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EvenCelebritiesLikeJenniferLawrenceArentImmuneFromBadBreath

Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.

Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?

In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.

As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.

And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.

Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.

Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”

If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”


EffectiveOralHygieneisKeytoDiseasePreventionWhileWearingBraces

While braces are a tried and true method for achieving a more attractive smile, they may also give rise to problems with dental disease. This is because their hardware — the brackets and bands that serve as tracks for the tensioning wires — make it more difficult to access the tooth and gum surfaces to clean away plaque. This thin film of food remnant may then become a haven for bacteria that cause gum disease or tooth decay.

One of the more common conditions to occur while wearing braces is gingivitis. This is an initial inflammation of the gum tissues caused by bacterial plaque that hasn’t been removed by brushing or flossing. As the inflammation grows unchecked, the infection could advance deeper into the tissues to become a more serious form of gum disease that threatens the survival of affected teeth.

Difficult as it may be for those wearing braces, the best way to avoid gingivitis is through more thorough oral hygiene practices. Fortunately, there are many hygiene products that can help you get around many of the access difficulties posed by braces. Smaller toothbrushes known as interproximal brushes and floss threaders, small aids that thread dental floss under braces wires, can access the spaces between teeth more readily than conventional brushes or floss. Water flossers (which use water under pressure to remove plaque between teeth) and motorized toothbrushes can further increase efficiency. We can also reduce bacterial growth in the mouth if need be with prescription-strength antibacterial mouthrinses.

If, however, gingivitis or gum overgrowth (another common occurrence during orthodontic treatment) continues to be a problem, we may need to take other actions including surgery. In extreme cases, the braces may need to be removed to adequately treat the gums and allow them time to heal before proceeding with orthodontics.

Extra care with daily hygiene and regular dental checkups and cleanings in addition to your orthodontic visits will help keep gum problems at bay while you’re wearing braces. Taking this extra care will stop or minimize the effect of disease as you continue on to the ultimate goal of your orthodontic treatment — a more beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental care during orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Dowd Family Dentistry
July 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

VeneersAre your teeth badly stained, slightly crooked, or unevenly spaced? If so, porcelain veneers from your cosmetic dentist at Dowd Family Dentistry in Fayetteville may be the perfect solution for you! Read on to learn all about this fantastic dental device and how it can help you achieve the beautiful smile you've always wanted.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped porcelain shells that are attached directly to the front of your teeth. Veneers look and feel completely natural, and they can be used to cover or disguise a number of dental imperfections.

What Dental Problems Can Porcelain Veneers Be Used to Fix?

Most dental devices are only designed to repair a single dental problem. Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, can simultaneously fix a wide number of dental problems, giving you teeth you can be proud to show off.

Tooth Discoloration: If your teeth are badly discolored and all of the tooth whitening treatments you've tried simply aren't helping, cover them up! Veneers sit right on top of your existing teeth, hiding any discoloration so your teeth always look brilliant.
Gapped or Crooked Teeth: If your teeth are gapped or crooked, don't spend several months and hundreds of dollars on painful and unsightly braces to correct them. Veneers fill in the missing spaces to make your teeth perfectly aligned once again.
Unnatural Tooth Shape: If your canines are pointy and awkward, you don't just have to live with it. Your Fayetteville cosmetic dentist can create a custom tooth shape that will look perfect on you.
Chipped or Broken Teeth: If your teeth are chipped or broken, the result isn't just unsightly, it can also put your oral health at risk as well. Stabilize your teeth and improve your appearance with porcelain veneers from Dowd Family Dentistry.

Are Porcelain Veneers Right for Me?

Are you ready to say goodbye to your awkward, discolored or unsightly smile and say hello to a picture perfect smile you'll be proud to call your own? If so, porcelain veneers from Dowd Family Dentistry in Fayetteville may be just right for you. Only a dentist can let you know for sure, however, so go ahead and call your favorite cosmetic dentist and set up an appointment today. Your beautiful new smile may be closer than you know!