Posts for: December, 2014
Your bad breath may signify more than just a need to improve your brushing technique — it's often a symptom of oral health issues, which can cause serious discomfort if left untreated.
Bad breath generally suggests you need to clean your mouth more effectively, but persistent odor or bad tastes indicate oral diseases, cavities or health complications that go beyond your mouth. For questions about the causes and implications of halitosis — the medical name for bad breath — schedule a visit to your local dentist's office.
Having bad breath may severely interfere with your life, as the odor may cause people to turn away, back up or avoid conversations with you. That can be a serious obstacle for your personal life, but think about your career, too: Something as treatable as bad breath shouldn't get in the way of your professional interactions with others or compromise your ability to do your job.
Beyond the social consequences, the effect of bad breath extends to your health. Halitosis may be a sign you need to improve your oral hygiene, but it may also be a byproduct of more serious conditions, like diabetes, pneumonia, bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, chronic acid reflux, liver or kidney problems, and gum disease.
Bad breath may also be a side-effect of some medications. For example, if you're experiencing dry mouth, it may lead to halitosis, because saliva helps keep your mouth clean. Without it, there's nothing wash away dead cells from your tongue, cheeks, and gums that decompose and smell.
Odor-causing bacteria isn't always easy to eliminate through brushing your teeth, flossing of using mouthwash. If the problem is beyond reach, like gum disease or cavities, you'll need a dental hygienist or dentist to remove the source of the offensive odor.
Bad breath is no small thing, and it's difficult to detect on your own, so be sure to keep your regular dentist appointments and ask about ways to combat chronic bad breath, if you suspect it's an issue. Resolving it may not only improve your self esteem but also your quality of life.
If you have a highly decayed or missing tooth and haven't considered dental implants as a tooth replacement option, it's time to get dental implant aware. At our Mississauga dentist's office, Dr. Kaplansky offers dental implants that serve as a natural-looking and feeling replacement for a tooth or teeth.
Dental implants are a method for replacing lost or missing teeth with an artificial implant that mimics the tooth's natural structures. In its entirety, the dental implant includes a metal or ceramic implant that acts like the tooth root and is surgically implanted into the jaw. Connected to the dental implant is an abutment, which acts as a link between the titanium tooth root and the crown that covers the dental implant.
Some reasons our Mississauga patients may choose dental implants over other tooth replacement options, such as a dental bridge or partial denture include that the dental implant tends to be significantly more secure and in place than the other options. While a partial denture can easily move out of place when eating or speaking, a dental implant will remain in place. Another benefit is that dental implants do not require making changes to surrounding teeth as bridges do.
One of the most important reasons patients consider dental implants is their cosmetic benefits. Dental implants are meant to look like real teeth -- so real, in fact, that you may forget you have a dental implant. The ability to smile with confidence again, knowing you have a full smile with no gaps can be a self-esteem booster.
Not all Mississauga patients are candidates for a dental implant or implants. Patients must have enough jawbone to sufficiently place the implant to ensure it will remain secure. Dr. Kaplansky can evaluate your overall dental health to determine if a dental implant could be for you. Patients who have conditions that could affect healing, such as diabetes, may not be candidates for a dental implant.
For more information on dental implants or to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Kaplansky at his Mississauga, ON dentist's office, please call (905) 826-4929.