Preventing Bad Breath – Dr. Stone’s top ten ways

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There are many causes of bad breath (halitosis) and many people may be unaware they have it. It’s just one of those things that folks are often reluctant to talk about.

Causes include poor oral hygiene, gum disease, sinus and respiratory tract infections, acid reflux and more. But by far, the most common cause is poor oral hygiene. Below is a list of some easy things you can do to prevent or minimize bad breath if you think you may be suffering from it.

  1. Keep the saliva flowing. Drink plenty of water and chew Xylitol gum.
  2. Avoid antihistamines and other medications that dry the mouth, if alternative medicines work just as well.
  3. See your dentist regularly and get prompt treatment for any problems.
  4. Get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist at least twice a year.
  5. Practice meticulous oral hygiene. That means flossing regularly and brushing your teeth and tongue diligently. That’s right, the tongue. Brushing the upper surface of your tongue every time you brush your teeth removes a lot of gas-producing bacteria.
  6. Avoid foods (like onions and garlic) you find make your breath smell bad. These foods contain aromatic compounds that are eliminated through the lungs and sweat glands. Keeping your mouth clean will not eliminate these odors!
  7. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco. They encourage the growth of mouth bacteria and irritate the nose and sinuses, making them more vulnerable to infection.
  8. Use an antibacterial mouthwash.
  9. Keep Xylitol breath mints on hand for a quick, if temporary cover-up.
  10. Finally, relax. It’s simple to reduce bad breath in the morning.

Just remember to always check with us when you are in the office to rule out any systemic causes and to make sure you are doing what is necessary  or you to prevent this problem. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions you may have or contact Dr. Laurence Stone in Doylestown, PA today to schedule your next appointment and we can talk more about this. See you soon!

Tooth decay prevention – Without question, the best way to treat it is to prevent it!

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Is tooth decay prevention really possible? We believe it is by sticking to a diet that does not promote decay and by performing our home care procedures adequately. (Anyone reading this post who has been a patient in our office, knows that we give homework!)

Occasionally, however, we still come across situations where tooth decay rears its ugly head. Here are a few novel ways we sometimes recommend for dealing with this problem today.

  1. Increase the amount of arginine in your diet. This means eat more spinach, soy, seafood and nuts.
  2. Brush with baking soda or mix your preferred tooth paste with baking soda. This neutralizes the pH in the mouth making it less desirable for the bacteria that cause cavities.
  3. Use Nuvora products (www.nuvorainc.com). These lozenges contain Xylitol and baking soda and prevent the pH in the mouth from dropping to critical levels.
  4. Use a chlorhexidine mouth rinse for a few weeks to kill some of the bacteria. Then return to fluoride containing products.
  5. Try using Glylic lollipops (www.drjohns.com). Glylic is a compound from licorice root that has specific antibacterial properties against the germs causing tooth decay and periodontal disease.
  6. Chew Xylitol gum. Ice Breakers “Ice Cubes” gum has the highest concentration of xylitol. Chew 2 pieces of gum three times a day.
  7. Try using MI paste. This is the only product that changes plaque biology. We have it in the office and can show you how to properly use it.
  8. Get your saliva tested! There are several diagnostic tests now available at the office that can analyze your saliva for decay risk.

Call us if you think you may be at risk or have a history of tooth decay! And remember – do your Homework!