The effects of chewing gum on bad breath

People have been chewing gum for years now, mainly to get rid of bad breath. Chewing gum is not bad for health and may not cause detrimental health effects as it is generally considered safe for health, however, nothing is good in excess. Chewing gum is a sugary substance and we all know the harmful effects of sugar consumption in excess. Sugar-free gum is recommended to fight bad breath, although not as the only solution to bad breath.

Excessive use of chewing gum can affect your health in the following ways;

  • It can cause plaque buildup on the teeth because of the sugar content in the ingredients
  • It could cause a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) causing pain in the muscles that allow jaw movement.
  • Excess intake of artificial sweetening agents in chewing gums like sorbitol can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating or to an extent Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Instead use mouth fresheners that are recommended by the experts  like Non-alcoholic mouthwash,sugarless chewing gums are recommended to fight bad breath. Natural ingredients like cardamom, fennel, cinnamon etc. can also be consumed to curb the issue. These are, however, temporary solutions.

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Tips To Reduce Tooth Sensitivity

Have you ever felt a sudden, sharp pain that shoots right into the nerve endings of the teeth when something cold, hot or sour touches the teeth? This sensation is called sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity is an extremely common problem faced by people of all ages. When you have sensitive teeth, activities like brushing and eating can cause a sharp but temporary pain in your teeth.

Tooth sensitivity is caused due to the exposure of dentin, the part of the tooth that covers the nerve. This could be caused due to the following reasons;

  • Consuming too many acidic foods/beverages
  • Brushing the teeth too hard causing wearing out of tooth enamel
  • Frequent brushing
  • Gum disease
  • Grinding of teeth
  • Excessive use of whitening products
  • Tooth decay
  • Aftereffects of a dental treatment

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Parent’s guide to oral hygiene in children

Oral hygiene in children is as important as their overall health. Teaching children dental hygiene at a very young age is an investment that will reap great benefits in the future. In order to do that, ensure that you as parents set a good example and follow good oral hygiene yourselves. Moreover, there is no need to wait until your child develops all teeth and grows older in order to ensure good oral hygiene. Your baby’s tooth can get decayed as early as they appear, if not taken good care of.

Healthy oral practices are best instilled when your child is young. As challenging as it may be to teach your child to maintain healthy oral habits, try and make learning fun and engaging. A few tips to encourage dental hygiene in kids are;

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Your baby’s first visit to the dentist

“When should I take my baby to the dentist?” is often one of the most common questions asked by parents. Most parents are often surprised when told that it is recommended to take their child to visit a dentist by the time their first tooth appears. As parents, it is important to understand that babies can develop cavities on their tooth as early as when they develop their first tooth.

As per the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first visit to the dentist should be by his/her first birthday. The first dental visit is more for the parents than the child, as parents are then made aware that good dental hygiene is not limited to prevention of cavities. It is during this visit that parents learn about various oral health practices crucial to ensure their child’s dental hygiene. Parents are made aware that;

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The Benefits of Topical Fluoride Application

Based on several years of research and scientific evidence, Fluoride is known to have a beneficial role to play in the prevention of bacterial decay of teeth known as dental caries. Since the 1980’s, a decline in dental caries has been attributed to the addition of premeditated concentrations of fluoride in domestic water supplies as well as its addition in mouthwashes and toothpaste. Apart from the availability of fluoride in the water supply system, direct application of the same on to the teeth is sometimes advisable.

 

What is Topical Fluoride Treatment?

Topical fluoride treatment is the direct application of fluoride onto the teeth in the form of varnishes, paste, gel or foam. It works by binding to the tooth structure at the molecular level, thereby forming a protective layer known as “fluorapatite”. This fluorapatite is more resistant to bacterial decay and reduces the risk of caries.

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