6 Back-to-school Tips for Kids’ Oral Health

August 29th, 2014

 

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School is right around the corner. And that means preparing your youngster for class, buying new books and making sure he or she looks presentable - that includes oral hygiene. No one wants to show up on the first day with bad breath, so check out these simple back-to-school tips. 

1. Swap toothbrushes
The start of school is a great time to for your child to ditch his or her old, summer-scuffed toothbrush for a new one. Dentists recommend getting a new toothbrush every two to three months. Otherwise, bad bacteria and food particles can cause microbes to grow on bristles and handles. If your kid has an electric toothbrush, swap heads – and make sure they clean the handle, too.

2. Instill brushing and flossing into their routine
In the morning routine, your kids can start the day off right by brushing and flossing their teeth. Scrubbing your chompers will get rid of morning breath while flossing can detach food debris from those hard-to-reach places. Everyone’s supposed to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. If 120 seconds feels like an eternity to your little one, tell them to hum their favorite song while brushing – whether it’s Beyonce, Justin Timberlake or Sam Smith, it’ll likely get them to clean a little bit longer.

Don’t forget a nighttime scrub! Dental experts say brushing habits that children develop between the ages of 4 to 14 affect the way they’ll brush for the rest of their lives.

3. Invest in mouthwash
Say goodbye to bad breath with alcohol-free mouthwash. Ingredients in mouthwash bind to the surface of germs and cause them to burst, which helps reduce buildup on teeth and gums. Avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol, as it actually dries out the mouth, which can lead to stinky breath.

4. Eat a balanced breakfast
We hear that phrase a lot in cereal commercials – “a balanced breakfast.” Yet most people skip the fruits and head straight for the box of sugary cereal. A healthy morning meal contains a mix of complex carbohydrates and protein to fuel your child until lunch. You can pair more nutritious whole-grain breakfast cereals or whole-wheat toast with a protein source such as milk, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter or cheese. Add an apple, orange or banana to the mix and your child will have a truly balanced meal.
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Oral health worsens during hospital stays, suggests new study

August 19th, 2014

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Oral health deteriorates during periods of hospitalization, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.

Researchers examined the oral health of 162 patients on arrival and two weeks later, discovering a rise in gum disease and levels of plaque. The bacteria in plaque wears down healthy gum tissue and may cause infections. In these cases, bad breath may be a red flag of underlying symptoms like gingivitis.

When bed-ridden, taking care of one’s teeth and gums may get placed on the back burner. But the main problem, researchers identified, is that many facilities have no policies in place for routine oral health practices, and no members of the health care teams assess patients’ oral health conditions during the hospitalization. Besides watching out for gum disease symptoms, those who are sick, have the flu or a cold may come down with post nasal drip, where mucus runs down the back of the throat instead of through the nose. Post nasal drip is especially common when patients’ sinuses are congested.

Dr. Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, believes the study points to a need for brushing and flossing practices to become a greater priority during hospital stays.

“In a challenging hospital environment it may be inevitable that oral care is seen as a low priority, but it is clear that more needs to be done,” Carter explained. He also mentioned that family members, friends and other loved ones who visit the hospital may be able to help with that difference.

“There are guidelines for the provision of oral care in hospital settings, but as the research points out, there is limited detail for carers,” the doctor pointed out. “The help of close family and friends during hospital stays can make a difference to this aspect of their care and well-being and more should be done to encourage their involvement.”

Visitors could bring the patient’s toothbrush, a pack of floss, alcohol-free mouthwash rinse and any other items necessary for oral hygiene.

Hospital food upgrade? Diet plays another key role in both systemic and oral health, yet traditional hospital food falls far below desired fare. The food and drink you put into your mouth provides energy, but it also affects your teeth and gums – the body’s gateway. Read the rest of this entry »

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6 Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

August 14th, 2014

 

857_1123A picture-perfect smile offers an obvious aesthetic appeal, but straight teeth are also more conducive to a cleaner mouth – meaning less bad breath, for one thing. Check out the following health benefits of having straight teeth:

1. Easier to clean
When teeth overlap, there are more hard-to-reach places where dental plaque and food debris can get trapped. Think about a white picket fence. If some of the wooden boards become worn down to the point of toppling over each other, chances are the paint will start to peel between the stacked spots.

Put another way, if teeth are crooked, “there are places the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach, and plaque and tartar accumulates,” Dr. Kenn Kakosian, an oral surgeon in New York, told the Epoch Times. “People with straight teeth are able to keep them clean without extra effort.”

2. Less bad breath
Because aligned teeth are easier to clean, there are fewer places to harbor anaerobic bacteria, resulting in less bad breath. 
Anaerobic bacteria, which do not require oxygen to survive, are most commonly found in the intestines, but when they inhabit the throat and mouth their ability to consume vast amounts of protein from food and excrete foul-smelling sulfur compounds can trigger a bout of halitosis. In short, straighter teeth can serve as one step closer to avoiding chronic halitosis.

With that being said, you don’t need perfectly square teeth to avoid stinky breath. Flossing becomes more important for people with a crooked smile – to get between the overlapped teeth – so be sure to floss at least once a day. Using TheraBreath alcohol-free mouthwash is another tally in the win column.

3. Fewer toothaches
Americans lose more than 164 million work hours because of dental health problems, according to a Delta Dental Oral Health and Wellbeing Survey. That’s a whole lot of swollen gums and teeth that are causing pain. Being clean has its perks, and avoiding cavity treatments thanks to bacteria-free teeth is one of them.
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Ends Today. Buy 2, Get 1 Free.

August 11th, 2014

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Hi there,

We hope you had a nice weekend. They’re always too short, aren’t they? Speaking of too short –TheraBreath’s Buy 2, Get 1 Free is over today. Have you taken us up on this simple, high-savings sale yet?

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Buy 2, Get 1 Free!

August 4th, 2014

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Hi there,

If you’ve been reading our emails, you know that we’ve been hinting about an upcoming sale this summer. Well that wait is over! We know you’re busy, so we wanted to offer you a simple, fast way to save on ALL TheraBreath products — no exclusions.

All you need to do is:

  • Add two of ANY product to your shopping cart.
  • We’ll automatically add one more of that same item for FREE!
  • PLUS – get FREE shipping on orders of $99 or more in the US and Canada!

That’s it! We do the rest of the work for you. Not even a coupon is required.

Just a few things to keep in mind:

  • This is a limited time offer, only valid until August 11, 2014 so you’ll have to buy now.
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