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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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‘Mad Men’s’ Jessica Pare Talks Teeth

Monday, November 1st, 2010

For you avid “Mad Men” watchers out there, it no doubt came as a surprise that Don Draper (Jon Hamm) proposed to his secretary Megan Calvet (Jessica Pare) in this season’s finale.

ABCNews.com chatted with Jessica Pare and asked her about her somewhat large teeth:

What was that all about — the throwaway line about your bad teeth?

I think it’s a moment where it’s sort of intimate between the two of them. She’s being open and vulnerable and he is asking her about her evening. It’s something that bothered her.

Do your teeth bother you?

I rarely think about them, although it’s happened before that I get comments and that, of course, makes me self-conscious. But I never get anything stuck in my teeth!

All we can say is “Bravo Jessica!” She obviously takes very good care of her pearly whites and has a healthy oral care routine.

It’s important to brush and floss regularly to avoid getting food particles stuck in your teeth. These food particles can become plaque and eventually tartar than can lead to gum disease.

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Cure Gingivitis Before It Causes Bad Breath and Tooth Loss

Monday, February 1st, 2010

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Gingivitis is a general term for different types of infections in the gingiva. Bad breath-causing bacteria cause gingivitis, so it is important to keep the oral cavity clean. By exercising proper oral hygiene, you can clean up any gingivitis that you have and prevent it from occuring.

You should brush at least 2-3 times a day, and it is also important that you use a decent toothpaste. PerioTherapy is excellent for those with periodontal infections. Flossing is very important because it gets rid of the plaque between the teeth. Generally, you should floss twice a day (at least once for sure) before you brush your teeth. Try using oral rinse every day (preferably twice at least), since this can reach areas that your dental floss and toothbrush do not reach. A tongue scraper will eradicate bacteria from the tongue. Also, after you use a tongue scraper and toothbrush, make sure to rinse them with hot water.

If left untreated, gingivitis can be really severe and turn into gum disease. Bleeding, swollen, and painful gums all can occur, as well as tooth loss that could allegedly lead to heart disease. If you are dedicated to curing your gingivitis and doing the right procedure, you can get rid of this oral health problem and potentially the bad breath that goes along with it. It not only depends on your dentist, but it also depends on your habits and the oral care products you use.

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Tyra Banks Has Morning Breath and Clay Aiken Has Fresh Breath!

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Tyra Banks admitted herself that she has a problem with morning breath on her show, The Tyra Banks Show.  Although she flosses, brushes with an electric toothbrush, uses a “strong cinnamon flavored” mouthwash and a tongue scraper, she still says she has bad breath in the morning.  She also discussed tongue scrapers and how they help get extra bacteria out of one’s mouth.

Tyra also mentioned that someone who has very fresh-smelling breath is Clay Aiken.  His “good breath” is one of the reasons that Tyra had one of her most fun interviews on the show with him.

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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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