At Dental Health and Wellness Boston, May is men’s month! This month we will be focusing on men’s health and dental issues, as well as highlighting what Boston dentist Dr. Jill B. Smith, DMD can do for even the most masculine smile.
Recently you’ve noticed your friends and co-workers have been acting increasingly distant around you. They seem to back away from you at business meetings and end conversations quickly.
What’s going on? This hasn’t been a great month for you at all. In addition to getting the cold shoulder from your friends, you’ve been having a lot of oral pain recently – especially gum inflammation. All you want to do is talk to your friends about it, but they won’t even stay in the same room as you.
Finally you decide to go to your Boston dentist, Dr. Jill B. Smith, DMD at Dental Health and Wellness Boston, to see if she can help figure out what’s causing all this mouth pain.
It turns out she helps you solve both of your pressing problems. You find out that the mouth pain is being caused by gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease – which could have led to abscesses, bone loss or periodontitis (loss of soft tissue). The bacteria build-up that led to your gingivitis also leads to halitosis or bad breath, which explains your friends’ unwillingness to talk to you. The dental hygienist at Dental Health and Wellness Boston takes the time to explain that bacteria are always present in your mouth on your teeth and tongue. In addition to having regular professional prophylaxis or cleanings every six months, it is important that you do your part at home.
Dr. Smith’s at-home tooth care to prevent gum disease and bad breath:
- Brush thoroughly 2 or more times per day with a soft brush or powered brush such as the Rotadent, Oral-b Braun or Sonicare
- Clean the tongue with a one way brushing motion or tongue scraper every time you brush
- Floss to get the bacteria in between your teeth once per day
- Use alcohol free mouth rinses such as Tooth and Gum Tonic and the line of products from the Dental Herb Company scientifically proven to naturally treat gum disease and bad breath
- Remember to visit our Boston Dental Office every six months
After just your first cleaning at Dental Health and Wellness Boston you notice relieved looks on your friends’ faces. You, however, would like to know why nobody told you about your bad breath.