The foods we eat affect our breath. Garlic and onions, known for their infection-fighting properties, have many health benefits. However, these healing vegetables can also leave the mouth with a distinctive, pungent odor. Cheese is another culprit, capable of creating sour breath after one bite. But what are the best foods to help fight bad breath? Here are five top foods that can help keep your mouth odor free.
Water: A sip of water can quench the thirst, but also dislodge particles and eliminate odor-causing bacteria from the mouth. Water also stimulates the production of saliva, the mouth’s natural cleansing agent.
Black and Green Tea: The bacteria-destroying polyphenols found in tea can help promote fresher breath. Green tea extracts have been shown to prevent oral bacteria from proliferating.
Parsley and Basil: These greens contain powerful substances called polyphenols, which can help break down odor-causing sulfur compounds. Sulfur compounds, found in foods like garlic, onions and other foods in the allium family, are what make us cover our mouths after that to-die-for pasta dish.
Apples: Apples help break down odorous sulfur compounds and increase saliva production. Eating an apple after a lunch can help refresh the breath and give a tasty finish to your meal.
Cherries: These sweet treats can help neutralize methyl mercaptan, another foul-smelling, gaseous byproduct of bacteria. While cherries are contain health-promoting anthocyanins (powerful antioxidants), they can also stain the teeth. So eat them in moderation if you have concerns about maintaining a sparkling white smile.
The road to great-smelling breath starts with great habits, from the inside out. A healthy, well-balanced diet will keep the digestive system and internal organs working properly and efficiently. Excellent oral hygiene helps ensure that bacteria does not have the opportunity to grow and create infections. So, grab a bottle of water and handful of cherries and give your breath a break!
Invisalign, or invisible braces, is a popular and effective way to align crooked teeth. Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear aligners to gently move and straighten the teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign treatment is less perceptible to others, making it a great option for those who wish to straighten the teeth in a more discrete manner.
3 Tips to Speeding Up Invisalign treatment
The length of time needed for an Invisalign treatment will vary from patient to patient. If you have minor crowding, you may be a candidate for Invisalign Express, an affordable five-stage treatment. However, no matter what the recommended length of treatment is, all patients can optimize their treatment. Dr. Chaw Su Kyi, a leading London orthodontist, gives these basic tips:
And one final tip. Plan on seeing Dr. Kyi regularly to monitor your teeth and ensure that your Invisalign treatment is going as planned. If, for some reason, adjustments need to be made, Dr. Kyi can promptly address the issue.
If you have been searching for a way to correct your smile without the metal hardware, Invisalign may be the answer. Dr. Chaw Su Kyi an award-winning orthodontist has exceptional expertise. Contact her today for your smile consultation.
The Proper Way to Floss for Braces
When you are wearing braces whether they are removable (e.g. Invisalign) or fixed braces, it is vital that you maintain excellent oral hygiene all throughout treatment. As there is something ‘foreign’ in your mouth, any food or plaque can be left behind on the brace and if not removed can result in a higher risk of decay or gum problems.
Food and plaque can be left behind on the braces after eating. This can be left either on the teeth or on the removable brace if you are eating with the removable brace. After eating, it is best to brush your teeth to remove any residual food and to rinse your removable brace.
How Are Braces Adjusted?
You have probably heard of the braces being tightened and wondering what that means.
The adjustment appointments are normally every 4-6 weeks. Some brace systems allow these appointments to be 8-10 weeks. It is vital that your treatment is regularly reviewed and monitored by your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will advise you at every visit when the next routine appointment should be scheduled.
Should I use an electric toothbrush with my braces?
We have a number of patients ask us this question. The most important aspect whether you use a manual or electric toothbrush, is cleaning the teeth on all surfaces to ensure there is no more plaque or food left behind. If you don’t brush well or for long enough time, it doesn’t matter if you have the latest best toothbrush invented!
What Is The Difference Between A Damon Brace And A "Fixed Brace"?
Modern orthodontic treatment as we now know, has advanced over time to allow precise control over teeth, which results in being able to achieve excellent results.
The fixed part of the brace is the bracket which is attached to each tooth individually. There is a wire which connects all the brackets together and is held in place to the bracket by very small ‘elastics’.
Braces and Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom teeth are commonly the last adult teeth to erupt. They are also well-known for not erupting and lying dormant for several years. They can be impacted, meaning they can be positioned at an angle instead of being positioned ‘straight’. The x-rays below shows two lower wisdom teeth being impacted horizontally. In these cases, it is very unlikely they will erupt into function.
What is crowded teeth?
Braces and Teeth Extraction
One of the commonest reasons for having orthodontic treatment is crowded teeth, which can cause the teeth to be appear crooked. The teeth often overlap each other and this can cause food or plaque to become trapped between the teeth. Flossing can be quite difficult as the contacts are very tight, sometimes unable to get floss between the teeth. The plaque trap and difficulty with flossing can increase the risk of gum disease due to the crowded teeth
Crowding means the size of the teeth is often larger than the space available in the mouth, hence the teeth erupt in the best position possible and often overlap each other. The degree of crowding is therefore dependant on the total size of the teeth and the size of the mouth. The degree of crowding is often termed mild, moderate or severe crowding.
Will metal braces cut my child's mouth if he plays contact sports?
If you are playing contact sports it is essential to wear a mouthguard. Contact sports includes hockey, rugby, boxing or any sport which involves physical contact or moving objects.
A third of dental trauma injuries are from sport. Teeth can be broken or even completely knocked out. Also the inside of the mouth and gums can be cut and damaged.
Which braces are ideal if I have sensitive teeth?
There are a number of reasons why you may have sensitive teeth, and it’s important to find out the reason why the teeth are sensitive. Before having brace treatment, it is vital to be assessed by your dentist to find the cause of the sensitivity and have the appropriate dental treatment completed.
If there is some gum recession this can result in an area of tooth being exposed which has less enamel on the surface and even a small amount of root area may now be exposed. Enamel is the protective layer on your teeth and when there is less enamel you are able to ‘feel’ sensitivity. This is often a common cause of sensitive teeth and sometimes only affects a few teeth.