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Chewing Gum Boosts Concentration

Friday, March 7th, 2014

chewing gum concentrationThirty years ago, chewing gum in school would get you a straight trip to detention. Now, it turns out the sticky substance does more than clean your teeth - it sharpens your mind, too.

A number of studies have shown that gum can help people stay focused on tasks for longer, enhancing concentration during memory tests.

One research that assessed its effects on audio memory revealed that the participants who chewed gum had quicker reaction times and more accurate results than those who didn’t chew gum. This proved increasingly true toward the latter parts of the 30-minute audio task.

“Interestingly, participants who didn’t chew gum performed slightly better at the beginning of the task but were overtaken by the end,” Kate Morgan, author of the study from Cardiff University, told the British journal Psychology. “This suggests that chewing gum helps us focus on tasks that require continuous monitoring over a longer amount of time.”

The researchers explained that gum increases the flow of oxygen to regions of the brain responsible for attention. More oxygen can keep people alert and quicken their reflexes. Interestingly, it’s not a task that allows you to fake it ’til you make it: Research shows that people do not get the benefits by just pretending to chew gum.

Carolyne Cybulski, a pre-school teacher in Toronto, found similar results when it came to her kids. She encouraged her little ones to chew gum during the day, since it leads to less fidgeting, increased attention and lowered anxiety.

“Children learn through their senses – and oral activity can be very calming,” Cybulski explained to The Globe and Mail. “The act of chewing gum also provides constant sensory input to the muscles in the jaw and ears and we find it helps children to concentrate better.”

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Taking a Hint: Knowing You Have Bad Breath by Others’ Reactions

Monday, June 10th, 2013

ss-tellafriendDo you ever notice people shying away from you while you’re having a conversation? Could it be that you’re suffering from bad breath? You might hope that a close friend or family member will give you a heads up if your mouth is less-than-fresh, but some people have difficulty being the bearer of bad news. Here are a few ways to make sure you’re on top of your smelly breath:

Subtle cues
Do people often offer you a stick of gum or mint? This could be a signal that your bad breath is affecting social situations. It may be hard to come to terms with the situation, but don’t worry, you’re not alone: Many people experience halitosis from time to time. Think of it this way, the sooner you know about your halitosis symptoms, the quicker you’ll be able to find a long-term solution!

If you think you may have bad breath, pay attention to the way people react when you are speaking to them. Do they turn away or refrain from looking you in the eye? If you notice these non-verbal cues regularly, dig up the confidence to ask someone if this is happening for a reason. While some people naturally have more passive body language, others may be reacting to your bad breath. And remember, there is a chance that someone is going to tell you that you do have bad breath, so just prepare for the answer.

Ida Alvarez, a 31-year-old from, from Los Angeles, always had an inkling she was stinking up the room with her bad breath, but never had a friend give her the heads up. Patricia Napier-Fitzpatrick, founder of The Etiquette School of New York told CNN that while the issue is delicate, it’s better to bring it up to someone than talk behind his or her back about the situation.

“My mom was the one who finally told me my breath smelled bad. She couldn’t hold back,” Alvarez told CNN. “It embarrassed me at first, but I’m happy she said something, because now I watch what I eat, drink more water and use products to get rid of it.”

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Find Your Cure for Dry Mouth

Friday, April 5th, 2013

CHWG-TBR-423Dry mouth is frustrating, uncomfortable and annoying – but unfortunately, we all suffer from it once in a while. Do you feel like you’re constantly drinking water but still have a dry, sticky feeling in your mouth? Saliva is a crucial liquid, because it helps keep everything moist, washes bacteria away and allows you to enjoy every little bite of food. Luckily, there are some dry mouth cures that you can do in the comfort of your own home that will increase saliva flow and allow you to overcome oral health issues that are dragging you down. 

Your everyday diet
Dry mouth is caused by a number of things, but the first option to try and get rid of it is to cut items out of your diet that may be making the issue worse. For instance, your morning cup of coffee isn’t the culprit to your dry mouth, but it likely isn’t making the situation better. If you drink a cup every morning, it probably isn’t related to your dry mouth, but if you find yourself consuming upwards of three cups every day, it could be helpful to cut down your intake. Although many people do contribute coffee to dry mouth, it may actually be because you’re drinking coffee instead of water. If you can’t live without your caffeine – and we can’t blame you – try to balance it out by drinking a glass of water for every cup. Similarly, a caffeine overdose may lead to dehydration and therefore dry mouth. 

Make sure to always have water on hand with you, and frequently take sips. If you’re a big soda drinker, this can be causing your dry mouth as well. Consider cutting down on soda intake and increasing water to cure dry mouth. Also, changing your diet to include a larger amount of fruits and vegetables can help, since they have a high water content. 

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Stop… and Check the Ingredients in Your Gum

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

1334760_75811556 You may find yourself reaching for a stick of gum when you feel like your breath is stinking up the room. It could also be a way to shy away from smoking cigarettes, or just a habit. Whatever your reason for chewing gum may be, if you’re not smart about your gum choices, you may actually be causing more damage than you think. Companies that produce gum are pulling out all the stops with flavors like key lime pie and cookies and cream, but just imagine the amount of sugar that your teeth are getting beat with when you opt for these flavors. Here are a few tips and tricks to finding the best gum for bad breath and your overall oral health – you’ll thank us later.

Ditch the sugar
Sugary gum can taste yummy, but it can to damage to your breath and feed the bacteria that live in your mouth. Your bad breath is caused by bacteria that sit on your tongue and in your mouth and release odorous compounds, and they feed on the food you consume. If you’re eating a well-balanced diet of fruits and veggies, you’re more likely to have fresh breath and a clean mouth. The best gum for bad breath helps to fight these bacteria while defeating dry mouth, which is another big culprit of stinky breath. Chewing gum with sugar in it can also cause cavities and tooth decay.

Most dentists recommend chewing gum that is sweetened with Xylitol, a natural sweetener that is found in birch trees, corn cobs and other botanicals. This type of gum stimulates saliva flow and prevents bacteria from producing acid that causes bad breath and damages the teeth. This ingredient has also proven to be a natural fighter against cavities. According to a study conducted in Finland, children who chewed gum with this ingredient saw a decline in tooth decay. To get the best benefits of Xylitol, you should chew a piece of gum three to five times a day for at least five minutes.

Got a headache?
“You use eight different facial muscles to chew,” Dr. Ben Kim told She Knows. “Unnecessary chewing can create chronic tightness in two of these muscles, located close to your temples. This can put pressure on the nerves that supply this area of your head, which can lead to chronic, intermittent headaches.”

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How About a French Kiss for Valentine’s Day?

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

 

love is fresh breath

Hey there,

All you need is love? While love is strong and amazing, even it can’t always stand up to bad breath. There’s nothing worse than going in for a kiss to get blasted with halitosis, especially today! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Fresh breath is definitely something you always need, and TheraBreath can help you with that. Let us give you your first kiss on Valentine’s Day (no, we’re not trying to be creepy). Right now, you will get a FREE PACK of our FRENCH KISS GUM with any purchase AND when you spend $25, we’ll give you FREE SHIPPING when you use your exclusive VIP code CLUV13.*

We all want love this Valentine’s Day, so don’t let bad breath get in your way. TheraBreath makes a great gift too because everyone wants to be ready for romance at any time and for that (and love) you need fresh breath. So what are you waiting for? Start shopping now because love is what you get when you’re smoochable.

XOXO,

Your friends at TheraBreath

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