Bad Breath Q & A

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We’re J. Scott White, Pranee White, and John Han of White & White. Today’s post offers some answers to frequent questions about bad breath.

Q. My wife says my breath is repulsive, but I brush twice a day. Shouldn’t that be enough?
A. Bacteria can increase and stink in hidden crevices that can only be reached with floss. Time to start flossing. If your breath hasn’t improved in a few months, make an appointment so we can consider other possible causes of your halitosis.

Also keep in mind that brushing just the teeth may not eliminate food particles between the teeth and up in the gums. Gently brushing the gums, sides of the mouth and the tongue in addition to the teeth may make the difference.

Q. My breath seems to get worse during hay fever season. What’s up with that?
A. Allergies can change mouth odor in a couple of ways. First, anything that stimulates post-nasal drip can be a trigger because bacteria at the back of the throat mixes with the mucous and emits a smelly odor as it breaks down. Second, hay fever medications often cause dry mouth which can lead to gross breath. Antihistamines can cut down post-nasal drip so this is a catch-22. If you take antihistamines, drink water frequently throughout the day to keep your mouth hydrated, suck on sugar-free mints to stimulate saliva production, and rinse with a non-alcohol mouth rinse.

Q. What health conditions can lead to bad breath?
A. As addressed before, any condition that lessens saliva production frequently causes halitosis. It is also a persistent side effect of diabetes, kidney failure, and liver failure. Of course, if your kidneys or liver is failing, you have bigger problems.

Q. Why did my wife’s breath became dreadful when she went on a strict low-carb diet?
A. Ketones were probably the culprit. Ketones are generated when the body digests fat – which is usually the goal of a low-carb plan. On the flip side, she was probably not cheating!

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

Save Your Breath

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Today’s post focuses on a problem experienced by many people – bad breath.

Bad breath, or halitosis, has several causes. The most frequent cause is substandard oral hygiene. Often, halitosis ensues midday arising from the inability to brush teeth between meals. Small food bits on the teeth, gums, and tongue grow bacteria. The wastes of the bacteria and decay of the food create a sulfur compound, which emits the unpleasant odor. Food particles, bacteria, and sulfuric gas all need to be removed to eliminate bad breath caused by poor oral hygiene.

While poor oral hygiene is the most frequent cause of halitosis, many factors can contribute to or worsen the issue. The best remedy is regular, thorough brushing and flossing, but other actions might also be needed.

For example, a salivary gland trouble or certain medications can cause dry mouth. Saliva moistens the teeth and gums, clearing away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

Most Common Causes of Bad Breath:

Poor oral hygiene
Inability to brush between meals
Gum disease or tooth decay
Smoking
Braces
An infected root canal
Diabetes
Kidney failure
Liver problems
Infection
Dry mouth (Xerostomia)
Dieting
Age
Crooked teeth
Ear, nose, throat issues
Tonsil issues
Constant breathing through the mouth
Specific foods: garlic, onions, horseradish, etc.
Some prescription medications
Ill-fitting dentures

To Minimize or Prevent Bad Breath:

Go to the dentist twice a year for professional dental cleanings
Brush teeth, tongue, gums, and roof of the mouth
Use a tongue spray or scraper
Use antimicrobial mouth rinse
Chew sugarless gum
Brush and floss after each meal
Drink plenty of water (A dry mouth is conducive to bacteria growth)
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Have a toothbrush and floss available when you are out
Talk to your doctor or dentist if bad breath persists despite proper oral hygiene

Remember, the very best defense to bad breath is a good dental care routine – brushing, flossing, and regular visits with your dentist.
If you struggle with bad breath regardless of vigilant oral hygiene, ask your dentist for help in identifying the source. It may be an issue outside of the oral cavity. If this is the case, your dentist may refer you to your family physician or a specialist.

If you don’t have a regular dentist or are not satisfied with your current one, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Han at White & White in Midlothian. Dr. Han has been serving patients in the Richmond area since 2004. The relaxing team of dental professionals at White & White provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including Six Month Smiles, general dentistry and porcelain veneers.

Be sure to check our website at http://www.relaxdental.com/about-us/our-doctors/ for more specifics on Drs. John Han’s services. Thanks for visiting our blog.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Let That Winning Smile Shine

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Grappling with yellowed, discolored, stained, or even multi-colored teeth in the 23113 zip code area? Teeth whitening might be the answer.

Such irregularities are usually simple to repair, reverse or bypass and with few exceptions a smart smile makeover move! Everyone in Midlothian wants a winning smile.

Call for a consultation today! 804-302-5592

A Brighter, Whiter Smile

The relaxing staff at White & White have distinctive, professional experience dating back to 2004. Let them review the current state of your smile and guide you to a brighter, whiter look.

Specializing in sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants when you need us. See http://www.relaxdental.com/about-us/our-doctors/ for more information.

A home tooth whitening kit is certainly a cheap tooth whitening option. Meet with us and we’ll work the math with you. How many kits would equal the same results from the dentist? Affordable dentistry is available.

Keep in mind that there’s more to a great smile than just whiter teeth.

