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Easy ways to battle halitosis

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Do you constantly feel like you’re battling issues of bad breath, and nothing seems to work? Many people suffer from halitosis for various reasons, and you may want to determine where your own problems stem from to properly get rid of it. Here are a few suggestions that – even though they seem obvious – some people overlook.

Brush your teeth!

Obvious? Yes – but some people still don’t brush their teeth effectively to get rid of halitosis. When you were a kid, did your dentist ever tell you to use an hourglass to figure out how long you should be brushing your teeth – about three minutes? This rule still applies. If your brushing sessions are much more brief and you forget to floss and scrape your tongue, you’re not getting rid of all the bacteria in your mouth that causes halitosis.

Also, you need to make sure you are brushing your teeth at least two times a day! Throughout the day, you’re eating food, drinking sugary beverages or even smoking, which causes bad breath. If you aren’t cleaning out your mouth well enough, the bacteria in your mouth has a field day with the sugar and other “food” that gets left behind.

Scraping your tongue is just as important as brushing your teeth, because thats where bacteria gets caught in your mouth – gross! Using alcohol free mouthwash will also help eliminate this bacteria.

Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and alcohol

You may be surprised that the toothpaste or mouthwash that you’re using actually contains these ingredients that make bad breath worse! Even if it has a “minty” taste, these ingredients dry out your mouth, which leads to bad breath. Using a natural toothpaste will help dramatically with bad breath because it works to kill the bacteria that causes this issue without any added substances that are artificial.

Get hydrated

Drinking plenty of water is really important in helping fresh, non-offensive breath! Why? Because water helps wash down food that may be lingering in your mouth, plus it keeps your mouth moist. Saliva is a natural antibacterial that helps get rid of bacteria in the mouth because it flushes down food particles and sugar that is left on your teeth.

Look at labels

Chewing on gum or popping mints can actually be fairly addictive, but if you are prone to this habit, you should make sure there isn’t sugar that is causing bad breath. Even though these products are often labeled as “breath freshening” they are just quick fixes.

“Make sure to check the label and see that your gum is sugarless since bacteria in the mouth are apt to ferment sugar, thereby making your icky breathe even worse,” Dr. Mitchell told She Knows. “While you’re at it you might consider slashing sugar from the rest of your diet as well to freshen your breath.”

Stay healthy

Bad breath is very often a side effect of a larger problem, and common colds or allergies are big culprits. The excessive mucus in your nose and throat contain bacteria that causes bad breath, and if your nose is stuffed up you’ll likely be breathing through your mouth. This is a bad habit to fall into because it dries out the mouth and further creates bad breath. If you feel as though your sinuses are getting clogged, you may want to invest in bacteria-killing sinus drops and stick to a regimen of gargling with salt water. Salt water helps battle bad breath-causing, and will soothe your throat if it is irritating. It will also help break down thick mucus, which will help the breath become fresher and cleaner.

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Cure your halitosis with these natural remedies

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Do you feel like no matter how many times you brush your teeth, or how many mints you pop, your breath can clear a room? Halitosis, or bad breath, plagues more people than you might imagine, but luckily there are natural remedies that can help combat this issue.

pomegranate natural remedy to cure bad breath halitosisPomegranate

Pomegranate can treat bad breath in two different ways: as a drink or a rinse. For both remedies, you’ll need to let the peel of a pomegranate dry out (set it in the sun for the rinse and in the shade for the drink). For the rinse, you’ll take the dried out peel and let it soak in boiling water. Once the water cools down, it can be swished around in the mouth to battle halitosis. This is also a great remedy if you are suffering from canker sores.

If you’d like to try the pomegranate drink, take the dried out peel and toss it into a food processor until it’s a powder. Then, you’ll scoop about three grams into a glass of water – hot or cold.

Lemon and ginger

Lemon and ginger can be combined with warm water to make a mixture to be used in the morning and evening. You can mix one teaspoon of lemon juice and ginger juice into a glass of water and simply rinse. Either of these ingredients on their own can also be effective to battle bad breath, but combining them can be great for sufferers of chronic cases.


