Posts for: September, 2014

By Silver Oaks Dentistry
September 25, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bad Breath   Halitosis  
Woman With Bad Breath ImageIf you have halitosis, don’t just cover up your smile. Fix the problem!
Bad breath can certainly cramp our social life—making work, dates and social gatherings rather embarrassing. If you’re experiencing chronic or offensively bad breath, there are several reasons why this might be happening to you. Your San Antonio dentist is here to give you the lowdown on this social setback.

Why does bad breath happen?

Bad breath results from the excretion of anaerobic bacteria within your mouth. These bacteria release sulfur compounds, which are the smelly culprits for bad breath. Unfortunately, some people produce more sulfur compounds than others. Some of these people may even be the ones with the best oral care around.
However, some people are just lucky enough to produce less anaerobic bacteria than others. However, here are some things that can indicate if you’re ready to send people running when you open your mouth.

Bad habits=bad breath

There are certain habits and naturally occurring reactions that might indicate whether you have bad breath or not. Some of these include drinking alcohol, smoking, snoring, taking prescription medications or sleeping with your mouth open. Why are these problems? Because they decrease saliva, which keeps your mouth fresh and clean.

How’s your tongue?

While your tongue might often be overlooked when it comes to your dental health, it’s just as important as the rest of your mouth. In fact, if you are constantly dealing with a white tongue, this may be a sign of offensive breath. That’s because this white coating is made up of those same sulfur compounds produced by anaerobic bacteria.

You are what you eat

Are you a coffee drinker? Do you tend to add onions and garlic to just about everything? Maybe acidic or sugary foods are your weakness. If you said yes to any of these, then you may have found the main source of your bad breath. Eliminate these foods to find out if it also eliminates the problem.

Is bad breath a sign of something more serious?

While bad breath every now and again is pretty normal—but certainly not pretty—there are times when bad breath is more than just that. Here are some instances when you might want to see your doctor:
  • If you also notice tooth pain or inflamed gums you could be dealing with tooth decay or gum disease. If so, it’s time to book an appointment with your San Antonio dentist.
  • If your bad breath is accompanied by postnasal drip you may have a sinus infection, which can easily be treated.
  • If you’re also experiencing heartburn or gastrointestinal problems along with offensive breath, you could have gastric reflux. If so, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about how to best control your condition.
If bad breath has you cancelling social functions, then it’s time to stop the problem once and for all. If you need help getting to the root of the problem, make an appointment with our San Antonio dental practice today.
Do you suffer from bad breath? Do you have any tips that may help other people that are suffering from this condition? We would be very interested in hearing what tips you have so that we can share them with others!

By Silver Oaks Dentistry
September 10, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

It’s her smile! When she walks down that aisle, people will be “oohing” and “awing” over the dress, but they will also be looking for that smile—toCosmetics Dentistry see how happy she is on her big day. If your wedding day has been set in motion, you probably have a lot of planning to do. There is a lot to take care of, including your smile. Two things brides worry about—tooth shade and straighter teeth.
Is Your Smile White Enough?
No one’s born with a glistening, white smile. It takes time and extra care. Some people can buff out stains with whitening toothpaste, but some stains are tough to get rid of unless done through a professional. We can recommend the appropriate measures to help you get a smile that matches your gorgeous white dress!
Is Your Smile Straight Enough?
Treating teeth for malocclusion isn’t just for esthetic purposes. Straight teeth also improve the condition and function of teeth. Your misaligned teeth might bother you enough to want treatment before the wedding photos, but it might also be an issue for you to get traditional, metal braces put on. You don’t want that to be what people are looking at, and that’s why Invisalign might be the better choice for treating your malocclusion.
Please schedule a consultation to determine which orthodontic device works best for your case.
Want to find out what your smile could look like on one of the biggest days of your life? Call our San Antonio dental office to see what we can do for you! Our main line is (210) 656-4699.

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