Save Your Breath

bad breath treatments Midlothian

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

 

Stay Out Of The Dental Danger Zone

Stay Out Of The Richmond Dental Danger Zone

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

 

Think You Know How To Brush? Think Again.

Midlothian tooth brushing tips

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

 

The Dream Of No Drill

The Dream Of No Drill In Richmond

If you ask dental patients what they hate the most about dental visits, chances are that they’ll mention the drill. Just the sound of it is enough to make people cringe.

Do you wonder if there will ever be an alternative to the dreaded dental drill? Guess what? Now there is!

Drill-less dentistry is also known as air abrasion or microabrasion. Air abrasion can be used for common dental procedures such as removing tooth decay or preparing tooth surfaces for sealants or bonding. These instruments work like a little sandblaster that aim a fine stream of particles at the area that would normally be drilled. After the stream of particles strikes and removes the decay, the materials are suctioned out of the mouth.

Hi. We’re Drs. J. Scott White, Pranee White, and John Han of Midlothian. We want our patients to be aware of the latest dental technology available, especially as it pertains to cosmetic dentistry.

If you are in need of quality dental care in the Richmond area, or if you are interested in a smile makeover, give White & White a call at 804-302-5592. We can answer any questions you have about teeth whitening, veneers, gum contouring, or dental implants.

Make your appointment today so your teeth can look and feel their best!

 

 

Contact White & White: 804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

What’s New In Dentistry?

Advanced Dentistry in Midlothian The world of dentistry continues to advance at a rapid pace. If you have visited your Midlothian dentist lately, you have probably noticed some things that make your visit more comfortable, such as the ability to watch TV or listen to music while receiving treatment. Many Richmond dentistry patients welcome oral conscious sedation to reduce or eliminate pain.

What may not be as obvious are the advances in techniques, tools, and materials. Top Midlothian dentists now use digital computer imaging which is safer than traditional x-rays. Dental technicians can store, retrieve and transmit digital images much easier than was possible with traditional x-ray film.

The use of lasers has also changed the face of dentistry. Laser surgery requires less anesthesia, minimizes swelling, and protects surrounding tissue. Richmond family dentists use lasers for detecting and treating cavities and dental technicians use them for the curing of restorative materials.

Another exciting development in cosmetic dentistry is the CAD-CAM technology that allows Bon Air cosmetic dentists to perform restorations in a single visit. The types of procedures that can be completed in one visit include crowns, fillings, inlays, onlays, and veneers.

If you need a thorough exam, expert dental cleaning, or want to improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry, call White & White at 804-302-5592 to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, you can see before and after photos of some of our smile makeover patients. We would love to help you achieve the smile you deserve, and we have the tools, experience, and technology to make that happen.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Get Your Teeth In Shape, Richmond!

Get Your Teeth In Shape, Richmond!

These days Richmond residents are more conscious of their health than ever. Many of us are trying to stay active, eat a balanced diet, and better manage stress. When you feel healthy, attractive, and happy, you smile more often. You want your smile to compliment and enhance your physical and mental condition. Here at White & White, we want to make sure that those in the Bon Air, Midlothian, and Bon Air area have healthy, attractive teeth.

Eating right is a great step toward optimal oral health in the 23113 zip code area. A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in nutrients will support dental health at every age. And, of course, water is always the beverage of choice for those who want healthy teeth.

Daily brushing and flossing are essential healthy habits for your mouth. Also, regular check-ups and cleanings with your Richmond dentist are a must.

Another way to get those teeth looking beautiful is by undergoing some routine cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you want to close spaces between the teeth, improve your gumline, or repair chips or cracks in the teeth, then dental bonding, gum recontouring, crowns, or porcelain veneers might be what you’re looking for.

We are Drs. J. Scott White, Pranee White, and Darrell Guttery. Our dentists have been taking excellent care of Richmond area smiles since 2004.

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia
23113

 

Not Happy With Your Richmond Dentist?

Midlothian Cosmetic Dentisty Hello Richmond dental blog visitors. Whether you stumbled upon this blog by mistake, or clicked here on purpose, welcome!

We are Drs. J. Scott White and Pranee White. Our cosmetic dental practice is called White & White. We are located at 1690 Huguenot Rd in Midlothian. You can find information about our practice, services, and professional dental team at https://www.relaxdental.com/.

In our White & White dental blog, we post informative articles about dentistry including new Richmond cosmetic dental treatments, preventative dental care, and news about our dental practice. Many of our patients visit our blog regularly and we hope you will also find useful dental information here.

Do you currently have a dentist? If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current Bon Air dentist, we invite you to visit our Midlothian office, meet our relaxing staff, and discuss your dental needs.

Our approach to dentistry emphasizes you, the patient.

Our first priority is exceeding our patients’ expectations. Before we can provide dental treatment, however, we must become familiar with each patient. That is why your first consultation will take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

How are you doing? What is the current condition of your teeth and gums? What are your fears and expectations about Midlothian dental treatment? Do you have financial concerns regarding your dental needs? We recognize that each one of our patients has a unique set of circumstances.

At White & White, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dental treatment is necessary, we recommend the most conservative procedures. If you have pressing dental needs, let’s talk about your options and consider the long term consequences of each treatment. If we believe it is best to refer you to another specialist, we’ll do so without hesitation. We are committed to your well-being and want you to receive the best possible care.

