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Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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What Is Halitosis?

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It’s one thing to get bad breath after eating something loaded with garlic or onions. But what if you have persistent bad breath no matter what you do to cover it up? You may be suffering from halitosis, which can indicate bigger problems for your oral health.

What Are the Causes of Halitosis?

Halitosis can arise from a variety of issues, including:

  • Neglect

    If you don’t brush and floss your teeth consistently and often, you will begin to develop cavities and decay. The bacteria that causes these issues include bad breath bacteria, which are harder to get rid of as time goes on.
  • Dry Mouth

    If you aren’t producing enough saliva, then you don’t have a natural way to wick off any excess bacteria from the surface of your teeth. Dry mouth can be caused by medications, alcohol and tobacco use, or certain medical conditions.
  • Infections

    Infections in your mouth, nose, and throat can encourage postnasal drip. Bacteria love to feed on mucus, and bad breath bacteria are no different.
  • Smoking

    Smoking suppresses your immunity and makes it easier for plaque and bad breath germs to thrive in your mouth.
  • Disease

    If you have stomach issues, diabetes, or kidney disease, you may develop halitosis as a result.

Are There Solutions for My Bad Breath?

Once you figure out the cause of your halitosis, it’s easier to develop a personalized action plan to combat it. It is important to always establish a good brushing and flossing read more

Oral Health vs. Skin Care

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Your skincare routine may involve washing your face, applying certain creams and toners, and using different masks — but does it involve maintaining clean, healthy teeth? The link between your oral health and skin care may not be obvious, but one actually has a major impact on the other!

Oral Health and Overall Health

Your oral health has a significant impact on your overall health. In fact, plaque and bacteria growth on your teeth can impact the strength of your immunity and even lead to heart disease if they enter your bloodstream. read more

Dental Health in 2018

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It’s common to kick off the new year with a list of resolutions for self-improvement, including getting a healthy smile that is both functional and beautiful. If you want to add squeeze in some resolutions related to your dental health before the month of January is over, here are some easy ways to continue to improve your oral health every day.

1. Brush & Floss Every Day

Skipping on brushing or flossing occasionally may not seem like a big deal, but it turns out that doing both twice a day can make a major impact on your read more

Best Natural Sleep Remedies

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We all want to fall asleep easily. But that’s not always as simple as it sounds. Even when we put aside eight full hours to sleep, there’s no guarantee that we’ll drift to slumber when we hit the pillow. If you have trouble snoozing, read on for some of the best natural sleep remedies to help you fall asleep more easily and wake up refreshed.


Aromatherapy, also known as essential oil therapy, is a common method for helping people relax and even fall asleep. This type of therapy uses naturally read more

Your Pet’s Oral Health is Important Too

close up of brown dog peeking over edge You probably take care of a lot of things for your pet, like feeding it and taking it for walks, but make sure you don’t forget about their oral health too! Although pets have natural instincts to keep their teeth clean, like chewing on a toy or a hard treat, it’s important for you to also brush their teeth so that they don’t develop oral diseases in the future.

Dental Issues in Dogs & Cats

Dogs and cats, like humans, suffer from plaque and tartar buildup every day. Not only does this cause bad breath, but it can also develop into painful gum disease if left untreated. This may mean having to endure costly dental procedures for your pet, and it could also pave the way for your pet to develop other health problems in the future because of their inability to properly eat or rid their mouths of harmful bacteria themselves.

How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

While pets, especially dogs, have the natural instinct to chew a bone or a toy after eating to clean their teeth, it’s important to brush their teeth at least a couple of times a week, preferably daily. Human toothpaste is toxic for dogs and cats, so make sure to buy a pet-friendly toothpaste and toothbrush. Not every pet likes having a dental instrument in their mouths, so start off slowly and as early as you can to get them used to it. You can begin by massaging their gums a few times a week, then introducing the toothpaste, and slowly integrating the brush over the course of a few weeks. Soon your pet will be a pro at getting their teeth brushed!

Other Preventive Measures

In addition to brushing, you can also get your pet treats that are specially made for dental care to keep their teeth healthy and their breath fresh. Your veterinarian should check your pet’s teeth during their checkups to make sure that they are healthy and perform a dental cleaning if your pet needs one. Behind every healthy pet is a healthy human, and at Gentle Breeze Family Dental, we’re here to help your family have beautiful and healthy smiles. We offer a range of services from general to advanced dentistry. Contact us to plan your next dental visit! Contact Us

In-Office vs. At-Home Teeth Whitening

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These days, it seems easier than ever to whiten your teeth. Toothpastes, mouthwashes, and even toothbrushes themselves all proudly proclaim their whitening benefits from the dental care aisle at the grocery store. Additionally, at-home whitening kits promise dazzling results at an affordable price.

As your Santa Rosa beach dentist, we understand that our patients want a healthy, bright white smile. While at-home whitening treatments may be a great fit for some folks, they may not be the right read more

Bad Breath From Dry Mouth?

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Do you suffer from bad breath? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from halitosis (the formal name for bad breath). For many of them, this is caused by a condition called dry mouth.

What Is Dry Mouth?

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a lack of saliva production. It is often characterized by stickiness in the mouth, a feeling of thirst, and sores or cracks in the mouth. Saliva is important for many reasons, one of which is that it washes away dead cells that build up in our mouth. If not removed, read more

Safe Alternatives to Sugar

It’s no secret that sugar is not your teeth’s friend. Bacteria in your mouth feed on sugar and then eventually produce a damaging acid that can destroy your tooth enamel and lead to cavities. And when we say sugar, we mean sucrose (table sugar), glucose (corn syrup), and fructose (agave nectar). Yes, even natural sugars like honey and maple syrup as well as artificial sugars can end up harming your teeth. It can seem daunting to try and cut sugar from your life completely, but there read more

Why It’s Worth Investing in Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic dentistry includes any procedure that improves the appearance of your teeth. It usually involves making your teeth look more natural and healthier. Common cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, tooth bonding, tooth restorations and fillings, veneers, and dental implants.

Who can benefit from cosmetic dentistry?

Many people can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. If you suffer from missing or crooked teeth, discolored teeth, misshapen teeth, or have unsightly metal fillings, cosmetic dentistry could be right for you.

5 reasons why it’s worth investing in cosmetic dentistry

1. Natural-Looking Teeth

In a nutshell, read more

Is Saltwater Bad for Teeth?

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If you’ve been out swimming in the ocean, chances are at some point or another you’ve had the unpleasant experience of accidentally getting saltwater in your mouth. As dental professionals, we can’t help but think of how certain things affect your oral health, so when it comes to saltwater, is it good or bad for your teeth? It turns out that as unappealing as it might taste, saltwater can actually benefit your teeth.

Benefits of Saltwater Rinses

Saltwater rinses are a time-tested remedy for getting rid of bacteria, read more

Affordable Payment Options

We believe that dental care should be available to everyone, but we also don’t want it to be a financial burden. To accommodate our patients, we accept a wide variety of flexible payment options. We are very insurance friendly, accept CareCredit financing, all major credit cards, and even have our very own in-house dental savers plan. We have something for everyone, so contact us today for any questions about our affordable payment options.

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