Archive for October, 2012

The best and worst treats for your teeth

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Everyday we intake food and drinks that stain our teeth. Some of us have become so addicted to certain treats that our teeth have been dyed an unsightly shade of yellow. Tooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in your body, but harsh food and drinks like soda, coffee and popcorn are much stronger. We all want bright, white teeth, and there are many products on the market that claim to produce sparkling results; however, some products can leave your teeth in even more troubling than before. Teeth whitening products found in stores strip the teeth of enamel, making them extra sensitive to extreme temperatures and prone to chipping. Below are some of the top villains and heroes of teeth.

Soft Drinks

Many people love fizzy drinks, but these are some of the worst beverages for your teeth. Not only do they contain a large amount of sugar that spoils those pearly whites, the high acid content does major damage. Corrosive acids like malic, citric, phosphoric and tartaric are in these types of beverages, and their favorite meal is your teeth. Surprisingly, clear, citrus-flavored drinks are worse than colas. Energy drinks fall under this category, too.

Gummy Vitamins

What?! You may be taking these vitamins thinking “These are good for me, and delicious, double whammy!” Unfortunately, they can contain a concentrated acid that sticks on your teeth and causes damage. If you are taking these, make sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards to clear the mouth of any leftover gummies.

 

Sports Drinks

This is another villain that often claims to be good for you, but don’t be fooled. Some of these drinks contain a high concentration of acid and sugar that tears apart the teeth. If you tend to rehydrate yourself with sports drinks, try to make the switch to water or coconut water that contains very high levels of potassium to hydrate you much better than these acidic counterparts.

Starchy foods

Things like white bread, pasta and potato chips are major culprits of an unhealthy mouth. Even though they may not seem sugary, these carbo-loaded treats turn are just sugar in disguise. The starch almost immediately turns into sugar and eats away at the teeth.

Nuts

Many nuts contain high levels of calcium for healthy teeth and gums, while providing your body with tons of vitamins and minerals. Chomping on peanuts, almonds, cashews or walnuts will make for extra healthy teeth.

Dairy products

It’s no surprise that calcium-filled products like milk, yogurt and cheese can keep teeth nice and strong. These products help replace minerals into teeth, and enriched milk has vitamin D which helps the body utilize all the calcium goodness of these snacks.

Tea

Sipping on green or black tea is healthy for you in many ways. These wonder drinks contain polyphenols that interact with plaque causing bacteria, preventing them from growing or producing acid that kills teeth.

H20

What isn’t water good for? When it comes to oral health, water is a valuable tool. It is the primary component of saliva, acts as a rinsing agent for food and sugary drinks and can strengthen the enamel of teeth if it is fluoridated. Slurp up as much water throughout the day as you can, and make sure to drink a glass after eating or drinking anything bad for the teeth.

Consuming products high in fiber, like broccoli, helps the enamel stay strong, or drinking a glass of milk before or during a meal will help re-harden the teeth. This will help the teeth from turning yellow. Professional teeth whitening products are the best for getting extra pearly whites. For those with extra sensitive teeth, sensitive treatment plans are great solutions.

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Favorite beverages that cause bad breath

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

coffee-bad-breathHaving bad breath can put a damper on many social activities, especially when it is caused by our favorite morning beverages or after-dinner cocktails. These beverages often cause dry mouth which prompts bad breath. If you find yourself sneaking to the bathroom to pop a breath mint or masking the stinky smell with gum, there may be better ways to combat the bacteria growth in your mouth to stop bad breath once and for all.

Coffee gets us through the day, warms us up on a cold afternoon and gives us a reason to sit down and chat with an old friend. But, since we often take on the scent of foods and beverages that we intake, the pungent smell of coffee can stay on our breath long after a cafe date is over.

One of the main reasons behind bad coffee breath is the things we add to it – pouring a splash of milk or dash of sugar into a cup of joe can be a culprit of bad breath. Sugar feeds the bacteria that is found in our mouths, creating growth and ultimately bad breath. Similarly, milk is known for its stinky afterthought. Milk is rich in protein, which leads to the odors in the mouth. When bacteria in the mouth breaks down the lactose protein, aminos are released, causing a sulfur smell in the mouth.

Coffee itself is a very acidic beverage and it accelerates the reproduction of bacteria in the mouth. If you feel your mouth tastes or smells sour or metallic after sipping on a cup of coffee, this is why. Swapping out coffee for tea is a great solution. Coffee-fiends that can’t imagine their life without the bitter drink should make sure to drink water afterwards and rinse the mouth with an all-natural mouthwash.

Another casual beverage that causes not-so-pleasant breath is alcohol. Yep, the ultimate social drink results in bad breath. Consuming alcohol causes the mouth to dry out, which leads to bad breath because the mouth doesn’t have any saliva to wash down the bacteria. Many people experience this especially after waking up after a night of drinking. Before going to bed after a night out with friends, use an all-natural toothpaste that doesn’t dry out the mouth and kills bacteria at the source.

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Bad breath dates back to the days of mummies

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

If you think halitosis is something new, think again. Bad breath has been around for ages, and researchers are only now beginning to understand just how long. For example, researchers from the University of Western Ontario in Canada recently examined the mummified corpse of a young man from Egypt who died around 2,100 years ago. To their surprise, they discovered that this man’s life may have been cut short not by a plague or some other cause that people usually think of when they think about the days of the pharaohs. Rather, his death was likely due to his mouthful of cavities.

