Do you have bad breath? You are not alone. Many people suffer from bad breath. There are a multitude of things that can be causing your bad breath. While many causes are harmless, bad breath can also be a sign of something serious. Your mouth naturally hosts many bad breath causing bacteria. When you eat, bacteria feed off the food left in your mouth and leave you with a bad taste as well as bad breath. Dry mouth can be another factor since the flow of saliva helps in keeping your mouth clean. If you are constantly experiencing bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth, it may be a sign you have gum disease. Gum disease is caused by a sticky cavity causing bacteria called plaque. The food you eat such as garlic, onions, tobacco, and medical conditions, such as acid reflux can also cause bad breath. There is a growing popularity of health and beauty products containing chlorophyll being used by many in the hopes of helping with their bad breath. There isn’t enough scientific evidence proving the medical benefits of using chlorophyll. The use of chlorophyll related products is only masking the problem not addressing the cause. At Dr. Nichols office we recommend brushing and flossing daily as well as scheduling a routine dental check-up!
The first snack most people look for usually when at a party are potato chips. Although potato chips are the first thing we put out when having a party, they are not teeth friendly. Chips when chewed-up stick to the grooves on your teeth, potentially giving cavity causing bacteria a place to eat! We suggest a nice fruit platter with apples and pears as well as a vegetable tray with raw broccoli, carrots, and celery. Not only will guests get that nice crunchiness, but they will benefit orally from these snacks because they act as a natural toothbrush, scrubbing off harmful build-up and stimulating saliva to keep the mouth moist. How about a nice cheese platter? Cheese is not only rich in calcium but its low in sugar and contains phosphorous helping to protect and strengthen tooth enamel. So plan that party, have fun and serve up some nice healthy teeth friendly snacks!
Did you know that colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States and second most occurring cancer worldwide? Researchers have discovered a gut microbe that is also found in the mouth associated with gum disease that has been linked to a third of colorectal cancers. Researchers at the Columbia University of Dental Medicine have found oral bacteria, accelerates the growth of colon cancer. This is another reason why it is extremely important to maintain good oral hygiene habits! Healthy mouth, healthy body! Make sure you schedule your routine dental cleaning and check-up, as well as brushing and flossing.
Eating too many sugary foods such as candy, ice cream, and potato chips not only add to the waistline it can also cause acne breakouts, damage the skins collagen causing wrinkles and cause damage to your teeth. Similar effects have been reported from tobacco use! Men’s Health has recently published an article explaining the effects of excessive sugar consumption and tobacco use, going on to say how these habits may be aging you faster. These sugary foods and drinks, such as soda, along with tobacco use not only stain your teeth but can also damage them. Consuming too much sugar can cause cavities. While using too much tobacco can cause oral cancer! Keeping up with your dental check-ups as well as limiting your sugar consumption and tobacco use will not only help with the aging process it will also help keep your mouth healthy!
According to the American Dental Association older American adults are keeping their teeth longer. Data collected from a survey done by the National Health and Nutrition Examination was used to assess changes in the loss of teeth with adults ranging in age from 50 and older. The findings showed a decrease in tooth loss by more than 75 percent among adults from 64-74 years old over the past five decades. The data revealed tooth loss among older adults of today in the United States is at its lowest, which means they are keeping more of their natural teeth. This is good news since studies have shown that tooth loss can have an impact on the quality of life, with the likelihood of eating a not so healthy diet. With more teeth present there is an increased need to protect and take care of oral health in turn helping to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease thus improving the overall quality of life. We recommend keeping up with your routine dental cleaning and check-up as well as brushing and flossing to help maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
Drinking too many drinks that are acidic can be damaging to your teeth. With so many drink choices it can be hard to determine which ones are good for you. You may be saying, “I’m ok I drink flavored water”. The truth is flavored water can be just as harmful as drinking soda or juices. To determine the acidity, we need to look at the pH, the lower the pH, the more acidic, and the likelier to cause harm and tooth erosion. The American Dental Association recommends minimizing the amount of these drinks we consume, instead the best drink would be plain water. When that thirst kicks in, think healthy teeth and reach for some refreshing water!
When it comes to our teeth many of us only want one shade white. The whiter the better! Unfortunately, the color of our teeth may not always be the color we want them to be. Teeth come in many shades and the color can change from a variety of causes. There is hope for those who wish to have whiter teeth! We offer our patients many options to help give them the smile they want. From veneers to bonding to at home professional tooth whitening, we can help you achieve the smile you desire! Call Dr Nichols office and set up an evaluation today! Let us show you what we can do for you!
According to a recent study by the American Dental Association, one in five Americans, about 23%, is avoiding dental treatment in the next twelve months. Almost half of them say that the cost is the number one reason why.
Putting off dental treatment is not good for your health or wallet. Avoiding treatment can lead to infection, tooth loss and more dental work which can end up costing more money.
At Dr. Nichols office the fees are not only fair and competitive; we also offer a payment plan through Care Credit to help patients comfortably manage their dental costs. With Care Credit’s no Interest if paid in full payment options offered, we can help you keep your mouth healthy!
It is very important that woman trying to get pregnant keep there gums healthy! A new study has revealed woman with periodontal disease take three times longer to get pregnant than woman without and, woman with symptoms of periodontitis-disease of the gum and bone took four times longer to get pregnant. According to research it is believed the infection in the gums and jawbone lead to inflammation in the body. This inflammation may prevent ovulation or may even stop the embryo from implanting. Woman if you are planning on expanding your family, make an appointment for a teeth cleaning and check-up! Healthy gums are imperative for a healthy body!
In an effort to quit smoking, many people are turning to e-Cigarettes. Unfortunately, they are just as bad for your health! Studies have suggested the flavorings used in the e-cigarettes are causing harm to blood vessel cells which can damage your heart. Five flavorings were tested in the lab: menthol (mint),acetylpyridine (burnt flavor),vanillin (vanilla),cinnamaldehyde (cinnamon),and eugenol (clove). Upon testing these flavors, they found them to cause damage to the cells that line the inside blood vessels, the layer of the heart. It has been proven, e-cigarettes contain toxic substances and irritants. With all these studies proving e-cigarettes to be extremely harmful to your health we hope you think twice before using them!