Morning bad breath is unpleasant, but it goes away. Brushing teeth and tongue and flossing after breakfast will help restore your fresh breath.
Morning bad breath may be caused by poor brushing and care before going to bed. Food particles in your mouth let bacteria multiply and cause unpleasant odours. Smoking, not enough salivation and breathing through the mouth can often cause bad breath as well.
However, other causes require a dentist intervention: decays or flawed repairs, mouth infections, inflammation, and gum diseases.
If bad breath persists, even with a strict oral hygiene routine, make an appointment with Dr. Hamelin for a professional diagnosis and a treatment proposal.
It’s how you do it!
Take the time to develop an efficient and thorough brushing technique: you clean teeth one after the other, first on the outer surfaces and then on the inner surfaces. You brush upper teeth in a downward motion and lower teeth in an upward motion, while massaging gums in a circular motion. To make brushing mechanical, repeat the same motion every time. Don’t forget to brush your tongue. No need for hard brushing, the secret is in brushing everywhere. In no time at all, your brushing technique will become second nature!
How many times a day? Ideally, an hour after every meal! And, before going to sleep as well.
Use a soft-bristled brush that will do the job efficiently without damaging teeth or gums. Brushing with a stiff-bristled brush can damage gums and expose the roots of teeth that could then become sensitive to hot and cold.
In short, your technique, how often you brush and the proper toothbrush are the key elements for clean teeth and a clean mouth.
Another important factor for good dental hygiene is daily flossing.
When flossing, you can reach spots in your mouth that a tooth brush cannot. In fact, if you don’t floss, it’s one third of your teeth surface that doesn’t get cleaned.
You will slow down the tartar formation process by flossing at least once a day; professional cleaning will then be faster and easier.
Flossing while doing something else, such as listening to music or watching television, helps develop that good habit. Evening is the best time to floss.
Get to floss every day. This good habit will help you keep a bright smile all your life.
A deep fracture, a decay that has not been looked after, or an old and damaged restoration let bacteria infiltrate the tooth, causing inflammation and even an abscess. Root canal would be suggested in such a case.
The tooth infected soft centre has to be removed and replaced by a neutral substance. The root canal procedure lets you keep your tooth that would otherwise have to be extracted. Your teeth alignment remains intact when you keep your natural teeth, and it prevents jaw problems. You also avoid having to replace the tooth by an artificial one.
Dr. Hamelin can diagnose an infection with dental x-rays or just by noticing other changes to your tooth.
Do not hesitate to make an appointment if you suffer from a tooth ache that won’t go away.
Dental and oral health is an important factor contributing to your good health in general. Some research indicate that there may be links between oral diseases and other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, as well as premature births and low birth weight.
If dental and oral problems —such as gingivitis, decay, root infection, and mouth cancer— are not treated, you may suffer from acute pain, tooth loss and experience serious impact on your overall health.
Dr. Hamelin has the knowledge, the skills and the training required to pinpoint problems and to provide professional care to meet all your dental and oral needs.
Le Dr Hamelin possède les connaissances, les compétences et la formation nécessaires pour identifier les problèmes et répondre à tous vos besoins de santé buccodentaire.
There can be many causes to tooth ache. When it happens, call Dr. Hamelin’s office, explain your symptoms and ask for an appointment as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, take a painkiller sold over the counter that works well for you, to relieve pain. However, be sure never to apply any medication on the gum near a painful tooth, as it could cause a chemical burn to the gum tissue. Apply ice on your cheek near the painful tooth, but never use a heating pad, hot water bottle, or any source of heat on the jaw, as heat would just make the situation worse.
A decay is a minuscule hole on the surface of the tooth. It is the result of the combined action of sugar in our food and bacteria in our mouth. This combination of sugar and bacteria produces an acid that eats away at the hard outside surface of the tooth (enamel).
Children tend to have more decay. However, adults may experience decay as well. For example, a damaged filling can contribute to tooth decay.
Regular dental exams at Centre dentaire Hamelin help detect any decay, even the smallest ones. The tooth can then be repaired promptly.
This is an emergency. Go without delay to a dental office. To learn more, go to the Canadian Dental Association.
Broken teeth can often be repaired or restored.
Call Centre dentaire Hamelin immediately and bring the broken off chips of tooth, if you have them.
If the damage is minor, Dr. Hamelin can use a white filing material to repair your tooth. If the damage is more serious, you may need a root canal and a crown.
No matter the seriousness of the damage, call Dr. Hamelin without delay for an appointment as quickly as possible.
Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums and is generally caused by deficient dental hygiene.
Gingivitis starts with plaque that get deposited daily on teeth. When plaque is not removed regularly, it hardens and become tartar that only a dental professional can remove. Gingivitis and decay are caused by bacteria in plaque. Red and swollen gums that bleed when brushing are alarm signals for gingivitis. See Dr. Hamelin shortly if you observe any of these signals, even if you don’t have any pain.
The good news is that gingivitis can be avoided and is reversible. Indeed, one of the reasons to brush after every meal and floss once a day is to prevent gingivitis.
Develop good dental hygiene habits that will help you keep healthy teeth your whole life, and go to Centre dentaire Hamelin for regular dental exams, and you will avoid problems.
By now, you have heard that tobacco is bad for the heart and the lungs and can cause cancer. It is also one of the main causes of teeth loss in adults.
Tobacco can be the source of many serious health problems and can affect the look and the health of your mouth and teeth.
If you smoke and are worried about the consequences, discuss it with Dr. Hamelin on your next appointment.
This cancer can appear in the mouth, on the lips, on the tongue or in the throat. People over 45 years of age are more likely to show this type of cancer. Good news! When diagnosed and looked after in the early stages, mouth cancer can be treated successfully.
Following are some alarm signals:
• White or dark red patches in the mouth, on the lips or on the tongue;
• Lumps in the mouth;
• Change in colour or texture of the mouth tissues;
• Bleeding or numbness in the mouth;
• Wound or patches that don’t heal;
• Difficulty in swallowing, change in the sense of taste and in the feeling of the tongue.
A cancer is a cancer. Even if mouth cancer can be treated easily, it must be taken seriously.
Dr. Hamelin has the knowledge and training to detect early signs of the disease. He can help you understand the risk you are facing and direct you to the proper health services.
Regular dental exams at Centre dentaire Hamelin and good dental and oral hygiene habits will help you avoid situations that could become serious.