Why is Saliva Important Anyway?

Saliva may be made mostly of water, but there are other helpful substances in there that really go to work in keeping your mouth functioning properly.  Normally, the body makes up to 2 to 4 pints of saliva a day!  Some people suffer from dry mouth, which is not only uncomfortable, but is a welcome wagon for germs and bad breath.  We can help those people with special recommendations and medication suggestions to get their saliva back on Team Oral Health.  Keep in mind chewing foods (we recommend sugarless gum) is the most efficient way to stimulate salivary flow and most people create the most saliva in the late afternoon.

Why is Saliva Impor

Let us break down the ways Saliva plays such a significant role in your mouth: Continue Reading…

Brush Your Pets Teeth

Do you think you really need to brush your pets teeth?  February is National Pet Dental Month and if you’ve never wondered this before it’s time to start!   The answer varies depending on your pet and breed, but, in most cases, the answer is yes.

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One of the main indicators of your pet needing oral care is bad breath.  Many people may think that all pet breath is bad, but when you are a pet owner, you notice when there is a distinct change in your pet’s breath.  Bad breath stems from food particles that get trapped within the gum tissue or sit along the animal’s teeth.  Bacteria thrive on this debris and that is where bad breath begins.   Us humans, of course, can easily brush and floss food debris away, but when we aren’t providing any type of oral health care for our pets, this can cause problems, and not just bad breath.
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Why Do People Get Bad Breath?

We have all at one time or another experienced bad breath, or medically termed, halitosis.  Unfortunately, some people may not know that they have it, but why do people get bad breath?  It’s an awkward situation when someone you know has chronic bad breath and you aren’t sure how to tell him or her.  In actuality, bad breath could not just come from the onions your friend ate; it could be something actually wrong with their system.

why-do-people-get-bad-breathBad breath usually stems from not brushing and flossing enough.  When food sits on your teeth, gums and tongue, bacteria thrives on it and causes odors to start forming.  This is easy enough to resolve.  Try as much as possible to brush your teeth after meals and floss at least once a day.  The one thing that people are missing is brushing their tongue.  Tongues are tricky little organs due to the fact that they have numerous taste buds and papillae that trap food particles and bacteria.  Some people even have cracks and crevices in their tongue that make for even worse food traps.  If you suffer from bad breath, try brushing your tongue first and see if that helps.  There are things called tongue scrapers that have a saw blade pattern to them that can help you scrape debris from your tongue. You would be surprised at what comes off of your tongue when you use these little gadgets. There are also special brushes and special cleaning liquids that are made to help clean the tongue, but in general, using your toothbrush works just as well. Continue Reading…