Smooth, consistent color
Straighter, uniform positioning
Proportional tooth size
Gum appearance
Lack of chips and cracks

Get clear, easy answers about veneers, teeth whitening, invisalign braces, tooth implants, crowns and fillings. If you want to know how much dental work will cost, the cost of porcelain veneers, the cost of wisdom teeth removal, the price for Six Month Smiles, sedation dentistry or general dentistry – just ask the experts at White & White!

 

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Want Whiter Teeth?

Whiter Teeth for Midlothian Teeth whitening has become very popular as an affordable, manageable way to brighten your smile with little effort and no pain.

White & White can help you understand your options for teeth whitening and the results you may expect from various teeth whitening options.

Over the counter whitening systems can give varied results, with many users not happy with over-the-counter teeth whitening products.

Your cosmetic dentist can help you whiten your teeth effectively and achieve professional results. If you are ready to try a teeth whitening product, please give us a call at 804-302-5592 to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

Our relaxing staff would love to answer any questions you have about general, cosmetic, restorative, or pediatric dental treatment. Here are some of our services:

Six Month Smiles
general dentistry
porcelain veneers
sedation dentistry
wisdom teeth removal

If you are searching for quality, friendly dental care in the Richmond area, call us here at White & White. We are currently accepting new patients at our comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office. At White & White, we are committed to providing superior dental care to our valued patients.

 

–J. Scott White, Pranee White, & John Han

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Keep Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy

Dental Cleanings During Pregnancy If you are pregnant, your oral health may be the last thing on your mind. However, many women experience an increase in dental issues during pregnancy. Today’s post contains critical information about oral health for expectant mothers and those planning to become pregnant.

We recommend having a thorough dental cleaning early in your pregnancy. Lying in a dentist’s chair can be uncomfortable during the last trimester. A professional cleaning performed by one of the expert dental hygienists, along with diligent brushing and flossing, helps prevent gum problems that are often triggered by hormonal changes.

The American Dental Association has found a positive correlation between periodontal disease and preterm deliveries and low birth weight.

If you are currently pregnant and have sore, swollen, or bleeding gums, book an appointment today by calling 804-302-5592. Once the baby is here, it will probably be more difficult for you to make time for a dental visit.

If you receive dental treatment at White & White during your pregnancy, be sure to inform Drs. John Han that you are expecting. This will influence decisions about X-rays, pain relievers, antibiotics, and conscious sedation.

Hormonal changes cause an increase in plague production which can bring about cavities. If you are eating multiple small meals during the day, take care to brush after eating. If you avoid sweet snacks, your teeth will be less likely to develop cavities.

Remember, your oral care, nutrition, and lifestyle influence your baby. It is critical that you eat a healthy diet with a variety of foods. A poor diet can harm your baby’s tooth and bone development. Be sure to get enough calcium, iron, vitamins A, D and C, protein, and phosphorus. Your Ob/Gyn can give you specific advice for your age, height, weight, and medical conditions.

At White & White, we pamper our patients who are expecting. Schedule a checkup or cosmetic dentistry consultation today. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Stay Out Of The Dental Danger Zone

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You would never consider running a red light on a busy Midlothian street or crossing over a lane of orange construction cones on the freeway, but you might be doing some everyday things that are dangerous for your oral health.

I want to share with you some common habits that could be detrimental to the health of your teeth.

Crunching ice between your teeth might be refreshing, but it can be detrimental to the soft tissue inside your mouth. Once this tissue gets irritated, you’re more likely to get toothaches and have increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods.

Participating in your favorite sport without required mouth protection is a risk that no one should take. If there is a chance that a mouth injury could take place (and there is with most sports) then get to the nearest sporting goods store and buy a mouth guard or, better yet, ask me about a custom mouthguard.

Using your teeth to open anything is a bad idea. Every time your teeth come in contact with foreign objects there is potential for chipping and cracking.

Now that you know how to avoid these risks, what can you do if you’ve already damaged your teeth from these activities or similar ones? Make an appointment with our relaxing staff and we’ll see how we can help.

If you’ve had chipping or cracking problems, there are a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures that might help you. If you have overly-sensitive teeth, I may be able to prescribe a prescription toothpaste to reduce the pain.

We can also answer any questions you have about veneers, gum contouring, or teeth whitening. We hope to hear from you soon, but in the meantime, keep those pearly whites safe and sound.

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Smile Necessities And Possibilities

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Hi, I’m Dr. J. Scott White, with White & White located at 1690 Huguenot Rd in Midlothian. The truth is, practicing dentistry has been a rewarding decision for me.

Between restorative and cosmetic dentistry, I am able to create stunning smiles for patients that beautify as well as satisfy. I am happy about the changes for good I see in a person’s life.

Let’s Talk

I’m able to meet and discuss the possibilities of your smile transformation before we develop an individualized plan of action. Call to find out about the cost of various dental services and to schedule a consultation at 804-302-5592. I aim for competitive costs when it comes to smile makeovers through cosmetic dental procedures and restorative dentistry. Big or small, the procedures are vital to our patients and their self confidence and are therefore of the utmost importance to myself and my staff.

