Need a Mint?

Many times people mistake bad breath as a sign of not having brushed your teeth. In reality there can be many reasons for halitosis (bad breath). One common cause are toothaches. Bacteria can get trapped as plaque on the teeth react with sugar in the mouth and break down the calcium salts in the tooth’s substance. Chalky tartar around the base of the teeth causes numerous problems, including bad breath, inflamed, bleeding gums, infection and dental loss.

Symptoms of teeth problems may include: tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks, an ache at the base of the tooth, yellow, chalky tartar around the base of the tooth, gums bleed when flossing, brushing or biting into something, and a bad taste in the mouth that you just cannot get rid of.

Some common cures of this problem can be: reducing the amount of sugar you consume everyday, chew nuts, apples and raw vegetables to help clean the teeth and strengthen them, taking vitamins that aid in healthier teeth (and breath).

Teeth need calcium that is found in milk and milk products, green vegetables, mineral water, nuts, canned salmon, sardines and other bony dish. Calcium absorption into the bloodstream is helped by consuming Vitamin D. Vitamin D is found in fish oil, mackeral, salmon and sardines are great sources for this oil. Dark skinned people form Vitamin D less readily and children especially may need a vitamin D supplement.

Herbal Remedies
A mouthwash made of rose petals, blueberry leaves, violet petals, and sage mixed with water helps to ease inflammation and protect teeth while sweetening the breath. Chew some fresh parsley to aid in fresher breath as well.

Aromatherapy Remedies
Cloves are powerful in their antiseptic power. They fight bad breath and help ease sores in the mouth and on the gums. Dab some clove oil on the problem areas.

Prevention

 

  • Cut down on sugary foods
  • Brush and floss your teeth regularly, especially after meals
  • Use toothpaste and mouthwash containing fluoride
  • Chew on crisp vegetables that are raw
  • Check for bad breath by licking your inner wrist, sniff after 30 seconds

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Black Tea

There has been much fuss all over the globe over the health benefits of green tea. But today let’s talk about the health benefits of another kind of tea: black tea.

Black tea is the type of tea used to make the popular iced teas. However, its purest form is less popular than green tea, which is China’s favorite drink and considered to be one of the most beneficial beverages in the world. Nevertheless, black tea is not to be left behind as it has millions of consumers as well and has its own health benefits to boast of. The following are just a few of these health benefits that I’ve gathered.

1. Black tea can reduce risk of stroke and heart attack. In various studies, it has been found that polyphenols in black tea can block damage associated with tobacco and other toxic chemicals that can lead to cancer, stroke, or heart attack. In fact, black tea is packed with flavonoids which are potent antioxidants that prevent free radical damage and increase good cholesterol in the body. Black tea also improves blood flow by relaxing and expanding arteries.

2. Black tea is good for oral health. Black tea can promote oral health by preventing bad breath and improving the condition of the teeth and gums. How? Polyphenols, one of the components of black tea, has been found to inhibit growth of oral bacteria. Black tea can also help prevent mouth infections like cavities.

3. Black tea can prevent viruses. Researches have shown that black tea can neutralize germs that causes various diseases like diarrhea as well as infections on the skin. This is also why black tea is good for the mouth because drinking the tea can wipe out the viruses in our mouths.

Know more healthy benefits of black tea? 🙂

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7 Dental Tips to Beat Bad Breath

Having trouble with bad breath? Here are seven easy dental tips you can apply to combat it.

1. Gargle with lemon and water.

Instead of washing your mouth with just water, squeeze a bit of lemon into your glass. Lemon has antioxidants that can dilute strong smell and help in the bad breath elimination process. Gargling with lemon and water can also be done not just when you are brushing your teeth but anytime of the day.

2. Use a good toothpaste.

Not all toothpastes are the same. Choose a toothpaste strong enough and particularly suited to defeat bad breath and kill all types of bacteria in your mouth. Search the web for feedback of experts and users on different toothpastes.

3. Have regular dental cleaning.

To prevent and cure bad breath, personal brushing and hygiene is not enough. Regular dental cleaning by a professional dentist is important because professional cleaning is a lot more thorough and can detect all possible problems you may not see. Make sure you take time to visit the dentist at least every four to six months.

4. Change toothbrush regularly.

Remember that bacteria can also accumulate in your toothbrush, no matter how many times you wash it. So make sure to replace your toothbrush every two to three months.

