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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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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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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