Archive for January, 2014

Tongues Out Tuesday

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

391467_2009This is more than Miley Cyrus showing off her tonsils at the VMAs. Dozens of international celebrities have joined the ranks for Tongues Out Tuesday, posting pictures on social media of themselves sticking out their tongues. Actress Drew Barrymore snapped one with co-star Adam Sandler, Ke$ha surprised no one by licking her friend’s face and American-German model Heidi Klum wagged her tongue beside her two big dogs.

Oh, and yes, Miley did upload a selfie with a friend. Luckily, this time she didn’t have a coated tongue, which is a telltale sign of bad breath. The tongue’s surface turns that white or yellow color when it becomes colonized by bacteria or fungi, and dead cells get trapped between the tiny raised bumps called nodules.

So, if you want to partake in the new midweek ritual, pull out your smartphone, but make sure you don’t have halitosis!

Keep selfies from going sour
What are the best ways to check if you have oral odor? The traditional technique of breathing into your hand and smelling it is only effective if you want to smell your hand, experts say. Otherwise, here’s a better option: Lick your wrist, let it dry for five seconds and then smell the spot. If it stinks, chances are you need a breath freshener.

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Best and Worst Hors D’oeuvres for a Party

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Cut sausage and cold boiled pork with vegetablesThe New Year’s celebrations are over, the ball dropped; you’ve celebrated with your family and friends. Whether or not you’re already planning another party anytime soon, you pretty much know what to expect: Uncle Mike is walking around with a martini in his hand, and friend of a friend Suzy – who you’ve never liked – is bumping into people with her bad breath. She’s exhaling all over guests since she has that loud, guttural laugh. If you’re hosting a party or bringing any of the appetizers, be sure to cook foods that don’t worsen breath or reputations. Besides, alcohol and certain foods don’t mix. Discover the best and worst hors d’oeuvres to serve at a party – keep these in mind for next year’s shindig.

Worst hors d’oeuvres to serve

1. Garlicky bruschetta: Tasty, easy-to-make, perfect for any party, right? Wrong. These little tomato bread bites are something you won’t want to smell on your neighbor’s breath later in the night.

2. Cipollini onions braised in red wine: Despite being a Food Network favorite, this classy app is another bad breath offender. They are delicious, but only if you don’t want a kiss when the ball drops.

“Unfortunately, brushing after you eat onions or garlic doesn’t help,” Richard Price, dentist and spokesperson for the American Dental Association, explained to WebMD. “The volatile substances they contain make their way into your blood stream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out.”

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