Treat your Tongue Right-Quit Smoking

March 12, 2017

You probably know how smoking can damage your lungs, but did you  know the havoc tobacco use can wreak on your tongue? Though some effects can be relatively benign, others can lead to serious, even life-threatening, conditions.

Discolored and Hairy

If you look in the mirror and notice that your tongue is white, black, splotched, or furry, you know it is time to quit smoking. Your tongue is covered with tiny finger-like projections called papillae. If you smoke excessively, the chemicals in the tobacco will keep these papillae from shedding as they should. Instead they grow longer and longer, trapping food particles, dead cells, and bacteria between them. According to the Mayo Clinic, “hairy tongue” is usually harmless, but can lead to severe halitosis and an unsightly tongue. 

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5 Causes and Cures for Your Bad Breath

December 12, 2016

Let’s face it. Bad breath is an embarrassing problem. Some people shy away from social interaction because of it. And forget about intimacy–bad breath makes it uncomfortable to get comfortably close. Can the problem be fixed? Probably. Learn about five common causes of bad breath and solutions to fix it.

Stinky Food

When eating odoriferous foods like onions or garlic, the scent lingers in your oral cavity. But these scents can also be absorbed into your blood stream and transferred to the air you exhale. That’s why your breath may have a slight garlicky odor the day after you’ve eaten a big bowl of spaghetti or garlic chicken.

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3 Natural Home Remedies For Bad Breath

September 13, 2016

3 Natural Home Remedies For Bad Breath

As embarrassing as bad breath is, there is good news for sufferers.  Bad breath can be controlled and prevented by proper dental care and a few good home remedies.

Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be caused by a number of factors such as smoking, dry mouth, gum disease, gastrointestinal issues, and sinus infections.  But probably the most common cause of bad breath is ordinary, everyday bacteria.  It’s normal to have bacteria in our mouths, but problems arise when they escape regular cleaning by hiding in between our teeth and on our tongue.

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What to Expect if Your Child Needs Their Tonsils Removed

September 8, 2016

Routine examination of little girl's throat

Removal of the tonsils is a common procedure that may be necessary if a child (or adult) has severe or recurring tonsillitis. This surgery is called tonsillectomy. By the time the doctor orders the tonsils to be removed, parents are well aware of their child’s health issue. The child will have had several problems involving the tonsils and will have been seen by the doctor on many occasions. In spite of the fact that you may have seen it coming, the idea of your child being hospitalized for surgery will still cause anxiety. It is best to know what to expect so that you can be prepared for what will happen.

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6 Ways to a Brighter Smile – But Which of Them Actually Work?

August 8, 2016

6 Ways to a Brighter Smile

The glittering smiles of Hollywood stars are perhaps not a realistic ideal for most people to strive for, but that doesn’t mean having to put up with heavily stained or discolored teeth.

Many people wish to increase the whiteness of their smile, and there are many products available on the market to help with this, both over-the-counter and those restricted to the dental surgery. Do any of them actually work, and are they safe to use?

Whitening Mouthwash

This type of product offers the simplest prospect of teeth whitening. Use of a good, non-whitening mouthwash is highly recommended as part of normal dental hygiene, and the promise is that by replacing your standard mouthwash with one containing whitening agents, you can brighten your smile at the same time as protecting against decay.

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What is the association between gum disease and diabetes?

July 30, 2016

Diabetes

Gum disease is a type of infection of the gums often caused by decay, though you are also at a higher risk due to genetics. Another potential risk for gum disease is if you have diabetes. Here are some things to know about the link between gum disease and diabetes.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a type of infection of your gums. It can also affect the bones of your teeth. When you get gum disease, it can cause a host of problems for your teeth, from loosening and loss of teeth, to difficulty chewing, misalignment of the teeth, and frequent tooth infections that require treatment. There are also different levels of gum disease, beginning with mild disease to severe periodontal disease.

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3 Natural Ways to Whiten Teeth

July 18, 2016

If you feel self-conscious about how your teeth look, you are not alone. One of the most common concerns that people have about their teeth relates to yellowing or discoloration. This is most often caused by aging, smoking, and drinking dark beverages.

Some people will whiten their teeth through artificial means, such as expensive home whitening kits, but others are looking for better ways to do so. The good news is that there are some natural ways to whiten your teeth that will produce great results.

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Can a Low-Carb Weight Loss Diet Cause Bad Breath?

July 2, 2016

Low Carbs Diet

According to the National Marketing Institute, more than 20 million people have tried low-carb diets like the Atkins method at some point. These diets are popular because they offer reasonable weight-loss results. When fans of these diets talk about their experience, though, you usually only hear thoughts related to weight loss and diet control. You rarely hear about a very unhappy side-effect – halitosis or bad breath.

Why does reducing carbohydrates cause bad breath?

When you are on a regular diet, it is the carbohydrates in your food that your body uses for energy. On many low-carb diets like the Atkins method, your body is so deeply deprived of carbohydrates that it has no choice but to burn fat to survive. Ketosis, the state in which the body burns fat rather than carbohydrates, is what makes these low-carb diets work.

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Dry Mouth: What Causes It and How to Relieve It

March 28, 2016

Dry Mouth What Causes It and How to Relieve It

Having a dry mouth occasionally after making a speech or exercising vigorously is not a cause for concern, but a chronically dry mouth can be the sign of an underlying medical problem.  It can also make life miserable by causing cracked lips, sores on the tongue, burning and tingling sensations in the mouth, difficulty chewing and swallowing, difficulty speaking, bad breath, dental cavities, and gum disease.  If you suffer from dry mouth, it’s important to learn the cause and seek treatment if necessary.

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Can the Tonsils Cause Bad Breath?

July 7, 2015

Can the Tonsils Cause Bad Breath

Halitosis or bad breath affects 15% of the population – or one in seven. For a problem as widespread, it is rarely talked about, save for simplistic advertisements for toothpaste and other products that don’t do much.

These advertisements are part of the problem – they make people think that bad breath is all about oral hygiene. They rarely make people see that they need to look deeper.

In truth, bad breath is often caused by strange, unheard-of conditions. In many, for instance, bad breath is caused by a problem called tonsil stones.

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