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Bad Breath

Bad Breath in Arlington TX, Rush Creek Dentistry

Halitosis (the medical term for bad breath) is embarrassing and unpleasant. There are a number of possible causes, from eating habits to serious medical conditions. Your dentist can help you identify the source of your halitosis, and determine how to eliminate it.

Common causes of bad breath include:

  • Food – Everything that you consume has the potential to affect your breath. Some compounds in food are absorbed by your body, and expelled through your lungs. Additionally, poor oral hygiene leaves small particles of food in your mouth. Odorous foods such as garlic and onions are the most common culprits.
  • Periodontal disease – Also called gum disease, this is one of the most common ...

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Smoking and Tobacco

Tobacco and Oral Health in Arlington TX, Rush Creek Dentistry

You are surely aware that the use of tobacco products is hazardous to your health. It is not surprising that these risks include oral health. Smoking and chewing tobacco can endanger the health and appearance of your smile in many ways.

Gingivitis

This is the earliest stage of periodontal (gum) disease. The most noticeable sign is gums that bleed easily when you brush or floss. It can also cause inflammation, sensitivity, and discoloration of gum tissues. These symptoms are usually mild, and may not be present at all, making it a particularly insidious disease. Without treatment, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis, causing loss of gum and bone tissue, as well as endangering ...

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Heart disease and oral health

Oral Care and Heart Health in Arlington TX, Rush Creek Dentistry

Heart disease and oral health

The idea that gum disease and heart disease are related was originally proposed more than a century ago, by German and French scientists. With little research to back up their theory, it was largely ignored until 1989. In that year, two studies conducted by Scandinavian researchers discovered a higher rate of oral health problems, such as periodontitis and decay, in patients who had suffered a heart attack or stroke, than in healthy patients.

You probably did not hear about this research until much more recently. Early finding were subject to scrutiny, for two reasons. First, periodontal and heart diseases share several common risk factors, increasing the ...

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