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Stop… and Check the Ingredients in Your Gum

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

1334760_75811556 You may find yourself reaching for a stick of gum when you feel like your breath is stinking up the room. It could also be a way to shy away from smoking cigarettes, or just a habit. Whatever your reason for chewing gum may be, if you’re not smart about your gum choices, you may actually be causing more damage than you think. Companies that produce gum are pulling out all the stops with flavors like key lime pie and cookies and cream, but just imagine the amount of sugar that your teeth are getting beat with when you opt for these flavors. Here are a few tips and tricks to finding the best gum for bad breath and your overall oral health – you’ll thank us later.

Ditch the sugar
Sugary gum can taste yummy, but it can to damage to your breath and feed the bacteria that live in your mouth. Your bad breath is caused by bacteria that sit on your tongue and in your mouth and release odorous compounds, and they feed on the food you consume. If you’re eating a well-balanced diet of fruits and veggies, you’re more likely to have fresh breath and a clean mouth. The best gum for bad breath helps to fight these bacteria while defeating dry mouth, which is another big culprit of stinky breath. Chewing gum with sugar in it can also cause cavities and tooth decay.

Most dentists recommend chewing gum that is sweetened with Xylitol, a natural sweetener that is found in birch trees, corn cobs and other botanicals. This type of gum stimulates saliva flow and prevents bacteria from producing acid that causes bad breath and damages the teeth. This ingredient has also proven to be a natural fighter against cavities. According to a study conducted in Finland, children who chewed gum with this ingredient saw a decline in tooth decay. To get the best benefits of Xylitol, you should chew a piece of gum three to five times a day for at least five minutes.

Got a headache?
“You use eight different facial muscles to chew,” Dr. Ben Kim told She Knows. “Unnecessary chewing can create chronic tightness in two of these muscles, located close to your temples. This can put pressure on the nerves that supply this area of your head, which can lead to chronic, intermittent headaches.”


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Ingredients in Your Oral Care Products May Hurt More than Help

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Day to day oral care really shouldn’t be rocket science: You brush, floss and rinse twice a day. Seems simple, right? It is to a degree, but it’s important to be aware of what ingredients you are putting in your mouth when you brush your pearly whites. Here are some recent articles that discuss which ingredients to avoid in your oral care products and why.

Many oral care products (especially children’s) such as mouthwash, toothpaste and gum often contain dyes to give them an attractive and bright appearance. There’s nothing wrong with a product wanted to be appealing to eye, right? Well, there might be. According to one article the HealthDay News reports the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will gather a panel of healthcare experts to discuss whether to not these dyes are linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Almost 10 percent of US children from age 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD according to the Centers to Disease Control and Prevention – that’s roughly 5.4 million youngsters in America alone. The link to ADHD and food dyes has yet to be confirmed, but many health experts already suspect a connection. David Schaub, a psychiatric researcher, professor at Columbia University and FDA panel member told HealthDay News that this pending meeting is “a big step forward” in discussing this issue. While the jury is still out, it’s probably best to stay clear of oral care products that contain dyes to avoid the potential risk of excess dye absorption.

Some people may brush, floss and rinse twice a day but shortly after the deed is done, feel that their bad breath comes back. With good intentions, these same people may purchase and use alcohol-based mouthwashes with mint or cinnamon flavors to cure bad breath. As one article states, while these mouthwashes may mute halitosis for a little while, over time they may actually contribute and cause bad breath. Robin Seymour, as restorative dentist told the UK Daily Mail that some mouthwashes may contain as much as 13 percent of alcohol (by volume). The alcohol in mixed with other natural compounds such as menthol to target oral odor and plaque. While this sounds good in theory, Seymour stated that alcohol dries out the palate and tongue, leaving the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath to thrive. With time, the cycle of using an alcohol-based mouthwash, drying out the mouth and having the bacteria multiply may actually make the bad breath bacterial strains more resilient and will allow the microorganisms to thrive in the dry mouth environment. Seymour commented that over time, these types of mouthwashes may stain teeth a pale brown.  Seymour also noted a study that was published in the Dental Journal of Australia that links alcohol-rich mouthwashes to an increased risk of oral cancer.


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