Posts Tagged ‘Dental Hygiene’

Do u suffer from bad breath? Does it affect your relationship with your partner?

bad breath
Manda asked:

How did u deal with it esp if it’s not caused by a poor dental hygiene??

Bad breath Gone

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sandman - January 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

Categories: Dental   Tags: , ,

Basic Guide To Fighting Bad Breath

Paul Hata asked:

Many human beings have bad breath now and again. It is a constant or recurring case of bad breath that can offend friends and loved ones and become a real social problem. There are several causes of bad breath and, fortunately, most of them are easily dealt with using simple natural techniques.

Many rumors circulate from time to time about the cause of chronic bad breath, or halitosis. One can almost rule out the theory of bad breath coming from places other than the mouth. The esophagus is collapsed normally and air can only escape in the form of the occasional burp. If your mouth and teeth are healthy you should first check the dorsum, or that area on the back of the tongue.

Whatever the cause of your bad breath be the most common remedy i.e. mouthwashes is not only ineffective, it is counterproductive also. A mouthwash is a blend of flavors, a bit of dye, and too much alcohol.

While the claims that mouthwashes kill the bacteria is true, it is also true that the bacteria quickly come back again and in greater force than before one would have used the mouthwash. But in addition to being ineffective, mouthwashes are also being dangerous.

Too much mouthwash is irritating to the gums, the palate, the tongue, and the mucous membranes of the mouth. In a small percentage of people, who are susceptible, and those who smoke and drink, heavy use of mouthwash can cause certain types of cancer.

Other ways to fight bad breath

If one does not wish to use anything in order to freshen up the breath, one can put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and rinse. Bad breath, or halitosis, has a number of causes, the most obvious one being bad dental hygiene.

If one doesn’t brush your teeth regularly and well, bits of pieces of food will become lodged between your teeth and will decompose, causing a bad odor. One probably already knows that you should brush your teeth carefully twice a day, but there are some other measures you can take to fight bad breath.


Brushing the tongue is probably the single most effective thing you can do. In various researches, it has been shown that brushing the tongue alone is a better guard against bad breath than brushing only the teeth.

Brushing both the teeth and tongue can help reduce bad breath due to poor dental hygiene almost entirely. One does not need to scrub your tongue. Just gently brush the tongue with a soft-bristled brush to wash away the microscopic bits of food that become trapped in the tiny protuberances.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sandman - January 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bad Breath Home Remedies and Treatment Tips

Jerry White asked:

Bad Breath is usually caused by the breakdown of proteins by bacteria somewhere in the mouth. Bad breath is not contagious, meaning you cannot catch it from someone else. Chronic bad breath, known as Halitosis. Bad breath (halitosis) is a common problem which often comes from the activity of bacteria in the mouth. Although there is no way of knowing for sure, most adults probably suffer from bad breath occasionally, with perhaps a quarter suffering on a regular basis. There are many different things that can cause halitosis – from not brushing your teeth to certain medical conditions. Bad breath is a problem that is shared by millions of people across the country. Some people may perceive that they have bad breath, but it is not noticed by oral-health-care professionals or others. This is referred to as “pseudohalitosis.

Some types of bad breath, such as “morning mouth,” are considered to be fairly normal, and they usually are not health concerns. The “morning mouth” type of bad breath occurs because the saliva that regularly washes away decaying food and odors during the daytime diminishes at night while you sleep. Your mouth becomes dry, and dead cells adhere to your tongue and to the inside of your cheeks. Bacteria use these cells for food and expel compounds that have a foul odor. Bad breath can be caused by Poor dental hygiene, Infections in the mouth, Respiratory tract infections ? Throat infections, sinus infections, lung infections ,Dry mouth (xerostomia)and “pseudohalitosis.

Home Remedies and Treatment Tips of Bad Breath

1.Use of fenugreek has proved most effective.

2.Another effective remedy for bad breath is avocado which is far superior to any mouth lotion or remedies for this condition.

