Can Your Smartphone Tell If You Have Bad Breath?

smartphone bad breathNowadays your phone can do just about anything. But I bet you never thought that your phone could tell you if you have bad breath!

“Mint” is not exactly a phone, but is the first ever pocket device that can tell you when your breath stinks. The way it works is kind of like a breathalyzer which measures a person’s blood alcohol content. But mint measures for hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercapthan, and hydrogen disulphide to find how many volatile sulfur compounds are in someone’s breath. These elements are byproducts of the bacteria that live in everybody’s mouth, but when there are too many of them, it may mean that your breath stinks. Mint can also measure your hydration level as having a properly hydrated mouth is important in keeping bad breath away.

Another product that has been mentioned on our blog before, are smart toothbrushes. Some companies have created Bluetooth toothbrushes that will link with your phone to track your brushing activity and let you know if your brushing long enough and what areas of your mouth need more work.

Learn more about how technology can help your breath and oral health, by reading the full article from Dr. Mike Malone here: Ever Wish Your Phone Could Tell You If Your Breath Stinks? | Dr. Mike Malone

Does Mint Freshen Breath?

mintIn an entertaining article written by Joseph Stromberg on Vox.com he talks about how mint is in everything we use to fix bad breath.  Toothpaste, mints, mouthwash, gum and even translucent strips that dissolve in your mouth can be found on the market.

In past history, people used other types of plants to freshen breath. So how did mint become the world’s answer to fresh breath?  Read the article here to find out.

How marketers convinced us that we all need mint to fix our bad breath – Vox.

Signs You May Have Gum Disease

13856139-anatomy-of-the-mouthAs mentioned many times before on this blog, gum disease is a serious health problem that can lead to other health risks such as heart disease and diabetes.  Early state gum disease is called gingivitis, but if left untreated can progress to periodontal disease.  Here are some signs that you may have gum disease.

Bleeding during or after brushing – If your oral health falls below what it should, the normal bacteria that live in the mouth can grow out of control.  This leads to inflamed and irritated gums which may bleed when brushing or flossing.

Persistent bad breath – The overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth can result in bad breath. If you have bad breath or a funny taste in your mouth, you may have gum disease.

Red, swollen gums – Healthy gums should be pink and firm, not red, swollen or spongy.

Loose teeth – Gum disease is the leading cause of lost teeth.  If you have a loose tooth, you are probably already in the advanced stages of gum disease.  The bacteria has damaged the tissues so much that they won’t support the teeth.

Pain when chewing – If you have infection in your mouth that causes swelling it may cause pain when pressure is placed on your tooth.

Receding gums – People with gum disease may look like they have longer teeth because the diseased gums shrink back down and recede.

Sensitive teeth – Your teeth may be sensitive around the gum line.  This is a sign of gum disease.

7 Signs That You Have Gum Disease | Dental Hub

Dealing With Dry Mouth

22780782-beautiful-blonde-gesturing-silenceIf you have been diagnosed with dry mouth you know that it can be caused by a few different things. If it is something simple such as a medication or foods you are eating that are causing your dry mouth, then it is an easier fix. If it for some other reason, consider trying some of the tips offered by Dr. Martin Levin, in an article on Dental Health Resource Magazine.

Limit sweets and sugar containing fruits. Brush right after eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks.  Try chewing sugarless gum to increase saliva flow.  To see the rest of Dr. Levin’s tips and learn more about how to live with dry mouth check out the article here: Dealing With Dry Mouth | Your Dental Health Resource Magazine.

Common Dental Issues and How to Fix Them

A great smile is an important part of making a lasting first impression.  Many people are embarrassed and self conscious if their smile does not look the way they wish. If you find that you are someone who falls into this situation you should know that there are a number of dental issues that can be greatly improved with the help of a cosmetic dentist.

Yellow Teeth – Yellow, stained or discolored teeth are some of the most common dental issues that affect people. Many assume that yellow teeth are caused by a lack of oral hygiene but this may not always be the case.  They can result from smoking, aging, and consuming liquids and foods that stain teeth.  To fix yellow teeth, you should cut down of foods that cause staining but you can see your dentist for professional whitening procedures.  Another alternative is porcelain veneers which are thin shells that cover your teeth to i25193216-dental-doctor-on-white-backgroundmprove the shape, size and color of teeth.

Bad Breath – Bad breath is another common oral issue that leaves people feeling self conscious. This can be caused by lack of proper brushing, flossing and mouthwash use to kill bacteria. Temporary bad breath may be caused by eating certain types of foods but more serious causes of halitosis can be periodontal disease.  Your dentist will recommend brushing and flossing twice a day as your first line of defense toward bad breath. But if it is gum disease is to blame more intervention by your dentist will be required.

Cracks and Gaps – Cracked or chipped teeth or even gaps where teeth are missing make people very embarrassed of their smiles. Cracked and chipped teeth can be fixed by your dentist in a number of ways such as cosmetic bonding, a quick way of repairing teeth by using composite material to bond and reshape the existing tooth.  Missing teeth can be fixed with dental implants.  This is when a permanent tooth is implanted with a titanium post which replaces the natural root.

Top 3 Reasons Your Are Unhappy With Your Smile (And How To Fix It) | Biltmore Commons