1. How can I tell if I have bad breath without asking someone?
Many people have questions regarding their breath. Many are unable to tell if they have bad breath. Often times, you will hear a friend talk about someone else's horrible breath, yet never tell the other person. A simple technique one can perform on their own, is to take a bad breath self-test which involves a few simple steps:
A.) Take a dry, clean unscented cloth and retract the tongue with one hand and scrub the furthest part of your tongue for about 5 seconds. This should include about 4 good scrubs. Wait approximately 30 seconds and smell the cloth. If it has a bad smell, it may signify halitosis.
B.) Take a piece of unwaxed, unscented floss and floss the upper or lower posterior teeth. Usually 2 to 3 teeth should be sufficient. Wait about 30 seconds and smell the floss. Again, if it has a smell. one may have halitosis.
C.) Lick the back part of your hand ( not the palm side), for about 5 seconds. Wait about 30 seconds. If you smell a bad odor this too may indicate halitosis. These are some of the simple techniques one can use to help determine if they have bad breath. By brushing , flossing and gently brushing your tongue and visiting the dentist regularly, you may reduce the level of bad breath. If this does not help, your dentist can place you on an anti-halitosis program to help alleviate the problem.
2. How do I know if I should participate in cosmetic dentistry?
The following self test involves some questions that if answered yes may signify that you would benefit and feel better about yourself from a cosmetic dental makeover:
• Are you self-conscious about your smile?
• Do you avoid smiling when photos are taken of you?
• Do you tend to cover up your mouth with your hand when you speak or smile?
• Are you conscious about spaces and gaps in your teeth?
• Do you feel that your teeth make you look older?
• Do you feel that your teeth are stained or too yellow?
• Do you notice excessive areas of tooth wear that make your smile feel older?
• Do you notice any dark fillings that are apparent when you smile?
• Are your teeth crooked, chipped or crowded?
3. What is a Prosthodontist?
Prosthodontists, like orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists and pedodontists, are specialists in one specific field of dentistry. Their training to provide expertise in restorative treatment has been rigorous, and their day-to-day experience in practice touches every conceivable challenge in delivering smiles with high level function, maximum comfort and pristine esthetics.
A prosthodontist's intensive training beyond the standard norms of the dental degree interfaces them with researchers and clinical experts from numerous other medical disciplines, tending to give them a wide range of diagnostic insight and diversified approaches to oral health solutions. Imperfect teeth, whether by birth abnormality, traumatic accident or natural decay, can be replaced with attractive, functional teeth in the office of a prosthodontist.
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