One of the most common questions dentists hear from their patients is how to get rid of bad breath. For those patients with occasional bad breath, you may be able to get rid of it by making some small changes in your oral hygiene and dietary habits. For patients with chronic bad breath (halitosis), you may need more advanced preventive dentistry services, prescription oral hygiene products, and/or gum disease therapies to improve your breath. A good dentist can help you achieve minty fresh breath and keep the smile on your face. In this post, we’ll talk about some of the causes of bad breath and how you can improve your breath in partnership with a trusted dentist and dental care team.
May 12, 2018
October 19, 2015
When advised to consider full or partial denture tooth replacement, patients have many concerns including impact on their ability to chew and speak clearly and smile appearance. Advances in denture creation and materials makes them more comfortable and attractive than ever, and for patients with numerous missing teeth, they are an affordable, comfortable tooth replacement option. Once you’ve chosen to have a denture proper care is essential to retaining comfortable fit and extending the life of your denture. With thorough at home care and regular maintenance visits at Giamberardino Dental Care, denture wearers are able to enjoy comfort and stability like the day they received their dentures for years.
July 13, 2015
We all know that tooth brushing is essential to properly care for our teeth and maintain good oral hygiene, but we may not be paying as much attention to how we care for our toothbrush. Studies have shown that improper care of toothbrushes can increase the likeliness of many oral health issues, but the same studies make toothbrush sanitation seem like an uphill battle. The main thing to remember is never keep your toothbrush for more than 4 months to avoid the most harmful bacterial contamination. If you want to know more about tooth brushing or toothbrush care and maintenance, call Giamberadino Dental Care of Medford, MA to schedule your dental hygiene appointment and general checkup today.
Other Not So Pleasant Toothbrush Truths
You use your toothbrush to clean your teeth twice a day and maybe you’d rather not think about it, but when’s the last time you cleaned your toothbrush? How about the last time you replaced your toothbrush? You may be feeling annoyed. What do dentists want from you? You brush, you floss, you visit them twice a year, and now you have to clean your toothbrush everyday too. In short, yes you really should clean your toothbrush after every use.
Your toothbrush removes bacteria and food particles from your teeth. Some of these particles become trapped in the bristles and can replicate. Overtime, it becomes increasingly likely that your toothbrush will further contaminate your teeth rather than cleaning them. Then, there’s the other things that can contaminate your toothbrush. Most people store their toothbrush in a bathroom where it’s regularly exposed to debris from perfumes, hairsprays, cleaning products, and the dreaded fecal matter from toilet bowl spray. Even more disturbing, toothbrushes are not required to be stored and sold in sterile packaging meaning your toothbrush may be contaminated the moment you buy it.
At the end of the day, the cleanliness of our toothbrushes should be treated with a reasonable amount of concern. Thoroughly rinsing your toothbrush before and after each use and storing the brush in an open, upright container is generally more than enough care to keep your toothbrush from causing illness. However, it never hurts to rinse the toothbrush with an antimicrobial mouthwash from time to time, or even run it through the dishwasher to ensure sanitation. It’s essential to remember that our bodies are swarming with bacteria and only a tiny percentage of those is harmful. Oral hygiene and cleaning will never remove all the bacteria from our mouths, but it may help us remove the harmful ones.
Toothbrush Tips from Skilled Dentist, Sommerville
Okay, so now you’re afraid to brush your teeth, but you still need to. Here are some helpful hints from Giamberadino Dental for toothbrush maintenance:
- Replace your toothbrush regularly. We recommend 4 times a year, every 3 months.
- Replace your toothbrush if you’re sick. When you’re sick more of the harmful bacteria may be populating your mouth. Using the same toothbrush after you feel better can lead to recontamination.
- Don’t share your toothbrush with anyone. Your body is a delicate ecosystem and introducing another person’s bacteria to the ones your body is used to makes it more likely you may develop an illness and increases your chances of tooth decay.
- Don’t store your toothbrush covered, lying down, or upside down. Storing the toothbrush upright allows the water to run from the bristles and dry out relatively quickly making it more difficult for bacteria to grow. Whereas storing a toothbrush in a container or lying on its side or upside down helps create a moist environment where bacteria flourish. Additionally, storing toothbrushes in a container can lead to mold growth as well as bacteria propagation.
