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  • Causes of Bad Breath (and What We Can Do about It) Causes of Bad Breath (and What We Can Do about It)

    Causes of Bad Breath (and What We Can Do about It)

Serene Dental Center - Causes of Bad Breath (and What We Can Do about It)

Everyone has the occasional bout of bad breath, usually first thing in the morning or right after eating a garlicky meal. However, for some people, bad breath is a constant problem, regardless of their last meal or the time of day. If you’ve ever wondered what causes bad breath and what can be done about it, this blog post from Drs. Ali and Shery Mansouri of Serene Dental Center is for you. What Causes Bad Breath There are many possible causes of bad breath, including: • use of tobacco products • dry mouth • diet: certain foods like onions, garlic and spices are absorbed into the bloodstream and transferred to the lungs, where their odor is expelled • inadequate dental hygiene habits: failing to brush and floss daily can leave food particles in the mouth that cause odors; a sticky film of bacteria called plaque can form on the teeth and lead to gum disease, which also produces odors • dental appliances that aren’t properly cleaned: dentures that are dirty or fit poorly can trap odor-causing bacteria and food particles • mouth, nose and throat conditions: respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, postnasal drip, bronchitis and similar conditions can lead to smelly breath • other medical conditions: diabetes, acid reflux and cancer can cause foul odors When to See a Dentist about Bad Breath Most people try to self-manage foul breath by making small tweaks to their oral hygiene habits and lifestyle. These can include avoiding odiferous foods, brushing the teeth after every meal, drinking more water and using a tongue scraper to eliminate smelly bacteria from the crevices of the tongue. This often helps to improve bad breath. However, if the odor persists, it may indicate […]

By |August 22nd, 2017|Oral Health|Comments Off on Causes of Bad Breath (and What We Can Do about It)
  • Oral Cancer Risk Factors Oral Cancer Risk Factors

    Oral Cancer Risk Factors

Serene Dental Center - Oral Cancer Risk Factors

According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. In the past, oral cancer has had a high death rate because the early stages of the disease usually do not cause pain or symptoms, making it easy for the cancer to go unnoticed until it has advanced quite a bit. Medical professionals are on a mission to spread awareness of the warning signs of oral cancer so that going forward, the disease can be detected more easily. Although anyone can develop oral cancer, there are certain risk factors that increase a person’s chances of getting it. Drs. Ali and Shery Mansouri of Serene Dental Center encourage all patients, especially those with one or more risk factors, to have regular dental exams to check for any problems. Tobacco Use Smoking is unquestionably the biggest risk factor for oral cancer. People who smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes or use chewing tobacco or snuff are at a markedly higher risk of developing oral cancer. Alcohol Use The American Cancer Society estimates that 7 out of 10 patients with oral cancer are heavy drinkers. For men, “heavy drinking” means consuming more than four drinks on any day or more than 14 drinks a week; for women it means consuming more than three drinks on any day or more than seven drinks a week. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease with several different types (i.e., “strains”). Some strains have been linked to oral cancer. Age Two-thirds of people with oral cancer are 55 or older. The average age at diagnosis is 62. Gender Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women are. […]

By |July 23rd, 2017|Oral Health|Comments Off on Oral Cancer Risk Factors
  • Waterpik Water Flosser Earns Seal of Approval Waterpik Water Flosser Earns Seal of Approval

    Waterpik Water Flosser Earns Seal of Approval

Serene Dental Center - Waterpik Water Flosser Earns Seal of Approval

Earlier this year, the American Dental Association announced that it awarded its Seal of Acceptance to the Waterpik Water Flosser, an interdental cleaner. This is noteworthy because it is the first and only product of its kind to earn the ADA’s special approval. Below Drs. Ali and Shery Mansouri of Serene Dental Center share important information about this valuable dental tool. Understanding the ADA Seal of Acceptance Since 1930, the ADA has bestowed its prestigious Seal of Acceptance to over-the-counter products that demonstrate safety and efficacy via scientific data, clinical studies and independent laboratory testing. The Seal indicates to consumers that a product delivers on the promises of its advertising claims. The ADA believes that when used correctly, the Waterpik makes good on two claims: 1. helps to reduce plaque along the gumline and between the teeth 2. helps to prevent and reduce gingivitis Dr. John Dmytryk, chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs’ Seal Subcommittee stated, “By granting the ADA Seal of Acceptance to the Waterpik Water Flosser, consumers for whom these devices are appropriate can be confident that they can be a safe and effective component of their daily oral care when used as directed.” The Waterpik water flosser was evaluated in 68 clinical studies before earning the Seal of Acceptance. Using the Waterpik Water Flosser Five Waterpik product lines were awarded the Seal of Approval: the Aquarius Professional, Aquarius Professional Designer, the Ultra, Nano and Traveler. The Waterpik water flosser is a powered interdental cleaner that pumps streams of water into the mouth to clean the gumline and spaces in between the teeth. The water washes away plaque, food particles and other debris that a toothbrush can miss. When plaque is […]

By |June 23rd, 2017|Oral Health|Comments Off on Waterpik Water Flosser Earns Seal of Approval
  • How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth

    How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth

Serene Dental Center - How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth

Nearly everyone experiences stress at some point or another. However, when stress persists for prolonged periods of time, or is a part of everyday life, it takes its toll on the body. Chronic stress can suppress many systems of the body, including the immune, reproductive and digestive systems, causing them to malfunction.

By |February 23rd, 2017|Oral Health|Comments Off on How Stress Can Affect Your Mouth
  • Myths about Root Canals Myths about Root Canals

    Myths about Root Canals

Serene Dental Center - Myths about Root Canals

A root canal treats an infected tooth and saves it from needing to be extracted and replaced with a bridge or implant. Unfortunately, root canal therapy is extremely misunderstood and gets a bad rap because of inaccurate information. Spreading myths about root canals is dangerous because it can cause someone that needs treatment to postpone or avoid it. Dr. Ali Mansouri and Dr. Shery Mansouri of Serene Dental Center want to pull back the curtain on some of the most commonly perpetuated myths about root canals. We hope that this information can help motivate people to pursue the treatment they need.

By |January 27th, 2017|General Dentistry, Root Canals|Comments Off on Myths about Root Canals