How To Never Have Bad Breath Again


No one wants to hear that they have bad breath, but what’s even worse is not knowing. We all know what it’s like smelling someone’s bad breath. It doesn’t matter what that person is saying, they could be telling you the meaning of life for all you care, the only thing you can pay attention to is the foul odor emanating from their mouth with every word. This is why bad breath can ruin existing relationships and prevent new ones from forming. It’s tough to fault somebody who spurns someone with bad breath. The smell can be awful and no one should have to subject themselves to that. But if you are the one with bad breath, as we all have been at one time or another, there are easy steps that you can take to alleviate the situation.

  1. Brush and Floss After Meals
    Bad breath is often caused by poor dental hygiene. When food debris is not cleaned from your teeth, bacteria feeds on it and begins to grow in your mouth, causing a foul odor. Brushing and flossing after meals is a great way to prevent food debris from becoming a problem, and that simple habit can prevent cavities and gum disease, which can accelerate your bad breath problem.
  2. Take Care of Cavities and Gum Disease
    Once you have a cavity or a gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis, your breath can quickly go from bad to worse. In the case of cavities, this is because bacteria can build up in the hole in your tooth, making it impossible to reach and impossible to deal with, aside from coming in for a cleaning and filling. In the case of gum disease, bacteria feeds on proteins from bleeding gums and diseased oral tissue and grows. Tooth decay and ill-fitting dentures also aggravate bad breath.
  3. Stay Hydrated
    A dry mouth is the perfect environment for the formation of bad-breath causing bacteria. Saliva cleans your mouth, washing away odor-causing bacteria from your teeth, tongue and gums. Dry mouth caused by the lack of salivary production while sleeping is the cause for “morning breath.” This is also a reason why smoking and drinking alcohol cause bad breath. Drinking plenty of water is crucial to preventing bad breath for this reason. Using a mouthwash designed for bad breath, such as Biotene, which we carry at our office, can be a great solution for those who suffer from chronic dry mouth.
  4. Chew Something
    Chewing sugarless gum or eating crispy fruits or vegetables such as carrots, celery or apples stimulates saliva flow which is integral in the fight against bad breath. That is why any type of sugarless gum, not just mint-flavored, can fight bad breath. It is all about getting the saliva to flow and fight bacteria. If your mouth feels dry, that is a sign that you might have bad breath.

In rare cases, bad breath can be a sign of larger health concerns in the body, but 90% of cases of bad breath are caused by bacteria in the mouth, which is good news, because now you know how to fight that nasty bacteria! Clean those teeth, come in for regular check-ups, and keep your mouth from getting dry and you should have no concerns about bad breath!


3D Printed Crowns in an Hour!

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Crowns are some of the most commonly used dental appliances. They are placed over the tooth and are typically used to reinforce a heavily damaged or decayed teeth. They are also used to finish off root canal procedures and dental implants. Historically, the process of receiving a crown took 1-3 weeks from start to finish. With new CEREC technology, however, we are now able to provide patients with crowns in one visit, or no more than an hour and a half.

Doctors Nahon and Collazo review a digital impression

It used to be the case that patients would have to come into the office, bite down on a messy gel to create a mold, then we would have to send that mold to a lab and wait for the crown to be milled. In most other offices, this is still the case, but at A New Smile we can make the crown in-house using CEREC’s milling machine, which is pretty much a 3D printer for crowns. Instead of patients biting onto a mold, we use a special light that scans the teeth and creates a virtual mold which is then sent to the milling machine. The machine carves out a crown in 30-45 minutes, as opposed to the traditional dental lab, where building a crown would usually take a week.

No matter the reason, at A New Smile you can be in and out of our office in little more than an hour with a brand new crown, instead of waiting around for weeks while your teeth sustain further damage.

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Why Do Toothaches Hurt So Bad?


If you’ve ever had a toothache, you don’t need us to tell you how painful it can be. For many, it is the most intense pain that they have ever experienced.

A toothache is the result when the nerve of a tooth has become infected. This infection is most commonly caused by a deep cavity, but can also be the result of a trauma to the tooth or a very severe case of periodontal disease. But why does an infected root cause such intense pain?

When your finger is infected, it swells up because of your body’s own immune response. This is possible because the tissues in your finger are relatively soft and flexible. When you have an infection in a tooth, the immune response is the same – but a tooth cannot swell up in the same way a finger can. The infection is caught inside the hard tissues of the tooth, causing extreme pressure. This is the reason for the intense toothache. When the pressure gets too high, the infection will start to work it’s way out of the tooth through the root and into the surrounding bone structure. From here it will continue to push it’s way out through the hard tissues. At this point the toothache is especially painful. Eventually you might develop an abscess, which can normally be seen in the mouth around the area of the root of the tooth which is infected. Sometimes the abscess is even outside the mouth under the chin. When the abscess bursts, the pressure is off, and many people feel instant relief from the toothache. This does not mean that the problem is solved, however. The reason for the toothache – the infection – is still there and treatment is still necessary.

There are only two ways of effectively treating an infected tooth. The first is root canal treatment, in which the dentist drills into the tooth and removes the infected tissue. If this is not possible, the tooth must be removed. In some cases it is necessary to combine the treatment with antibiotics.

