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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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Bad breath dates back to the days of mummies

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

If you think halitosis is something new, think again. Bad breath has been around for ages, and researchers are only now beginning to understand just how long. For example, researchers from the University of Western Ontario in Canada recently examined the mummified corpse of a young man from Egypt who died around 2,100 years ago. To their surprise, they discovered that this man’s life may have been cut short not by a plague or some other cause that people usually think of when they think about the days of the pharaohs. Rather, his death was likely due to his mouthful of cavities.

According to the researchers, the man was in such poor dental health that infections in his mouth caused by oral problems may have lead to his demise (and likely some terrible halitosis). If only alcohol-free mouthwash and oral care probiotics had been available in ancient times - then he might have survived.

A long history of halitosis

Yahoo! News reported on the findings, which showed that the man had, in fact, visited an ancient dentist who tried to pack his cavities using linen dipped in fig juice or cedar oil.

“The dental treatment, filling a large inter-proximal cavity [a cavity between two teeth] with a protective, likely medicine-laden, barrier is a unique example of dental intervention in ancient Egypt,” said the study’s authors.

While this may have helped, the man still succumbed to dental infections a few weeks later. With that much tooth decay, his breath truly must have been terrible. Tooth decay and gum disease are signs of increased bacteria in the mouth, which leads to halitosis.

Bad breath has been around since the dawn of time, and people have been searching for ways to get rid of halitosis for just as long. For example, Smell Well reports that the Hebrew Talmud mentions a bad breath cure that involves dough water, olive oil and salt. Furthermore, the ancient text also recommends holding a pepper between your teeth to eliminate bad breath.

While these “cures” are certainly interesting, none of them are truly effective. Even to this day, people recommend a barrage of herbs and foods to get rid of halitosis, but none of these offer long-term solutions. The best way to banish bad breath is to use specialty breath fresheners like alcohol-free mouthwash.

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October brings dental hygiene awareness

Monday, October 8th, 2012

If you have bad breath, it’s important to remember that the only way to truly get rid of halitosis is to have a proper oral care regimen that you follow every day. While this may sound like common sense, you may be surprised to learn that Americans received an average score of “D” on a national dental health quiz administered by the American Dental Association (ADA). People were unaware of some of the most important ways to keep teeth healthy and avoid bad breath, such as when to replace their toothbrushes and how often to go to the dentist.

“The results of the survey were quite shocking and really show how important it is for people to become more involved in their own oral health,” said William R. Calnon, D.D.S., ADA president and a practicing dentist in Rochester, New York.

October is Dental Hygiene Awareness Month, and in honor of this occasion, now is a good time to go over some dental care basics and learn why practicing proper oral care is crucial if you want to cure bad breath.

Keep that bacteria in check

First, you need to understand what causes oral hygiene problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and halitosis, and that’s bacteria. Your mouth has so much bacteria in it that if you were able to see them all, it could take all week.

According to Dentistry IQ, nobody knows for sure how much bacteria there is in the mouth, but they do know that it multiplies fast. In a perfect environment, such as a Petri dish, some species of oral bacteria can double their numbers every 20 minutes.

Bacteria also eat and produce waste like most other living organisms, wreaking havoc on your gums and dental enamel and causing some nasty bad breath. This is why you need to brush, floss and use alcohol-free mouthwash and oral care probiotics. These products are designed to help keep bacteria in check and introduce healthy bacteria in the mouth to counteract the bad.

Steps to follow

So what should you do to fight bacteria and keep your mouth healthy? Well, the steps are simple but, you have to do them every day. You can’t brush a few days a week and think you’re doing the trick, since bacteria in the mouth are constantly growing. This is why you have to brush twice a day, every day, and floss at least once.

Also, you should be using alcohol-free mouthwash daily, not only to prevent bad breath, but to keep from developing dry mouth. The bacteria in your mouth can thrive when there are insufficient amounts of saliva to wash them away, which is why you should avoid alcohol-based mouthwash.

You should also avoid snacking between meals, since eating throughout the day will keep your teeth coated in sugar and leftover food particles. Many people mistakenly believe that sugar causes cavities, but in reality, it merely acts as a snack for the bacteria in your mouth. So, stick to three meals a day and consider using alcohol-free mouthwash throughout the day to wash away any remnants of these meals. Remember, you shouldn’t brush after every meal, since this may wear away tooth enamel. Twice a day is enough for a healthy mouth.

Keep all of this in mind as you celebrate Dental Hygiene Awareness Month.

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Exploring the delicious and smelly cheese of Europe

Friday, October 5th, 2012

If you ask someone to name the first smelly food that comes to their mind, many people would probably say “cheese.” And boy, would they be right. Many types of cheese not only emit a powerful odor, but they can also leave you with halitosis. Your mouth is teeming with bacteria, and these organisms, like humans, have to eat. Unfortunately for you, bacteria also dispose of waste, which causes your bad breath. Milk, cheese and other dairy products contain their own types of bacteria and active cultures that interact with the organisms in your mouth, causing halitosis.

However, while alcohol-free mouthwash can get rid of bad breath after consuming any type of cheese, some are certainly more pungent than others. For example, some of the worst-smelling cheeses are located in Europe. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest offenders.

Now that’s one smelly bishop
If you travel to England you can find a cheese with a name that says it all – the stinking bishop. According to Hotel Club, this cheese is made from pasteurized Gloucestershire cow’s milk and is soaked in something called stinking bishop pear juice. It is then set to mature for six to eight weeks before it truly starts to live up to its name.

People who have been in the presence of this cheese have described it as smelling like old, rotten gym socks. In fact, the powerful odor of stinking bishop was thrown into the spotlight in the 2005 animated movie “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” In the film, Gromit uses the cheese to revive Wallace after he has fainted. Still not convinced that this snack has one of the most pungent odors? In 2009, a panel of experts named it the worst-smelling cheese in all of England, a land known for its smelly dairy products.

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