According to the researchers, the man was in such poor dental health that infections in his mouth caused by oral problems may have lead to his demise (and likely some terrible halitosis). If only alcohol-free mouthwash and oral care probiotics had been available in ancient times – then he might have survived.

A long history of halitosis

Yahoo! News reported on the findings, which showed that the man had, in fact, visited an ancient dentist who tried to pack his cavities using linen dipped in fig juice or cedar oil.

“The dental treatment, filling a large inter-proximal cavity [a cavity between two teeth] with a protective, likely medicine-laden, barrier is a unique example of dental intervention in ancient Egypt,” said the study’s authors.

While this may have helped, the man still succumbed to dental infections a few weeks later. With that much tooth decay, his breath truly must have been terrible. Tooth decay and gum disease are signs of increased bacteria in the mouth, which leads to halitosis.

Bad breath has been around since the dawn of time, and people have been searching for ways to get rid of halitosis for just as long. For example, Smell Well reports that the Hebrew Talmud mentions a bad breath cure that involves dough water, olive oil and salt. Furthermore, the ancient text also recommends holding a pepper between your teeth to eliminate bad breath.

While these “cures” are certainly interesting, none of them are truly effective. Even to this day, people recommend a barrage of herbs and foods to get rid of halitosis, but none of these offer long-term solutions. The best way to banish bad breath is to use specialty breath fresheners like alcohol-free mouthwash.

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TheraBreath wins the New York Magazine mouthwash throw down!

Monday, October 15th, 2012

TheraBreath rated 'Irresistible' in a breath test by New York MagazineIn their October 1st issue, New York Magazine conducted a test of “Bad Breath Quick Fixes.” They also tested those little breath odor meter gizmos you sometimes see advertised on-line. Here is what they found out:

#1: Those “Bad Breath Checker” meters you can buy for a few bucks aren’t worth the price of shipping. According to tests conducted by the reviewer, they don’t accurately measure the strength or “offensive quality” of an odor.

#2: The only mouthwash that produced breath that smelled “IRRESISTIBLE” according to actual human beings and their noses was TheraBreath Oral Rinse! Even breath mints or fast dissolving strips didn’t produce this effect.

But don’t just take our word for it (we are, admittedly, a little biased). Read the article for yourself. Please make sure to click on the “Mouthwashes” tab to see what the New York Magazine reviewer and his wife thought of our mouthwash. (Spoiler alert: she said she’d be happy if he used TheraBreath Oral Rinse all the time).

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October brings dental hygiene awareness

Monday, October 8th, 2012

If you have bad breath, it’s important to remember that the only way to truly get rid of halitosis is to have a proper oral care regimen that you follow every day. While this may sound like common sense, you may be surprised to learn that Americans received an average score of “D” on a national dental health quiz administered by the American Dental Association (ADA). People were unaware of some of the most important ways to keep teeth healthy and avoid bad breath, such as when to replace their toothbrushes and how often to go to the dentist.

“The results of the survey were quite shocking and really show how important it is for people to become more involved in their own oral health,” said William R. Calnon, D.D.S., ADA president and a practicing dentist in Rochester, New York.

October is Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, and in honor of this occasion, now is a good time to go over some dental care basics and learn why practicing proper oral care is crucial if you want to cure bad breath.

Keep that bacteria in check

First, you need to understand what causes oral hygiene problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and halitosis, and that’s bacteria. Your mouth has so much bacteria in it that if you were able to see them all, it could take all week.

According to Dentistry IQ, nobody knows for sure how much bacteria there is in the mouth, but they do know that it multiplies fast. In a perfect environment, such as a Petri dish, some species of oral bacteria can double their numbers every 20 minutes.

Bacteria also eat and produce waste like most other living organisms, wreaking havoc on your gums and dental enamel and causing some nasty bad breath. This is why you need to brush, floss and use alcohol-free mouthwash and oral care probiotics. These products are designed to help keep bacteria in check and introduce healthy bacteria in the mouth to counteract the bad.

Steps to follow

So what should you do to fight bacteria and keep your mouth healthy? Well, the steps are simple but, you have to do them every day. You can’t brush a few days a week and think you’re doing the trick, since bacteria in the mouth are constantly growing. This is why you have to brush twice a day, every day, and floss at least once.

Also, you should be using alcohol-free mouthwash daily, not only to prevent bad breath, but to keep from developing dry mouth. The bacteria in your mouth can thrive when there are insufficient amounts of saliva to wash them away, which is why you should avoid alcohol-based mouthwash.

You should also avoid snacking between meals, since eating throughout the day will keep your teeth coated in sugar and leftover food particles. Many people mistakenly believe that sugar causes cavities, but in reality, it merely acts as a snack for the bacteria in your mouth. So, stick to three meals a day and consider using alcohol-free mouthwash throughout the day to wash away any remnants of these meals. Remember, you shouldn’t brush after every meal, since this may wear away tooth enamel. Twice a day is enough for a healthy mouth.

Keep all of this in mind as you celebrate Dental Hygiene Awareness Month.

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