6 Natural Cures For Bad Breath

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No-one likes stinky breath. However we will all experience it at some point in our lives! In fact almost 35-45% of us have bad breath chronically (all the time) according to the boffins at the Bad Breath Institute (source)

When you are dating – having bad breath is one of the biggest “turn-offs” according to a post shared by the dating website Match.com. They cite a study that says a majority of young people have pulled out of a kiss or “intimate moment” because the other person had bad breath. Eww!

Today I wanted to share some the natural ways that some people are using foods and nature to control or cure their bad breath. Some of these options are also said to take normal breath and make them smell BETTER than average!

If you have morning breath or stink breath in general, it may help to look beyond the mouth rinse and super strength toothpaste and try out a natural cure for bad breath.

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Do I need To Keep Invisalign Trays Once They Are Done?

do i need to keep invisalign trays

People often stockpile their old Invisalign aligners trays just as a habit. But do they need to keep Invisalign trays and for how long?

Clear aligners are one of the most popular new types of braces used to straighten teeth. Invisalign is the most recognised international brand that dentists use to provide clear aligners braces. But do you need to keep your Invisalign trays after you move to the next set?

Do I Keep Invisalign Trays?

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Wisdom Tooth Extraction Video

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Wisdom teeth are the third molars found at the back of the mouth. They are typically the slowest to develop of all the teeth and can appear at any time from 16-24 (though some people fall outside this range!)

Not everyone has wisdom teeth! Some people are lucky enough to be born without them – or have less than the four in total.

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Video Showing How White Fillings Are Done

White plastic fillings can be used to replace existing traditional silver fillings, improve the colour or shape of a tooth, close happy spaces between front teeth, and ‘invisibly’ fix a broken tooth.

Check out this video showing how a dentist places a white filling. White fillings as also known as “plastic fillings” “composite resin” and “resin fillings”. They are common and can be very strong!

Check out how steps are involved in making a white filling. We place more layers to help customise the shape and strength of the filling.

It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. This is because white fillings require the tooth be kept clean and absolutely dry while the cavity is being filled – otherwise they don’t last!

No filling lasts forever, and white fillings are just one way that a dentist can fill a tooth.

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What To Do If You Have Bad Breath

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Six Things To Do If You Have Bad Breath

Woken up with bad breath? Got some anonymous feedback from a coworker or family member? Wondering why you can’t score a second date? Time to fix your stinky breath!

A 2012 study showed that a majority of young people aged 18-34 had backed out an “intimate moment” because the other person had bad breath! (source) They said they could overlook almost all traits like dressing poorly or sweaty palms – but stinky bad breath was a dealbreaker.

There are many things that cause cause bad breath (also known as halitosis). The most common causes are dental in origin. You can see all the 6 most common causes of bad breath here!

So if you do have breath, here are six specific things you can do to improve it!

  1. Rinse your mouth out
    • Bad breath is often caused by bacteria in the mouth. Swish some mouth rinse to blast them and enjoy the minty taste at the same time!
    • It’s the simplest solution to give you short and help with long term bad breath control
    • If you don’t like/can’t stand the taste of mouth rinse – even just swishing with water after eating has been reported to improve bad breath
  2. Improve your oral hygiene AKA brush twice per day properly and floss in between your teeth
    • Brush twice per day – it is a life sentence. Soft toothbrush, toothpaste, two minutes. A simple recipe.
    • Some people find better results with an electric toothbrush
    • Put the whitening toothpaste aside if you have bad breath problems – just use boring regular paste
  3. Clean that tongue!
    • Odour is worst on the tongue for many people. Clean it every day!
    • The easiest way is to use a manual toothbrush when you brush your teeth spend ten seconds gently cleaning the tongue with the bristles
    • A tongue scraper is an awesome cheap tool that many people find helps them greatly
  4. Put the cigarettes aside
    • Much of the bad smell from smoking comes from the cigarettes itself  – some people say e-cigarettes give them less odour issues
    • Quit smoking or reduce it before events that you are worried about the smell
    • The odour of smoking is also inhaled and sticks around in the lungs – so masking the breath helps but there will always be some odour
  5. Chew gum
    • Bad breath? Sugar free chewing gum should be your best friend.
    • Low saliva flow or dry mouth? Sugar free chewing gum should be your best friend.
    • Gum is MUCH better than mints or sprays at giving you long term freshness
  6. Avoid stinky foods (garlic, onion)
    • Brush all you want, after you go to town on a garlic rich meal – the smell will stick around. Avoid heavily scented foods before important events when you are worried about the smell of your breath.

Questions or comments about what you do? Comment below!

How Much Sugar In Drinks Infographics

The primary source of added sugar in our diets is from sugary drinks. It can be crazy to find out exactly how much sugar there is in some of these drinks. When you are eating and drinking do you consider that the drink you choose might have as many calories as the meal itself?

People often put together images that show the amount of sugar. You can see some in the gallery below.

How Many Sugar Cubes in Coke
Different amounts of sugar cubes in the varieties of Coke
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Frequently drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with weight gain/obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney diseases, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, and gout, a type of arthritis

Other names for Sugar

There are many different names for sugar that you may notice on the label for drinks. Each of these names essentially means “sugar” and you should add it to your daily sugar total!

    Sucrose
    Corn syrup
    Syrup
    Sugar
    Honey
    Fruit juice concentrates
    Fructose
    High-fructose corn syrup
    Dextrose

 

Water, unsweetened beverages, soda water, occasional juices, milk. These are all great alternatives! I hope you take notice of hidden sugars and find ways to avoid them!

The Top 3 Ways To Stop Tooth Decay In Kids

Tooth decays largely preventable but remains a massive health problem worldwide.  A study out on England found that 25% of 5 year olds had experienced tooth decay! Keeping kids teeth healthy is very important and the UK government has released some really good information about how to stop tooth decay in kids teeth.

A study in 2015 in England, a quarter (25%) of 5 year olds had experienced tooth decay, having on average 3 or 4 teeth affected. The vast majority of tooth decay was untreated. UK HEALTH

Kids teeth can be particularly susceptible to decay – particular when kids do not brush! When kids do not brush their teeth they can end up needing extractions. Not a fun procedure for a kid to go through. In the UK tooth extraction was the sixth most common procedure in hospital for children under 5 years of age. It was the most common reason for hospital admission for children aged 5 to 9 years old.

The Top Three Ways To Stop Tooth Decay in Kids

The three best ways to stop kids teeth decay as put forward by the UK Government are

  1. Reduce the consumption of foods and drinks that contain sugar
  2. Brush the kids teeth twice daily AND after brushing DONT RINSE
  3. Visit the dentist when the first tooth erupts (helps the kids get used to the dentist and also find problems early!)

Of these, the most interesting and important is diet. The secret to healthy kids teeth comes through the food they eat! Children (in the UK) are eating 2-3 times the recommended amount of sugar each day.

Some other specific tips they give are

  • reduce the quantity and frequency of foods and drinks that contain sugar, only give sweet foods and dried fruit at mealtimes
  • squashes sweetened with sugar, fizzy drinks, soft drinks and juice drinks have no place in a child’s daily diet
  • limit the amount of fruit juice and smoothies your child drinks to a maximum of 150 ml (1 portion) in total per day and drink it with meals to reduce the risk of tooth decay
  • always ask for sugar-free medicines

 

How do your kids go with toothbrushing? Any tips you find helpful to keep your kids teeth sparkling?