We’ve been around since 2004. Over the years we have performed many, many procedures involving sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and dental implants as well as educating and guiding patients to better hygiene and understanding of their oral needs and possibilities. That freely revealed smile of childhood can be restored to you.

Restorative dentistry ranges from simple fillings to chipped tooth restoration to dental implants. Cosmetic dentistry has many caveats that require consideration and experience. I look forward to meeting your needs on your terms. I am certain we will get along wonderfully. See you soon!

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

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You’ve been doing it since you were five. You switch to auto pilot morning and night and get it done. But are you doing it right?

Actually, many people are making tooth brushing mistakes. You may need to tweak your routine to better benefit your oral health and safeguard your smile from dental caries and gum disease.

Here are essential tooth brushing tips:

1. Take your time.
It’s understandable. You want to get it over with and go to bed. Proper teeth cleaning takes time and careful attention. Time yourself the next time you brush – you might be surprised at how promptly you finish. The process should take at least take two to three minutes. It can also be helpful to take a different route around your mouth every few days. By altering your routine, you approach areas from a different, and possibly, better angle.

2. Don’t forget to floss.
No matter how agile you can be with your brush, it’s difficult to clear away the plaque from all those narrow gaps between your teeth. That is where bacteria can easily multiply and start the decay process.

3. Use the right toothbrush.
It is ironic that some people hurt their enamel or gums because they brush too hard with a rigid brush. Drs. John Han guides patients to only use a soft brush. If you’ve had gum grafts, you may want to use an extra soft brush.

4. Don’t keep your tooth brush near the toilet.
This is horrible to think about, but each time the toilet is flushed, bacteria is sent far into the air – even if you close the lid. Keep your toothbrush in a clean place and allow it to air dry.

5. Use fluoride toothpaste.
This may seem like a no-brainer but you may be surprised that some oral care products don’t contain fluoride. And you may think it’s only for children. Not true. Your enamel is continuously under assault from acidic foods and drinks and fluoride helps it remineralize.

Need to schedule a dental checkup? Want to learn more about your cosmetic dentistry options? We offer a range of services including dental implants, Invisalign, and sedation dentistry. Give us a call at 804-302-5592 today.

 

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

When Mommy Is Scared Of The Dentist

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If you are dreading some upcoming dental treatment, you may want to consider oral conscious sedation. First off, oral conscious sedation or sleep dentistry is perfectly safe. At White & White, we have been providing sedation since 2004. We offer different levels of sedation and a choice of medication including oral analgesics, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.

When choosing a type of sedation, it is helpful to consider the type of anxiety (fear of immobility, fear of loss of control, fear of pain, etc), the specific procedure(s) you will undergo, the length of time necessary to complete the treatment, past experiences during treatment, and any complicating health troubles. Call 804-302-5592 to schedule a consultation with Drs. J. Scott White, Pranee White, and John Han to discuss your options.

Perhaps you have a dentist-wary child who needs treatment. For simple dental procedures, topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing sensation. If your child requires more sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia are both safe options.

Perhaps Mommy is the one who is anxious about her child undergoing dental work. Sorry–we can’t sedate you while your child is being treated–but you can take comfort in the fact that we take excellent care of our youngest patients. We make sure they are comfortable, relaxed, and understand exactly what is going to happen. Our team of child-friendly dental professionals have been putting children at ease since 2004.

Regular dental check-ups are essential for your child’s lifelong oral health, so it is important that your child has a positive experience during dental visits. If possible, don’t let your child know that you have dental anxiety. If he/she already knows, explain why your fears are unreasonable and why you are having treatment regardless of your anxiety. Show them how brave Mommy is because she wants healthy teeth.

We offers full-service dental care including porcelain veneers, wisdom teeth removal, and Six Month Smiles. Thanks for visiting our blog. Check back for more helpful dental specifics from White & White in Midlothian.

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Do You Have Xerostomia?

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Most dental patients in the Richmond and Midlothian area know that they can go to their local dentist for toothaches, cleanings, and bleeding gums (not to mention cosmetic dentistry procedures such as a smile makeover), but there are some lesser-known oral concerns that your Bon Air dentist can also help you with.

Dry mouth, technically called xerostomia, is caused by a lack of saliva and can be quite uncomfortable. It also predisposes Virginia dental patients to a host of problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. There are some treatments, but a lot of Midlothian residents experience dry mouth because of certain medications or diseases, so make sure to bring a list of current medications with you to your appointment.

Bad breath is usually a result of bacteria build-up in the mouth, and regular trips to your Richmond dentist can help you keep your mouth clean and the bacteria count within a sweet-smelling range. But, if you have good oral hygiene and regular check-ups and cleanings, then your dentist will be crucial in helping you discover the source of your halitosis.

Jaw clicking and jaw discomfort are symptoms you should have checked with your dentist immediately as they can be a signs of serious oral issues.

We want our patients to come to us with all of their oral concerns. The friendly staff here at White & White would love to schedule an appointment with you and answer any questions you have about the ailments mentioned above, as well as questions about teeth whitening and Bon Air dental implants. We would love to hear from you today!

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113