Bad Breath

Eradicate Bad Breath with Good Dental Habits

May 15, 2015

Bad Breath GirlWhether you’ve been married for twenty years, you’ve just started dating someone, or you’re wondering why no one ever says “yes” when you ask, something that affects the quality of your romantic and non-romantic interactions is your breath. Have you ever sat next to someone on a plane or in a seminar and wondered how such tremendous halitosis was possible? Or maybe you are that person to others. If so, it’s time to make a change. Read more »

Making Choices to Banish Bad Breath

August 7, 2014

Kiss on DateAh, summer. With the weather warm and gorgeous, foliage in full bloom, and the sun staying out well into the evening, this is a great time for an outdoor date with your significant other. Whether you plan on riding a bicycle built for two, sharing a delicious picnic, or snuggling tightly in the air conditioning of a movie theatre, a little smooch may be on your mind. However, that sweet moment will surely go sour if you have bad breath. Long Grove dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will provide tips for maintaining fresh breath on date night.

What’s In Your Picnic Basket?

Some favorite foods which might be in your picnic basket unfortunately come along with strong odors. It’s easy to love the smell of onions and garlic cooking in a pan with olive oil. Unfortunately, though, strong odors often stay on your breath. Avoid the foods which you already know tend to cause bad breath. Don’t forget to skip the smoking and focus instead on inhaling all of that fresh oxygen, courtesy of the blooming trees. If you smoke (or know someone who smokes) you are well aware of “smokers’ breath.” People who chew tobacco experience a simila Read more »

Magnolia Trees Could Hold the Key to Good Breath

March 20, 2014

MagnoliaToday is the first official day of spring, also known as the spring equinox. Depending on where you reside, you may experience terrific weather today, or it may appear that winter has still not finished with your town. As the trees begin to blossom and flowers bloom, however, you may find it interesting that magnolia bark could end up holding the key to eradicating chronic bad breath issues. Buffalo Grove dentist Dr. Brent Engelberg knows that this research hasn’t led to an available bad breath battling remedy just yet, but scientists may be on the right track.

Bad Breath Woes

There’s no doubt that bad breath creates an impression on others that is likely the opposite of how you would like to be perceived. Yet, when halitosis strikes, it can seem impossible to remedy the issue. No matter how many times you brush, floss, and rinse, or pop mints and gum like candy, germs can continue to live in your mouth and give off foul smelling emanations. For this reason, dental science puts breath control at a high level of importance.

Magnolia Bark Extract

A research study led by researchers Minmin Tian and Michael Greenberg involved volunteers providing saliva samples following consumption of a meal likely to cause foul breath. Magnolia bark extract was added to mints, which some of the participants ate. The magnolia mints wiped out an astounding 61% of halitosis causing germs within a half hour. Mints without the extract only killed 3.6% of odiferous bacteria. The magnolia bark extract may even help kill the germs which cause cavities. Researchers have high hopes that magnolia extract incorporation into oral hygiene products could lead to major improvements in oral health care. Compared to other germ fighting extracts studied (such as seaweed and Aloe) magnolia sounds like a very pleasant addition to your favorite toothpaste, mouthrinse, mint, or gum.

Visit your Buffalo Grove Dentist

If you have experienced chronic halitosis for an extended period of time, speak with Dr. Engelberg as soon as possible. In some instances, chronic bad breath can indicate a serious oral or systemic health condition, including tooth decay, periodontitis, diabetes, or cancer, among many others. For more information on maintaining exceptional oral health, contact Buffalo Grove dental office at 847-259-6988. We serve patients from the Chicago suburbs of Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Schaumburg, Barrington, Long Grove, Deerfield, Wheeling, and the 60089 zip code.

Help for Halitosis is at your Dentist’s Office

February 21, 2014

Bad breath DateIf you have halitosis (chronic bad breath) you probably recognize that look on people’s faces. The one which occurs when you forget about your breath for a moment and lean in close for a conspiratorial conversation. In one fail swoop, all of the bonding, laughter, and good feelings from this social interaction fly away. Your companion has caught a whiff of your breath and it is not good. Palatine dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg understands that sometimes your breath seems out of your control, yet gives the impression that you don’t take care of yourself properly. Perhaps you’re in need of professional breath control.

Turn to the Experts Read more »

Palatine Dentist Helps Patients Avoid Severe Gum Disease

November 21, 2013

Cute Smile GlassesPeriodontal disease can be silent in the beginning. As it progresses, however, the condition may cause bleeding, swollen gums and halitosis (bad breath). All of these symptoms may not seem like the end of the world, but you should be aware of just how serious gum disease can become if left untreated. Severe gum diseae (periodontitis) is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Though dental procedures that can repair the effects of gum disease do exist, it is best to prevent gum disease and to catch it at an early stage before major damage occurs. Read more »

Palatine Dentist Looks at Antibacterial Mouthrinses

August 13, 2013

Mouthwash BottlesChronic bad breath is a huge blow to your self-confidence. Close interactions with others can be embarrassing. You might find yourself completely avoiding conspiratorial conversations, hugs, and kisses. There may be times where you don’t realize you have bad breath, but the look on someone’s face when you speak closely to them tells you the truth. What do you do? Gum and mints, and even brushing your teeth only offer temporary solutions for halitosis. Your Palatine dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, explains a study that pinpoints the most effective mouthrinses for fighting bad breath.

