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Know if dry mouth is temporary, or a real issue

Friday, January 4th, 2013

It’s incredibly common for individuals of all ages to suffer from dry mouth, and sometimes it can be a simple fix. However, other times that dried out feeling in the mouth and the back of the throat can be a side effect of a larger issue that should be addressed. From tooth decay to gum disease to diabetes, it’s important to determine the root cause of your oral health issues. As they say – the mouth offers an insight into the rest of the body.

Get hydrated

So you say you’re suffering from dry mouth. Well, the first thing to do is get ultra hydrated throughout the day. Most people don’t drink enough water as they should, and drinking coffee and soda drinks tend to make the body and mouth even more dried out – requiring more water. Start by drinking at least eight to 10 glasses of water each day. It’s much easier to drink a lot of water if you own a reusable water bottle and carry it along with you wherever you go. Need help keeping track? You could consider purchasing a water bottle with a dial on it that allows you count the bottles you drink as you go. Another trick is to wear eight rubber band bracelets and take one off for each serving of water. This can also kick your bad breath!

Go Natural

Did you know that your toothpaste and mouthwash could actually be the reason why your mouth is feeling dried out? Chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate, which is found in toothpaste, and alcohol, commonly found in mouthwash, actually cause dry mouth. If you swap these two things for natural toothpaste and alcohol free mouthwash, you may notice a dramatic difference! Your mouth will be feeling fresh and clean without the addition of unwanted ingredients that many people are unaware of in the products.

Still feeling dried out? This may mean that your dry mouth comes from some larger issue. You may want to consult a doctor or talk to a professional that can guide you in the right direction. Having dry mouth can also lead to other issues like bad breath, so swapping these habits will help anyone keep a clean and fresh mouth.

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How to tactfully hint that someone else has bad breath

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Woman telling secret.Having bad breath in public is the worst! But sometimes we don’t even realize that our breath is causing the room to quickly empty. You know how people often say “If it were me, I’d like to know about it.” well, it’s easier said than done. When someone around you is suffering from halitosis, and it’s making interactions difficult, it may not be as simple as it seems to give them the heads up. Here are a few creative ways to let anyone from your boss to your sweetie know they are stinking up the room:

Insult yourself

Even if it isn’t true, saying that you feel like your breath is smelly may actually have another person feeling like they are experiencing the same thing. You can ask the other person if they have any mints or gum, which will likely lead them to snack on one of these remedies as well. If you have gum or mints, offer the other person one as well. You may want to find a unique way of offering them this bad breath killer, so ask if they’ve tried a new flavor or comment on a stick of gum being your go-to. However, stay away from sugary gum, because even though it might kick the smell for a time being, it will just make it worse overall.

Make up a character

You won’t want to blurt out that the person you’re standing next to has awful bad breath, so it might be helpful to make up a scenario when you ran into someone with extreme halitosis. Tell the person you’re with about a person that you met in the waiting room of a dentist’s office with chronic halitosis who was there for a deep cleaning to help get rid of bad breath. Explain that she was there because she found out she had gum disease, but wasn’t aware of how bad her breath was. This story may have the person re-thinking their oral hygiene, but it also could just make the person feel like they need a breath mint – like how talking about food can make you hungry even if you really aren’t.

Discuss good oral health

If you talk to the person about how you always forget to use mouthwash or floss, although your dentist suggests that you do this everyday, it may raise their consciousness about his or her own poor oral hygiene. If it is your beau that has bad breath, lead by example and practice good oral health in front of the person as much as possible. After eating a meal, excuse yourself to floss or use mouthwash. Women may want to carry around a travel size mouthwash and offer it to the person with bad breath. They won’t feel embarrassed if you think you also have bad breath.


Talk about a new product

If offering a mint or piece of gum doesn’t give the person you are with a hint that their breath stinks, talking about a great product you’ve recently tried out may help them in the long run. You could tell the person about a new alcohol free mouthwash or natural toothpaste that has done wonders to your mouth. If you are talking about how much you love a product, the other person may be inclined to try it out as well. Unfortunately, this is more of a long-term solution, though, and won’t help out in the moment.

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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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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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How Sure are You that Your Breath Doesn’t Smell?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Do you smell bad? It’s a rotten question, but it’s something everyone should ask themselves before they discover people have been trying to tell them about their halitosis or body odor for years. By the time you start smelling your own bad breath, chances are other people have been noticing it for a while. This is because it takes longer for you to notice the scents of your own body, since you’re so used to smelling it all the time.

If you do discover that you have halitosis, the next step is to determine what is causing it. While you may think you know everything that leads to bad breath, you’re probably wrong. There are many surprising things that can cause oral odor, and it’s important for you to determine which of them are wreaking havoc on your mouth.

Like it spicy? Use alcohol-free mouthwash

Are you a fan of spicy foods flavored with curry and other hot ingredients?  According to Prevention Magazine, if you are then you may be experiencing halitosis as a result. The worst part is the odor caused by these foods may last a long time.

“When digested, these foods produce several stinky sulfur-containing gases. Most of these byproducts are metabolized in the intestines and liver, but some, such as allyl methyl sulfide, are absorbed into the bloodstream and released through your lungs and pores, an effect that can last for a few hours or more,” said Debra Jaliman, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, quoted by the news source.

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