Archive for July, 2009

Take Care of Your Mouth!

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The best way to take care of your mouth bones is by maintaining good diet, fitness, and oral health habits. However, there may be more to it than that. The Academy of General Dentistry says that more than 90% of all systemic diseases show up orally.

Dentists can be the first to point out a problem. Poor nutrition can lead to various diseases as well as poor oral health. By practicing good fitness and healthy eating, you can avoid cavities, periodontal disease, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Another problem that can be easily corrected is bruxism, better known as teeth grinding.

According to studies, an estimated 80-90% of the population grinds their teeth to a certain degree. stress causes the majority of these people to grind their teeth; however, it can result in the teeth wearing down and chipping. It could also cause sleep deprivation, headaches and jaw problems. What are some solutions to this problem?

1) Stop chewing gum
2) Exercise (i.e. take a hike)
3) Stop drinking beverages with caffeine (caffeine causes anxiety)

Someone who grinds their teeth may eventually need dental repair. If you hear popping noises coming from your jaw while eating, that may be a sign of jaw joint problems resulting from bruxism. Also, be careful of clenching your jaw.

Stress and Oral Care

Some people are so used to stress that they do not notice when it is happening. Emotional stress can cause oral health problems including: canker sores, dry mouth, lichen planus (lacy white lines, mouth sores, or red areas), burning mouth syndrome, and temporomandibular (jaw) joint disorders.

With stress, you are more likely to get cavities, gum (periodontal) disease, and bruxism. If you feel that may be under a high amount of stress, try to be more vigilant than ever with your oral care.

Brushing Teeth

If you do not brush food debris, sugars, and acids on your teeth, they can erode your tooth enamel and cause decay. Plaque, an invisible bacterial film, can build up, harden, and turn into tartar (which can only be removed by a dentist/hygienist). Eventually, this can cause tooth loss and periodontitis.

Toothbrushing Tips

  1. Brush your teeth 2-3X a day and/or after every meal
  2. Use the right toothbrush (soft with rounded bristles, long enough to reach the back teeth)
  3. Change your toothbrush every 3 months or less
  4. Floss everyday
  5. Eat healthier foods/snacks

Toothbrushing Steps

  1. Hold your toothbrush at a 45 angle against your gums
  2. Don’t miss any spots (start from one end and go to the other)
  3. On the outer/inner surfaces, vibrate the brush inhalf-tooth-wide strokes towards the gumline instead of scrubbing
  4. Clean your molars with a back-and-forth motion
  5. On the inside of your front teeth, hold the brush vertically with up-and-down strokes
  6. A complete brushing takes about 3 minutes!
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Here’s What You Should Do If You Have Dragon Breath

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Dragon breath (bad breath / halitosis)  causes more than 80 million Americans grief.  This occurs when oral bacteria feed upon decaying food particles, consequently producing smelly sulfur compounds.  Also, the food that you eat can cause bad breath.  According to Paul Bussman, DMD, “Pungent foods like garlic and onions are absorbed by the stomach and then released from the lungs for up to 72 hours after you’ve eaten them.”

Also, if your gums are bleeding, red, or swollen, you may have gingivitis, a treatable form of gum disease. 

What should do in these situations? 
You can scrape your tongue every time you brush your teeth (2-3X/day) to rid yourself of the bacteria.  You should floss daily and get a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year.  A teeth-bleaching agent, carbamide peroxide, can be used in low concentrations to destroy odor-generating bacteria and sulfur compounds for up to a year. 

This treatment can cost up to $600, and is first administered by your dentist, and can be completed at home over a period of 10 days.  So, if you really feel like you’re breathing fire out of your mouth, you may find this more useful than the cash.

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Most Annoying Passengers Have Bad Breath and Body Odor, According to Skyscanner Survey

Monday, July 20th, 2009

As far as traveling goes, the passengers who got voted the most annoying according to a recent Skyscanner poll were those with bad breath and body odor.
The question posed was: “Who do you hate sitting next to most on the plane?”, and there were over 1,000 responses.

Most Annoying Passengers results were as follows:

19% – passengers with bad breath and body odor
15% – wailing baby
13% – hyperactive children
12% – big bodied people
10% – sneezers/sniffers
10% – rowdy stag/hen parties
8% – arm rest occupiers

Barry Smith, the co-founder and director of Skyscanner, said that “what really gets up air traveller’s noses is fellow passengers who smell bad. The message from Skyscanner is simple: take a shower and pack breath mints before boarding a flight if you want to stay on the good side of your fellow passengers.”

A word of advice? Try our travel size oral care products when you go on your next trip!

Source: Travel Daily News

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Bad Breath Remedies

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

No one likes having bad breath (halitosis) or smelling it on someone else.  Halitosis comes from the Latin word “halitus,” meaning breath.  As you probably know by now, if we do not care for our teeth and gums properly, bacteria will grow and cause problems like tooth decay.

Finding the correct bad breath/halitosis cure for you may not be easy, because there are a plethora of causes that need different solutions.   There are a variety of causes…everything from rotten food inside the mouth, lung abscess during bronchitis, poor digestion, and other medical conditions.

Saliva is the body’s natural defense against dry mouth and oral malodor.  Saliva helps balance the good and bad bacterias by getting rid of food debris and other unwanted objects that can create foul-smelling compounds.  Saliva is the easiest cure to bad breath.  Morning breath is usually caused by the low production of saliva, so eating breakfast is important to get the salivary glands working in the morning.

Also, there are many foods (onions, coffee, and garlic) and excessive spices that can cause bad breath.  Some of these edibles can take up to 72 hours after digestion before one can smell them on someone’s breath.

Here are some common pointers to avoid halitosis:

  • Brushing regularly
  • Flossing/using mouthwash
  • Getting a dental checkup at least 2X/year
  • Chewing sugar-free gum to moisten the mouth
  • Eating fresh/fibrous vegetables
  • Drinking lots of water and other fluids (excluding sugar-added drinks)
  • Avoiding alcoholic beverages
  • Trying natural remedies like green cardamom, baking soda, and parsley/mint garnishes.

Good luck!

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Jennifer Aniston Has Coffee Breath

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Various reports from Examiner and World News have recently declared that Jennifer Aniston has bad coffee breath!  There were pictures of her kissing Jason Bateman released from their filming for a scene from their upcoming movie, The Baster.   Behind the scenes, there apparently was some drama because Jason stopped the kissing scene so that Jennifer would have a mint.

Also, an older report from US Magazine states that Alec Baldwin joked that kissing Jennifer was “painful” because of her coffee breath.  He stated “every man who’s had to make out with her in TV and movies – I don’t know how they do it,” after kissing her for 30 Rock.