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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

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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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A Breakdown of Statistics on Oral Health: What You Need to Know

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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A smile is universal. Across all cultures, it means happiness, welcomeness and attraction. But if those teeth get dirty, they might send mixed signals. Although some say a smile is only skin deep, it in fact provides a window into your body’s overall health. So, here are 10 takeaway statistics that you should know to keep both your mouth and body clean and healthy:

1. Thirty-four percent of Americans did not visit a dentist last year. Your dental professional can spot things you may not notice, remove dental plaque, provide proper cavity treatment, and at the end of the day, help to brighten your pearly whites.

2. The average American consumes a whopping 600 cans of soda annually. This sugary beverage is among the leading culprits for tooth decay. As an alternative to soda, drink water, which helps wash down harmful acids and food debris.

3. Nearly 50 percent of people say that a smile is the first thing they notice when meeting someone.

4. In a survey on dating, bad breath was found to be the No. 1 turn-off. Check out the best mouthwash for bad breath. Whether you’re meeting for lunch or at a concert, keep sugar-free gum on hand.

5. According to a 2007 French study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, roughly 6 percent of people have tonsil stones, which are clumps of mucus, dead cells and debris that get caught in the pockets of the tonsils. While many people may not know about this condition, a growing number of Americans have expressed concern in recent years over what they are and what to do with them. Tonsil stones can cause throat irritation and discomfort and can be popped out using Q-tip or oral irrigator.

6. Almost 4 out of 5 Americans have a cavity by age 17. Once secondary (adult) teeth set in, you have to wear that smile for life! So, take care of it.

7. According to a British study from DailyMail, white teeth can make you look 20 percent more attractive. The same study also found that having white teeth makes you up to 16 percent more employable. Tooth whitening options, anyone?

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The Latest TheraBreath Blog Reviews and Giveaways

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Please note: if you have already been lucky enough to win one of these bloggers giveaways, please refrain from entering in order to allow others to win. Thank you!

Traci Davis of Tom Davis Horsemanship TnT Ranch has done a TheraBreath review for us! She reviewed our three most popular products: TheraBreath toothpaste, oral rinse and Mouth Wetting Lozenges.  She has aptly written in her review “Suffer from dry mouth? Want [a] clean mouth with added rewards?” Is that what our products did for her? Or is she suggesting  something completely different? You’ll have to go here to find out. And rumor has it she may also be doing a TheraBreath giveaway, so you’ll want to pay her blog a visit. It’s a short but sweet review, so it won’t take long.

Terri of Mom’s Point of View also did a review and giveaway for us of the same three products. You definitely want to check out her review and enter her giveaway here. In her review, she discusses her family’s battles with bad breath. “Are you someone who suffers from bath breath or know someone that does? Sometimes having bath breath or knowing a person who does can be a very touchy subject. I know I have pretty bad morning breath. My husband also suffers from bath breath mainly because of tonsil stones.” Yes our products also help with tonsil stones! Be sure to pay Terri a visit!

Tiffany of Pigtails & Mohawks has also done a review and is hosting a giveaway for us. She  didn’t just test out the products, she had her fiancé and her father try them as well. What did they think? You’ll have to go here to find out. Plus it will give you a chance to easily enter to win  some TheraBreath for you and your family. Ok, we’ll give you a little peak, here’s a bit of what she had to say about the toothpaste: “It does not however have a “minty” taste to it (which I prefer with other toothpastes).  However, after using this product for almost a week, I can honestly say this toothpaste is by far the best toothpaste I have ever used, regardless that it  didn’t have that ‘minty’ taste.” But definitely pay Pigtails & Mohawks a visit to read the rest!

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Which Preventable Action Leads to Bad Breath?

Monday, September 12th, 2011

As we often talk about, there are numerous causes of bad breath that may not be preventable, but are treatable with TheraBreath products. Just to list a few, these treatable causes include tonsil stones,
odorous foods, dry mouth, postnasal drip
and bad oral hygiene.

Of the preventable bad breath issues, which causes a great deal of bad breath and can be stopped? A group of dental researchers from Kuwait’s College of Health Sciences wanted to find out exactly that answer. This group surveyed more than 1,500 people and of that group, 23% admitted to having some form of bad breath. As this was self-disclosure, the actual number of those inflicted with halitosis might have been  higher, don’t forget that some people that have halitosis don’t even know they do!

What causes these people to have halitosis? Some factors included smoking, use of a toothbrush less than once a day (this group was more than two and half times more likely to have bad breath), smoking, chronic  sinusitis, gastric problems and not flossing.

While there are many factors that can cause foul breath, many of them are preventable. It’s always wise to brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day – using TheraBreath products will help to keep your breath fresh all day.

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