The REAL reason for morning breath

By JALEESA BAULKMAN, DAILYMAIL.COM It’s something most are embarrassed to share with their nearest and dearest – let alone their dentist. But there’s no getting around it: millions of people wake up with bad breath every day – and some far worse than others. While poor dental hygiene is a culprit, few realize other factors like snoring and chewing gum can make the odor even more unbearable. Unfortunately, there isn’t a foolproof method of preventing morning breath, but experts have certain tricks to make your smell less potent. 1. YOUR MOUTH IS TOO DRY When people are asleep their mouth becomes a dry desert, which contributes to morning breath. Snoring or sleeping with your mouth open can exacerbate the problem….


New liquid treatment stops tooth decay painlessly

By: WENCY LEUNG, A few weeks ago, an Edmonton dentist received her first shipment of a new, non-invasive treatment for tooth decay called silver diamine fluoride. When applied to an affected tooth, the liquid treatment stops decay by killing cavity-causing bacteria, then remineralizes, or hardens, soft spots in the tooth, eliminating the need for drilling and filling. So far, Roche has tried it on about a dozen patients, some as young as five. But she already believes it “really revolutionizes the care” for children, seniors and other patients who don’t tolerate dental procedures well. “You just paint it on like a little bit of varnish … no freezing and drilling. It takes a minute to apply this material,” said…

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Oral Health Optimization

By: Many ingredients and options are available in the natural products industry scientifically proven to enhance oral health. From mouthwashes to toothpastes and ingredients such as probiotics, cranberry extract, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and more, it’s an exciting time for dental health product developers and manufacturers. Periodontal disease is of great concern among consumers due to its connection to other chronic diseases. Probiotics, specifically heat-killed Lactobacillus plantarum HK L-137, play a role in decreasing the depth of periodontal pockets and improving chronic periodontitis. Other probiotics, such the Streptococcus salivarius strain, are commonly present in the mouths of healthy individuals. The Streptococcus salivarius strain possesses substances that protect against several pathogens including ones that cause strep throat, otitis media and halitosis/malodor….


The truth about your toothbrush- It’s Ugly!

By: You’ve heard it all before; replace your toothbrush every 3 months. That may be over simplifying things if you are trying to be healthy and avoid colds and infection. Did you know that some viruses and bacteria from an infected mouth can live for weeks on a toothbrush? Keeping it clean is the first thing to do. Wash it with soapy water, soak the head in your mouthwash or easiest yet, run it through the dishwasher like an eating utensil. The simple act of just rinsing it with tap water and letting it dry thoroughly will help a little, but if you have a systemic illness or immune disorder, you may want to take an extra step. If…

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Fighting cavities without a dentist drill

By: Melanie Falcon, Not many people look forward to going to the dentist, especially children. Now, there’s a new liquid doctors are using to fight cavities painlessly, without a drill. Just ask Uriah’s mom how much they both hate the dentist’s office. “Crying, screaming, running, don’t want you to look in his mouth,” said Andrea Webb. But those nightmarish appointments may be just a bad memory, even for someone with cavities, thanks to a new liquid called silver diamine fluoride. It’s been used in other countries for decades, but it was only recently approved by the FDA for the United States. It’s marketed as advantage arrest. Here’s how it works: The liquid desensitizes the tooth. The anti-microbial properties also…


Baby Your Baby: Oral Health for Babies

BY LESLIE TILLOTSON, Good oral health starts by creating a routine with your child – before they even have teeth. This includes not putting baby to bed with a bottle, and remembering to wipe their gums with a clean washcloth during bath time. “Start brushing teeth once that first tooth pops through,” says Dr. Carly Sorenson, Pediatrician at Central Orem Pediatrics. This should be done using a small toothbrush with fluoride toothpaste. If your child is under the age of three, use a grain of rice sized glob of toothpaste; over the age of three, toothpaste should be pea sized. Another way to protect baby’s teeth is to introduce a sippy cup at six months and get rid of…


Five Habits That Prevent Teeth Damage

By: Prevention is better than cure, as is the case with teeth. To prevent the discoloration of your teeth it is advisable to take precautions as soon as possible. Here are some preventive steps you can take, namely: 1. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, after lunch and before bedtime. Brush your teeth the right way by rotating. To be more leverage is recommended to replace the toothbrush 3-4 months. Choose a soft bristle toothbrush with a brush head that can reach all parts of the tooth. Do not forget the tongue brush, which is a gathering place of bacteria that can cause bad breath. 2. Choose the toothpaste as natural as possible. Avoid using existing toothpaste…


The dangers of sugary drinks

By: Today children and even adults are consuming a large amount of sugary drinks. Some companies are able to camouflage the dangers by making them sound like they are good for us. Even some flavored waters that claim to contain vitamins in them have several teaspoons of sugar. Sugary drinks pose a serious health concern: childhood obesity. Children consume large amounts of sugar everyday through drinks, snacks, candy, and even in items such as ketchup. There is an epidemic today of overweight children. Some children carry their weight into adulthood. Obesity in children and adults carry hefty health dangers. It’s critical to try and keep our children from becoming obese. Cutting back their sugary drinks and paying close attention…