Saturday, February 19, 2011

Check Your Oral Hygiene Habits If You Have Bad Breath

If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from bad breath, a good place to start addressing the issue is a look at your oral hygiene habits. Bad breath occurs when anaerobic bacteria begin to feed on food particles left behind in the mouth after eating. The bacteria produce volatile sulfur compounds as part of their metabolic processes and these compounds smell like old socks or rotting eggs.
To combat this problem, make sure you thoroughly brush your teeth, your tongue, the inside of your cheeks and the roof of your mouth after eating. Follow up by flossing between your teeth and then using an oxygenating oral rinse that makes it more difficult for anaerobic bacteria to multiply and thrive. If after all this your problem persists, consult a dentist or ENT for signs of gum disease, tooth decay or tonsil stones.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

As Tonsillectomies Decline, Tonsil Stones Increase

Tonsillectomies in this country have fallen to roughly 600,000 procedures annually, down from several million each year in the operation’s most popular era. Because the total number of tonsillectomies is down, many more people still have their tonsils than in the past. As a result, tonsil stones are much more common today than they once were. Many people who suffer from tonsil stones, especially adults, now see surgery as their only option. But is it?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dry Mouth and Morning Breath - What's the Connection?

There's a definite connection between dry mouth and morning breath, a type of bad breath almost all of us have experienced. Dry mouth happens when too little saliva is produced. Saliva is rich in oxygen, so a good flow of saliva introduces plenty of oxygen into the oral cavity, and this is exactly what anaerobic micro-organisms don’t like. Given the presence of enough oxygen, these micro-organisms don’t multiply as quickly and this diminishes or even eliminates chronic halitosis in many instances. So rinse your mouth frequently with lots of water and try an oxygenating rinse made especially for the purpose of suppressing anaerobic bacteria.