3.All fruit and vegetable juices are beneficial in the treatment of halitosis and should be taken liberally by those suffering from this disorder. Juices from green vegetables are especially


4.Parsley is a valuable cure for bad breath. Two cups of water should be boiled and several sprigs of parsley, coarsely chopped, should be steeped in this water along with two or three whole cloves or a quarter teaspoon of ground cloves. This mixture should be stirred occasionally while cooling. It should then be strained and used as a mouthwash or gargle several

times a day.

5.Unripe guava is useful in halitosis. It is rich in tannic, malic, oxalic, and phosphoric acids as well as calcium, oxalate, and manganese.

6.Chewing gum can increase salivary flow, but only masks bad breath. Try drinking water throughout the day instead.

7.Brushing your teeth properly and regularly. Brushing your teeth is best done in the morning, every after meal, and before bead time.

8.Flossing can help remover the deep seated food particles in between your teeth.

9.Gargle a cup of lukewarm water mixed with salt or half a lemon juice. This is also best done before going to bed.

10Avoid alcohol and dyes.

11.Dip your tooth brush into baking soda and brush your teeth using it as your toothpaste. After that, you can brush again your teeth with toothpaste this time to give your breath fresh scent. This is best done in the morning and in the evening before bed time.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sandman - November 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Categories: Alternative Medicine   Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Using Natural Remedies To Fight Bad Breath

Lee Dobbins asked:

Bad breath can be caused by anything from bad dental hygiene to medicines you are taking to the food you eat. While it can be embarrassing, it can also indicate a serious condition and should be checked by a doctor. Barring any severe medical reasons, here are some tips you can use to fight bad breath.

Drink lots of water and avoid letting your stomach get too empty. When you don?t eat, your saliva production decreases and saliva can help wash away that bacteria in your mouth. Make sure your mouth does not get too dry by drinking lots of water throughout the day which is good for your overall health anyway.

You may also be able to fight bad breath by drinking the right kinds of liquids. We all know that tea is good for you but the chemical polyphenols found in tea can also help to prevent that sulfur producing bacteria that contributes to bad breath. Cranberries reduce the stickiness of bacteria so drinking cranberry juice can help reduce the amount of plaque that is formed and thus reduce the amount of bad breath.

Instead of chewing gum why not take a cue from the ancient Greeks and chew Anise seed? The can be found in the spices section of your grocery store and can be carried with you and popped in your mouth for chewing whenever the mood strikes. Fennel, cinnamon and cloves can do the job as well. Try chewing on these natural treat as an after dinner mint instead of gum or mints which can promote tooth decay.

If you thought parsley was just a garnish on your dinner plate, think again! Parsley has vitamins and minerals but more importantly it has been used for hundreds of years to effectively fight bad breath. The key to this is the chlorophyll which changes carbon dioxide into oxygen inside your body. This prepares the digestive tract to prevent gases and toxins from backing up and by lubricating the tract and various valves.

We all know that baking soda works well to eliminate odor in the fridge, but did you know it can also help eliminate your bad breath? Simply mix some in with your toothpaste when you brush.

Your bad breath may be a problem with digestion and some suggest taking a probiotic. A probiotic will put tons of live bacteria in to your digestive system. This bacteria is vital for good digestive performance. The most popular probiotic is lactobacillus acidophilus or L acidophilus which is commonly found in yogurt.

Finally, the most important tip is to see your dentist regularly and take proper care of your teeth and gums to prevent bacteria from building up and causing odor. This not only contributes to bad breath but bad oral hygiene can also cause health problems throughout your body.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sandman - October 1, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bad Breath Remedy ? Easy and Effective Herbal Treatments

Candy Willims asked:

Bad breath or halitosis in medical parlance, is foul or unpleasant smelling breath, which can be acute or chronic depending on the cause. The term halitosis is coined by combining the Latin word for breath (halitus) with the Greek suffix (osis), meaning condition.

The fundamental cause of bad breath in most people is the whitish coating that covers the surface of the posterior portion of their tongue. More precisely, the bacteria that thrive on this warm and moist coating of the tongue cause bad breath.

What causes bad breath?

Have you ever stopped to wonder what causes halitosis?

