We are your local White Bear Lake MN Dentist – we are happy to serve our community for over 20 years!
Our Qualified Dentists
We offer a number of general and specialized dentistry options to suit all ages and needs:
- Family & General Dentistry
- Cleanings & Prevention
- Dental Exams
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Periodontal Disease
- Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
- Invisalign® & Braces
- Dental Implants
- Professional Teeth Whitening
- Root Canal Therapy
- Healthy Smile Program
- Laser Dentistry
Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Do if I Have Bad Breath?
Bad breath can be an embarrassing condition. We may not realize that we have it, but everyone has it from time to time–especially in the morning. There are various reasons one may have bad breath, but in healthy people, the major reason is due to microbial deposits on the tongue, especially the back of the tongue.
If you struggle with bad breath, it may be a good idea to contact your White Bear Lake MN dentist today. They can help you figure out what is causing the bad breath and what to do to help it.
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What May Cause Bad Breath?
- Morning time – When you sleep, your salivary flow almost stops and the reduced cleansing action allows bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.
- Certain foods – When you eat garlic, onions and other foods containing odor-causing compounds, these chemicals are absorbed into your bloodstream; they are then transported to your lungs, where they are exhaled.
- Poor oral hygiene habits – Food particles left in the mouth may promote bacterial growth.
- Periodontal (gum) disease – Under the inflamed gums, there are colonies of bacteria and food debris.
- Dental cavities and improperly fitted dental appliances – May also contribute to bad breath.
- Dry mouth (Xerostomia) – May be caused by certain medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous mouth breathing.
- Tobacco products – Dry the mouth, causing bad breath.
- Dieting – Some chemicals called ketones are released in the breath as the body uses fat for energy.
- Dehydration, hunger, and missed meals – Saliva production increases when you drink water and chew food. This helps wash away bacteria.
- Certain medical conditions and illnesses – Diabetes, liver and kidney problems, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis and pneumonia are conditions that can cause bad breath.
If you’re having problems with bad breath, keeping a record of what you eat can help identify the cause. Also, review your current medications, recent surgeries or illnesses with your White Bear Lake MN dentist.
What Can I Do To Prevent Bad Breath?
- Practice good oral hygiene – To keep your teeth healthy, brush at least twice a day with an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste and toothbrush. Floss daily to remove food debris and plaque from in between your teeth and under the gumline. Brush or use a tongue scraper to clean the tongue and reach back areas. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months; if you wear dentures or removable bridges, clean them thoroughly before placing them back in your mouth in the morning.
- See your dentist regularly – It’s important to get a check-up and cleaning at least twice a year. If you have or have had periodontal disease, your dentist will recommend more frequent visits.
- Stop smoking/chewing tobacco – Ask your dentist in White Bear Lake MN if they have any tips to help you break the habit.
- Drink water frequently – Water will help keep your mouth moist and wash away bacteria.
- Use mouthwash/rinses – Some over-the-counter mouthwashes only provide a temporary fix for bad breath. Ask your White Bear Lake dentist about antiseptic rinses that not only alleviate unpleasant odor, but also kill the germs that cause it.
Most cases of bad breath can be treated by your dentist. If your mouth is healthy but the odor persists, your dentist may refer you to your physician to determine the cause of the odor and an appropriate treatment plan.
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