Funk Dental has provided dental care to our fabulous patients for over 50 years. We believe that each unique patient deserves care adapted to their specific needs and desires. Our experience has been that everyone benefits from having a healthy, beautiful smile and to be free of oral pain and infection. If you are one of our valued patients, you have met our great team of professionals: Dr. Christopher Funk, DMD, Tami Whitelock, RDH and our talented staff.
Pam Funk is committed to the improving oral health in the patients she sees at Funk Dental and in the community. She has spoken in front of community groups, students in classrooms and has taught clinical dental hygiene for 14 years at Salt Lake Community College. She will be posting on notable topics on the Funk Dental blog and keeping it up to date.
At times we may have a bad taste in our mouth that can smell bad and we worry about bad breath. Studies show that the smell of our breath may say something about our health. Here are some causes of bad breath:
Medications: Taking medications, vitamins, even herbs, can create a smell in our breath. Because many medications cause dry mouth, they can contribute to bad breath because saliva is a good cleaner. Saliva keeps the mouth healthy.
The elimination of bacteria in the mouth, while sounding like a good goal, is not a realistic one. There are good bacteria in the mouth that aid in the digestion process, and bacteria that are destructive when present in too great of numbers in the mouth.
Learn more about the prevention of periodontal disease.
How much water do you need to drink to stay hydrated? How much you need depends on your activites and the daily temperature.
Generally, the more you drink on hot days, the better. But WHAT you drink should be a smart choice too.
Fluoride is a negatively charged naturally occurring element that has been found to bind with the positively charged calcium matrix in enamel and strengthen it. Fluoride restores demineralized tooth structure and is a cost effective way to decrease decay. Also, fluoride inhibits the growth of bacterial activity in dental plaque.
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