Antibacterial Mouthrinses

Mouthrinses are classified in two categories: those that kill bacteria, and those that simply mask odors. A research study conducted by a team of Cochrane Researchers implemented five separate trials with 293 participants. Antibacterial mouthrinses such as chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium were judged to be significantly more effective than placebos in reducing or eliminating bad breath. Mouthrinses made from chlorine dioxide and zinc were effective in neutralizing odor, but did not offer long term relief from halitosis. This makes sense, since the bacteria are still present after the pleasant smell from the mouthwash wears off. Read more »

Palatine Dentist Tackles Bad Breath Issues

March 25, 2013

HalitosisIf you find yourself popping mints around the clock, brushing your teeth more often than twice a day, chewing gum obsessively, and you still seem to have bad breath, what else can you do? Depending on the cause of your halitosis, you may need to turn to your Palatine dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg. He can evaluate your specific situation, and then potentially undergo professional breath control to help you stop worrying about the impression you’re making when you’re in close physical contact with others.

Professional Breath Control

Bad breath can stem from a variety of causes. Pungent foods and drinks, certain medications, poor oral hygiene habits, and lifestyle habits (tobacco, alcohol) can all have an effect on how your breath smells. Your Palatine dentist can pinpoint the origin of offensive breath odors and determine an effective treatment. Once the cause is decided upon, the means to solve the problem will be much clearer. Solutions might range from upping your water hydration, to taking antibiotics for a bacterial infection. Each case is different, but Dr. Engelberg has the trained eye and experience to get your breath on a great track.

How Dry Mouth Contributes to Halitosis

Chronic dry mouth can be very uncomfortable, and also result in unpleasant symptoms. Insufficient saliva production will mean that your mouth is not properly rinsing away trapped food particles, odor causing bacteria, and dead cells that reside in your mouth. Take morning breath as an example. No one is really immune to at least a little stale breath when they first wake up in the morning. Why? While you sleep, saliva production slows Read more »

Schaumburg Dentist Discusses the Importance of Saliva

January 15, 2013

GenerationsThinking about your saliva probably isn’t a daily habit. However, the clear, watery liquid in constant supply inside our mouths plays more of a role in your dental health then you may realize. Saliva is constantly battling against the germs that cause bad breath, as well as washing away bacteria and food particles. Your Schaumburg dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will explain the many dental benefits provided to you through your salivary glands.

How Is Saliva Produced?

Inside your cheeks, your salivary glands sit near the front teeth, as well as the bottom of your mouth. You have six major salivary glands and hundreds of minor glands. Within the glands are ducts that your saliva moves through. Your body is able to produce upwards of 4 pints of saliva each day, with the late afternoon being primary production time. At night, while you sleep, the salivary glands become less productive. Occasionally, the salivary glands produce an overabundance of saliva which leads to a condition called sialorrhea. While it is not dangerous, it can be embarrassing and irritating. Read more »

What’s in Your Mouthwash? Part II: Natural Mouthwashes

December 5, 2012

In our last post we discussed common ingredients found in conventional or prescription mouthwashes. We found that fluoride rinses have a proven record for strengthening tooth enamel and are appropriate for everyday use. Chlorhexidine, found primarily in prescription strength mouthwashes, successfully reduces plaque and can help heal soft tissue damage but may stain teeth. Alcohol, a main ingredient in many commercially available mouthwashes, can dry the mouth out and promote bacterial growth and bad breath. Since many patients ask about the merits of natural dental care products, Dr. Brent Engelberg, your Arlington Heights dentist, will discuss ingredients commonly found in natural mouthwash.

Xylitol: Sweet on Teeth

This alternative sweetener derives from corn and provides flavor and a light sweetness to many natural mouthwashes. Unlike the artificial sweeteners that you find in mainstream mouthwashes, xylitol does more than make mouthwash taste good. Xylitol makes your saliva more alkaline. When you have an alkaline oral environment, areas where acid has leached minerals out of your tooth enamel begin to draw in calcium and phosphate salts. Read more »

Arlington Heights Dentist Answers: What’s in Your Mouthwash? Part I

December 3, 2012

Eastern medical texts dating as far back as 2700 B.C.E. describe the use of mouth rinses for treating gingivitis and bad breath. Mouthwashes have remained popular ever since and a trip down the dental care aisle at any modern grocery store aptly demonstrates the wide variety of choices today’s consumers have. Even the director of the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance program, Cliff Whall, suggests that swishing with an ADA recommended mouth rinse complements any at-home oral care routine. In an effort to help you become a more informed consumer, your Arlington Heights dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, wants to talk to you about some of the more common ingredients found in today’s mouthwashes.

Fluoride Mouth Rinses for People of All Ages

We tend to associate fluoride treatments with children whose inconsistent dental care habits necessitate a little extra help. However, adults can benefit just as much as children from using a mouthwash that contains tooth decay-fighting fluoride. Fluoride helps your enamel absorb minerals and restores areas affected by demineralization, the first stage of cavity formation. Read more »