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How to Freshen Up Your Bad Breath

How to Freshen Up Your Bad Breath | Steven E. Holbrook, DMD | Albuquerque, NMEating that garlic burger may have seemed like a good idea at the time but having garlic breath for the rest of the day certainly isn’t something to brag about— or talk about near anyone for that matter. While a gas mask can help those around you function, if you have noticed that your bad breath happens more often than not,  then you may be suffering from an underlying oral condition. Here’s what you need to know about your bad breath.

Water May Help

Are you drinking enough water every day or are you drinking more cups of coffee than you care to admit? Water helps increase your mouth’s natural production of saliva. And, your saliva works to get rid of bacteria and germs that cause bad breath. Try replacing your second, third, and the even fourth cup of coffee with some water instead. The extra hydration may not only clean up your breath, but it can also help you feel physically better as well.

It Could Be an Infection

In addition to bad breath, have you noticed any other symptoms? Are your teeth or gums sore? Do you have a difficulty swallowing? Have you noticed that your gums bleed easily? All of these and more are indications that you may have an oral infection. Infections cause bad breath among other things, but with the proper diagnosis and treatment, your bad breath should ease up.

Changes Can Go a Long Way

To help clean up your bad breath, try making a few changes to your oral hygiene. For instance, make sure that you are regularly flossing your teeth. Additionally, try to clean your tongue with either your toothbrush or with an ADA approved tongue scraper. If you have made these changes but are still experiencing chronic bad breath, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Holbrook.

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Bad breath doesn’t automatically equate to an infection, but if your symptoms persist contact our Albuquerque office at (505) 881-1159

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Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding What’s Done During Your Dental Cleaning

Step-by-Step Guide to Understanding What’s Done During Your Dental Cleaning | Albuquerque, NMJust like getting your oil changed on a regular basis, you get your teeth cleaned bi-annually. And although you may have had more dental cleanings than you can remember, you may not be aware of exactly what Dr. Steven Holbrook does during a cleaning. To help you feel more informed and knowledgeable about a simple dental cleaning procedure, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.

Step 1: The Cleaning

As soon as you sit back in the Dr. Steven Holbrook’s dental chair, you likely let your mind take you elsewhere— planning your next vacation or something exciting to do with your family. However, what you may not realize is that this is one of the most important steps of your dental appointment. By using a device called a scaler— a metal instrument with a sharp end— Dr. Holbrook will scrape the tartar off your teeth both above and below the gumline.

Step 2: The Examination

During the examination, Dr. Holbrook will look at your teeth for any abnormalities like holes, decay, or erosion. Additionally, he will also feel around your neck and throat for any lumps. During this time, let Dr. Holbrook know if you are experiencing any tenderness or pain— this could be indicative of an underlying problem.

Step 3: The Polish

As long as everything looks normal and healthy, this will be the last step of your appointment. By using an ultrasonic device, Dr. Holbrook will polish your teeth with an abrasive compound to help get rid of any excess plaque or tartar. He may also apply a fluoride treatment at this time.

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Sometimes it’s nice to know just exactly what you are getting done during something as basic as a bi-annual dental cleaning appointment. If you need to schedule your next cleaning or would like to be seen for another oral issue, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office today!

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