What causes bad breath and how can I prevent it?

There are many reasons one may have bad breath. Some of the reasons one may have bad breath are poor oral hygiene habits, certain foods, gum disease, tobacco products, dehydration, and certain medical conditions.  You can help prevent bad breath by practicing good oral hygiene, using mouthwash, drinking water frequently, stop using tobacco products and seeing your dentist regularly.

Is teeth whitening safe for me?

Teeth whitening enhances the brightness of natural teeth but it is not for everyone.  Discuss it with your dentist before you take action, especially if you have discolored teeth, sensitive teeth, white spots, decay on your teeth, infected gums, a bridge, crown, or other dental work (especially involving the front teeth).

Can my dentist help with Sleep Apnea/snoring?

Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops.  You may have

Sleep Apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep.  If you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, you may have been instructed to use a C-pap machine.  Your dentist may have other alternatives to using a C-pap machine if you cannot tolerate using the machine.

How often should I brush and floss?

You should always brush your teeth at least twice a day.  Brush your teeth with an ADA approved toothbrush and toothpaste.  Electric toothbrushes are also recommended.  Flossing daily is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gum line.  Don't forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.  It is also important to rinse your mouth with water after you brush and after meals if you are unable to brush your teeth.

How often should I get a dental check-up?

It is recommended that you should get your teeth cleaned and checked at least twice a year.  Your dentist may recommend you get them more often depending on your personal situation.  Regular dental evaluations are crucial in maintaining a healthy mouth.  Your dentist will check for cavities but also for gum disease and other oral health issues.