- Clean your toothbrush before and after use. Allowing the toothbrush to dry out between uses exposes bacteria to oxygen which kills them. Rinsing the toothbrush with warm water before and after use removes foreign matter that may have collected on the bristles between usage. If you’re concerned about contamination rinsing your tooth brush with antimicrobial mouthwash while you gargle can help kill bacteria on your brush as well.
There’s no way to clean all the bacteria and debris off of your toothbrush or out of your mouth, but maintaining good hygiene routines can help remove the majority of harmful bacteria. Remember that this care applies to mechanical toothbrushes as well as manual toothbrushes. If you want to invest in an electric toothbrush, find one that has removable heads that are easily replaced.
Call Your Dentist, 01890 to Find Out More
Dr. Giamberardino is a skilled general, restorative and cosmetic dentist in the Sommerville area. He can help you achieve and maintain the best possible dental health. Call to schedule your six month checkup today. Our Medford, MA practice invites patients from local communities like Somerville, Arlington, Cambridge, Winchester, and Melrose .
January 10, 2015
Do you take your dental health seriously? Many patients choose to skip their regular dental checkups because they don’t have any pain or discomfort in their teeth. This causes them to only see a dentist for dental emergencies. However, this is a risky and costly approach to dental care. Making a commitment to good dental health means that you take your preventive dentistry appointments seriously by keeping them. A typical dental checkup and dental cleaning appointment is quick and easy. Dr. Giamberardino will carefully and gently inspect the condition of your mouth, teeth and gums, looking for any signs of gum disease, loose or broken teeth, or damaged tooth fillings or decay. He will also examine your head and neck, your bite, and the movement of your jaw. Your teeth will then be thoroughly cleaned, polished, and flossed, leaving them fresh and sparkling. Skipping these preventive dentistry appointments will only put you at greater risk for more invasive and costly procedures in the future. To avoid this all too common pitfall, make an appointment with Giamberardino Dental Care for your preventive dentistry checkup today. Dr. Giamberardino is a trusted family dentist, now proudly serving patients throughout Medford, MA, Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and the surrounding communities.
What Is Preventive Dentistry?
Preventive dentistry is proactive dental care. Dr. Giamberardino can stop dental problems before they start. Your teeth will be checked for early signs of decay, faulty fillings, cracks, and wear. The gums will be checked for signs of gum disease, and your bones, cheeks, tongue, palate and other parts of the mouth and face will also be examined for any unusual swellings or surface changes.
Why Is Preventive Dentistry So Important?
The benefits of maintaining your smile are plenty. Healthy teeth will boost your confidence and improve your overall health and well-being. A regular preventive dentistry check-up allows Dr. Giamberardino to keep your mouth healthy. Leaving problems untreated only makes them more difficult to treat in the future, so it’s best to deal with them early, or prevent them altogether. Bacteria from untreated gum disease can actually spread infection to other parts of your body. Some non-dental conditions have symptoms that appear in the mouth early on. A regular preventive dentistry examination can reveal signs of vitamin insufficiencies, osteoporosis, and more serious conditions such as diabetes and oral cancer. Regular dental checkups are also good for your pocketbook too. Identifying and treating minor problems like dental cavities early on, can spare you the time and expense of more complicated restorative dentistry procedures such as a tooth extractions and root canal therapy in the future.
Be proactive with your dental health. Make an appointment with Giamberardino Dental Care for your preventive dentistry needs today. Giamberardino Dental Care can help you fight off costly dental problems. Dr. Giamberardino is a trusted family dentist, conveniently located in the heart of Medford, MA, proudly serving patients throughout Winchester, Somerville, Malden, Everett, and nearby areas.
January 19, 2012
On their own, most patients aren’t likely to imagine that their oral and overall health are connected. The reality, however, is there is much more overlap between them than most may realize.
Specifically, what connect these two separate spheres are bacteria and gum disease. When gum disease isn’t treated, pockets can form between a patient’s teeth and gums. These pockets give bacteria an entrance to the body’s bloodstream and, subsequently, the rest of the body, potentially contributing to a variety of health problems that includes: (more…)