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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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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The 6 Unexpected Causes of Bad Breath

June 27, 2015

The 6 Unexpected Causes of Bad Breath

Many people misunderstand bad breath, tending to link it directly to poor oral hygiene. While bleeding gums and dental caries can certainly cause bad breath, these are far from the only causes. Other than poor oral hygiene, bad breath can show up for six different reasons.

Bad breath from the lungs

Your lungs can lend an unpleasant odor to the air you exhale in 3 ways:

 ⇒If your diet includes garlic, onion or other strong-smelling foods, the odor-giving chemicals in them can enter your bloodstream, make their way to your lungs and foul up the air that passes through them.
 Alcohol and smoking can cause bad breath. With smoking, the tar and other substances in the smoke can cause a buildup of contaminated phlegm in your lungs. This phlegm can pass its odor to the air that you exhale. If you have alcohol in your blood from a few drinks, that smell can get on your breath in your lungs, too.
Asthma, cystic fibrosis and even lung cancer tend to leave an unpleasant stamp on the breath. Doctors are beginning to actually use smell tests to detect lung cancer at an early stage these days.

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What to Do About Morning Breath

May 7, 2015

 What to Do About Morning Breath

Does kissing your spouse in the morning send a shiver up your spine because you suffer from morning breath? If you have bad breath in morning, you’re not alone. Most people have this problem, at least to some extent. It’s one of the most common complaints people have when they wake up in the morning. What causes morning breath and is there anything you can do to prevent it?

The fact that you suffer from morning breath doesn’t necessarily mean you have chronic halitosis and run the risk of offending people throughout the day. Bad breath in the morning is usually caused by the mouth drying out overnight allowing anaerobic bacteria to build up in the mouth. These bacteria can produce very unpleasant smelling chemicals that accumulate on your mouth and tongue giving rise to morning breath.

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