5. Be careful of commercial mouthwashes.

All mouthwashes claim to make the mouth cleaning process more effective by killing bacteria. However, too much mouthwash can irritate the gums, tongue, and mucous membranes as mouthwash often contains too much alcohol combined with flavors and dye. Ask for professional advice if you really want to use a particular mouthwash.

6. Floss!

Brushing and gargling alone is not enough. Flossing a few times a week is important to remove very small pieces of food stuck between teeth and which may cause odor.

7. Brush your tongue.

Studies have shown that brushing the tongue is a very effective way to reduce the onset of bad breath. If you find yourself grimacing at the thought of scrubbing your tongue, the fact is you just have to brush it gently to wash away very small pieces of food substances that may have been trapped in your tongue.

Feel free to share your own tips!

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Dangers of Tooth Whitening

Every where you look there are ads for tooth whitening. Ads, commercials, billboards, magazines, tooth whitening is all over the place. But which do you choose? Some just grab the cheapest thing on the store shelf and go for it. Other’s decide to go the medical route and get it done by their dentist. But just how safe is tooth whitening and is it good to get done repeatedly?

The fact is that teeth whitening does work, and many times it works extremely well. The negative part is that it doesn’t work without side effects. Prolonged exposure to the bleaching agents can cause damage to tooth enamel. It can also make teeth sensitive to cold, hot, even air and cause some irritation. If any of the bleaching agents are ingested, which often happens when using the home bleaching, it may make you feel nauseated or experience a burning sensation.

Some home remedy whitenening rely heavily on acidic properties from some fruits which can cause teeth’s enamel to deteriorate, making teeth look worse. Tooth whitening use hydrogen peroxide. This is the cause of irritation to delicate and soft tissues in the mouth. When whitening is done by a dentist, they will place a dam to keep everything but the teeth from coming in contact with the product.

I have also read that continued over use of tooth whitening can eventually lead to losing those pearly whites. Also, it can cause your gums to start to deteriorate if not done correctly. So take care of your teeth and once they are whitened take head to what your dentist says. Whitening is great and looks beautiful, if you decide to get it done read all you can about it and talk with your dentist about it.

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Yummy Toothpastes!

Ever have trouble making your kids brush their teeth? Well, you can spice up brushing moments with this out of the box toothpastes that will surely make tooth brushing a more exciting task. You can even use these for yourself!

Chocolate Toothpaste

Since a study in Tulane University showed that cocoa powder is actually an effective tooth cleaner and a research in Osaka University stated that chocolate could prevent tooth decay, a lot of companies have started manufacturing chocolate toothpaste. Some are just flavored chocolate for that fun kick, such as those from Close Up and Colgate. Meanwhile some are actually made of real chocolate. I think using chocolate toothpaste will definitely make a lot of people especially the chocoholics look forward to brushing, provided that they don’t succumb to temptation and eat it!

Ice Cream Toothpaste

With four different flavors, Banilla Bling’s ice cream flavored toothpaste is truly a treat for kids and adults alike. Its four different flavors are Banilla Bling (vanilla ice cream), BlingSide (vanilla and orange ice cream), Cha Cha Chocolate (chocolate), and Baby Bling (mild vanilla). Those who’ve tried this say it tastes so good, any kid will love it! Consequently, a lot of dentists use Banilla Bling toothpaste in dental cleaning to make the commonly scary experience a lot more fun for kids.

Fruit Toothpaste

Don’t care for too much dessert? Then get rid of the sweety sweets and settle for some fruit toothpaste. Bursting with fruity, non-mint flavors, HerbKids Toothpaste infuse a lot of pleasure in brushing to make sure kids learn to love caring for their teeth!

All in One Toothpaste

Want a different flavor as you brush your teeth every day? Then the Breath Palette is the perfect toothpaste for you. With 31 different and highly unique flavors and 4 kits to choose from, your brushing moments will never be the same. The following are the four kits to choose from: (1) Sweet Tooth (vanilla, bitter chocolate, caramel, L’Espresso, Pumpkin Pudding); (2) East Meets West (Green Tea, Indian Curry, Tropical Pineapple, Darjeeling Tea, Cinnamon); (3) Zen Palette (Rose, Honey, Lavender, Lemon Tea, Cola); and (4) Smoothie (Fresh Yogurt, Monkey Banana, Kiwi Fruit, Strawberry, Blueberry). Why stick to one flavor when you can have various options each day?

