Archive for February, 2013

Don’t be Tempted with Heart-shaped Treats that Ruin Your Breath

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

1372875_16082968Ever wonder why winter holidays are famous for their delicious treats? We sure did! From Christmas to Valentine’s Day, seasonal aisles are packed to the brim with tasty chocolates, candies and cookies. Not only are some of these goodies terrible for your waistline, but they can quickly ruin the romantic mood by causing bad breath and other oral health issues. Gooey and sugary candies can wreak havoc on your mouth, but luckily there are several healthier alternatives to satiate your sweet tooth this time of the year. Here are a few to avoid: 

Chocolate-covered peeps
Formally an Easter-themed treat, peeps are taking over Valentines with a bit of food coloring and a change of heart – you won’t find these candies shaped like bunnies this season. Although fairly low in calories, these candies will stay in your mouth long after you’ve devoured them. Gooey candies, like peeps, can easily get stuck in your teeth and in the crevices of your mouth. Since they are made of almost primarily sugar, it will attract bacteria to stick around in your mouth. This can cause bad breath in a jiffy, possibly prompting your Valentine’s date to scurry out the door.

Reese’s heart
Ooey, gooey centers are by far the worst candies for you, but sticky peanut butter filling is equally as harmful. The highly-processed filling contains oils and preservatives, which are fairly dangerous to your overall health, but Reese’s in general are also bad for your teeth. Just like the peeps, these candies get stuck in your teeth and in the crevices of your mouth quickly.

Turtles
Simply biting into the caramel goodness of a turtle just causes the “yum” reflex to kick in, but these treats are among the worst for your teeth. Caramel is even sticker than peanut butter, so it can stick around for quite some time. Luckily, the little bit of crunch in these candies can scrape away some of the caramel, but these are still on the “bad” list. If you must indulge, make sure to drink some water afterward and limit yourself to one treat.

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Get Some Extra Love This Valentine’s Day!

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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Hey there,

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner (can you believe it?!). Life can get hectic but it’s always a good idea to have kissable, fresh breath, especially on Valentine’s Day. 

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Since this is the holiday for couples, we couldn’t just offer one Valentine’s Day deal. We thought you might want to get your sweetie something nice, like guaranteed fresh breath or whiter teeth, so for the next eight days, SHIPPING IS ON US when you make a purchase of $25 or more* – just use your VIP coupon code CLUV13.

While we can’t guarantee a French kiss, when you use TheraBreath products you won’t get caught with bad breath even if you do indulge in a little garlic, chocolate or a cocktail (if you aren’t driving) on your hot date out with your sweetie.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

XOXO,

Your friends at TheraBreath

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Get the Down-low on Carbonated Beverages and Oral Health

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

971007_78091126We all know that gulping down a tall glass of water can do wonders to our health, but sometimes H2O doesn’t satisfy your craving for something bubbly. Before you reach for your drink of choice, you may be surprised to find out that not all carbonated beverages are created equal – especially when it comes to the health of your mouth. Bad breath is often a nasty side effect of sipping on a can of soda, but your entire mouth may be taking a hit. Here are the best and worst carbonated beverages on the market and why you should skip it or grab it:

Sparkling water
Sometimes it isn’t the sugary taste you’re craving, but the bubbly sensation. Carbonated water is basically just that – fizzy water. However, the consumption of seltzer water doesn’t increase enamel erosion, and in fact the minerals in the water actually offer a protective coating on the teeth. Carbonated water can also help improve gastrointestinal problems, which often cause bad breath. These beverages can sometimes help digestion and make sure that food is moving through your system properly. If you’re going to sip on carbonated water, skip the flavors, as they are considered potentially erosive. 

Cola
Cola is one of the most acidic beverages on the market, most colas have a pH level close to vinegar. Not only will this erode your teeth, but it can cause major stomach issues. Cola is one of the top best-selling beverages on the market, but this beverage has countless bad effects on the entire body. A 12-ounce serving of cola contains an average of 39 grams of sugar and can wreak havoc in your mouth. The sticky syrup of cola can stick around in your mouth if you’re not washing it down with water, leading to bacteria accumulation, halitosis and tooth erosion.

“Tooth loss, periodontal disease, and gingivitis can be problems, especially with a high phosphorus intake, particularly from soft drinks. All kinds of bone problems can occur with prolonged calcium deficiency, which causes a decrease in bone mass,” according to Elson M. Haas’ “The Detox Diet: A How-To & When-To Guide for Cleansing the Body.”

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Use Nature’s Wonders to Whiten Your Teeth

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

1372796_96776396Our mouths are the gateway to our health, and one of the first things a person notices about one another – keeping it fresh and clean is important. If you’re going on a first date, heading to a high school reunion or sitting down for your first class in college, having a great smile can boost your confidence and even make you look younger. As we age, our teeth naturally get yellow because of all the food and beverages that attack them. Whitening your teeth can make you feel more comfortable in your skin, but you don’t have to use harsh chemicals to peel off the layers of nasty yellow to make that happen. Teeth whitening begins with your diet and regular regimen of oral health care, but there are many great products that will help give your pearly whites the natural shine they once had!

Keep it fresh
Apples, carrots and celery are great natural teeth whitening remedies. The abrasiveness of these fruits and veggies work like a toothbrush to lift stains and cleanse the teeth – who knew a teeth whitener could be so inexpensive? The starch-like compound found in these types of produce can work wonders if you work them into your daily diet. Other veggies like spinach, lettuce and broccoli work to protect your teeth against harsh stains because they contain mineral compounds that form a film over the teeth. You may think that seems like a bad thing, but this film actually protects your teeth against food and drinks that will stain them. These healthy foods will also help fight against bad breath – double whammy!

Get out that floss
“People underestimate how important staining is that happens in between the teeth,” Arthur Glosman, a dentist in Beverly Hills told The Huffington Post. “If you just floss, you can remove so much of the staining that’s in between the teeth that your teeth will already look whiter.”

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Get the Family into a Healthy Routine this Year

Friday, February 1st, 2013

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Most people are striving for good physical and mental health, and with the new year upon us, many are taking this time to reevaluate their routine to look and feel better. Committing to good oral health care is the perfect New Year’s resolution for young and old because it is an essential part of becoming a healthy person. Our mouths are the gateway to our health, and bad breath, cavities and other issues make it apparent that we are not taking good care of ourselves. The California Dental Association urges people young and old to practice good hygiene this year.

Make it a family effort
Resolutions and goals are always easier when you have someone to share them with! Why not make it a goal for the entire family to get better about their oral health? Parents should encourage their children to be brushing their teeth for two minutes, two times a day, along with flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash if children are old enough. If parents begin encouraging these practices when kids are young, it’s much more likely that the practice will just become a natural part of their daily routine. Maintaining such routines will help combat bad breathand other diseases like gum disease later in life. The CDA suggests replacing your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles show signs of wear because worn-out brushes aren’t able to properly clean the teeth and mouth of food particles.

“Removing plaque from the mouth keeps teeth and gums healthy, and the best way to do that is by brushing and flossing,” CDA President Lindsey Robinson, a pediatric dentist, said. “It’s important to brush with a fluoride toothpaste as fluoride reduces bacteria levels in the mouth. It also remineralizes tooth surfaces to make them stronger.”

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