Tell a Friend, Boyfriend, or Girlfriend, That He/She Has Bad Breath!

October 9th, 2009

 How do I tell my boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, coworker, family member, etc, that he or she has bad breath? Here’s a good way how… tell them anonymously that they have bad breath by clicking here!

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Mind Your Own Beeswax, Bees Can Cure Bad Breath?

October 6th, 2009

Most of us know now that bad breath (halitosis) can be caused by: cavities; dentures; smoking; alcohol; lung, tonsils, adenoid, sinus or throat infections; certain foods (garlic, onions, high sugar products, spicy foods, dairy products); poor oral hygiene; and so on.  We’ve also discussed many different possible cures.  Here are some natural remedies you may not have suspected:

  • Bee Propolis (a resinous mixture that is collected by bees from tree buds and other sources) helps gum infections, as well as other infections.  Obviously, if one is allergic to bees, he or she should not try this method of diffusing bad breath.  Propolis has been used as an antimicrobial, emollient, immunomodulator, dental anti-plaque agent,anti-tumor growth agent, and even in food and musical instruments.
  • Drink water to moisten the mouth, which increases the strength of saliva in the mouth, that cleanses the bad breath bacteria
  • Use a tongue scraper to help remove bacteria
  • Use an odorless form of garlic, which is a natural antiobiotic
  • Zinc also has an antibacterial effect
  • Add half a lemon to a glass a water, and gargle with it
  • When brushing the gums and tongue, use powdered cloves, an herbal remedy for bad breath.  One can keep cloves under the molars without chewing to help maintain fresh breath.
  • Avoid foods like blue cheese, salami, curry, tuna, garlic, onions, anchovies, red meat, milk, coffee, cola, etc.
  • Parsley is a natural deodorizer
  • Cardamom is a breath sweetener
  • Cranberries help fight off the bad breath-causing bacteria
  • Eating a green/raw Guava will help stop bad breath
  • Fruits that are high in Vitamin C, like citrus and oranges, will help control the bad bacteria
  • Eucalyptus Oil is found in many toothpastes and other oral products because it has an active antiseptic ingredient, Eucalyptol
  • Sometimes chewing on sugarless gum or eating sugarless candies will help keep the mouth moist and not contribute to the growth of bad oral bacteria
  • Edible camphor helps against bad breath caused by tonsilitis, sinusitis, and head colds, since it is a very effective throat stimulant.  It helps get rid of clogged mucus, making it a natural and effective nasal decongestant.
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National Dental Hygiene Month

October 2nd, 2009

dental hygiene There are different causes celebrated in October, and one of them is National Dental Hygiene Month. This month, according to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, public awareness will be increased so people will know the relationship between oral health and their overall health. This is also a good time to educate families on issues affecting their oral health. ADHA emphasizes the important of maintaining proper oral hygiene, starting early every day, in order to prevent gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.

Every week in October will be designated to a different aspect of oral hygiene, everything from dental hygienists to community service.

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Prevent Bad Breath

October 2nd, 2009

Prevent bad breath today by listening to Dr. Katz’ instructions on ABC News about the cures.

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Gum Stimulators

October 1st, 2009

gum stimulator

In order to practice proper oral hygiene, you need to do more than just brush your teeth 2-3 times/day.  If you use a gum stimulator, you help rid yourself of unwanted plaque and help to keep your gums healthy.  Gum stimulators are usually long plastic or metal tools that have a soft rubber tip at the end.  The rubber tip allows one to clean and exercise his or her gums. 

Here’s the step-by-step process of using a gum stimulator:

  • Point the gum stimulator at a 45-degree angle towards your gums.
  • On each tooth, run the tip of the gum stimulator in a circle for 10 seconds.  If you have some serious plaque to remove, start with the front of your back teeth and work forward along the gum line.  Also do this to the back side of the teeth. 
  • Stimulating your gums helps both the blood circulation and plaque removal.  Do this by moving the rubber tip back and forth along the gum line.
  • During this process, rinse out your mouth periodically to help dislodge the plaque.  Use the gum stimulator between the teeth to help remove any particles of food.  Try using the stimulator once daily at least.
  • If you have bleeding gums, dip your stimulator in a solution that is one part water to two parts hydrogen peroxide.  When you’re using your gum stimulator, dip it often into this solution.
  • Replace the gum stimulator every 2-3 months.

You can also buy extra soft rubber tips for the stimulator, depending on how sensitive your gums are.  Try using it after you brush your teeth.  Keep in mind that using these tools also helps prevent bad breath!

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