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By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
September 25, 2016
Category: Oral Health
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Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.

Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?

In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.

As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.

And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.

Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.

Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”

If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”


By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
September 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Periodontal (gum) disease is potentially devastating to your teeth, gums and bone. To fight it we have to remove the substance that causes and sustains the disease from all oral surfaces — a thin layer of bacteria and food particles known as plaque.

To accomplish this task, we use a variety of hand instruments called scalers to mechanically remove plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits), as well as ultrasonic equipment to vibrate plaque loose and flush it away with water. If we detect plaque deposits well below the gum line and around the tooth roots, we may need to use other techniques like root planing or surgery to access these deeper areas.

 While gum disease is persistent and aggressive, these traditional techniques have proven quite effective in controlling the infection and restoring health to diseased gums. Yet like other aspects of medicine and dentistry, technological advances have created a new option for gum disease treatment: the Nd:YAG laser.

The Nd:YAG laser is named for the crystal it uses to produce a narrow and intense beam of light on a specific frequency. In recent years it's become an important surgical tool because it can distinguish between diseased and healthy tissue, destroying the former while not affecting the latter. It's being used now on a limited basis for treating gum disease, especially for removing infected tissue in deep pockets that can form below the gum line, and for removing plaque and calculus from root surfaces.

 Because of its precision, early evidence of effectiveness is encouraging: minimal tissue damage and swelling, less bleeding and reduced patient discomfort after treatment. The heat from the laser has also been shown to kill bacteria and essentially sterilize the area.

Still, the findings aren't conclusive enough as to whether lasers are superior in most circumstances to traditional scaling methods. For the time being, we'll continue to use the tried and true methods for removing plaque and calculus. But as laser technology advances, the time may come when this new approach to gum disease treatment will become a more prominent and beneficial option for patients.

If you would like more information on your treatment options for gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Lasers Versus Traditional Cleanings for Treating Gum Disease.”


By Three Fountains Family Dental Inc
September 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

There are so many benefits to getting dental implants in West Columbia that you may not even realize yet.

Our West Columbia, SC dentists, Drs. Peter and Brooke Stoltz, know that you have options when it comes to how you are going to dental implantsreplace your missing tooth or teeth. Of course, dental implants have become an ideal option because they are often the next best thing to a real tooth. Of course, besides getting a restoration that functions and looks just like a real tooth there are so many other advantages that you’ll enjoy when you get this restoration:

Improved Speech

When you are dealing with tooth loss, you may notice that it’s more difficult to speak properly. For those with significant tooth loss, they may turn to dentures hoping to restore their smiles; however, dentures can sometimes slip around, causing your words to become slurred. Fortunately, dental implants won’t move around so you’ll feel confident that your speech is fully restored.

Make Chewing Easier

If you aren’t able to comfortably and easily eat certain foods, you may not be getting the nutrients you require to maintain a healthy mouth or body. Just like with speaking, slipping dentures can make eating some foods difficult, but getting dental implants in West Columbia can change all that. Implants are second only to natural teeth, which means you can enjoy all your favorite food without concern.

Protect Your Jawbone

When you lose a tooth those tooth roots are no longer present to stimulate the jawbone. When this happens other neighboring teeth can shift into the open space, causing misalignments. Also, the jawbone will begin to deteriorate because of the loss of tooth root stimulation. As the jawbone begins to lose density it will cause your chin to recede and cheeks to cave in.

Fortunately, when you get dental implants you’ll get a restoration that acts just like tooth roots. This means the implant will stimulate the jawbone to protect it from deterioration but also to promote the growth of healthy, new bone cells.

Dental implants could just be the perfect treatment for you. Don’t wait to find out! Call Three Fountains Family Dental in West Columbia, SC today and ask Dr. Stoltz if dental implants could be right for you.