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10 Tips to Cure Bad Breath

10 Tips to Cure Bad Breath

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Cavities / Oral Hygiene

Whether it’s a fleeting case of morning breath or a lingering bout with halitosis, everyone has bad breath sometimes. Unfortunately, for as easy as it is to get bad breath, getting rid of it can be a lot more complicated. For some, employing a toothbrush, floss and mouthwash more frequently...


A Guide To Flossing Your Teeth

A Guide To Flossing Your Teeth

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Oral Hygiene

Cleaning the spaces between your teeth and along your gums with dental floss is as important to your oral health as cleaning your teeth with a toothbrush. Just like you brush your teeth every day, flossing should be part of your daily routine. . To better understand why flossing is so...


Beyond Teeth: What’s Inside Your Mouth

Beyond Teeth: What’s Inside Your Mouth

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / General / Oral Hygiene

Good oral health goes beyond brushing and flossing. Find out more about the inside of your mouth and the role its various structures play in speech and digestion. By Connie Brichford, Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH . Your mouth is made up of more than just teeth, so good oral...


How bad is your breath?

How bad is your breath?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / General

Short of licking your wrist, huffing into cupped hands, or waiting for strangers to recoil in horror, gauging your own breath is no easy task. There are machines that can test it, but they cost thousands of dollars and are typically relegated to dentists' offices. Which is why, five years...


Preventing bacteria from falling in with the wrong crowd could help stop gum disease

Preventing bacteria from falling in with the wrong crowd could help stop gum disease

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Cavities

Stripping some mouth bacteria of their access key to gangs of other pathogenic oral bacteria could help prevent gum disease and tooth loss. . The study by academics at the University of Bristol’s School of Oral and Dental Sciences and published in the journal Microbiology, suggests that...


Something sweet that’s actually good for your teeth…?

Something sweet that’s actually good for your teeth…?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet / Oral Hygiene

WHAT???? Xylitol? Xylitol is a sweet-tasting naturally occurring sweetener which is low in calories and dentally friendly. Xylitol was first discovered by German chemist, Emil Fischer in 1891 and has been used as a sweetener in food since the 1960s. Xylitol is a substance similar in appearance...


Another Reason To Smile

Another Reason To Smile

“Look Ma, no cavities!” That famous line from an old toothpaste commercial certainly did the general population good, encouraging regular brushing and preventing dental decay. In fact, brushing one’s teeth as a daily habit was actually a foreign concept until as late as after World War II,...


Women’s HORMONES Now Associated with Gum Disease

Women’s HORMONES Now Associated with Gum Disease

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Oral Hygiene

Women, keep those toothbrushes and dental floss handy. A comprehensive review of women’s health studies by Charlene Krejci, associate clinical professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, has shown a link between women’s health issues and gum disease. . Across...


Most People Don’t Brush Their Teeth Effectively To Prevent Tooth Decay

Most People Don’t Brush Their Teeth Effectively To Prevent Tooth Decay

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Oral Hygiene

A Swedish study found almost all Swedes brush their teeth, but only one in ten brushes teeth in a way that effectively prevents tooth decay. Now researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, are eager to teach Swedes how to brush their teeth more effectively. . Most...


Hair on your tongue?

Hair on your tongue?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Oral Hygiene

The name — black hairy tongue — may sound scary, but the condition is actually harmless. Black hairy tongue is caused by bacteria or fungi in the mouth, which make the tongue appear black and hairy. It’s easily remedied by good old-fashioned oral hygiene. . What Causes Black Hairy Tongue? A...


Preventing Bacteria from Falling in With the Wrong Crowd Could Help Stop Gum Disease

Preventing Bacteria from Falling in With the Wrong Crowd Could Help Stop Gum Disease

ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2012)— Stripping some mouth bacteria of their access key to gangs of other pathogenic oral bacteria could help prevent gum disease and tooth loss. The study, published in the journalMicrobiology suggests that this bacterial access key could be a drug target for people who...


The smoking issue

The smoking issue

Everyone knows about the dangers and risks of smoking and today it's a given fact that smoking causes cancer! Besides the obvious link to heart disease, stroke, emphysema and cancer, this habit also destroys healthy mouths and smiles by causing: . Bad Breath Tooth Discolouration Increased...


Brushing Teeth: New ‘Massage Method’ Quadruples Protection Against Tooth Decay, Study Suggests

Brushing Teeth: New ‘Massage Method’ Quadruples Protection Against Tooth Decay, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (Mar. 25, 2012) — Do you really want to avoid cavities in your teeth?Try massaging them with a high-fluoride toothpaste after lunch. “Rubbing toothpaste onto your teeth increases the fluoride protection by 400%,” says Anna Nordström, dentist, PhD and researcher at the...


Gingi…what?

Gingi…what?

What is Gingivitis and what causes Gingivitis? . Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums (gingiva). It commonly occurs because of films of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth – plaque; this type is called plaque-induced gingivitis. Gingivitis is a non-destructive type of periodontal disease....


Let your string sing!

Let your string sing!

The main purpose of flossing is not to remove unwanted food particles between you teeth, but to REMOVE dental plaque. 40% of all tooth surfaces are between your teeth that cannot be reached by brushing alone. . Leaving these areas unclean can result in: Tooth Decay Gum Disease (leads to...


