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Why Does My Breath Smell When Wearing a Mask?

March 31, 2021

Filed under: General Dentistry — Boom @ 7:15 am

woman with bad breath covering mouthNow that wearing masks is the new normal, have you noticed a difference in the way your breath smells? More to the point, maybe you’ve realized that your breath is far from fresh now that you’re constantly smelling it!

Bad breath, known as Halitosis, is caused by a decrease in saliva production. However, what you’re experiencing might come from a different culprit.

Bad Mask Breath Causes

Diet

It’s no surprise that what you eat can affect your breath. Foods like fish, eggs, coffee, garlic, onion, and even sweets leave odors behind. If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend plain chocolate instead of gummies or caramels that attract a lot of bacteria. Furthermore, when wearing a mask, we tend to drink less which helps clear away bacteria. Pay attention to your water intake as this greatly affects the way your breath smells!

Poor Dental Hygiene

When food gets left in between your teeth, bacteria will begin breaking it down, leaving a bad smell behind. Try brushing your teeth and tongue three times a day. You should also make sure to rinse with a fluoride mouthwash and floss at least once a day.

Dry Mouth

Mouth breathers have a reputation for having bad breath since saliva production lessens at night and snoring or mouth breathing further dries out the mouth. This leads to the dreaded “morning breath,” which can be worse than typical day breath. The best way to limit bad breath from mouth breathing is to drink a lot of water and have a regular dental hygiene routine.

Underlying conditions

A lot of medical conditions can cause bad breath. For example, acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to bad breath because of acid build-up. Sometimes bad breath is an early sign of disease that doesn’t cause any noticeable symptoms. Don’t worry, your Exceptional Smiles dentist is trained to detect these signs.

Say Goodbye to Bad Breath

If you’ve noticed your bad mask breath during the past year, you should make an appointment with your Exceptional Smiles dentist to see if they can help. We’ve been following all of the necessary safety precautions to keep you and our staff safe, so call us today!

5 Reasons to Be Thankful for Dental Implants

November 24, 2020

Filed under: Dental Implants — Boom @ 6:07 am

Woman Smiling at DentistYou have many reasons to be grateful this holiday season, especially if you have dental implants as a tooth replacement option. With so many benefits, it is no wonder that this permanent restoration is becoming so popular. Since it’s just about the time of year when we think about the things that we are grateful for, your dentist is sharing some reasons why you should be thankful for your dental implants.

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What Happens After Dental Implant Surgery? Read to Find Out!

August 26, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_solich @ 7:31 pm

Middle-aged man smiling after dental implant surgery Are you curious about what your life will be like once your dental implant surgery is finished? You may have heard a lot about dental implants, but if you’re like most, you’re probably wondering about what you can expect after your surgery. That’s why your dentist has included the answers to the five most frequently asked post-op questions about dental implants. Read on to satisfy your curiosity!

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Are Energy & Sports Drinks Worse for Your Teeth Than Soda?

June 17, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_solich @ 1:13 am

Row of colorful acidic beverages discouraged by your Colorado Springs dentistWith summer just around the corner, many of us are reaching for our favorite beverages to quench our thirst. You probably know that consuming too many sugary sodas leads to cavities. However, you’re not doing your teeth any favors by choosing energy or sports drinks instead! Your Colorado Springs dentist explains how these popular beverages can permanently damage your smile and what you can do about it.

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Why Do Dentists Ask You to Rinse Before Your Appointment Now?

May 30, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_solich @ 12:26 pm

a cup of mouth rinse sitting on a sink in a dental officeDentists have opened up their practices again and are now scheduling appointments for new and existing patients. The primary difference is that they’re putting dozens of new COVID-19 safety protocols into place to ensure that patients and staff stay safe by limiting the spread of any droplets. One important practice that they’re implementing is having you rinse your mouth before your treatment begins. Read on to learn why this is so important and how it impacts the spread of COVID-19. Read More

5 Tips to Find an Emergency Dentistry During COVID-19

March 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — dr_solich @ 9:14 pm

Digital model of painful tooth needing an emergency dentist. Although you might never expect it to happen to you, dental emergencies are quite common. In fact, research reveals 1 in 6 Americans faces one annually. While there’s never a good time for an emergency to occur, if you have a sudden oral health problem during the COVID-19 crisis, it can be especially alarming because many dental offices are closed. Where do you go? Who do you turn to for help? Don’t worry, here are 5 simple tips to find an emergency dentist to save your tooth.
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Why You Should Get the Dental Work You Need in 2020

January 3, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_solich @ 4:53 pm

blocks showing the changing year

About one-third of Americans haven’t visited their dentist in the last year, according to the American Dental Association. If you’re part of the majority who haven’t, you’re missing out on all kinds of services that your dentist in Colorado Springs provides. Not to mention, you’re missing out on all your recently reset insurance benefits! Let’s take a moment to learn why 2020 is the perfect time to get that new beautiful smile you’ve been wanting.

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Maximizing Your Dental Insurance Before the End of the Year

October 11, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_solich @ 5:10 pm

Dental InsuranceThe end of year is usually packed with family, school and work obligations, but you should always take the time to be concerned about your dental health – especially if you have dental insurance. Have you used all of the benefits that your plan offers? If not, and your carrier runs on the calendar year, then read on to learn about the importance of dental insurance maximization.

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Dental Implants vs. Dentures in Colorado Springs: Which Is Right for Me?

July 15, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — Boom @ 5:59 pm

hand holding a glass of water with dentures

For years you’ve had gaps in your smile where you’re missing a few teeth. It makes you feel like a hillbilly, and you’re getting pretty darn sick of it. You want to replace those missing teeth, but you can’t decide between implants or dentures in Colorado Springs. Which one is right for you? Let’s examine both options so you can figure out which choice suits you better.

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Your Dentist in Colorado Springs Says Avoid Oral Cancer!

March 5, 2019

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_solich @ 1:32 pm

woman mouth open for dental examinationAs Oral Cancer Awareness Month approaches, dentists are emphasizing the importance of receiving preventive care. That’s because it’s the best way to avoid the development of the life-threatening disease. Read on to learn about oral cancer and how your dentist in Colorado Springs can help you stay as healthy as possible.

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