Archive for January, 2010

Laser Treatment: Bad Breath Cure

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

laser treatment for bad breath

What’s another bad breath cure?  A scientist in Israeli has suggested using laser treatment to get rid of bad breath.  Allegedly, this 15-minute technique has worked on 53 patients with chronic halitosis

These patients were said to suffer from a form of bad breath that wafted from the tonsil region.  Generally, bad breath is caused by the buildup of anaerobic bacteria around the line of the gums and teeth.  These bacteria release a certain malodor, but in some cases, these bacteria can breed in the tonsil’s grooves. 

It is said that the laser treatment goes to the tonsil’s infected regions and creates scar tissue that seals the grooves, preventing bacteria from proliferating in those areas.  According to sources, more than half of the patients were cured with one laser treatment, and the others needed two or three laser treatments.

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Dog Breath Remedy

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Most of us are used to the thought of dogs having bad breath, but that may not be a good thing. The dog could have serious health issues causing chronic halitosis. Bad breath is caused by the same anaerobic bacteria that causes this malodor in humans, and these bacteria generally give off a rotten egg smell, since a sulfur substance is excreted. True, dogs may eat and chew on things like rotten bones, and so on, but chronic bad breath can mean serious complications like periodontal disease. It’s a good idea to bring your dog to the vet to try and get a diagnosis. The vet will make some recommendations on what can remedy this condition, based on what causes it. Probiotics may even be helpful in remedying the halitosis. TheraBreath sells a formula specially designed for cats and dogs: just click here for our dog breath remedy. This way, you can make sure your dog kisses from Fido aren’t smelly!

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Bad Breath

Monday, January 18th, 2010

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Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is mainly caused by a bacteria that is allegedly anaerobic. The bacteria lives off of dental plaque on the teeth and gum line. Plaque tends to build up in the places in the oral cavity that lack oxygen the most.

Certain foods can cause halitosis more than others, like onion, garlic, and other spices. The smell caused by anaerobic bacteria, however, lasts much longer and is stronger than the bad breath smell caused by certain herbs. These bacteria also get nourishment from certain foods we eat, especially meat, milk, and fish. That is why proper oral hygiene is so important!

Xerostamia, more commonly known as dry mouth, is a condition that occurs when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. Saliva actually has a very important role in keeping the mouth clean and removing food particles. Without these actions, one is much more likely to have bad breath. The salivary glands tend to stop working when one is asleep, which is why morning breath is so common.

Certain medical conditions are known for causing halitosis. Sinus problems and discharges, as well as other biological secretions can come out of the oral cavity, thus contributing to the smell of malodor. Tonsillitis, chronic lung infections like bronchitis, gastritis and other throat infections can cause bad breath. Also, if one has diabetes and does not control it, he or she may have a fruity breath smell, whereas liver failure can cause a fishy smell.

Lastly, if you have any concerns about your medical condition, you should go see a licensed physician.

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85% of People Have Gum Disease, a Major Cause of Bad Breath and Other Problems

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

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According to the World Health Organization, reports showed that 85% of adults in the US have a type of gum disease, and most are not aware of it.  Various symptoms of gum disease include: swollen, red, tender, bleeding or receding gums; sensitive teeth; obvious plaque, tartar or calculus; persistent bad breath; spaces developing between teeth; or loose or mobile teethBad breath, also known as halitosis, is another common symptom.  These symptoms occur because the body’s immune system is responding to an infection caused by “bad” bacteria in the gums.  People usually ignore the symptoms or don’t take them too seriously, since they probably cannot see the infected regions of the gums.  Just as you would take care of an open wound on your hand, the open wound in your mouth should be remedied.

Why is it so important to treat gum disease as soon as you know that you have it?  Well, gum disease has been linked to major ailments such as:

  • Preterm/Babies with Low Birthweight
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Blood Clots and Strokes

Knowing this, you should go to the dentist and have him/her diagnose the problem.  The dentist will probably propose a solution to the gum disease (and bad breath!) that includes getting rid of the bad bacteria.  There is also something called PerioTherapy, which is a long-term cure to gum disease.  When treating gingivitis/periodontitis, one must be diligent, otherwise the gum disease can return.

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Keep Your Teeth White Naturally (and Avoid Bad Breath at the Same Time!)

Friday, January 8th, 2010

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Here are some pointers that will help keep your teeth whiter and minimize the occurence of bad breath:

1) Avoid bubbly soda pop and other acidic beverages. Drinks, like sports beverages, have enamel-stripping acids, like phosphoric, citric, malic, and tartaric acids. If you find that you need to drink them, rinse your mouth out with water afterwards.

2) Drink tea instead of orange juice. Unfortunately, even though there are tons of benefits from orange juice, the acids also help strip away the enamel, the protector of your teeth. You can try to drink black or green tea instead, because not only do they not harm the enamel, but they also contain fluoride.

3) Eat more greens, along with other vegetables and fruits. This prevents staining of your teeth. Apples, carrots, and celery help remove stains, whereas spinach, lettuce, and broccoli can act as stain barriers.

4) Eat some yogurt! Yogurt, which is full of probiotics, seems to help in the prevention of gum disease and tooth loss. If you have a couple of ounces each day, your oral health will benefit. The probiotics, also known as “good” bacteria, help balance the flora in your mouth, as well as your gut.

5) Use straws. If you use a straw, you mimimize the contact that certain beverages (ie. cola, iced tea, etc.) have with your teeth. If you put the tip of the straw by the back of your mouth, there is less contact between the teeth and the acids.

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