Your Tongue is Trying to Talk to you

Your Tongue is Trying to Talk to you

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet / General

Go to a mirror and look for these potential signs of toxicity… . Crack Down the Middle of the Tongue A midline crack not reaching the tip of your tongue indicates that you have a weak stomach an digestive function is not what it should be. As a result, you could be lacking some essential...


Why do my gums bleed?

Why do my gums bleed?

What are bleeding gums? This may seem like a very straightforward question, but bleeding gums can mean much more than the obvious. Bleeding gums can be a precursor to serious conditions like gingivitis and periodontal disease. If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, you could be on the...


Unique Sweetener Supports Oral Health

Unique Sweetener Supports Oral Health

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet / General

By Carolyn Pierini, CLS CNC Early in the last century, pioneers in the area of health and longevity almost universally agreed that sugar was the bane of our existence, and that it needed to be totally eliminated from the diet. Despite early warnings, US sugar consumption has steadily increased....


Sleep apnea and dental devices

Sleep apnea and dental devices

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / General

What is sleep apnea? Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you're sleeping. In untreated sleep apnea, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow during sleep. These breathing pauses typically last between 10 to 20 seconds and can occur up to hundreds of times a night....


QUIT SMOKING…get benefits in 20mins

QUIT SMOKING…get benefits in 20mins

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / General

I think one of the main reasons it's so hard to quit smoking is because all the benefits of quitting and all the dangers of continuing seem very far away. Well, here's a little timeline about some of the more immediate effects of quitting smoking and how that will affect your body RIGHT NOW. . *...


One way to get Gum Disease!

One way to get Gum Disease!

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Gum Disease / Oral Hygiene

Only your gums know for sure…. If you guessed the answer to be Don't Floss – I congratulate you for thinking about flossing, but unfortunately that is INCORRECT. There are many who do not floss and yet do not have periodontal disease. . The correct answer is avoid seeing a dentist in your...


Don’t Be Tricked by Advertising

Don’t Be Tricked by Advertising

If you really want to give your baby a head start in life by improving their social standing and guaranteeing their happiness, start feeding them Coca-Cola, Pepsi and other sugary carbonated beverages at the earliest age possible. Even babies as young as a few months old will enjoy the...


TOOTH REGENERATION GEL COULD REPLACE PAINFUL FILLINGS

TOOTH REGENERATION GEL COULD REPLACE PAINFUL FILLINGS

THE GIST A new gel could soon eliminate painful fillings and root canals. The technology doesn’t prevent cavities; it heals teeth by regenerating them. Although this is good news for teeth, the research could also be applied to heal bones and other tissues in the body Dentists could soon hang...


Titanium Toothbrush?

Titanium Toothbrush?

TiFinity – Titanium Toothbrush by Dane Robinson It may be impossible to reinvent the wheel, but the same thing is apparently not true for the toothbrush. Doctor Dane Robinson from Arizona is the brain behind a radically new toothbrush called "Tifinity." The bristles are made out of titanium and...


So many reasons to avoid SUGAR!

So many reasons to avoid SUGAR!

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet / Oral Hygiene

Not only is sugar really bad for your teeth and one of the main reasons for cavities, it’s also the cause of many other health problems! READ MORE… 76 Additional Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health In addition to throwing offyour body’s homeostasis and wreaking havoc onyour metabolic processes,...


10 Facts about Oral Health care you never know

10 Facts about Oral Health care you never know

New born babies have no caries forming bacteria. In fact, it is the babies mother who transmits the plaque forming bacteria by blowing on food before feeding and kissing the babies mouth Saccharine Sodium which is generally used as a sweetening agent in toothpaste is 500 times sweeter than...


Doctor-approved treatments for bad breath

Doctor-approved treatments for bad breath

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath

Water How it works: Bad breath can occur when the bacteria on your tongue break down the proteins in mucus and food—especially sugar and dairy products—which can cause the bacteria to release sulfur compounds. Result: stinky breath. However, bacteria’s sworn enemy is oxygen, which is found...


Is your tongue plaque free?

Is your tongue plaque free?

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet / Videos

Our tongue, the gateway to the all important digestive system is also home to a number of bacteria that cause several health hazards. The rough papillary surface of the tongue provides an ideal environment for the collection of cells, food debris and bacterial growth. A tongue cleaner is an...


Ways to prevent Oral disease

Ways to prevent Oral disease

Teeth, especially molars and pre-molars, contain fissures on the ‘chewing' surfaces. Plaque can easily accumulate in fissures which the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach, thus making teeth prone to caries. 1. Fissure Sealants Fissure sealants are tooth-colored resins to seal off deep...


Less cavities? Use this instead of sugar

Less cavities? Use this instead of sugar

Posted in Dentist Cape Town / Bad Breath / Diet / Oral Hygiene

Some 120 years ago German chemist, Emil Fisher and French chemist, M.G. Bertrand discovered the natural occurring sugar substitute xylitol. In the early 1940's Finland began to use xylitol in place of sucrose. In the early 1970's the University of Turku in Finland began to research xylitol and...