Bad Breath? – Problem Solved

Bad Breath - Problem Solved - Lifehacker video 6/22/2015.

Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath can be a real stinky problem to have. Quit often, we have patients asking us, if there is a solution to this problem. The American Dental Association recently sent this video link.  I hope you find it as informative as I did. Common causes are: Dry mouth Bacteria accumulation on the tongue Food particles left behind after eating Eating food and drink like garlic, coffee, alcohol Best way to help prevent bad breath: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water Chew sugar free gum or sugar free mints to stimulate saliva Use a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the tongue Brush and floss thoroughly after each meal Eating a healthy and nutritious … Continue reading →

Chewing gum to keep your teeth?

Mom always warned about chewing gum. “It will rot your teeth!” New evidence shows that chewing sugarless gum can actually help reduce the incidence of decay. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals can help wash away the acids produced by bacterial plaque in your mouth. The act of chewing gum stimulates saliva which helps lubricate the mouth, neutralize acids and also carries calcium and phosphate which keep teeth mineralized. Chewing sugarless gum can also help with dry mouth, a condition which many people suffer with. The implications of dry mouth lead to very sticky biofilm, or plaque, which can be very difficult to brush or floss away. This in turn contributes to tooth decay as well. There are … Continue reading →

Is my saliva acidic?

It may have been a few years ago.  Do you remember discussing pH in high school chemistry?  Here’s a quick recap, in case it has been awhile.  pH is a number that ranges from 0 to 14.  You can think of 7 as the middle.  So, for example, water has a neutral pH with a pH of 7, right in the middle.  Is that high school chemistry class starting to come back?  Acids have a pH with anything smaller than a 7.  The smaller the number, the more acidic the food. Alkalines, or bases, have a pH with anything above 7. So what does it mean when your saliva is acidic? Saliva that is too acidic or at a pH less … Continue reading →

How to Use Gel-Kam with Custom Fluoride Trays

A Box of Colgate's Gel Kam

Do you have sensitive teeth?  What are custom fluoride trays? Is it possible that  Cogate’s Gel-Kam could be the answer? Give us a call at (207) 236-4740. We can discuss custom fluoride trays as an option. The following directions were taken from University of Florida, School of Dentistry website. At bedtime, remove partial or full dentures from the mouth. Brush teeth thoroughly with soft toothbrush and regular toothpaste. Floss teeth by sliding the floss up and down each side of each tooth. Note: It is very important to remove all food and plaque from between teeth before using fluoride. Food and plaque can prevent the fluoride from reaching the surface of the tooth. Place a thin ribbon of the fluoride … Continue reading →