I am 29-years-old and working in a bank. I feel that my colleagues and friends try to avoid talking to me as they say I have bad breath. I brush my teeth twice daily and I have been using mouthwashes since 6 months but it solves my problem only for a few hours. I am scared that I might be having some serious problem in my mouth. Is there any way to cure this bad breath? Please advice.
It is terribly frustrating to do everything in your power to ensure that your breath stays as fresh as it can be - and still come up with a not-so-nice smell when you open your mouth! Unfortunately, bad breath, also called halitosis, is a very common dental problem that affects millions of people every day - can be a huge blow to your self confidence, and can have a huge impact on how you interact with other people. The problem of?bad breath may not be eliminated simply by brushing the teeth, or by using an antibacterial mouthwash; this is because the bad smell may be caused by other factors that need to be addressed. Bad breath can be caused by many factors including poor oral hygiene, particular foods, underlying dental or medical conditions, dry mouth and certain lifestyle changes and choices. Poor
oral hygiene is the primary cause of bad breath. Bacteria from food particles that remain on or in between the teeth can become rotten and emit a foul smell. Strong and spicy foods can also cause bad breath. This is because the odor from these foods is expelled from our lungs after the foods are absorbed into the bloodstream. According to dental studies, about 85% of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame. These are some ways by which you can prevent bad breath:
• Don’t use tobacco products
• Eat a healthy and nutritious diet
• Floss at least once a day
• Brush teeth and tongue twice a day
• Visit your dentist on a regular basis (every six months or as indicated by your dentist) for a complete examination of your teeth and gums and thorough cleaning of the mouth
My wife tells me that I grind my teeth at night when I am sleeping. In the morning, I feel pain in my teeth and my mouth also feels heavy. Please suggest how I can solve this problem.
Looking at your problem, you have a condition called bruxism. Teeth grinding or clenching, which can be done consciously or unconsciously, can do a lot of damage to a person’s dental health. This dental problem should be addressed as soon as it is diagnosed, so that the proper solution can be given to prevent more serious dental problems from developing. Some problems that can arise from bruxism are:
• the tooth enamel can be damaged or worn out causing pain and sensitivity
• gum problems
• broken tooth fillings
• facial pain, especially in the jaw area - this might in turn cause problems in a person’s jaw joint.
• Manage your work properly so that you don’t get stressed out, as stress is the leading cause of teeth grinding.
• Nightguard, a soft customized tray can be given by your dentist so that excessive friction caused by the clenching and grinding will not damage the teeth surfaces.
I am a 65-years-old retired teacher. My teeth have suddenly become very sensitive to heat /cold and my lower front teeth are bit loose and appear longer than before. Are ? there any treatment choices for my problem?
Receding gum tissue can be the cause for the longer appearing lower front teeth. As gum tissue pulls?back, the root surface of the tooth gets exposed, making the tooth?appear longer than before. Sensitivity can be due to the receding gums or exposed dentine due to vigorous brushing habits, or due to hard bristled toothbrush. Sensitivity can be treated by a desensitizing paste, fluoride application or by?covering exposed root surfaces. Receding gums, loose teeth suggests that you have gum disease, which can be taken care by your dentist by treatments like scaling and ?root planning ?if the condition is mild . But if the condition is severe, then more extensive treatment like?flap surgery and bone grafting are needed. It is also advised to check your diabetic status as gum diseases are more aggravated?in diabetic patients. So, visit your dentist as soon as possible.