There are a lot more toothpaste brands that produce exciting toothpastes for all of us, all you have to do is look around!

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Oh My Yogurt

One of the simple, accessible, and healthy snacks I like to eat is yogurt. I love how I can indulge in something fruity and semi-sweet without being too scared of the calories. Of course, it also depends a lot on the brand and flavor of the yogurt. For me, I like strawberry and chocolate flavors in general. How about you? 🙂 Well, regardless of what type of yogurt we like, here’s a list of just a few of the benefits we can get from it.

1. Yogurt is a wonderful source of calcium because it can provide up to 40% of the daily calcium value we need. And we all know how good calcium is to our body. It not only keeps our bones and teeth strong, it also promotes overall strength and wellness for more years to come.

2. Yogurt helps boost our immune systems because of its friendly bacteria composition. Yogurt fights against bacterial infections and diseases like food poisoning. A healthy level of good bacteria is also great for digestive health.

3. Yogurt is a great alternative food to the lactose intolerant or simply to the non-milk drinkers, like me. I was born with a natural aversion to milk but I’ve always loved all the other dairy products like cheese and of course, yogurt.

4. Yogurt can be served in a lot of ways, so if you or your kid don’t really like yogurt in its solo state, you can incorporate it into other stuff so you can still avail of all the health benefits it can give. For instance, you can serve it with nuts or your favorite fruits like bananas, strawberries, raspberries, or peaches. You can also add a different flavor, like chocolate or mocha. You can also substitute it for high fat ingredients like heavy creams. You can even make it into delicious ice cream. There are a lot of easy to follow yogurt recipes on the net.

5. Yogurt doesn’t make you fat. Of course, there are sugarless and with-sugar versions of yogurt, so it’ll be good to check on the labels first or do your research before buying a particular brand. Nevertheless, yogurt in general contains much less sugar, calories and fats than the usual sweet snacks like ice cream or pastries. If you want to be absolutely strict about it, choose the sugarless and zero-fat versions.

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7 Benefits of Pineapples

The pineapple is one of my favorite fruits in the world. I used to not like it because it kind of stings in the mouth and can be very sour. But as I grew up I learned to appreciate its tangy and sour to sweet taste, especially when I think of all its health benefits that the adults keep informing me about.

I’m pleased that these days we always seem to have slices of fresh pineapple in the refrigerator and that I can indulge in a slice or two anytime I want. But I still think my knowledge on the benefits of pineapple is limited, that’s why I thought of researching more about it on the web. Read on to know just seven of the many perks of eating pineapples that I’ve found out.

1.It lessens risk of hypertension. Hypertension occurs when too much force is exerted on the artery walls while the blood circulates. One of the best ways to combat this is to infuse a high amount of potassium plus a small amount of sodium in your diet to lower blood pressure. Pineapples are the perfect for hypertension because a cup of pineapple contains about 1 mg of sodium and 195 mg of potassium.

2.It helps you lose weight! Eating pineapple can highly cut down your sweet cravings because of its natural sweetness, saving you from a lot of sugar-induced calories. Incorporating a lot of pineapple in your meals will also help a lot in weight loss because pineapples can make you feel full without giving you an ounce of fat.

3.It maintains good eye health. Time and again, studies have found that pineapples protect against age-related eye problems because it is rich in antioxidants.

4.It fights a lot of diseases, being rich in Vitamin C. Pineapples are known to be a very good source of vitamin C, which protects our bodies from free radicals that attack our healthy cells. Lots of free radicals in the body can lead to major diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and various cancers. Vitamin C is considered the most important water-soluble anti-oxidant that fights against disease-inducing substances within the body. It is also an excellent fighter against flu and a great enhancer of the immune system.

5. It prevents plaque and keeps teeth healthy. Another benefit of the high amount of vitamin C in pineapples is that it prevents formation of plaque and gum diseases.

6. It cures constipation and irregular bowel movement. Pineapple is rich in fiber, making it effective in curing constipation and irregular bowel movement.

7. It keeps your skin beautiful! Pineapple contains enzymes that make skin elastic, improve skin hydration, and remove damaged and dead cells. Thus, it helps us achieve a clear and glowing complexion. The enzymes in pineapples also fight free-radical damage and can reduce age spots and fine lines.

Do you want to get all the health benefits of eating pineapple along with the best nutritional supplements out there?  Its used by thousands of medical professionals in the USA.  You have to check this out.

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