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Are you Wondering about your Breath?

Are you Wondering about your Breath? | Royal Dental | Houston TXHave you ever found yourself face to face with an important client, or with a person you like, and wondered “is my breath ok?” Many of us have had this experience. Many of us have had it more often than we’d like to admit. If you take a look at the checkout of any grocery store, you can see that breath is on the minds of most people. Mints and gum may help a little to freshen up, but they may also only partially mask the problem, making it obvious that there is a problem to mask.

How About Another Tactic?

If you would like to stop wondering about your breath and start feeling more confident in your freshness, consider what may be causing the problem.

Is it Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is the very basis of a healthy smile. To brush every day, morning and night, may not be enough to tackle a breath problem. In truth, brushing alone isn’t quite sufficient to keep the mouth optimally healthy. What is needed to minimize the risk of bad breath – and dental problems – is consistency with the following practices:

  • Two-minute brushing sessions morning and night. Two. Minutes.
  • You know that you need to floss. Did you know, though, that flossing cleans a decent percentage of the tooth surfaces in the mouth? If you don’t floss, these hidden surfaces don’t get clean. Without getting directly cleaned by floss, these surfaces in between teeth will accumulate plaque and bacteria, which means odor and much more.
  • Scraping may also be needed. Most people could do with a little tongue-scraping after they brush and floss. To brush the back of the tongue only means that bacterial buildup is slightly disrupted. And where does that bacteria go when you brush it? On your toothbrush. A scraper is much more efficient at eliminating bacteria that cause bad breath.
  • Rinsing with water is good, but rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash may be much better. The protection that comes from antimicrobial agents in mouthwash do more than freshen breath; they work to prevent bacteria for a longer period.

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Breath shouldn’t be a hindrance to your confidence. Contact Royal Dental for friendly dental care that keeps your mouth healthy and fresh.

 

Packing up and Heading out: How to Travel with Invisalign | Royal Dental | Houston TXIt’s hard to stay put during the summer months. The coastal breezes beckon us to dip our feet in the water. The mountains make us swoon with soft starlight. Campfires come calling and faraway lands feel fantastically frivolous. Are you getting ready to pack up and head out of town? If you are in the midst of Invisalign treatment, you need not feel held back. You should, however, plan carefully. Traveling with Invisalign is not difficult if you know what needs to be done.

Invisalign Travel Tips

  • Don’t let vacation get in the way of progress. Talk with your dentist about getting the next set of aligners for your treatment before leaving town.
  • Having an extra set of aligners is beneficial, as well, in case the set you are currently wearing gets damaged or lost. Talk with your dentist about the best protocol for such a scenario (switch to the next set or go back to the last set that had been worn).
  • Pack aligners and extra carrying cases in baggage that is easy to reach. Checked bags for flights may not be the best place for any aligners due to the risk of loss or delay.
  • Remember to practice good hygiene when away from home. Road trips and long flights provide ample opportunity to neglect brushing and flossing. A small hygiene kit can keep you fresh and healthy.
  • When flying, an aisle seat may be more comfortable to allow you to brush after meals without disrupting neighbors.
  • It is often recommended that Invisalign patients rinse their mouth when they cannot brush. Be careful to use water from safe sources. If there is a question about “drinkability,” use boiled water to rinse and brush aligners.
  • Keeping a bottle of water with you at all times may be an easy way to keep the mouth clean on longer excursions. Just remember to brush as soon as you can to prevent plaque buildup from occurring.

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The team at Royal Dental enjoys helping our patients get the most from personal, friendly dental care. To learn more about Invisalign or how to travel while in the midst of treatment, contact an office near you.

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