Best Diet to Prevent Bad Breath

Best Diet to Prevent Bad BreathIt’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.
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What Does Smoking Do to Teeth?

What Does Smoking do to TeethA cigarette loosely tangling from your mouth, or cinched between your teeth, is a menacing look to be sure.  But, just in case you were wondering, smoking is also a menace to your teeth, besides your general health.

We all know smoking is bad for your health, and, we did not have to read the warning label on the side of the pack to know this fact.  There are public service announcements galore which point to the fact that smoking causes cancer.

Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, and, about 70 of them are known to cause cancer.  The number one risk of smoking cigarettes is lung cancer, but, smoking is known to affect your entire body.  Did you know it can also affect your oral health as well?
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What Causes Morning Breath?

What Causes Morning Breath?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.

Morning breath

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.
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How to Maintain Healthy Gums

Healthy GumsWhen you wake up in morning, you make your way to the bathroom, grab your toothbrush and apply toothpaste. While brushing you feel a sharp pain along the side of your mouth. When you go to rinse you might notice in the sink a swirl of blood and used toothpaste. If this is you, then your gums might be trying to tell you something. There are many signs that people should be aware of when exercising good dental hygiene. Bleeding, sore, or swollen gums could mean a few different things. Let’s explore what it means to have healthy gums. Continue reading “How to Maintain Healthy Gums”

What is Halitosis?

Bad BreathSomeone once said that half of a relationship involves tolerating bad breath. Perhaps this is true, but what happens when your partner decides your bad breath isn’t worth tolerating? If you’re someone who suffers from bad breath, or ‘halitosis,’ especially if it’s chronic, you’ve probably explored solutions. Unfortunately, the various gums and mints available typically only address the symptoms of bad breath. As with any other health problem, if you get to the bottom of why you suffer from bad breath, you’re more likely to find a resolution of the problem. No one need suffer from chronic bad breath. Following is information on some of the most common causes of bad breath, as well as tips for preventing or even eliminating it. Continue reading “What is Halitosis?”