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Feb 142014
 

According to Medical News Today, 1 in 4 people globally have bad breath. This makes bad breath a relatively common problem most of us have probably experienced. We asked our dentists what causes bad breath and what you can do to get it under control. Our team have summarised their 10 top tips for you.

What is bad breath?

Bad breath is a commonly occurring health problem. The medical term for it is halitosis. Bad breath is usually the result of poor oral health habits, but it may also be a sign of other health problems.

To find out if you have halitosis, you can ask a close relative or friend to give you feedback on your breath. You can also do a self-test to determine whether you have bad breath. Just lick the back of your hand, leave it to dry, and smell it. If there is a bad small around the back of your hand afterwards, you may have halitosis.

 

Where does bad breath come from?

Bad breath can occur for a variety of reasons. Some of them are easy to control, others can be only identified after seeing a dentist or a physician, make sure to make a control appointment at least every 6 months, I fully suggest working with professional like this Omaha family dentist. The most common reasons for bad breath are:

Food

The main reason for bad breath is the breakdown process of food particles in the mouth. After eating, food leftovers can be stuck to the teeth, gums, and tongue. Bacteria breaks the food particles down and produces sulphur compounds which give your breath a foul odour.

Some foods such as onions, garlic, or spices can furthermore cause bad breath by entering your bloodstream. After digestion, the smell of foods you digest can carry to your lungs. This means you can smell certain foods for a long time after consumption and they continue to affect your breath.

Diets focusing on the intake of healthy fats and fasting can also cause bad breath. This is due to the breakdown of ketones which are fats producing chemicals and have a strong odour.

Poor oral hygiene habits

Brushing twice a day for at least two minutes and daily flossing are essential to remove food particles from teeth, gums, and your tongue. When they are not brushed away, a sticky film of bacteria called plaque forms on your teeth which will cause bad breath.

If plaque builds up over a longer timeframe, it can form pockets between your teeth and gums and lead to periodontitis. Your tongue can also trap bacteria. For this reason, it is important to clean your tongue as well.

Dry mouth

Saliva is the body’s natural way to clean the mouth. If the mouth is naturally dry (after sleeping, for example) or dry due to a disease, odours can build up causing bad breath. The consumption of alcohol and smoking also dehydrate the mouth. If you continuously have a dry mouth, please discuss this issue with your doctor or dentist.

 

Tips for bad breath

Having bad breath can be embarrassing and even lead to anxiety. However, some easy tips and tricks can help you to keep your breath nice and fresh. We asked our dentists for their top tips to avoid bad breath.

1. Brushing

Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush to remove food debris and plaque. Remember to also brush your tongue to remove bacteria. Change your manual toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 2 to 3 months and after being ill.

2. Flossing

Dental floss or interdental brushes help you reach spaces your toothbrush can’t clean such as the small gaps between your teeth and your gumline. Use floss or an interdental cleaner once daily to remove food particles and plaque between your teeth. You can learn more about how to floss in our blog post.

3. Mouthwash

Antibacterial mouthwashes can help to reduce bacteria in your mouth. If you are not sure which mouth rinse to buy, ask your dentist at your next visit. They would be more than happy to recommend one for you.

4. Healthy diet

A diet rich in foods which needs to be chewed for a long time (such as carrots and apples) are a great way to increase saliva production in the mouth. Products high in sugar, alcohol and coffee, however, can cause bad breath. Try to limit your intake of these products to avoid halitosis.

5. Quit smoking

Smoking and chewing tobacco lead to an unpleasant mouth odour. It also reduces saliva production which can result in a dry mouth. This makes smokers more prone to develop gum disease which is another source of bad breath.

6. Drink water

Drink plenty of water to keep your mouth moist. Chewing sugarless chewing gum can also help to stimulate the saliva production.

7. Check medications

Some medications can reduce saliva and, therefore, contribute to a dry mouth and bad breath. Others break down in the body and release chemicals in the breath which cause a foul odour.

8. Clean dentures

Food particles and bacteria can get stuck in between and under dentures. It is essential to take a denture out over night and to clean it thoroughly before reinserting it into the mouth the next morning.

9. Check your mouth for diseases and decay

Tooth decay, periodontitis and other diseases of the mouth can lead to bad breath. Make sure to see a dentist if you experience a tooth ache, bleeding gums, or swelling in your mouth.

10. Regular dental visits

6-monthly dental check-up and cleans will help you to remove built-up plaque and identify any problems early on. Your dentist will also be able to answer any questions about flossing, dry mouth, or preferred toothpastes and mouthwash. Learn more about why it is important to see the dentist regularly.

