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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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Halitosis Drives People to Extreme Measures

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned from being a halitosis professional, it’s that people will try virtually anything to get rid of bad breath. And who can blame them? Oral odor is difficult to get rid of at the best of times, so much so that it’s usually advisable to ditch one’s run-of-the-mill dental products in favor of a specialty breath freshening regimen.

You see, specially formulated, all-natural products can moisten the mouth and oxygenate the palate, thereby neutralizing odors and effectively shoo-ing bacteria out of the oral environment. That’s the open secret of freshening breath: It all boils down to making life hard for your mouth’s microbes.

However, it’s important to do so without synthetic chemicals, irritants, allergens or other harsh substances. These ingredients generally make little or no progress in fighting bacteria; instead, they irritate the tissues in your mouth and parch your palate, making bad breath worse.

Yet these are the types of ingredients many Americans saturate their mouths with every day. And if you think that people won’t go to extremes in the effort to eliminate halitosis, well, buckle up.

Here is a list of some of the bizarrest substances used at one time or another in the fight against oral odor. And before you sneer at them, keep in mind that some of them are probably lurking in your medicine cabinet right now.

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The Best Mouthwash is One that Neutralizes Odor Naturally

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Use a common, alcohol-based mouthrinse, and you may find that your bad breath does not go away over time – or worse, that it slowly intensifies. At TheraBreath, we understand this problem. We believe that the best mouthwash is one that neutralizes halitosis naturally while moistening your mouth and keeping its pH balanced.

If you believe that irritation caused by alcoholic mouthwashes is an uncommon occurrence, think again. Numerous studies have  addressed the connection between canker sores and the synthetic chemicals found in typical oral rinses. Likewise, plenty of consumers complain about the ineffectiveness of these products.

For instance, in a recent letter to the UK Telegraph’s LifeCoach column, a reader noted that they suffer from chronic halitosis, even though they clean their teeth regularly. Nutritionist Sara Stanner responded that the best mouthwash, toothpaste and dental care regimens in general are those that promote oral moisture.

She emphasized that merely stimulating natural salivation can reduce the level of bad breath. At TheraBreath, we go one step further by providing products with natural ingredients that both encourage and preserve the production of moisture in the mouth.

Consider the new TheraBreath PLUS Oral Rinse, an oxygenating formula mouthwash containing zinc, tea tree oil, green tea, aloe vera, xylitol and mint oils. These substances do wonders for bad breath by attacking oral microbes and neutralizing their odor compounds.

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Is Bad Breath a Warning Sign of Major Illnesses?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

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Bad breath (halitosis), especially if its chronic, can sometimes be a symptom of a much more major dilemma. It is very important that people do not overlook this problem, because it can be a sign of a terminal illness. Dental experts have linked halitosis to everything from pneumonia, bronchitis, chronic sinus infections to liver problems, kidney problems, and diabetes. People who have gastritis can have halitosis because of their stomach’s high acidic levels.

Unfortunately, most people do not regard bad breath as a serious problem, and just try to disguise it with peppermint or mouthwash. Halitosis has also been linked to chronic acid reflux and constipation. If one is practicing good oral hygiene, and avoiding foods that cause strong odors like petai, onions, etc., then it is possible that one has a problem that is more than just bad breath.

Many people will find that chewing gum only hides the bad breath and bad tastes temporarily. According to dental experts, 80% of bad breath sufferers have a mouth-related illness causing the problem; however, few people actually make regular visits to the dentist as needed. Tooth decay, cavities, gingivitis, dry mouth (xerostamia, caused by the lack of saliva), and oral cancer all cause halitosis. If a person has gum disease and does not treat it, it can lead to serious damage to the gums and jawbone. Some sources say that mouthwashes containing alcohol have been linked to oral cancer!  TheraBreath is an example of a mouthwash that does NOT have alcohol as an ingredient.

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Bad Breath Remedies

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

No one likes having bad breath (halitosis) or smelling it on someone else.  Halitosis comes from the Latin word “halitus,” meaning breath.  As you probably know by now, if we do not care for our teeth and gums properly, bacteria will grow and cause problems like tooth decay.

Finding the correct bad breath/halitosis cure for you may not be easy, because there are a plethora of causes that need different solutions.   There are a variety of causes…everything from rotten food inside the mouth, lung abscess during bronchitis, poor digestion, and other medical conditions.

Saliva is the body’s natural defense against dry mouth and oral malodor.  Saliva helps balance the good and bad bacterias by getting rid of food debris and other unwanted objects that can create foul-smelling compounds.  Saliva is the easiest cure to bad breath.  Morning breath is usually caused by the low production of saliva, so eating breakfast is important to get the salivary glands working in the morning.

Also, there are many foods (onions, coffee, and garlic) and excessive spices that can cause bad breath.  Some of these edibles can take up to 72 hours after digestion before one can smell them on someone’s breath.

Here are some common pointers to avoid halitosis:

  • Brushing regularly
  • Flossing/using mouthwash
  • Getting a dental checkup at least 2X/year
  • Chewing sugar-free gum to moisten the mouth
  • Eating fresh/fibrous vegetables
  • Drinking lots of water and other fluids (excluding sugar-added drinks)
  • Avoiding alcoholic beverages
  • Trying natural remedies like green cardamom, baking soda, and parsley/mint garnishes.

Good luck!

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