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National Smile Week: How a Healthy Smile is a Natural Drug

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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In the height of summer, there are plenty of things to grin about. Add National Smile Week to the list and you have fresh reason to flash your pearly whites. National Smile Week takes place during the second week of August, seeking to promote dental health and the maintenance of a bright, healthy smile. 

Beyond making you look more attractive, a smile – and what’s going on in the mouth behind it – plays a large role in the overall health of your body. While some believe “the eyes are the window to the soul,” the mouth is no doubt the gateway to the body. 

Drop diabetes risks
Scientists point out that maintaining a healthy grin can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, among other problems. Few people realize that diabetes and oral health are inextricably linked, even though a recent study shows diabetes now affects at least 
1 in 10 Americans. The connection all starts with sugar. Sugar is one of the leading causes of tooth decay and the standout side effect when the body fails to produce insulin properly. As a result of insulin resistance, blood glucose (sugar) cannot be kept at normal levels, which can reach the gums and teeth and leave them vulnerable to cavities, gum disease and more. But proper brushing habits can significantly lower this problem. 

Releases feel-good chemicals
Smiling has also been known to release endorphins, serotonin and natural pain killers, according to a study conducted by the British Dental Health Foundation. While we know that joy is the source of smile, the smile can also be the source of joy. Our emotions are reinforced and even driven by their corresponding facial expressions, so even a simple grin during National Smile Week could lift your mood. Surely, smiling is a natural drug. 

When we grin from ear-to-ear, it increases happiness both in yourself and those around you. Brain activity has been shown to reach the same level of stimulation when people smiled as eating multiple chocolate bars.  (more…)

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Study: 1 in 10 Americans have Diabetes

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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The percentage of Americans with diabetes has almost doubled since 1988, new research shows. Now a staggering 21 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the blood glucose disease, which has a potent ability to affect their oral health.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the rate of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes was 5.5 percent. By 2010, that number jumped to 9.3 percent, according to the new report.

For the study, which was published in the April 15 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. This included more than 43,000 adults followed from the first survey period (1988 to 1994) to the most recent (1999 to 2010). From 1988 to 1994, the rate of diagnosed diabetes was 5.5 percent. By the next survey in 1999 to 2004, that number had leapt to 7.6 percent. In the most recent survey, which looked at data from 2005 to 2010, the prevalence of diabetes rose to 9.3 percent.

“Diabetes has increased dramatically,” Dr. Elizabeth Selvin, associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the study’s lead author, told HealthDay. “The rates have almost doubled since the late ’80s and early ’90s.”

Understanding diabetes Diabetes is a disorder that causes blood glucose (sugar) levels to rise higher than average. When you consume food and drinks, the body normally breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is an essential fuel source for cells. However, for the 21 million Americans with the disease, the body has trouble regulating insulin, the hormone responsible for transferring the sugar from the blood to the cells as nourishment.

There are two main forms of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and usually develops during adulthood, while Type 1 typically occurs in children and young adults, affecting roughly 5 percent of people who have the disease.

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Racing Toward Better Dental Health with Danica Patrick

Monday, January 20th, 2014

1397111_44698680NASCAR speedster Danica Patrick has launched a new campaign to give thousands of in-need Americans better oral health. Teaming up with Aspen Dental and Oral Health, the program is called the Healthy Mouth Movement, a community initiative designed to deliver free dental care to thousands of low-income communities across the country, spreading oral health education to millions more.

“Last year 100 million Americans didn’t visit a dentist, and millions more live in communities with little or no access to dental care,” Patrick, driver of the No. 10 Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, told Digital Journal. “This is an issue that affects a lot of hard-working people, including NASCAR fans, who are often living in pain. It’s time to do something about it, and that’s why I’m proud to partner with Aspen Dental and Oral Health America.”

Too many people live with gum disease – a problem that’s 100 percent preventable – and toothaches caused by cavities. These issues are a roadblock to staying focused at school and work, and can affect the body as a whole. After all, periodontal disease, or advanced stage gum disease, has linked diabetes and oral health together. Patrick reminds us that a healthy mouth paves the way for a healthy body.

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Get the Family into a Healthy Routine this Year

Friday, February 1st, 2013

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Most people are striving for good physical and mental health, and with the new year upon us, many are taking this time to reevaluate their routine to look and feel better. Committing to good oral health care is the perfect New Year’s resolution for young and old because it is an essential part of becoming a healthy person. Our mouths are the gateway to our health, and bad breath, cavities and other issues make it apparent that we are not taking good care of ourselves. The California Dental Association urges people young and old to practice good hygiene this year.

Make it a family effort
Resolutions and goals are always easier when you have someone to share them with! Why not make it a goal for the entire family to get better about their oral health? Parents should encourage their children to be brushing their teeth for two minutes, two times a day, along with flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash if children are old enough. If parents begin encouraging these practices when kids are young, it’s much more likely that the practice will just become a natural part of their daily routine. Maintaining such routines will help combat bad breathand other diseases like gum disease later in life. The CDA suggests replacing your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles show signs of wear because worn-out brushes aren’t able to properly clean the teeth and mouth of food particles.

“Removing plaque from the mouth keeps teeth and gums healthy, and the best way to do that is by brushing and flossing,” CDA President Lindsey Robinson, a pediatric dentist, said. “It’s important to brush with a fluoride toothpaste as fluoride reduces bacteria levels in the mouth. It also remineralizes tooth surfaces to make them stronger.”

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Did You Know TheraBreath Products are Gluten Free?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

As you may already know, here at TheraBreath, we’re big believers on being aware of the ingredients in your toothpastes, mouthwashes, gums, sprays and more. After all, these are thing that are going in your mouth! Many of our Mommy Bloggers also are mindful of what harmful ingredients are not in our products. Some ingredients you want to steer clear of are alcohol (which can cause dry mouth), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) (which might cause canker sores) and sugar (which can lead to tooth decay and cavities). As we mentioned in a previous post, alcohol in mouthwash has been linked to an increased risk of oral cancer, so it’s definitely something you want to avoid.

But did you know that all of our products are gluten free? Yes that’s right, so if you are worried about gluten or perhaps have Celiac disease our products are perfect for you! In addition to being the #1 selling premium oral care brand, many if not all of our products are: vegan, certified Kosher, not tested on animals, made with natural ingredients, approved for diabetics and the packaging is recyclable.

So here’s a handy tip when shopping on TheraBreath.com: all of our products have badges associated with them (see image) under the product image. Simply click on a badge to learn more about what each one means. And stay tuned because we have more categories coming.

We applaud you in being a conscious consumers and hope you find this tip helpful.

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