Posts Tagged ‘junk food’

Prepare for Summer’s Most Fun Events and Festivals

Monday, August 12th, 2013

1288797_17766700With the summer in full swing and festival season well underway for music fans across the country, there are a few things that die-hard audiophiles can take into consideration when attending the next big event. And what better way to prepare, than to take advice than from the newest release from 1990s grunge rockers, the Pixies? What kind of advice can festival goers take from the tune “Bagboy?” Watch out for halitosis. That’s right – the group’s newest track is about bad breath. Before heading out to the next concert, street fair or festival in your area, take these pointers to make sure the song isn’t directed toward you. As they say, “cover your breath, polish your teeth.”

Take it easy on the alcohol
Summer seems to bring out an urge to pop open a beer and enjoy the beautiful weather, and when you’re at a festival, it’s hard not to. Unfortunately, drinking alcohol causes halitosis for a number of reasons. Beer and liquor have a strong odor that stays in your mouth while, as well as after, you’re done drinking, especially if you are consuming a lot. Make sure to avoid dark liquors as much as possible as well as strong beers. Secondly, drinking alcohol may cause dry mouth, which in turn causes bad breath. Since it causes you to become dehydrated, your mouth loses moisture. When there isn’t enough saliva to wash down the bacteria that cause bad breath, they just sit in the back of the mouth, on the tongue and along the gums.


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Your Junk Food Addiction and Bad Breath

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhether you give into greasy French fries, cheesy pizza or crunchy chips, you’re probably aware that it’s not super simple to look the other way when it comes to junk food. In a 2010 study conducted by Scripps Research Associate Professor Paul J. Kenny and graduate student Paul M. Johnson, published in the March 2010 online edition of Nature Neuroscience, the duo found that the same molecular mechanisms prone to drive people to drug addictions play a similar role in overeating. Similarly, many believe that junk food has addictive properties.

We all know that fast food wreaks havoc on the body, but fewer people are aware of the side effects it has on our oral health. Bad breath, canker sores and gum disease can all arise over time in individuals who find themselves constantly consuming junk food. Since most junk and fast food lack the proper vitamins and minerals the mouth and body need to stay functioning properly, bacteria and germs are able to prosper and cause issues.

Bad breath symptoms are the most common side effect of junk food consumption – these foods are often hard to digest and cause a buildup of gas. This gas is released through the mouth, causing a pungent smell that can only be masked by gum and mints. Similarly, oral health issues such as canker sores are caused by a diet that is lacking vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid and iron. If you are consuming a large amount of junk and fast food, your body isn’t receiving enough of these vitamins to stay healthy.

But it may be difficult to just give up junk food all together, even if you’re aware of the health concerns it causes. Scripps Research performed a study on rats that completely lost control over eating habits overtime.

“They always went for the worst types of food, and as a result, they took in twice the calories as the control rats,” Kenny said. “When we removed the junk food and tried to put them on a nutritious diet – what we called the ‘salad bar option’ – they simply refused to eat. The change in their diet preference was so great that they basically starved themselves for two weeks after they were cut off from junk food.”

While it’s not necessary to give up all junk food, it is important to maintain a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables that contain vitamins for a healthy mouth and body.

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TheraBreath Goes To Dodgers Stadium

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Dr. Katz and the rest of the staff at TheraBreath went as a group to the Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals game at Dodger’s Stadium on August 17th! As you can see in the picture above, the Dodgers gave TheraBreath a warm welcoming. Even though the Dodgers’ loss disappointed their Los Angeles fans, it was still a very fun event with lots of free junk food. Hopefully everyone used their TheraBreath regimen afterwards so they didn’t get bad breath!

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