Scared of Receding Gums? Here’s What You Should Know

July 30th, 2014

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Worried that your gum line is gradually eroding? There are ways to help.

Gum recession, where the margin of gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, is a fairly common dental problem. Most people don’t realize they have it because it occurs over a long period of time. However, when gums pull back and expose more of the tooth, pockets start to form between the teeth and the gum line. This makes it easy for disease-causing bacteria to accumulate.

Causes of gum recession
The first way to take action is to know what triggers gums recession.

Periodontal diseases: Periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis (early stage gum disease) and periodontitis (late stage gum disease) are the main causes of gum recession. These bacterial gum infections destroy tissue and supporting bones that hold your teeth in place.

Aggressive tooth brushing: People who hold their brushes too firmly and scrub too hard or the wrong way may cause tooth enamel to wear away and gums to recede. It’s also important to replace toothbrushes or tooth heads for electric toothbrushes every two to three months, since bacteria can start to gather on bristles.

Inadequate dental care: Not visiting the dentist enough combined with insufficient brushing and flossing fosters plaque buildup, which turns into tartar, the hard substance that can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning.

Genes: Due to genetic factors, some people are more susceptible to gum disease. Research suggests that 30 percent of the population may be predisposed to gum disease, no matter how well they care for their teeth.

Tobacco products: Cigarettes, cigars, chew and other tobacco products are a big culprit of gum disease, since the chemicals create sticky plaque that damages teeth. In addition, it may cause dry mouth, tooth decay and smoker’s breath.

Hormonal changes: Varying hormone levels associated with life events such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy or menopause can make gums more sensitive and vulnerable to gum recession. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 Things to Avoid at the Summer Barbecue to Stay Kissable

July 23rd, 2014

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Barbecue season is upon us. Between the balmy temperatures, breezy summer evenings and get-togethers with friends, our backyards turn into grill hot spots. But all of this finger food brings along a new summer foul: bad breath.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice savory summertime dishes to keep your breath fresh. Wouldn’t you rather make some small adjustments and have a shot at that summer fling?

Barbecue season is upon us. Between the balmy temperatures, breezy summer evenings and get-togethers with friends, our backyards turn into grill hot spots. But all of this finger food brings along a new summer foul: bad breath.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice savory summertime dishes to keep your breath fresh. Wouldn’t you rather make some small adjustments and have a shot at that summer fling?

Top 5 Barbecue Foods That Cause Bad Breath

Brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis is a staple, but it’s not enough to keep your breath fresh all day long. Food is just one of the many variables that can cause bad breath, and watching what you eat is a good place to start. So, here are the things to keep an eye out for during your next summer grill​ out:

1. Onions on your burger Onions contain sulfur compounds that lead to bad breath. When you eat onions, the nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream, but odors are transferred to the lungs, where they are expelled. Since the odor comes from the lungs instead of the mouth, the smell can be tricky to combat.

2. Garlic and sugar in the barbecue sauce Like onions, garlic contains sulfur compounds that enter the lungs to trigger cringe-worthy summer bad breath. Meanwhile, sugar in most barbecue sauces feeds sulfur-producing bacteria toward the back of the tongue, which grow into even stronger sulfur compounds.

3. Not flossing after eating ribs Smiling after eating ribs is like building a white brick wall with black mortar: there’s often junk stuck between teeth. Bacteria can instantly break down proteins in meat wedged between teeth to create nasty odors as well as bleeding gums. To prevent this from happening, make sure you floss after eating a rack of ribs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Your Oral Health Affects Work Productivity

July 17th, 2014

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Want to be better at your job? Fixing toothaches, gum inflammation and other problems could be the solution.

That’s because a healthy mouth is an important indicator of personal well-being, self-confidence and reduced distractions that allow employees to shovel out optimal work in the office. 

If you don’t think a mighty mouth matters, consider this: Americans lose more than 164 million work hours due to dental health problems, according to a recent Delta Dental Oral Health and Wellbeing Survey. What’s more, the survey indicated that about one in six people in the U.S. (16 percent) miss work because of oral health issues.

The survey also highlighted more than one-quarter of Americans say they have oral health issues that they’d like to address, but are often prevented by their inability to pay for the treatment.

According to a U.S. Surgeon General report, neglecting oral health can lead to needless pain and complications. The social and financial costs of poor oral health can substantially lower your quality of life. 

Often, rotting teeth bring along bad breath, which may not only affect your focus, but that of nearby co-workers. Tooth decay occurs when damaging bacteria combine with leftover food particles to form plaque, which wears away at the protective layer of teeth.  Read the rest of this entry »

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National Smile Week: How a Healthy Smile is a Natural Drug

July 10th, 2014

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In the height of summer, there are plenty of things to grin about. Add National Smile Week to the list and you have fresh reason to flash your pearly whites. National Smile Week takes place during the second week of August, seeking to promote dental health and the maintenance of a bright, healthy smile. 

Beyond making you look more attractive, a smile – and what’s going on in the mouth behind it – plays a large role in the overall health of your body. While some believe “the eyes are the window to the soul,” the mouth is no doubt the gateway to the body. 

Drop diabetes risks
Scientists point out that maintaining a healthy grin can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, among other problems. Few people realize that diabetes and oral health are inextricably linked, even though a recent study shows diabetes now affects at least 
1 in 10 Americans. The connection all starts with sugar. Sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and the standout side effect when the body fails to produce insulin properly. As a result of insulin resistance, blood glucose (sugar) cannot be kept at normal levels, which can reach the gums and teeth and leave them vulnerable to cavities, gum disease and more. But proper brushing habits can significantly lower this problem. 

Releases feel-good chemicals
Smiling has also been known to release endorphins, serotonin and natural pain killers, according to a study conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation. While we know that joy is the source of smile, the smile can also be the source of joy. Our emotions are reinforced and even driven by their corresponding facial expressions, so even a simple grin during National Smile Week could lift your mood. Surely, smiling is a natural drug. 

When we grin from ear-to-ear, it increases happiness both in yourself and those around you. Brain activity has been shown to reach the same level of stimulation when people smiled as eating multiple chocolate bars.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Free Shipping at TheraBreath is Over Today!

July 7th, 2014

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Hi there,

We know the holiday is over and we hope you had a great Fourth of July. We just wanted to quickly remind you that today is the last day we’re offering free shipping on all orders of $30 or more at TheraBreath.com.* Just enter coupon code CJULY4 during checkout and get free shipping on whatever products you need for the summer.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, but keep an eye out for another possible sale from TheraBreath before it’s over. Hint hint.

* Offer valid on orders shipped to the US and Canada only. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or Deal of the Day. Offer expires at 11:59pm PDT July 7, 2014.

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