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Celiac Disease / Gluten Intolerance Causes Bad Breath

Friday, September 11th, 2009

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There are many different causes of bad breath, as most of us know by now. Another cause is gluten intolerance (also known as celiac disease), which can cause halitosis, white tongue (a coating of white on the tongue that will not go away), and mucus in the throat.

Since the body’s own immune system causes damage with celiac disease, it is said to be an autoimmune disorder. This disease exists in one’s digestive and damages the small intestine, not allowing the correct absorption of nutrients. What happens is the small intestine is damaged as gluten is consumed, and the villi on the lining of the small intestine are lost. These villi are supposed to be what is absorbing the nutrients into the bloodstream. Without villi, a person becomes malnourished, no matter how much he or she eats. Those who have this disease cannot tolerate gluten, which is often found in rye, wheat, barley, oats, and so on.

This disease runs in families, and can be triggered by pregnancy, childbirth, viral infections, surgery, or severe emotional trauma. Different people have different symptoms.

One way to know that you might have a problem with gluten is if you begin a diet that is gluten-free and the symptoms (like bad breath, bloating and gas) go away. Some people with mild cases of this disease may never be diagnosed, so their sensitivity to gluten remains unexplained. However, other health issues can cause similar symptoms, so do not jump to conclusions until you have a solid diagnosis.

In order to get diagnosed with celiac disease, one usually needs to run blood tests that check for the antibodies antigliadin, anti-endomysium and antireticulin.

For those who have a genetic predisposition to celiac disease, there might not be a cure, and the only way to deal with this problem is to simply avoid gluten. If you do have a gluten intolerance and continue eating gluten, you are more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.

It is thought that some people may never be diagnosed with celiac disease because the case may be mild, but they might still have a gluten sensitivity.

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Gum Disease

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Article: Gum Disease

 Dr Katz, America’s Bad Breath Expert, discusses what bleeding gums mean and how to get rid of gum disease.

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Bad Breath

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Bad breath, especially morning breath, can be a problem for everyone. Sometimes mouthwash is not enough, and the problem is chronic. Dry mouth can be a main cause of bad breath, since saliva is the the body’s natural defense against oral bacteria. Many things can cause dry mouth, including alcohol, medicines, stress, medical conditions, nasal infections, foods high in protein, smoking and poor oral hygiene. Since bad breath can be so embarrassing, it is no surprise that it can cause social problems and mental problems. Some people may be afraid to talk to others or refuse to go out. Seclusion can cause depression and if the sufferers take up comfort eating, weight gain can also occur.

Which remedies for bad breath actually work? Baking soda has been involved in many home remedies, and in some situations, it does not work. However, with bad breath it tends to work. If you brush your teeth and tongue with a tiny bit of baking soda, it can make the mouth have a less hospitable environment for the bad breath-causing bacteria to grow.

Also, homemade tea tree mouthwashes have become more popular in the fight against bad breath. Tea tree is supposed to be a powerful disinfectant, so if you add just a few drops of tea tree oil to your mouthwash, you’re already on your way to fresher breath. Also, there are other ingredients that you can add to your mouthwash in order to make your breath fresher, such as peppermint. Rinse your mouth out at least two times a day and you will very likely have an improvement in the way your breath smells!

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Tonsil Stones

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Article: Tonsil Stones

 Dr. Katz discusses tonsil stones, how to cure them, and what causes them. Tonsilloliths are very often misdiagnosed.

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Halitosis

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Halitosis  Dr. Katz explains the causes and cures of halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath.

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