If you are interested in Richmond cosmetic dentistry, we can also help you. We pursue continual training in the latest cosmetic treatments and have extensive experience performing individual tooth restorations, complete smile makeovers and everything in between. Did you know that we can completely redesign your smile if that is what you desire? Miracles are possible with cosmetic dentistry.

Please call us at 804-302-5592 to book a consultation. We are confident you will feel good about choosing White & White for your dental care.

Filtered Midlothian Water And Oral Health

Filtered Midlothian Water And Oral Health

A simple way for Richmond residents to choose beverages that won’t harm their teeth is to keep it simple and make water their go-to drink. However, for safety, thrift, and convenience, many dental patients choose to drink bottled water or filter it themselves at home.

Filtered water can be detrimental to oral health if it doesn’t contain fluoride, which is a great tooth decay preventer.

If you choose bottled water and are wondering if any naturally occurring fluoride has been removed, you can check the label. If you prefer to filter your own tap water, look to see if the American Dental Association has given the filter its seal of approval.

 

Water filters that carry the ADA seal don’t remove fluoride, so you can be sure that the fluoride is still in your water and benefitting your teeth.

We are Drs. J. Scott White, Pranee White, and Darrell Guttery, an experienced Midlothian dentist serving the Bon Air, Midlothian, and Bon Air areas. I am passionate about helping my patients have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. Contact us today at 804-302-5592 and we can answer any questions you have about dental health, cosmetic dentistry, or smile makeovers.

We have been serving the Midlothian area since 2004, and we would love to make you another one of our satisfied patients. If you’re wondering about fluoride and tooth decay, or dental veneers and teeth whitening in Midlothian, we’d be happy to schedule a consultation for you. Call now!

 

Contact White & White:

804-302-5592

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, VA
23113

 

White & White In Midlothian Is Accepting New Patients

Midlothian Teeth Whitening Hello, we are Drs. J. Scott and Pranee C. White.

Whether you are a local Midlothian dentistry patient, or a blogosphere visitor, welcome to our dental blog.

Our dental practice is called White & White and is located at 1690 Huguenot Rd in Midlothian Virginia. We have been offering general and cosmetic dentistry here in Midlothian since 2004. Since opening our cosmetic dental practice, we have seen a lot of changes in dental techniques and tooth restoration materials; however, our commitment to the highest quality of care and personal attention to our patients has not changed.

At White & White, we provide a full menu of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental services. If you are looking for a gentle kid-friendly family dentist or a smile design specialist, we invite you to schedule a consultation. We work hard to make each visit as quick and pleasant as possible.

Some of the services we offer are sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers, safe tooth whitening, and invisible braces. Ask us about sealants, dental implants and complete smile makeovers. You can find more information about our services at https://www.relaxdental.com/about-us/our-doctors/.

If you have Virginia dental insurance, call my office to see if we are contracted with your provider. If you don’t have dental insurance, call us at 804-302-5592 for information on our rates and smile makeover financing options. Budgeting for regular cleanings and checkups can ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life.

What could be a better investment?

White & White
1690 Huguenot Rd
Midlothian, Virginia 23113

Beware Of An Acidic Diet

Richmond tooth strengthening Most Richmond residents don’t often think of a tooth as a body part that fluctuates in strength. Our teeth seem to have a steady hardness and dependably grind food whenever we need them. However, teeth are dynamic organisms with chemical processes that occur continually.

The protective enamel that covers the softer interior is made of minerals. Enamel demineralizes (loses some of its density) when coming in contact with acids. Saliva can dilute and neutralize acid so the tooth can remineralize (re-harden). This process isn’t instantaneous, however. While the enamel is soft, the tooth is vulnerable to losing a microscopic outer layer of enamel. If the erosion continues, the much softer dentin is exposed. Eventually, the tooth may need to be extracted.

At White & White, we are noticing an increase in cases of serious acid erosion. It is apparent that the typical Richmond diet is becoming more acidic.

The list of acidic foods may surprise you. They include eggs, gravy, asparagus, chicken, cottage cheese, honey, fish, ham, butter, sour cream, aged cheese, and yogurt with active cultures. Generally, food with a high sugar or artificial sweetener content are highly acidic.

Now let’s talk about drinks. You probably already know that soda pop and wine are not good for your teeth. Richmond teens that sip soda all day can have acid erosion while their young teeth should be at their strongest. In addition to soda, energy drinks are very popular in Virginia and Richmond cosmetic dentists are noticing the effects on their dental patients’ tooth enamel.

If you drink soda or energy drinks often, you may want to drink water or chew sugarless gum after downing a can. Stimulating saliva production can speed up the remineralization process.

If your teeth have become more sensitive in general, or in response to hot or cold foods or beverages, you may have acid erosion. To schedule an examination with J. Scott White, Pranee White, and Darrell Guttery at White & White, call 804-302-5592 today.

We are a full-service dental office with hundreds of satisfied patients in Midlothian, Bon Air and Midlothian We are located at 1690 Huguenot Rd in Midlothian. We are working to raise awareness of the oral health dangers of acid erosion. We hope you have benefited from this White & White blog article and look forward to your visit.