Parsley

Parsley is a great herb to get rid of stinky breath – why do you think restaurants put a sprig on your plate? You can simply chew on the sprig, or boil it in water for a drink. For the rinse, boil two cups of water and then add a few sprigs of fresh parsley. While this is cooling, you can add cloves and stir. Let the mixture sit for about five minutes and then use it to rinse or gargle.

The best cure for halitosis is maintaining a healthy mouth by brushing, flossing and using alcohol free mouthwash. By cleaning your entire mouth every day – this means your tongue too – you’ll get rid of the bacteria that causes smelly breath. 

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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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Cures for Halitosis?

Monday, April 9th, 2012

As a dentist, and an oral care expert, I am constantly being asked about cures for bad breath. Some are more out-there than others. While there are many so-called cures for halitosis, are they really effective? Here are some that you might find interesting and are definitely worth noting.

I’m a big believer in using specialty breath-freshening products to bust bad breath. These include rinsing with an odor-neutralizing mouthwash, gently using a tongue scraper and having an oral probiotics regimen. But can chewing roots or herbs be a natural halitosis cure?  The notion that herbs can help cure bad breath has been around for a long time and it’s totally unfounded. Natural herbs and spices such as turmeric, coriander, mint and sage have been used for hundreds of years to freshen breath. While these flavorful fighters help to cover up bad breath, they really don’t address the bacteria that cause it. The journal Internal and Emergency Medicine states that an ancient Egyptian cure for halitosis can be found in the Eber Papyrus which dates back to 1550 BC. What was Greek physician Hippocrates’s suggestion to kill oral odor? This Father of Western Medicine suggested rinsing one’s mouth with anise, dill seeds and wine. Herbal remedies for bad breath aren’t just a thing of the past –  you can find many books at your local bookstore that recommend remedies such as eating items to freshen breath that include: celery, parsley, coriander, cabbage and carrots. The book Prescription for Herbal Healing, written by nutritional consultant Phyllis Balch, lists tea tree oil, alfalfa, cat’s claw, hawthorn and grape root to strike oral odor. Are these natural elements a cure for halitosis? While they can help take care of bad breath, long term they won’t affect the bacteria in the oral cavity, so halitosis will reoccur. The best bet to neutralize bad breath at its source it to use oral care products that address the volatile sulfur compounds that cause it. However, there’s nothing wrong with snacking on some crisp fruits and vegetables to help the process along – just be sure to brush afterwards so you don’t give oral microbes more to eat and thrive.

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Article on Halitosis gets it Mostly Right

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Getting rid of halitosis isn’t always easy. Heck, even writing about eliminating bad breath can be a bit of a challenge. The details of oral odor aren’t always so simple to disentangle, which is why we’d like to address a few below.

Recently, Dr. Katz talked to MSN HIM about the causes of oral odor and the best halitosis treatments. The news source did a great job of hitting all the major offenders: low saliva flow, prescriptions that cause dry mouth, dehydration, tonsil stones, deep grooves in the surface of the tongue, smoking, dietary proteins – even alcohol-based mouthwashes!

However, we’d like to offer a few small corrections on detecting oral odor, as well as the best halitosis treatments available.

The source noted that it’s possible to smell your own bad breath by exhaling into your cupped hands and then quickly sniffing. This is a common misconception, since most of us have tried the method but few of us can recall being sure afterward whether we had halitosis. If breathing into our hands really worked, we’d always know if we stunk, and take appropriate countermeasures.

To definitely discover whether your mouth is funky, try licking the back of your hand instead. Then sniff the spot to see if it has an odor. This method is just as discreet, while having the benefit of actually working!

Also, keep in mind that triclosan (an odor-fighting ingredient mentioned in the article) is probably best left alone. Besides being an irritant, this chemical is technically a pesticide. It’s generally better to use specialty breath fresheners that contain all-natural ingredients.

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