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Definitive Guide: Quick answers to your oral health questions

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Quick answers oral health questions

In the last several years, there has been a heavy push underlining oral health’s role in systemic well-being. Since the mouth is the gateway to your body, it’s crucial to pay attention to the small daily steps we can take to keep those pearly whites clean and problem-free. To answer your burning questions, from getting rid of bad breath to removing tonsil stones, here are the solutions and oral health tips:

Where is my bad breath coming from?
Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can come from a range of different sources. The main culprits are: food, poor oral hygiene habits, cavities, using tobacco or alcohol, tonsil stones and dry mouth. Most often, the mouth odor comes from what you eat and your dental hygiene habits. The anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria that live on the surface of the tongue and throat may derive from foods such as onions, garlic or peppers as well as other pungent foods.

It is likely that bad breath originates from plaque buildup that lingers on the teeth and gums. By failing to remove plaque through brushing, flossing and rinsing, your mouth turns into a habitable environment for the bacteria to grow and produce the foul smell.

Not filling cavities properly and skipping professional dental cleaning contributes to a rotten odor. What’s more, dentures should fit well to prevent bacteria from gathering in pockets.

Smoking or chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol dry out the mouth and cause unpleasant breath, so these habits should be avoided.

A lot of times, not drinking enough water or skipping meals can trigger halitosis. Make sure to gulp down plenty of H2O throughout the day. (more…)

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Things to Know Before Removing Tonsil Stones

Monday, June 16th, 2014

before removing tonsil stones

Tonsil stones are white or yellowish clumps of bacteria that become lodged in the back of the mouth. Few people – even doctors – realize what they actually are, so if you have them or are not sure what they might be, you’re not alone. Health reports estimate around 6 percent of the U.S. population suffers from these bacteria buildups, a culprit of long-lasting bad breath, throat soreness and daily annoyance.

There are home remedies as well as dentist removal services available, put before you try to dislodge the tonsil stones, it’s helpful to know the following things:

What are the causes? 
Also termed tonsilloliths, 
tonsil stones are typically caused by an accumulation of sulfur-producing bacteria and food debris, which can include mucus from post-nasal drip. The debris putrefies in the back of the throat, getting trapped in the tonsil crypts (small pockets that appear on the surface of the tonsils). 

What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of tonsilloliths are 
bad breath and a sore throat. Since the lumps are made up of odor-filled bacteria, they tend to produce incessant halitosis. While smaller tonsil stones may not trigger obvious symptoms, larger ones may provoke tonsil swelling, difficulty swallowing and a “foreign body” sensation in the back of the throat. Be on the lookout for metallic taste, throat closing and coughing fits. They can irritate the throat and prompt pain that accompanies swallowing.  (more…)

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It’s Time to Save BIG on TheraBreath!!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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CDC: 1 in 25 US Hospital Patients Acquire Infections

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

US Hospital Patients Infections Halitosis

According to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in 25 patients in U.S. hospitals came down with an infection while in care units in 2011.

In the last decade, these antibiotic-resistant infections have become increasingly prevalent. Patients acquired around 721,800 infections at hospitals that year. Of those, about 75,000 died, according to the CDC.

The report comes after a swarm of news stories have detailed the rise in what experts have called “superbugs.” This type of bacteria carries genes that enable them to survive against widely used antibiotics. Basically, these superbugs no longer respond to oral antibiotics.

“Even though we’ve had great success nationally, there still are pockets of hospitals that have rates of infection that are several times the national average,” Dr. Peter Pronovost, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, told CNN.

The recent statistic is particularly scary, as hospitals are generally considered a place where patients go to improve their conditions, not the opposite.

As you know, a healthy body is inextricably linked to a healthy mouth. So, what happens to your immune system – including these infections – can impact the health of your mouth, leading to halitosis, among other things.

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Human Nose can Distinguish 1 Trillion Smells

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

nose distinguishes trillion smells

We’ve long known that a human’s sense of smell triggers the strongest memories. But recently, scientists figured out exactly how impressive our nostrils really are. According to researchers, the human nose can distinguish at least one trillion different odors, which is millions more than previously estimated.

The findings, published in Science Magazine, debunk the widely-accepted figure that humans can only detect 10,000 scents, putting the sense of smell well below the capabilities of hearing and sight. This number dated back to the 1920s and was not supported by data.

Scientists have estimated that the human ear can distinguish between 340,000 sounds, and the eye and its mere three receptors can differentiate between several million colors. The nose’s abilities, meanwhile, are carried out with the help of 400 olfactory receptors – it’s the largest gene family in the human genome. It makes sense that we would be able to discern many more smells – everything from roses to bad breath – than we can colors.

“Our analysis shows that the human capacity for discriminating smells is much larger than anyone anticipated,” study co-author Leslie Vosshall, head of Rockefeller University’s Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior, said in the report. “For smell, nobody ever took the time to test.”

In the study, 26 volunteers were instructed to distinguish between odor mixtures made with 128 different odorant molecules that came from common flavor and fragrance ingredients such as vanilla, mint, apple as well as less pleasant aromas. However, these were combined in groups of up to 30, creating a sort of olfactory white noise.

“When we started mixing them together, we mixed them at equal intensity so all the smells were diluted to the same intensity,” lead author Dr. Andreas Keller from Rockefeller University explained to ABC News.

Participants sampled three vials of scents at a time, two of which were identical, the other having different smell. The test was to see if they could discern which was the outlier, completing 264 comparisons.

Results
While volunteers’ abilities varied greatly, they could, on average, tell the difference between vials with up to 51 percent of the same components. Researchers then extrapolated how many odors the average person could smell if all possible combinations of the 128 odors were sampled, coming to their estimate of at least one trillion.

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