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What causes bad breath?

There are a variety of conditions that can cause your breath to smell less than fresh. Saliva flow decreases significantly while you sleep, and this can allow bacteria to accumulate, resulting in “morning breath.” Throughout the day, some foods have strong odors that can linger in the mouth. Poor dental hygiene can allow plaque and bacteria accumulations to infect oral tissue, leading to bad breath. Other causes of bad breath include certain medications, tobacco products, and dieting.

How can I prevent bad breath?

Practice good dental hygiene by brushing at least twice each day, flossing once a day, and by using an antiseptic mouthwash. Visit Char Dental at least twice each year for a routine dental exam and thorough teeth cleaning. You can also improve your breath by not using tobacco products and by frequently drinking water throughout the day.

How often should I brush and floss my teeth?

Brush your teeth at least twice each day and floss at least once each day. Brushing and flossing plays an important role in keeping plaque and bacteria from accumulating on your teeth and forming tartar. If plaque and bacteria are not removed daily, they can begin to infect and destroy gum and bone tissue. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which has been shown to strengthen teeth. After brushing your teeth, be sure to thoroughly rinse your mouth. Rinse your smile with water following a meal if you are unable to brush your teeth at that time.

Are silver or amalgam dental fillings safe?

The American Dental Association has declared that silver fillings are safe for use and studies have failed to find a link between silver and mercury fillings and any averse physical or mental effects. There are a variety of alternative options available, however, and Dr. Char and Dr. Mashimo can help you arrive at the treatment option that is best for your individual goals. Composite fillings are a popular alternative that are both strong and discreet.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Our dentists recommend visiting at least twice each year for a comprehensive oral exam and gentle teeth cleaning. This gives our team the change to check your smile for decay and damage while professionally polishing your smile. If you suffer from gum disease or if your smile tends to accumulate plaque more quickly, we may recommend coming in more frequently. Visit with our experienced dentists in Honolulu, Hawaii, during your next appointment and we can help you learn more!

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is an infection of gum and oral bone tissues. The infection is caused by bacteria accumulations on the surface of the teeth and in the groves around the gumline. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss and dental pain. Also known as gingivitis or periodontitis in its advanced stages, gum disease has been found to be correlated with diabetes, stroke, heart disease, as well.

How can I prevent gum disease?

Proper dental hygiene is the most effective prevention against gum disease. By removing plaque and bacteria deposits frequently, you can protect your smile from gum disease. Be sure to brush your teeth twice each day, floss daily, and an antiseptic mouthwash can also help! Visit our office twice each year for your exams and teeth cleanings.

How can cosmetic dentistry improve my smile’s appearance?

At Char Dental, we are committed to helping you enjoy optimal dental health and a smile you love. We are pleased to feature a variety of services that can enhance the cosmetics of your smile. When you visit our team during your next appointment at our office, ask about our teeth whitening treatments and other cosmetic services to learn more!