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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Root Canal Treatments

The structure of a tooth broadly consists of two parts, the crown, and the root. The crown is that part of the tooth which we can see in our mouth and the root is that part of the tooth which we cannot see and is deep inside the jawbone, holding the tooth firmly in place.

Structurally the upper layer of the tooth is called the enamel, the second layer the dentin and the third layer is the soft tissue in the core which consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue, and is called the pulp.

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When the pulp is diseased and cannot repair itself, it dies. The cause of the pulp disease could be a deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures on the same tooth, traumatic damage to the tooth, a gum disease necessitating root canal treatment (RCT), or Endodontic treatment. “Endo” in Greek meaning inside and “Odont” meaning tooth.

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The path to good Oral Hygiene

Oral health has got an important role on your overall health. Neglecting one’s oral health can lead to more than just sore teeth and bad breath- it can open the door to all sorts of health problems, including deadly diseases like oral cancer. Over the years studies have found a possible connection between gum problems and heart diseases, stroke and even pregnancies. Therefore it is imperative that we equal or more attention to our oral health, as we do to our physical health.

Role of Diet & Lifestyle in Oral hygiene

Lifestyle factors play the most important role in determining a person’s oral hygiene. The manner in which you approach your dental hygiene on a day to day basis will determine the long term health and functionality of your teeth and gums. Some of the ways in which lifestyle choices can be a detriment to oral health are as follows:

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The truth about your tooth

We have all heard about the mind & body connection, but how much do we know about the mouth & body connection? Beyond giving you a visibly great smile and a boost of confidence, the health of the mouth mirrors the overall health of the body.

The World Health Organization states that 2 in 100,000 people died of Oral Cancer in 2010[1]. Oral Cancer, although the final stage of poor oral hygiene, is definitely not uncommon in this part of the region. Dental conditions like tooth decay and cavities are the most common causes of tooth loss. Every individual has been instilled with the concept of ‘brushing twice daily’ since childhood, yet an overwhelming number of people have cavities and decay on their tooth. There are various misconceptions about dental care and oral hygiene that cause oral hygiene practices to be gravely misunderstood. People often tend to believe what they hear about dental hygiene and follow the same without consulting with a dentist first.

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