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Better your health by combating dry mouth

Friday, January 18th, 2013

dry mouth and stressHaving a good night’s sleep is pertinent for a healthy mind and body, but there are some issues that keep us up at night. Do you ever have to get up in the middle of the night to get some water? Suffering from dry mouth can cause pain and discomfort throughout the night and during the day, and it can also be a sign of other illnesses.

During sleep, the body is able to restore itself, but if you are waking up in the middle of the night to drink water, this restoration is being interrupted and can cause you to be groggy throughout the day. This can hinder work, weight loss, and increase stress and the probability of sickness. All because of your dry mouth symptoms!

What are the symptoms?

Although “dry mouth” is pretty straightforward, there are other symptoms that you may have as well. You may also have trouble swallowing, chewing and speaking without taking a sip of water. Other people may have cracked and sore skin inside the mouth, and you may have a sandpaper-like tongue.

What is causing it?

There are many reasons why you may be having dry mouth, some that are easily preventable and others are a larger issue that should be taken seriously. If you feel like you’re suffering from post nasal drip, this could be directly related to dry mouth. With this illnesses, the mucus becomes thick, which can sometimes make it challenging to breathe through the mouth.

“The sensation of post-nasal drip is not usually caused by an increased amount of mucus coming from your nose or sinuses,” Dr. Robert Dolan told EverydayHealth. “It is more likely to be caused by the mucus becoming too thick or by irritation of your throat. In my experience, the three most common causes are allergy, gastric reflux, and medications that cause dryness.”

Preventing post nasal drip entirely depends on where it is coming from. Oral medications and natural nasal sprays can combat this issue if it doesn’t stem from a larger illness.

What to change?

Are you a smoker? Do you eat unhealthy foods? Do you commonly drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages? These are all causes of dry mouth! Without having to change much of your lifestyle to combat bad breath, you can try to cut back on the amount of unhealthy things you intake. If you’re a smoker or an avid coffee drinker, make sure that you drink a glass of water afterwards to moisturize the mouth. Drinking a substantial amount of water each day will help eliminate dry mouth. Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet can help dramatically as well. Because these items have a large amount of water in them, and vitamins and minerals, they keep the mouth healthy.

What does dry mouth lead to?

Dry mouth can lead to various other oral health issues such as tooth decay, bad breath, a lack of taste and mouth sores. Since the bacteria in our mouths have no chance to get flushed down by saliva – which is what normally happens – it just stays in our mouths and causes these issues. Mouth sores are more common because when there is no protective layer of moisture, there is a much higher risk of cuts and infections.

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Know if dry mouth is temporary, or a real issue

Friday, January 4th, 2013

It’s incredibly common for individuals of all ages to suffer from dry mouth, and sometimes it can be a simple fix. However, other times that dried out feeling in the mouth and the back of the throat can be a side effect of a larger issue that should be addressed. From tooth decay to gum disease to diabetes, it’s important to determine the root cause of your oral health issues. As they say – the mouth offers an insight into the rest of the body.

Get hydrated

So you say you’re suffering from dry mouth. Well, the first thing to do is get ultra hydrated throughout the day. Most people don’t drink enough water as they should, and drinking coffee and soda drinks tend to make the body and mouth even more dried out – requiring more water. Start by drinking at least eight to 10 glasses of water each day. It’s much easier to drink a lot of water if you own a reusable water bottle and carry it along with you wherever you go. Need help keeping track? You could consider purchasing a water bottle with a dial on it that allows you count the bottles you drink as you go. Another trick is to wear eight rubber band bracelets and take one off for each serving of water. This can also kick your bad breath!

Go Natural

Did you know that your toothpaste and mouthwash could actually be the reason why your mouth is feeling dried out? Chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate, which is found in toothpaste, and alcohol, commonly found in mouthwash, actually cause dry mouth. If you swap these two things for natural toothpaste and alcohol free mouthwash, you may notice a dramatic difference! Your mouth will be feeling fresh and clean without the addition of unwanted ingredients that many people are unaware of in the products.

Still feeling dried out? This may mean that your dry mouth comes from some larger issue. You may want to consult a doctor or talk to a professional that can guide you in the right direction. Having dry mouth can also lead to other issues like bad breath, so swapping these habits will help anyone keep a clean and fresh mouth.

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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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FREE In-Store Clinical Breath Testing in the Toronto Area

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Hi there,

If you live (or work) in the Toronto area, then you might be interested in stopping by a local drugstore for a FREE Clinical Breath Test with the Halimeter, on Tuesday or Wednesday (April 24th and 25th). I’ll be at the locations below, passing out free samples of TheraBreath Rinse, Toothpaste, and Mouth Wetting Lozenges, as well as giving out oral care advice at Shoppers in the Hudson Bay Centre on Tuesday, April 24, and then on Wednesday, April 25, I’ll be at Rexall/Pharma Plus on the corner of King and Bay. Please see below for times and maps.

By the way, although I won’t be doing any breath testing there — TheraBreath Oral Rinse is now available at WALMART stores in Canada.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Harold Katz, DDS

 

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