Jan 152010
 

I put my arms around him yes
and drew him down to me so he could
feel my breasts all perfume yes
and his heart was going like mad
and yes I said yes I will Yes.
James Joyce

According to the New Advent Encyclopedia Section, there were at least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs. One is described as a priest, another as a bishop and the third suffered in Africa with a number of companions, although nothing further is known. The popular, and now modern, customs associated with Saint Valentine’s Day have their origins in conventional belief in the geographical regions of England and France during the Middle Ages. This belief stems from the observation that half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair.
Thus, in Chaucer’s Parliment of Foules,
For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s Day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.”

For this reason, the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and the proper occasion for writing love letters and sending tokens to one’s object of affection. The French and English literatures are rife with allusions to the practice in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Those who chose each other under these circumstances called each other their Valentines.

One romantic legend, according to History.com contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. Emperor Claudius II believed that single men made better soldiers and outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine defied Claudius after realizing the injustice of the decree and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

The oldest valentine in existence is thought to be a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the tower of London in 1415. Valentine greetings and tokens of affection were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, although written valentines didn’t appear until after 1400. The first commercial valentine in the United States is attributed to Esther A. Howland who made elaborate creations with lace, ribbons and colorful pictures, known as ‘scrap’.  The scanned image at right is one of several elaborate, lacy valentines belonging to my long deceased great grandmother.
A typical verse:
I send you this, with hope and fear
With hope that you will tender be;
Yet all the while, I tremble dear,
Lest you should not be fancy-free
I could not bear the hopeless fate
To hear the cruel words – too late.

Would that we could have such tender Romeos today to bare these fragile inner feelings and show such deep emotional love. Certainly not in this age of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Resident Evil 4.

In Roman mythology, Cupid (meaning ‘desire’) is the god of erotic love and beauty, aka Amor, and son of goddess Venus and god Mercury. We have exploited this young deity in art, literature, confection, adornment and perfume at this time of year, some would say to excess. And, while we moderns are probably not going to participate in the elaborate ancient celebration of Lupercalia, which occurred in ancient Rome on February 15, and when some of the weirdest customs were indulged, it is perhaps another precursor to our modern celebratory immersion in romance and fertility.

Those of us who garden in the northern climes can’t ignore the fact that February 14 is also the approximate time for the beginning of the Spring thaw, another significant allusion to fertility.

While we may never know all of the facts of the history that lies behind Valentines Day; most of us are smitten with the idea of heartfelt expression and indulgence to bestow favor and admiration on those we care deeply about or wish to have a romantic relationship with.

Any expression of universal love in light of the overwhelming humanitarian disaster in Haiti must include our commitment to the brave and beautiful people of that impoverished country.  During the first quarter of 2010, Samara Botane will donate 10% of all all sales (not just web sales) to Partners in Health.  PIH works to bring modern medical care to poor communities in nine countries around the world. Their work has three goals: to care for patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease in their communities, and to share lessons learned around the world. Partners in Health has been in Haiti for over 20 years and its hospitals are untouched by the recent earthquake. They have been the first medical response to the disaster and their doctors and medical personnel are primarily Haitian citizens. Based in Boston, PIH employs more than 11,000 people worldwide, including doctors, nurses and community health workers. The vast majority of PIH staff are local nationals based in the communities we serve.

Valentine Gift Suggestions

Amoretto™ Parfum Mist, 7.5 ml in brushed silver atomizer

Soft florals of Rose Otto and Ylang Ylang with hints of zesty Citrus, grounded with Vetiver & Sandalwood and a mere whisper of Black Pepper, Clary Sage and Juniper make this a lovely fragrant poem of innocent love. This fine perfume is a 30% perfume composition in certified organic perfumers alcohol, with moderate silage and a uniquely soft, sweet scent for young and old alike. Festively packaged in chic acetate pillow with sizzle fill.

Relax in the tub and treat your skin to nourishment and renewal

Renew Milk & Honey Bath Ensemble

The additive dissolves in your bath to create a beautiful skin softening therapy – a few drops of the essential oil blend make it aromatically restful while adding additional skin healing, and the aromatherapy body lotion completes the experience of skin rejuvenation and renewal. Packaged in a charming little reuseable suitcase. Delightful luxury for the love of your life. There are many of sites to guide on it.

Please explore our website for lovely naturally fragrant gifts and indulgences for your loved ones. If you have difficulty finding what you are looking for, or need some ideas or explanations, or want to put together a custom gift, you can always email or call me.

Free shipping to you or your recipient on orders placed before February 8th, with an additional bonus gift for the purchaser of one of our recipe booklets for refreshing skin, hair and body treatments and aromatherapy ideas for health and beauty. dont forget to add that meaningful romance quotes for him.

Sending fragrant thoughts your way for this beautiful Valentine’s Day! Share your love abundantly with all you touch.

Marcia and the Samara Botane crew

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