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What's Behind Your Bad Breath?

What causes bad breath?

Bad breath — technically referred to as halitosis — can be the result of poor dental habits, eating certain kinds of foods, or any number of diseases. In many cases, you can reduce or eliminate bad breath by practicing good dental hygiene. It’s also a very good idea to consult with your dentist to determine the cause of your bad breath.

The dental team at Kois Dentistry handles many questions from patients about bad breath. In this post, our dental team discusses some of the common causes of halitosis and how to reduce bad breath.

Causes of Bad Breath

Food particles that are stuck in or between your teeth can promote bacterial growth that causes bad breath and other dental problems. Tobacco use can also cause bad breath, in addition to staining your teeth and bothering your gums.

Many cases of bad breath are caused by poor dental hygiene or dietary habits. However, bad breath can also be a symptom of some diseases, such as gum disease. You should consult your dentist if you are concerned about your bad breath and need help determining its cause.

How to Fight Bad Breath

You can reduce or eliminate many cases of bad breath by committing to the basics of good dental hygiene. You should be visiting your dentist at least twice a year, but most of the work must be done at home.

The following habits can help prevent bad breath, along with many other dental problems:

•    Brush twice a day at a 45-degree angle to your gum

•    Brush or scrape your tongue

•    Floss regularly, at least once a day

•    Note if there are certain foods that trigger bad breath and consider avoiding or reducing consumption of these foods

If you have dentures, you can also be susceptible to bad breath if you do not remove them regularly to clean them. Be sure to follow your dentist’s recommendations regarding the proper care and cleaning of your dentures.

Follow these tips to prevent halitosis, and consult your dentist if you are having persistent issues with bad breath.

Discuss Bad Breath with Your Dentist

If you have questions or concerns, talk to your dentist about your issues with bad breath. The trusted dental team at Kois Dentistry can help identify both the cause of and solution to your bad breath problems. To schedule a one-on-one consultation, please call (206) 515-9500 today.

How to Get a Picture-Perfect Wedding Smile

Wedding Smile Makeover

If you’re like most brides- and grooms-to-be, making sure you have a picture-perfect smile is probably an important part of your wedding plan. All the attention is going to be on you — and your smile. To get a radiant smile on your big day, there are a few things you should be doing in the weeks and months leading up to the ceremony.

The trusted team at Kois Dentistry understands how much a great smile can affect how you feel and how you’ll remember your wedding day. In this post, our dental team shares their tips for getting a picture-perfect wedding smile.

Start with a Customized Whitening Plan

An effective teeth whitening treatment should be your top priority for improving your smile before your wedding day. Over-the-counter whitening trays or toothpastes are typically not very concentrated, and won’t give you the dramatic results you want for one of the biggest days of your life.

The most effective whitening method is a chairside whitening treatment with an experienced cosmetic dentist. If you have discoloration due to age, drinking dark-colored beverages, tobacco use, or other reasons, this is the best whitening option available, and it usually takes an hour or less.

You can also get customized whitening trays from your dentist. These are molded to fit your teeth without shifting around, and they can be used at home. Keep in mind that these trays take a few weeks to produce results, so plan accordingly to maximize your smile on your wedding day.

Upgrade Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers

Veneers can be used to even out the edges of your teeth and make your smile look even better. If you have any chipped or cracked teeth, gaps, or crooked teeth, getting porcelain veneers can fix these issues. Veneers look like natural teeth and can last for many years with proper care.

Once you’ve evened out the edges or your teeth and used an effective whitening treatment, you’ll be ready for your wedding day with a smile that everyone will remember.

Learn More about Our Customized Cosmetic Treatments

If your wedding day is approaching and you want to improve your smile, talk to an experienced cosmetic dentist. The trusted dental team at Kois Dentistry can develop a customized cosmetic treatment plan to meet your needs. To schedule a one-on-one consultation, please call (206) 515-9500 today.

Oral Cancer Signs to Watch Out For

Oral Cancer Signs to Watch Out For

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 49,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. When caught and diagnosed in its early stages, oral cancer (which can occur on the mouth, lips, tongue, gums, salivary glands and throat) is very treatable. For this reason, it is important for you to be aware of the various signs and symptoms, as well as the importance of oral cancer screenings.

How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?

How Long Do Teeth Whitening Results Last?

An in-office teeth whitening treatment in Seattle is one of the easiest and most effective ways to transform a dull and unattractive smile to a bright and beautiful one. In just one hour, yellowed and discolored teeth can be lightened several shades using a safe and effective bleaching gel. Results are visible within a few hours after treatment.

Surprising Causes of TMJ Disorder

Surprising Causes of TMJ Disorder

More than 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder (TMD), which is a result of chronic stress on the TMJ. Many cases of TMD are a result of a misaligned bite or teeth grinding (bruxism). However, there are several other lesser known causes of TMD. Kois Dentistry discusses some of these surprising causes in this blog post.

How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

How to Overcome Dental Anxiety

According to the American Association of Endodontists, approximately 15 percent of Americans do not go to the dentist because of fear or misconceptions. People with dental anxiety experience high levels of stress and nervousness during (or when thinking about) dental visits. If you have spent years (even decades) avoiding the dentist out of fear or anxiety, Kois Dentistry would like to offer some advice. In this blog post, we share a few coping strategies and tips on how to overcome dental anxiety.

The Importance of Preventative Dental Care

The Importance of Preventative Dental Care

Oral hygiene habits such as brushing, flossing and regular dentist visits are all examples of preventative dental care. Simple steps such as these can go a long way in preserving your smile and oral health. In this blog post, Kois Dentistry shares a few reasons why preventative dental care is important.

When Should I Replace My Metal Fillings?

When Should I Replace My Metal Fillings?

Kois Dentistry is committed to offering patients the most advanced dental treatment options for beautiful, natural-looking results. Tooth-colored filings are a long-lasting option that consistently produces healthy, aesthetically pleasing smiles. Made of composite resin, tooth-colored fillings also serve as an alternative to traditional metal fillings. As a trusted dental practice in the Seattle area, Kois Dentistry is aware that there are a lot of questions surrounding the safety of metal fillings as well as when they should be replaced. In this blog post, our trusted dentists answer these questions in detail.

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