# Certain medical conditions, such as sinus infections, tonsillitis, lung diseases, renal diseases, menstruation, cancer.

# The most common form of bad breath is morning bad breath, which is a temporary condition due to factors such as smoking, dry mouth, stress or hunger.

# Poor dental hygiene, which can leave food particles to decay inside the mouth.

# Consumption of certain types of foods with strong odour can cause transient bad breath, such as garlic, tobacco or onions.

# Chronic liver failure can cause a specific type of bad breath.

# Diabetes mellitus can at times cause a sweet-smelling fruity odour of the breath.

# Psychiatric illness – some people perceive that they have bad breath, but it is not noticed by others. This is referred to as “pseudohalitosis.”

Other causes of halitosis include –

? Alcoholism, cigarette smoking

? Allergies

? Heavy metal accumulation

? Peridontal gum disease

? Dry mouth caused by salivary gland problems

? Chronic constipation

? Hormonal disorders

? Gastro-intestinal disorders

Symptoms of bad breath ?

A person may not always know that he has bad breath. This is because odour-detecting cells in the nose in due course become accustomed to the constant flow of bad smells from the mouth. Infact, others notice and react by recoiling as you speak.

Symptoms of bad breath –

# extreme oral dryness

# bad taste in the mouth

# bad breath

# a white or yellow Film on the tongue

# Bitter, sour, or metallic tastes

# Post nasal drainage

# White nodules on the tonsils

# Brushing and dental flossing the teeth makes no difference

# chest pain

Treatment for bad breath ?

This depends on:

? the health of the mouth

? the cause or origin of the bad breath condition

? extent of the condition

If bad breath is of oral origin, as it is in the majority of cases, a dentist can treat the cause of the problem.

If the odour is due to periodontal gum disease (causes gum tissues to pull away from the teeth and form pockets), a professional periodontal cleaning can remove the bacteria and plaque that accumulate.

If there is extensive build-up of plaque, the dentist may recommend using a special antimicrobial mouth rinse, as well as brush tongue to remove excess plaque.

How to prevent bad breath?

Some ways to lower the risk of developing bad breath are:

1. Brush and floss teeth regularly. Proper brushing includes brushing the tongue, cheeks, and the roof of the mouth, which will remove bacteria and food particles.

2. Bad breath caused by dental problems can be prevented easily. Daily protection requires brushing teeth, tongue and gums after meals, flossing, and rinsing,

3. Bad breath also can be prevented by drinking plenty of water every day to encourage saliva production. An occasional rinse of the mouth with water helps loosen food particles.

4. Clean and replace toothbrush regularly.

5. Avoid mouthwashes with alcohol.

6. Avoid stress and relax.

7. Get sufficient exercise, and sleep.

8. Avoid spicy foods and foods with strong odours, and those that leave residues or are stuck in the teeth (alcohol, chocolates, cheese, meat, sweets).

Home cure for bad breath –

# Use a toothpaste and mouth rinse that has a antibacterial composition. Thymol and eukalyptol are natural oils derived from thyme and eucalyptus, and help destroy the bacteria causing bad breath.

# Fruit and vegetable juices help a great deal in getting rid of bad breath.

# One can also use breath-freshening gum, mint, sugar free chewing gum that dissolve on the tongue.

# Drinking green tea, eating yogurt or chewing sugarless cardamom gum are helpful in combating bad breath.

# Avoid rinses containing alcohol, as these dry out mouth and aggravate the problem.

# If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night. Brush the dentures and soak them overnight in a disinfecting solution.

# Consume an almost green raw guava. It is an excellent home remedy for bad breath and bleeding gums.

# Make tea from fenugreek leaves and drink it everyday.

# A baking soda rinse is also useful in eliminating or reducing bad breath.

# Patients suffering from bad breath should take a well-balanced diet consisting of seeds, nuts, grains, vegetables, and fruits, with stress on raw and cooked vegetables, and fruits.

# Avoid constipation.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sandman - August 1, 2012 at 6:28 am

Categories: Uncategorized   Tags: , , , ,

Next Page »