For most people, that wonderful warm trickle of coffee or tea down our throats gets us up and at ‘em and ready to take on the day. But sometimes that first swallow of java, is not pure enjoyment, especially if you wince in pain when the warm liquid hits your teeth. While your warm morning beverage may hit the spot for waking you up, it may be hitting the wrong spot if you have a sensitive teeth.
You want white teeth and a dazzling smile, so should you forego those blueberries so that your pearly whites stay that way? Or drop that jolt of java from your morning routine because it might stain your teeth? And, if you unwind with a glass of cabernet sauvignon, surely your purplish lips and tongue must mean that your teeth are also being stained, right? Do you need to give up all these treats? If you are concerned about teeth staining and want to learn more about teeth whitening you should contact a dentist who does teeth whitening in Clearwater. A top Clearwater cosmetic dentist will answer all of your teeth whitening questions and will suggest ways to keep you teeth healthy and white.
Garlic gets a bad rap, unless you are an Italian mama and use it liberally to give robust flavor to your special pasta sauce. This funny-looking vegetable with its rotund shape, delicate parchment-like skin and appendages that resemble toes, has long been the brunt of cartoons (i.e. two people – one with a discernible breath of air being emitted, the other beating a hasty retreat.
Health Benefits Beyond Belief
Whether you get your daily dose of garlic in the food you eat, or via supplements, be advised that you are improving your health with every dose you ingest.
The method of consuming garlic for health benefits is really a personal preference. Of course, it is easier to just buy the supplements to ensure you are getting the recommended dosage for optimal health benefits. The recommended dosages for garlic use are listed below. Though they are considered “safe doses”, before embarking on any supplement use, check with your doctor to ensure it does not counteract with existing health conditions or prescription/over-the-counter medications you are currently using. Ask your health practitioner for the recommended dosage, brand, and, if the supplement contains an odor or not.
Suggested Garlic Regimen
The older you get, the more you realize that the meals you had growing up were maybe not so bad after all.
While Mom may not have had the resources about nutrition that are available to you today, especially via the internet, she really did know her stuff when you think about it. So, where did Mom learn about the types of foods that make up the food pyramid – perhaps in her home economics class? If you look back on meals when you were a youngster versus the suggested food groups to include in your daily diet, you might just concede that Mom was a smarter cookie than you ever gave her credit for.
For example, she filled your tummy with nutritious food, based on the five recommended food groups, a chart which really has not varied much through the years, and which guidelines are currently found at www.choosemyplate.gov and are listed below:
- Vegetables (including legumes/beans);
- Fruits (all fruits and juices);
- Grains (mostly wholegrain and/or high-fiber cereal and bread);
- Protein (lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts/seeds and legumes/beans); and
- Dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat).
Indeed you are what you eat, and a diet consisting of these foods will give you the nutrition needed to stay healthy from youth to old age.
It’s hard to resist raw chopped onions on a Coney dog or a big burger with a thin slice of raw onion, but you’d better hope you don’t have to socialize too much after downing these tasty treats.
Battling Bad Breath
As a general rule, bad breath is related to what we drink or eat. As to beverages, alcohol is sure to give you bad breath, coffee does as well. Different cultures have spicy foods, and people who consume these foods on a regular basis, will experience odors, not only emanating from their mouth, but also from their pores.
Listerine, a leading mouthwash manufacturer, says there are five top foods that will give you bad breath – of course, we are familiar with onions and garlic being the biggest culprits, and even canned tuna is no surprise, but horseradish and dairy foods also make your mouth feel a little funky.
Dairy products as a source for bad breath may surprise you, but, while dairy products may be good for your teeth and bones, they make your mouth feel unclean. This is because naturally occurring bacteria from your tongue feeds on the amino acids in dairy products (milk, cottage cheese, yogurt and cheeses), resulting in a foul odor.
Red wine and concord grape juice have been long known to do two things:
#1 – make an indelible stain on clothes or carpeting; and
#2 – prevent the oxidation of bad cholesterol that leads to the formation of plaque in artery walls.
As to #2, if you were looking for an excuse to have that morning glass of grape juice or a nightly glass of red wine perhaps you have one now. After all, if a mere beverage can help lower the risk of developing blood clots that lead to heart attacks, you might as well go for it, right? One important thing to remember is that having stained teeth does not mean that your teeth are unhealthy, and if you have stained teeth there are solutions such as a visit to a top dentist in Clearwater and an in office tooth whitening procedure.
We all hate that icky feeling we get when we get up in the morning with “morning breath” and we often scurry right away to the bathroom to brush our teeth before we offend our significant other. Heck – sometimes we even offend ourselves.
Halitosis, or bad breath, in general, may be caused by several factors, only one of which is poor dental hygiene. The foods you enjoy eating, like curry, garlic or onions, are a major culprit and emit a foul odor, no matter how much you brush and floss. In the case of garlic and onions, they actually go right into your pores and the smell emits from your lungs, not just your mouth. Garlic may keep you healthy but you might lose a friend or two along the way as well.
Other foods besides onion and garlic cause morning breath and this is because they are notorious for creating a sticky film on your teeth. One infamous offender is spinach. It’s believed that the residue spinach leaves on the teeth is from oxalic acid, which also can be found in beets, kale and rhubarb.
The biggest reason for bad morning breath is because when we are unconscious and sleeping during the night, many of our bodily functions stop or slow down, and this includes our salivary glands. Saliva is very important in fighting bad breath because it is high in oxygen and this kills the anaerobic bacteria. It also helps break down the food particles and remove them from the mouth when the saliva is swallowed. Due to the lower amounts of saliva during sleep, the mouth is exposed to less oxygen and there is less of it circulating to cleanse and remove particles from the mouth. Thus, before going to bed you should ensure your mouth is as free from particles of plaque and food as possible because those items are like magnets that drag bacteria toward them and cause them to multiply. Bacteria in the mouth thrive in an alkaline environment that inhibits the growth of bacteria.
Perhaps you’ve been noticing lately that downing an ice-cold glass of milk leaves you reeling in pain … then it seems that wincing with your mouth open causes your teeth to hurt. Tooth sensitivity just didn’t happen overnight it is a gradual process that begins when the movement of fluid located within tiny tubes in the dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel that contains the inner pulp of the tooth), begins to cause nerve irritation. When the hard enamel on your teeth gradually begins to wear down, especially as you get older, or your gums start to recede, these tiny tube surfaces are then exposed causing you to wince after eating, drinking hot or cold beverages, touching your teeth, or even just exposing them to cold air – suddenly a short, sharp pain and aching thereafter occurs.