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What Are Receding Gums and What Causes Them?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

Receding gums (commonly misspelled as receeding gums), also known as gingival recession, describes the loss of gum tissue, potentially exposing the roots of one’s teeth. It generally happens the most to people in their 40s and older, but can sometimes start in the teen years. It is one of the main indicators of periodontal disease (also known as periodontitis, gingivitis, or gum disease).

Some causes of receding gums include:

- Brushing too hard with a toothbrush that has hard bristles. This causes the enamel by the gum line to erode.
- Periodontal disease
- Lack of adequate flossing and/or brushing. This allows bacteria / tartar buildup, which results in enzymes eating away the bone of your teeth
- Chewing tobacco. This affects the mucus membrane lining in the oral cavity and causes receding gums over a certain amount of time
- Bruxism (teeth grinding)
- Adult orthodontic moving of the teeth
- Lip or tongue piercings can wear away the part of the gum that rubs against them
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), an ingredient that is in most toothpastes
- An uncommon cause is an adult tooth not growing out of the right place in the gum

It usually takes time for the gums to recede, and can often remain unnoticed. Some receding gums symptoms include the following:

- The teeth may be sensitive to hot, cold, sweet, sour, and spicy sensations. This is possibly because the dentin tubules might be exposed to external stimuli.
- Teeth may look longer than normal.
- Roots of the teeth may be seen.
- Tooth may feel notched at the gum line
- Teeth discoloration (due to the difference between the color of the enamel and cementum)
- Spaces appear between teeth due to the gums not being there anymore
- Cavities below gum line

NOTE: If receding gums are caused by gingivitis, you may also have these symptoms:
- Swollen/inflamed, red, or puffy gums
- Gum bleeding while brushing or flossing
- Bad breath

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Dr. Katz on Denver News

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

http://www.drkatz.com Dr Katz, America’s Bad Breath Expert, goes over bad breath causes and cures on Denver News!

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Dr. Katz’ Interview with Jim Blasingame

Friday, August 7th, 2009


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Green Tea Prevents Bad Breath

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Studies are showing that green tea can eliminate bad breath (halitosis). Thus far, green tea has been used for countless things:  preventing cancer, stroke, heart disease, weight loss, and so on.  Green tea has polyphenols, which are antioxidants that protect cells from damage.  The tea extracts help rid the body of disease-causing organisms since the antioxidants raise the body’s immune system. 

The malefic bacteria in our mouths can cause tooth decay and bad breath.  Pace University recently did a study on how effective green tea is at getting rid of bad breath.  In this research project, they mixed green tea with the bacteria that cause tooth decay and strep throat.  Results showed that green tea inhibited the bacterial growth by 30% and decreased the amount of bad breath-producing compounds.  Drinking green tea may also help one prevent getting sore throats and colds, since it helps fight the bacteria harboring in the throat. 

This same study also proved that green tea helps toothpaste and mouthwash fight viruses by eliminating bacteria.  Although, when researchers added green tea to the toothpaste, the bacteria were fairly inhibited, helping the toothpaste effectively fight off the oral viruses.  The malefic bacteria that multiply in the mouth create bad breath-causing compounds.  The tea inhibits these pathogens and helps destroy the foul-smelling compounds, thus putting a halt to bad breath.  Green tea also helps remove plague buildup within your gums and teeth.  Plague is another contributor to bad breath.

Tips to use green tea to combat bad breath:

1)  Drink plenty of green tea.
2)  Use it as a mouthwash.  Rinse your mouth with it before and after brushing your teeth. 
3)  Mix it with your toothpaste before toothbrushing.
 
So for now, skip conventional breath mints– sugar only will make halitosis worse.

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Katy Perry Hates Men with Bad Breath

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

According to ANI, singer Katy Perry can’t handle men who have bad breath.  She wrote on her Twitter page that she won’t date a guy who had an issue with halitosis / extreme bad breath.

She was quoted as saying “”I mean, ladies, how many times did u think that guy was hot but just couldn’t deal with his breath?  Sense of smell is most important! Agree?’

“Someone next to me has a bad case of halitosis and won’t stop talking. I can’t breathe. Don’t know him but wonder if anyone’s ever told him.’

“Are you the type of friend that wouldn’t tell ur friend if they had something stuck in their teeth?  What about bad breath?  Wouldn’t you wanna know (sic)?’”

So if you’re around Katy Perry, make sure to keep some chewing gum or mints handy…

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