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Yogurt: Tooth Decay, Gum Disease and Bad Breath Cure

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

sugarless yogurt

According to Japanese research, sugarless yogurt can serve as another remedy for bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.  Yogurt had allegedly reduced the levels of hydrogen suphide (a primary cause of halitosis) in 80% of participants in the study conducted by the International Association for Dental Research.  The plaque and gum disease levels were also noticeably lower among those who ate the yogurt. The main bacteria that help reduce bad breath are Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus.

The study group of volunteers ate 90 grams of yogurt every day for six weeks, while maintaining a strict diet, medication intake, and oral hygiene routine. 

People should consider having sugar-free yogurt as a healthy snack, since sugary snacks rank high in causing tooth decay.  According to statistics, 1/4 people have chronic bad breath, and 19/20 have gum disease sometime in their lives!  By cutting down on the consumption of sugary snacks and chocolate and adopting a good oral hygiene routine, one can start adopting better oral health.

Source: BBC News

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Redbook Anti- Bad Breath Tips

Monday, August 17th, 2009

 

Redbook recently has compiled a list of bad breath remedies / treatments if you happen to have a problem with bad breath (halitosis).   Here are ten bad breath remedies mentioned in Redbook:

  1. Brush and floss your teeth 2-3X daily.
  2. Use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue.
  3. Eat around 6 oz. of plain yogurt each day to reduce the foul odor causing bacteria (due to the active cultures/probiotics in yogurt)
  4. Eat ‘detergent’ vegetables – Textured foods like carrots and apples will help clean your tongue
  5. Stay hydrated, because bacteria thrive when you have dry mouth, which helps cause bad breath
  6. Drink tea (especially green tea).  Tea contains polyphenols, which are compounds that inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath
  7. Eat parsley- Since parsley has chlorophyll, this can help halt your halitosis
  8. Use the correct mouthwash- Rinse at least 30 seconds each night (preferably using a mouthwash without alcohol)
  9. Chew sugarless gum- this increases the production of saliva, thus hydrating your mouth
  10. Avoid spicy and strong smelling foods that cause bad breath       
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