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Five Reasons for Your Bad Breath

May 18th, 2022

Bad breath, or halitosis, is probably not a matter of life or death. But it can make you feel self-conscious and have a negative impact on your life. The majority of people suffering from bad breath are dealing with oral bacterial. However, there are other causes of this embarrassing problem. Learning more can help you fight this solvable problem.

Five Causes of Embarrassingly Bad Breath

  1. Dry Mouth. A decrease in saliva flow can be caused by several things. Most often, medication or mouth breathing are the culprits. As saliva helps wash away food particles from your mouth, it prevents bad breath. Dry mouth can be dealt with by stimulating salivation.
  2. Gum Disease and Poor Oral Hygiene. Not brushing and flossing well enough or with enough frequency can lead to gum disease, which leads to bad breath. Halitosis can be a sign that plaque is present on your teeth.
  3. Food-Related Bad Breath. Food particles that aren't brushed or flossed away attract bacteria that leads to bad breath. It's especially important to brush after eating strong-smelling foods, such as garlic or onions.
  4. Smoking and Tobacco. Tobacco is bad for your health, and that includes your oral health. Smoking or chewing tobacco can contribute toward the development of gum disease, as well as oral cancer.
  5. Mouth Infections and Other Medical Problems. A mouth infection, sinus infection or even the common cold can cause you to temporarily have bad breath. Even conditions such as diabetes and reflux can cause halitosis. It's always wise to see Drs. Manzoli, Russo, Pauk, Desrosiers, Sahakyants to help determine the cause.

We are Your Ally

Even if you maintain good oral hygiene, it's important to see Drs. Manzoli, Russo, Pauk, Desrosiers, Sahakyants at our Worcester office to deal with or avoid problems with bad breath. We can help you uncover the cause of halitosis, while also providing solutions that allow you to enjoy fresh breath without relying on mints and breath fresheners. As is the case with all things related to oral health, we are your number-one ally when it comes to eliminating the problem of bad breath.

Root Canal Awareness Week

May 4th, 2022

Across the continent, the May calendar is filled with meaningful days. Cinco de Mayo. Memorial Day. Victoria Day. National Patriots’ Day. And, of course, Mother’s Day. One occasion that’s probably not on your calendar? This May marks the return of the American Association of Endodontists’ “Root Canal Awareness Week”! Let’s take this opportunity to talk about the many amazing ways a root canal can improve your dental health.

  • Root Canals Save Teeth

Left untreated, a seriously damaged or infected tooth will almost inevitably be lost. And even one lost tooth can affect your eating, your speech, your bite, and your confidence. A root canal procedure at our Worcester office can prevent tooth loss, and is safe and straightforward. After infected and damaged tissue is removed from the pulp chamber in the crown of the tooth and from the root canals within the root, the interior of the tooth is carefully cleaned, disinfected, shaped and filled. A crown will help protect the tooth after treatment. A tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure can go on to last a lifetime.

  • Root Canals Relieve Pain

If you have suffered a tooth injury or pulp infection, you know how painful that trauma can be. With a root canal, the source of your pain and discomfort is removed. Many patients experience immediate relief from severe pain after the procedure, and any post-treatment sensitivity or discomfort usually only lasts a few days.

  • Root Canals Protect Your Health

You are saving more than a tooth when you are proactive about root canal treatment. If infection persists, it can spread to other parts of the body, resulting in tooth loss, bone loss, and even more serious consequences. A root canal can not only save your smile, it can actually save your health.

If you’ve been postponing a trip to the dentist because you’re worried about a root canal—don’t! Here’s another great fact about root canals:

  • Root Canals Are Nothing to Fear

Endodontists have two or more years of additional training after dental school to become specialists in the treatment of the inner tooth. They keep up with the latest in endodontic technology, tools, and treatments, and the root canal is a procedure that they perform on a daily basis. With today’s advances in the field, many patients find a root canal appointment with an endodontist no more uncomfortable than getting a normal filling!

Root Canal Awareness Week is meant to remind us that we can have a lifetime of healthy, natural smiles with proper dental care and treatment. But, really, any week is a great time to acquaint yourself with what endodontists like Drs. Manzoli, Russo, Pauk, Desrosiers, Sahakyants can do for you and for your smile. It will be time well spent!

Thirsty? We Have Some Ideas on Tap

April 27th, 2022

No, we don’t mean the latest foamy offering from your favorite microbrewery. When you’re thirsty, one of the best options available is literally at your fingertips—tap water, straight from your faucet. It might not be the most adventurous choice, but drinking a tall glass of fresh tap water is refreshing in so many healthy ways.