No one should have to experience a toothache. They can easily be prevented by regular visits to the dentist, where we can spot small cavities or onset of periodontal disease before they progress to the point of causing toothache.

A Quick and Dirty Guide to Brushing your Teeth


Everyone knows that frequent brushing is the most important thing you can do to prevent dirty, and ultimately, unhealthy teeth. But how can we make sure that we’re getting the most out of our brushing routine? Here’s a list of some things you may not, but should know about brushing.

  • You should brush your teeth for two minutes at a time, at least twice a day. I say at least because some days your teeth get dirtier than others. If you feel like you got food stuck in your teeth at lunch, or if your teeth feel dirty from drinking coffee or soda, for example, it is a good idea to brush your teeth, even if that means brushing your teeth three times a day or more.
  • You should replace your toothbrush once every three to four months, because frayed, worn-out bristles are less effective at cleaning teeth.
  • The most effective brushes are soft-bristled, with a small head. Soft bristles clean remove plaque and debris most effectively, and small headed brushes allow one to get into hard to reach spaces in the mouth where larger headed brushes may not fit.
  • Both manual and powered toothbrushes can be effective, but powered toothbrushes may be a solution for those who struggle with manual toothbrushes. We can help you make the right toothbrush choice for you.
  • There is a very specific proper tooth brushing technique. That is outlines in the following graphic from the American Dental Association

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What Toothpaste Do I Recommend?


You hear it in toothpaste commercials all the time: 9 out of 10 dentists recommend so-and-so toothpaste. I don’t know who these dentists are, because no one has ever asked me what toothpaste I recommend, but if they did, my response would be this:

It depends on the patient. Different toothpastes are designed to meet different oral health needs. When buying toothpaste, it’s helpful to know what features you’re looking for in your toothpaste.

Tartar Control:

Made with pyrophosphates, zinc citrate, and triclosan, tartar control toothpaste is designed to break down plaque and prevent it from hardening and becoming tartar, which causes gum disease and is very hard to remove.


While these toothpastes are not designed to actually whiten your teeth, peroxides in them are supposed to polish your teeth, removing surface stains and enabling them to appear whiter.


Toothpastes for sensitive teeth are designed without many of the abrasive chemicals used in the above toothpastes. They commonly feature strontium chloride and potassium nitrate, which have been recognized by the ADA as effective in treating sensitive teeth and gums. When it comes to toothpaste for those with sensitive teeth, I would recommend Pronamel, which we carry at our office.


For those who prefer more natural ingredients, there are a growing variety of natural toothpastes which use simple ingredients such as baking soda, stevia extracts, bamboo, and peppermint oil.

All that being said, there aren’t major differences between these types of toothpastes, and as long as the toothpaste is ADA approved, it’ll work just fine. The real work being done while brushing your teeth, however, is the action of brushing itself, which scrapes the bacteria and buildup off of your teeth. That is why proper brushing technique is so important!

Don’t Settle for Ill-Fitting Dentures, Get Snap-on Dentures Instead!

Traditional dentures suck. Literally, the way that they stay on, at least the top set, is by suctioning on to the roof of your mouth. The bottom set, however, given the structure of the human mouth, cannot suction in the same way as the top set, and therefore do not stay in place nearly as well, making eating, speaking, or even smiling challenging activities. So while top dentures literally suck, bottom dentures, well they just suck.

The traditional solution to this was, in a word, nothing. Dentures were made to fit the ridge on the bottom of one’s mouth, and this did an alright job, but if you or a loved one has ever worn dentures, you know that the bottom set slips around almost constantly.

That all changed with the development of snap-on dentures, which allow you to “snap” your denture on or off, providing previously impossible stability.

Here’s how it works: Our in-house oral surgeon drills implants into the bone at the bottom of your mouth (under heavy anesthesia, of course). The ends of these implants are then covered by rubber coatings which act as attachments that your bottom set of dentures can snap on and off of. And that’s it.

Snap-on dentures are a simple, effective solution for you or a loved one who is missing teeth that can be inserted painlessly by our skilled oral surgeons. Feel free to ask more questions by phone call or e-mail below.

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Bruxism – The Slow Teeth Killer

Have you ever woken up with a headache or sore teeth that you couldn’t explain? You may be suffering from sleep bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism can come and go at any stage of a person’s life, and the vast majority of the time is caused by prolonged emotional states of stress, anxiety, anger, frustration or tension. It can be a side effect of amphetamines to treat ADHD such as Adderall as well as of anti-depressants.

If your teeth are worn, damaged or sensitive, if you have pain in your jaw, face, or ear, if your partner mentions that you make a grinding noise while you sleep, or if you have a locked jaw that wont open or close completely, then you are probably suffering from sleep bruxism. For anyone suffering from bruxism, you do not need us to tell you how painful and frustrating its effects can be. The good news, however, is that it is easily treatable.

If a patient comes into the office with symptoms of bruxism, we will recommend a bite guard for you to wear on your top teeth while you sleep. We will then make a mold, send it to our lab, and within a few days we will provide you with a comfortable, custom-fit bite guard that you will barely notice is in your mouth. What you will notice, however, are pain free teeth and jaws that will last. If you or a loved may be suffering from bruxism, come in today for a free consultation, and feel free to submit any questions below! / (305) 383-9944