Archive for June, 2013

Kick Your Smoking Habit and Improve Oral Health

Friday, June 7th, 2013

1046564_88750920If you are a smoker, you probably know the effects that tobacco can have on your oral health, but the addictive properties make kicking the habit much easier said than done. May 31 was World No Tobacco Day, so why not take a day off from smoking to prove to yourself that you can go 24 hours without a cigarette and improve your bad breath from the habit? Long-time smokers can suffer from a number of ailments in the mouth, including gum disease and tooth decay. The chemicals and tar in cigarettes wreak havoc on the oral cavity, and it can lead to the development of oral cancers and precancers.

Research shows that smoking can have various negative effects on the mouth. Smoking can reduce the amount of blood that flows to the gums, so nutrients like vitamin C cannot reach these areas to help with healing any gum or oral health issues. Once the gums become separated from the teeth, bacteria can get caught in these deep pockets. This can lead to gum disease and tooth decay over time.

If you notice that your gums are separating or they are sensitive, swollen and bleed easily, you can benefit from taking oral probiotics to balance out the additional bacteria. Probiotics’ “good” bacteria have been receiving praise for their ability to get rid of their harmful counterparts. Oral probiotics can reduce the amount of bacteria that get trapped between the gums, improve your breath and more. Although the best way to avoid these symptoms is to quit smoking, taking daily probiotics can help you while you are trying to kick the habit.

Smoker’s breath
Smoking cigarettes is harmful in many ways, and while it’s certainly bad for your health, having smoker’s breath can put a damper on social situations. People who smoke cigarettes for an extended period of time often have bad breath, even if they haven’t smoked a cigarette in hours. Since smoking can cause dry mouth, you won’t have an appropriate amount of saliva to wash away the tobacco-y smell that lingers behind. Here are a few ways to get rid of smoker’s breath:

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Common Household Ingredient Poses Health Risks

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

312802_4062Have you ever heard of Triclosan? Chances are you haven’t (unless you read this blog regularly), but it is probably in a number of items currently in your home. Developed more than 40 years ago, this ingredient that is used to kill germs and is found in 75 percent of antibacterial soaps is ineffective and potentially harmful. As one of the most researched ingredients commonly used in household products, Triclosan is going to be under review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this year. Because of this harmful substance’s germ-fighting powers, it is also in some toothpaste as an ingredient to combat gingivitis.

Advocates and lawmakers have put pressure on the FDA to test the safety of this ingredient, as previous studies have proved that Triclosan in animals has caused negative health effects. Allison Aiello, professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health noted that current knowledge of the chemical shows that the risks outweigh the benefits. Triclosan and other ingredients commonly found in household products have not been formally approved by U.S. health regulators because they were developed before modern-day laws required scientific review of ingredients.

One of the most daunting products that feature Triclosan as an ingredient is toothpaste. You can still find toothpaste for bad breath and gingivitis without resorting to one with harmful chemicals. Exposure to Triclosan can cause damage to the endocrine system, birth defects and a weakened immune system. However, some companies will disguise this ingredient on the label, so be aware of products containing the following: Additive B, Biofresh, Cloxifenolum, Irgasan (DP 300 or PG 60), Lexol-300, Microban or Ster-Zac.

You may want to consider good toothpaste that contains all-natural ingredients, no added dyes or artificial flavorings.

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