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Keizer Family Dental Care August 2016 Newsletter
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6 Reasons Your Child Has Bad Breath
Halitosis - or chronic bad breath - is a condition that is often considered to be an adult issue. However, your child can suffer from long-term bad breath, too, and there are a variety of conditions that could be behind the problem:

Dry mouth. Saliva is crucial for helping to cleanse the mouth. If your child has dry mouth as a result of a medical condition or due to a medication they are taking, their mouth may produce less saliva than it should. The end result could be bad breath.
Mouth breathing. Is your child a mouth breather? This could dry out their mouth and may result in bad breath.
Poor dental hygiene. If your child does not floss and brush properly, bad breath could be the result. It is important that your child also brushes their tongue, as it can easily harbor bad breath-causing bacteria.
Oral infections. Bad breath is often the result of certain oral infections. These may include infections that develop due to plaque buildup, mouth sores, and cavities.
Foreign objects. If your child has placed a foreign object in their nose and it became lodged, this item could cause bad breath.
Diet. If your child consumes certain foods that are known to produce strong odors, they may have bad breath quite regularly. Certain spices, onions, and garlic are the biggest culprits.

If you are concerned about your child's chronic bad breath and aren't sure about a cause, make sure to contact our office,

Does Whitening Toothpaste Work?
In general, toothpastes use mild abrasives to remove stains on the surface of your teeth. In addition, whitening toothpaste contain polishing agents that allow them to remove even more surface stains; so yes, they do work! Keep in mind though that they only remove stains on the surface of teeth, not deep inside the tooth. Whitening toothpastes can actually lighten your tooth color but only by one shade because they generally do not contain a bleaching agent. At home whitening kits can help; they utilize hydrogen peroxide to remove both surface stains and stains deeper in the teeth. Remember, whitening toothpastes and store bought kits cannot produce the results you will get from having whitening procedures in your dentist's office. Also, since everyone's teeth are different, everyone will have a different result with whitening.

Cheese: The Superfood for your Teeth
We all know that cheese has dietary value. It has many essential nutrients including high quality proteins, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, vitamin A, riboflavin and vitamin B12. Cheese can also help prevent Osteoporosis and can strengthen bones and tissue. Cheese also contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid and Sphingolipids, substances that can help prevent cancer.

It sounds like cheese is a miracle food, doesn't it? Well, now there is another reason to eat cheese a snack. Did you know that cheese just might help prevent tooth decay? According to a recent study in General Dentistry, a peer-reviewed journal, eating cheese can help fight cavities by increasing the pH level in your mouth. So next time you find yourself in the dairy aisle, consider the benefits to your teeth as you make each selection.

Keizer Family Dental Care strives to provide the best possible dental care in a warm and caring environment. We enjoy talking with our patients and would love to hear from you. Just click the "Submit Question" link below.



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