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What Causes Bad Breath?

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Nobody likes bad breath. You might be aware that you often have bad breath and be self-conscious about it, or perhaps you don’t realize it at all. This is one of the worst aspects of having bad breath — that you often can’t tell when you have it because you can’t easily smell your own breath. The medical name for bad breath is halitosis, and some people can even have it chronically. Here are some underlying causes of bad breath to help you identify what could be the problem.

  • Smoking. A guaranteed way to have bad breath is to regularly smoke, whether it’s cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Not only does the tobacco itself smell bad, it can cause conditions like gum disease which introduces even more foul odors.
  • Eating pungent food. This one is fairly easy to realize, since it is obvious that strong-smelling food will transfer its odor to your mouth when you eat it. But, other milder foods as well can cause bad breath, since the breakdown of any food particles increases the bacteria in your mouth.
  • Neglecting dental care. Do you brush your teeth after meals? Floss regularly? How about visit the dentist every six months? If you neglect basic dental care, you should expect to have bad breath. By not brushing daily, you won’t clean up bad-smelling food particles or scrub off bacteria from your teeth and gums — all of which causes bad breath.
  • Taking certain medications. A side effect of many medications and supplements is bad breath. They can either cause your mouth to get dry or cause your body to have certain reactions and release foul-smelling chemicals.
  • Having a dry mouth. Your mouth naturally cleans itself and dislodges food particles using saliva. So, having a dry mouth already puts you at a disadvantage. A dry mouth is also the culprit of bad breath in the morning when you wake up. Some people can get a chronic dry mouth from diseases or saliva gland malfunction.
  • Infections. If you’ve recently had a procedure done in your mouth such as wisdom teeth removal, the wound could become infected and give off foul smells. Also, smaller infections like mouth sores can be responsible for causing bad breath.
  • Diseases. Upper respiratory sicknesses can cause your breath to smell bad, as well as metabolic disorders like acid reflux or heartburn.

How can you make sure that you don’t have chronic halitosis? The key lies with building up good oral care habits. Once you’ve regularly practiced brushing your teeth, flossing, drinking lots of water, and regularly visiting your dentist, your chronic bad breath should go away. If your halitosis persists, there is likely another underlying problem, such as an infection, disease, or side effect of certain medication. In this case, you will want to speak with your doctor and dentist to identify the issue.

Do you need to find a good dentist? Look no further than Eddie Orobitg, D.M.D. to take care of your dental needs. For over 20 years he has treated the Leesburg community with quality dental care and procedures. Schedule your appointment today by calling 352-787-5919.

Do Some General Dentists Perform Endodontic Procedures?

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Some general dentists, like Dr. Orobitg, are also highly skilled in endodontics (from the Greek roots endo- "inside" and odont- "tooth") which is the study and treatment of the dental pulp inside your teeth beneath the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin. He is trained in diagnosing and treating tooth pain and performing root canal treatments.

While many general dentists handle the necessary work following a root canal such as fit dental crowns and bridges and assess teeth and gums to determine if a patient needs to see a specialist, Dr. Orobitg is also trained to perform:

  • Root canal procedures
  • Re-treatment of existing root canals when necessary
  • Endodontic surgery, or Apicoectomy

In addition, he can treat many traumatic dental injuries and cracked or broken teeth.

What Is a Root Canal?

If you need a root canal, don’t be afraid. Millions of teeth are treated and saved this way each year in order to relieve pain and make teeth healthy again.

Pulp tissue contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue which help grow the root of your tooth during its development. A fully developed tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.

Modern endodontic treatment is very similar to a routine filling and can usually be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. Getting a root canal is relatively painless and extremely effective. You’ll be back to smiling, biting, and chewing with ease in no time.

Advantages of Having a Root Canal Include:

  • Efficient chewing
  • Normal biting force and sensation
  • Natural appearance
  •  Protection of other teeth from excessive wear or strain

Let Us Help

A healthy smile can do wonders for your day-to day life and overall health. Whether you require general dentistry or endodontics, Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD brings over 20 years of experience to Leesburg residents. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

5 Often Ignored Signs of Gum Disease

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Over 60 million Americans suffer from some level of gum disease, and you may be one of them and not even know it! Luckily, there are some telltale signs that gum disease is beginning to take hold so that you can take action before permanent damage is done.

