrushes can provide an easy solution. They require minimal hand dexterity so you can get a deep clean without tiring out your hands or arms.

It’s important to remember however that when using any type of toothbrush,the brush head should still be replaced every 3 months.

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