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.
Ever have that dull sore-throat pain that makes you feel like you have strep throat? It may not always be strep throat! Tonsil stones, formally named tonsilloliths, are chunks in the tonsils’ deep pockets that are composed of mucus, dead cells, and other debris. They are usually not any bigger than a pencil eraser, but they have existed to be more than an inch wide.
They are very commonly misdiagnosed (i.e. as food particles), and it has not been until recently that people have started to realize how widespread of an affliction it is. Also, tonsil stones can cause bad breath, dry mouth, sore throats, and ear pain.
Our very own Dr. Katz was interviewed by the NY Times, and he mentioned that one of the main questions he gets is “what are those things growing in my tonsils?”
As far as tonsil stones solutions, some patients try removing them manually with a Q-tip. Dr. Katz recommends not getting surgery, but trying oxygenating mouthwashes and sinus sprays, since those neutralize the anaerobic bacteria that causes the stones. Tonsillectomies can work, but it is not always recommended since some patients can get complications and excess bleeding.
Often times, the life expectancy of people who smoke (for a certain length of time) is decreased by 14 years. Smoking not only alters the body’s immune response and causes bad breath, but it increases the risk of gum disease (periodontal disease) by two to seven-fold. Of course, the effects that smoking tobacco has on the periodontal tissues depends on how many cigarettes smoked daily and how long the person has sthe habits. Usually the periodontal tissues of men rather than women are more effected. Also, if you are being treated for gum disease, there are 4,000+ chemicals in cigarettes that slow down the healing of the gums including: formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, ammonia, arsenic.
Smoking also gives a favorable environment for bacteria in the mouth like P. gingivalis, P. intermedia, and A.actinomycetemcomitans, because the byproducts of smoking inhibit the mechanisms that restrict the growth of bad bacteria in the oral cavity. With that said, smoking can encourage the early stages of periodontal lesions. Smoking cigars and pipes have similar negative effects that cigarettes do on oral health. So not only does smoking increase the damage that periodontal disease does, but it decreases the gum’s response to treatment, possibly causing refractory disease. According to resources, if a person quits smoking, it is very likely that the harmful effects of tobacco use (on periodontal health) will gradually be stopped. Therefore, if you are a smoker with oral health problems, it is definitely the best idea to quit smoking.