Here are 5 early signs of gum disease:

  • Gums that are red or swollen – If your gums look red, puffy, or feel tender, that could be a sign of gum disease setting in. The inflammation is caused by bacteria that accumulates around the teeth when it is not correctly removed by bushing, flossing, or regular dental cleanings. Left untreated, this can progress into periodontitis which is more serious and can lead to your gums receding away from your teeth.
  • Bleeding while brushing or eating – If you notice small amounts of blood when you spit after brushing your teeth or when eating certain foods, don’t disregard it as nothing. Bleeding from the gums after brushing is a big indicator of gingivitis – a mild form of gum disease. Luckily, this condition is easily reversed by brushing daily, flossing, and staying up to date on your regular dental cleanings.
  • Plaque buildup – by maintaining a daily routine of brushing and flossing and combining that with regular dental visits, you can prevent the buildup of plaque which contributes to gum disease. If plaque is not adequately removed, it can harden into tartar which can then harbor the bacteria that causes gum disease.
  • Tooth sensitivity – Though it can simply mean you’re brushing too aggressively, having sensitive teeth is also a symptom of gum disease. As gums recede, the tooth’s root becomes exposed which in turn makes the tooth more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Bad breath – If you’re someone who has never suffered from chronic bad breath but you’ve noticed it has been a little on the foul side lately, it could be a sign of gum disease. This is caused by the disease-causing bacteria moving below the gum-line where toothbrushes and floss have a difficult time reaching. This is one of the many reasons regular dental cleanings are so vital to your overall oral health.

Eddie C. Orobitg, DMD brings over 20 years of experience to residents here in Leesburg. With a compassionate yet professional approach, he strives to help all patients fight and eliminate gum disease. For more information or to schedule your appointment, contact the Orobitg Dentistry at 352-702-4147 today.

How to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity to Temperature

Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods may mean dental enamel has eroded enough to allow exposure of hollow canals leading to dental nerves. It could also mean gum disease (gingivitis) has pulled gums away from tooth roots to expose nerves to temperature changes.

Comprised of microscopic tubules extending into a tooth's pulp, a tooth's nerves are irritated when they are exposed to extremely sweet, cold or hot foods. These tubules are normally protected by healthy gums and dental enamel. However, tooth decay and gum disease can expose them and cause severe pain similar to cavity pain.

What Can You Do to Reduce Tooth Sensitivity?

What Kind of Toothbrush Do You Use?

Avoid brushing your teeth with a hard-bristled toothbrush. Stiff bristles and hard brushing will erode enamel and may irritate gums.

Bruxism

Do you grind your teeth during sleep? If so, bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause serious dental erosion as well as chip or crack your teeth. Visit Dr. Orobitg to be fitted with a dental appliance that can prevent upper and lower teeth from grinding against each other.

OTC Whiteners

Over-the-counter teeth whiteners and whitening toothpaste contain harsh ingredients detrimental to your dental enamel health. Dentists provide whitening treatments  that whiten teeth without eroding dental enamel.

Alcohol in Mouthwashes

Avoid using mouthwashes or rinses containing alcohol. Although alcohol kills some oral bacteria, it also promotes mouth dryness. A chronically dry mouth contributes to bacterial growth, tooth decay, and gum disease.

See Your Dentist Regularly for Cleanings and Check-Ups

The best way to prevent tooth sensitivity is to visit Dr. Orobitg every six months for a complete cleaning and examination. Preventive dental care will not only keep you from wincing when you drink an ice-cold milkshake or pop something hot in your mouth but will also reduce your risk of cavities, gingivitis, and possible tooth loss.

If you can't eat comfortably without feeling severe pain caused by teeth sensitivity, schedule an appointment with Dr. Orobitg today for a dental examination to determine what is causing your tooth sensitivity.

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