Physical Health

Water conveniently available at home is much more than a convenience. We need to keep hydrated, because our bodies are made to run on water. To name just a few of its benefits, water provides nutrients to organs and cells, eliminates waste, regulates our temperature, and protects our joints and delicate tissues. Drs. Manzoli, Russo, Pauk, Desrosiers, Sahakyants and our Worcester team will tell you all about the importance of proper hydration when it comes to your mouth, gums, and teeth, but here are a few highlights:

  • We need to be hydrated to produce enough saliva. Saliva, which is more than 90% water, helps prevent cavities and protect enamel by both washing away bacteria and balancing acids in the mouth which can cause decay.
  • Tooth enamel is so strong because it’s made of calcium and phosphate. These minerals are leached from our enamel by both bacteria-produced acids and dietary acids. Saliva also contains calcium and phosphate, and, with fluoride, restores these minerals in our enamel, leaving teeth stronger and less likely to develop cavities.
  • As a bonus, a quick rinse with water when you can’t brush after eating is a great way to remove food particles left behand—especially healthy when you’ve had sugary or acidic foods.

Ecological Health

If you want to reduce waste, one of the easiest ways to do so is to use tap water instead of bottled water.

  • Bottled water has a carbon footprint. It takes energy (and additional water) to create plastic and glass bottles, to label them, and to transport them. Water piped into your home from local sources? No bottles, labels, or long road trips necessary.
  • Water bottles should be recycled. Unfortunately, many cities don’t offer, or have stopped offering, recycling. Plastic and glass empties end up in landfills, littering our neighborhoods, or in our waters.

Budget Health

Getting your daily hydration from bottles can add up quickly.

  • Bottled water can cost hundreds of times as much as tap water. While local water prices vary, the average gallon of tap water costs less than a penny. No matter what kind of sale your local store is offering, bottled water will never be the bargain tap water is.
  • When you buy many small bottles instead of a few larger ones, or choose more expensive “designer” water, your costs can mount up even more.
  • When you need to bring water with you for work, sports, or other activities, consider filling a reusable bottle with water from home.

Dental Health

Getting the recommended amount of fluoride in your diet is one of the single best things you can do for your dental health. Fortunately, many communities make this easy for us by providing fluoridated drinking water.

  • Fluoride works with the calcium and phosphate in your saliva to create stronger enamel, so cavities can’t form as easily when your teeth are exposed to plaque and food particles.
  • Fluoride helps strengthen your child’s permanent teeth as they develop, and helps prevent cavities in both baby teeth and permanent teeth as children grow.
  • If your community doesn’t offer fluoridated water, ask Drs. Manzoli, Russo, Pauk, Desrosiers, Sahakyants for the best way to get the fluoride you need to protect your teeth.

For the good of your body, your planet, your wallet, and last, but most certainly not least, the health of your teeth and gums, consider a glass of water. So many benefits—and you have them all on tap!

Every Day is Earth Day

April 20th, 2022

During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more attention to the Earth's atmosphere were generally dismissed. But within a couple decades, it had become clear that the previous generation was right; the citizens of the world needed to become more environmentally conscious.

Many people feel that they can't make a difference if they don't do something big. But caring for the environment doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing concept. In fact, the little things you do can add up to make a great impact, especially in our community. Here are a few ways you can help the environment on Earth Day, April 22nd and all year around.

Four Small Ways to be Environmentally Friendly

  • Recycle Your Textiles. Nearly 21 million tons of textiles are added to American landfills each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Donating your unwanted clothing to a secondhand store or an organization that repurposes fabric helps cut down on solid waste and conserves natural resources.
  • Reduce Usage of Disposables. Plastic bottles and bags, disposable diapers and other things we can use and toss out are convenient, but they're not necessary. Simply choosing to replace one of type of disposable with a reusable product can help you cut down on waste that has a large negative impact on our environment.
  • Conserve Water. If everyone in the United States turned off the water while brushing their teeth, more than 1.5 million gallons of water could be conserved. Turn the water on long enough to wet your toothbrush for brushing and rinsing, and then immediately turn the water off again.
  • Turn Off the Lights. Flip the light switch to "Off" if you're going to leave a particular room for 15 minutes or more. This will conserve energy on incandescent light bulbs and cut down on cooling costs.

It's not necessary to be an activist or install solar panels all over your home to help the environment. Although you can do these things, the little everyday measures make a big difference in helping to conserve energy and the environment, while reducing your carbon footprint. Our team at Central New England Endodontics and Implantology wants to remind you to celebrate Earth Day and help the environment, knowing that it will benefit your and your children's generation.