Archive for November, 2012

Why does your mouth dry out during stressful times?

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Have you ever noticed that when you are stressed out or feel anxious that your mouth is dry and uncomfortable? Well, that’s no coincidence! Anxiety dry mouth is a real condition, and it affects people who suffer from a wide range of anxiety, from everyday stress to irrational fears and paralyzing phobias.

According to the Calm Clinic, anxiety dry mouth is caused by a lack of production in the salivary glands, and it is fear induced. Although anxiety attacks may only last about 10 minutes, they can still cause your body and mind go into an ultimate panic and your breathing to become irregular. During an attack, you are often breathing through the mouth, and typically at a very rapid pace, which could cause you to feel as though you are gasping for air. In these types of situations, bodily fluids like saliva are diverted to other areas of the body. This causes the mouth and throat to dry out, which can potentially be painful and holds the possibility of lasting much longer than the actual anxiety attack.

Dry mouth can be a symptom of stress, as well. Whether you are going through a major life change, like marriage or a big move, or just dealing with your job or traffic, stress can cause your mouth to dry out. Treatment of dry mouth that is caused by stress can be prevented by using a humidifier, drinking 8-9 glasses of water, taking a hot shower and chewing on sugarfree gum.

“Anxiety and stress wreak havoc on the body. There is an increased amount of stomach acid as a result of stress and anxiety,” Dr. Stacey Silvers of Madison ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery told Yahoo! Voices. “Testing, including my own office tests, has shown acid reflux to make it as high as into the back of the nose. Stomach acid is a pH of 2 and can kill off some of the healthy bacteria that we count on to keep our oral cavity healthy and hydrated.”

When dry mouth turns bad

When we have dry mouth, it decreases the amount of saliva in our mouth, which is supposed to be there to help rinse down bacteria that collect in our mouths. So not only do you have an uncomfortable sandpaper tongue, but the bacteria that causes bad breath is just sitting at the back of your throat. Yuck! Suffering from dry mouth because of anxiety or depression is difficult enough, but the last thing you want to worry about is having bad breath. Luckily, this is preventable.

Destress yourself regularly

Some people think that meditation is silly, but give it a shot. You don’t have to go to a specialized facility and sit in a room with a bunch of other people, because you can easily destress in the comfort of your own home. Go to a room without a television or any loud sounds. Dim the lights, and maybe light a candle. Just sit down in a comfortable position and breath. It sounds like nothing, but it’s not! Focus on counting your breath, because it will help keep your mind from straying away. Try to do this at least once a week, in whatever way you feel most comfortable. You can even destress by going for a run in the fresh air or taking a relaxing bubble bath.

In addition to urging your mind to remain calm, there are other ways to battle dry mouth. Refrain from using any mouthwash that has alcohol in it, because these types of products can actually exacerbate the issue. Make sure to use all natural mouthwash and toothpaste, which will rinse away any bacteria that can cause bad breath. Products like these will also help keep your mouth moist.

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Keep a fresh mouth for holiday parties

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Probiotics offer a wide array of health benefits for people, and many take these supplements for stomach issues, but a recent study also found that these are very beneficial for your teeth and oral health as well. Oral care probiotics were found to have positive effects on gingivitis, bad breath and cavity development.

Now is the perfect time to get up-to-date on oral health because the holiday season is now underway. From holiday parties to family events, many people will be interacting with others on a regular basis for the next couple months and – of course – you want to look and feel your best. If you are suffering from bad breath and other health issues, probiotics can be a great addition to a diet that will give you added confidence and a great smile.

If you are suffering from bad breath, going out to public places may be unappealing. The thought of talking up-close with someone when you may be putting them off by your stinking breath can make or break a night out on the town. You may think that carrying around breath mints and gum will help in these dire situations, but these temporary solutions may actually make things worse. If you like to carry around these goodies, make sure they are sugar-free because sugar feeds bacteria in the mouth – gross.

TheraBreath Multi Symptom Probiotics SystemWhen you are going to holiday parties, you are probably sipping on cocktails and chowing down on snacks that may contain stinky foods like onion and garlic. So if you feel like you may need to sneak away to pop a breath mint or chew on a stick of gum, making sure that it is oxygenating or zync gum will freshen the breath. There are also all-natural breath mints that help neutralize VSC’s to get rid of bad breath at the source instead of simply masking them. Refreshing breath strips can be helpful in these situations, as long as they don’t contain any alcohol because it only dries out the mouth more.

Research shows that probiotics can help decrease cavities and limit bad breath, as well as decrease the probability of getting gum disease and oral thrush. The good bacteria in oral care probiotics have significant health benefits. Probiotics work in two different ways to improve the health of your mouth, because they modify the proteins in your mouth and affect the way bad bacteria builds in your mouth while promoting healthy bacteria growth. Similarly, some probiotic strains can colonize surfaces of the mouth, making the health benefits of these products last much longer.

“We have also seen when probiotics were administered straight to the gum, that we did see a decrease in periodontal disease as well,” Denise Cole, a registered dietitian, said. “Probiotic milks and yogurts are a good source of those probiotics for you, and there are also over-the-counter pills.”

Oral care probiotics can also help eliminate periodontal disease, which affects the tissues of the mouth such as the roots, sockets and gums that help support the teeth. This diseases can lead to other harmful mouth issues like inflammation of tissues, receding gums, infected sockets, tooth loss and painful abscessed teeth. Probiotics help distribute symbiotic bacteria throughout the oral cavity. People who experience this issue may notice bleeding while brushing or flossing in the early stages, but growth of bacteria and inflammation can be eliminated by taking probiotics.

Maintaining overall oral health by using all-natural products and oral care probiotics will eliminate the worry of stinking up the room with your breath. 

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