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World Health Organization Cuts Recommended Sugar Intake

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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It’s been long known that sugar is bad for the mouth. The tasty treat can cause tooth decay and cavities, and can even lead to pungent, bad breath. That’s why the World Health Organization is putting its foot down on the sweet substance. The United Nations agency has altered its sugar intake recommendation, cutting the amount in half.

On March 5, the organization published new draft guidelines that addressed concerns surrounding the negative effects that sugar has on one’s health. It reduced the recommended amount of sugar from 10 percent of your daily caloric intake to 5 percent. For an average-sized adult, that comes to around six teaspoons of the sweet stuff each day. However, that doesn’t mean a person can eat six spoonfuls of granulated sugar on a daily basis.

People often don’t realize that sugar is present in many foods they commonly eat – especially processed options. A 12-ounce can of soda, for instance, might have as many as 10 teaspoons of the substance, while a slice of bread may have around 5. While this amount includes sugars in processed foods as well as honey, juices and syrups, it does not include those that occur naturally, such as sugars in fruits.

Sugar, which is a known culprit of bad breath, was targeted for its role in dental diseases. As the most common noncommunicable diseases on earth, the World Health Organization hopes to decrease their prevalence and help people prevent the pain, tooth loss and gum disease other symptoms that come with dental issues. The guidelines also note the soaring expense of treating oral conditions – it can cost 5 to 10 percent of a person’s health budget. Not such a sweet way to spend your salary.

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Coffee: The Good and the Bad

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

1242486_53460870A recent study published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, found that those who drink an excessive amount of coffee could have an increased mortality rate. While coffee has been hailed for its health benefits, this new study shows that an extreme amount of coffee could have adverse effects. Coffee has been known to cause bad breath, so maybe it’s best that you stick to three cups or less anyway!

Researchers said that while they do not believe that coffee is the direct cause of increased mortality rate, it may have some association with it. Women between the ages of 20 and 54 who drank more than 28 cups of coffee each week, or more than four cups each day, were more likely to die from any cause more than those who drank moderate amounts of coffee. Men had a 1.5 times increased risk of death compared with their moderate coffee drinker counterparts.

“People who drink more coffee may be prone to higher mortality; however, this may not be cause-and-effect, as there may be something else about the person who drinks 10 cups per day such as an addicting personality or is easily stressed out,” co-author of the study Carl J. Lavie, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at Ochsner Medical Center, told MedPage Today.

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Learn to Battle Your Sugar Addiction

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

1174350_90884706When you think of an addiction, you’re probably thinking of a life-ruining substance, but research shows that sugar addiction may cause the body to respond in the same ways it would when introduced a habit-forming drug. Maybe that’s why you can’t end a meal without a sweet treat or you routinely toss five sugar packets in your coffee each morning. Whatever your bad sugar habit may be, it can be a leading cause of bad breath.

Sugar and your oral health
Sugar is the mouth’s worst enemy. It acts as food for the anaerobic bacteria that live in the mouth and produce foul odors. Sugars are a form of fermentable carbohydrate, which are introduced to the digestion process in the oral cavity. This process creates acid and a lower pH in the mouth and works against the teeth’s enamel. What this means is that your sugar addiction may be causing halitosis and tooth decay. These issues will be more severe if you do not keep up brushing, flossing and rinsing.

Steps to minimizing your addiction to sugar
Sugar is one of the top bad breath foods, and it may be in a lot more things than you think. Instead of putting yourself in a situation where you have to give up all of your sugar habits, take it one step at a time. Following any sugary treat, make sure to drink water to help wash down any remnants left in the mouth that will cause halitosis or tooth decay.

Coffee
Whether you load your morning cup of Joe up with several packets of sugar or you1331114_30176503 regularly visit the local cafe to pick up a vanilla latte, this sugar intake can be deceiving. Since coffee is naturally bitter, you may not consider this a major part of your problem – but it is. Slowly train your palate to enjoy less sugar or densely sweetened creamer. After some time, you’ll actually start to enjoy the natural taste of coffee. If you still need a little something to perk up your coffee, try it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. The vanilla taste may be enough to satisfy your craving.

Snack swap
Pay attention to the nutritional value of the snacks you typically consume. You may find that the yogurt you’re eating is advertised as a healthy snack, but it actually has loads of sugar – this may be why you’re so dependent on it. Take some time to look at the sugar content in other similar products and swap them out for something healthier. Better yet, munch on strawberries, an apple or grapes – these naturally sweet snacks are great for your overall and oral health.

The same goes with soda. Swap out your afternoon can of cola for an ice tea sweetened with honey or agave nectar.

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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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