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Gene Mutation Linked to Chronic Bad Breath

Gene Mutation Linked to Chronic Bad Breath

Did you ever notice that your mom or dad had kind of bad breath? Or that you always knew when that aunt was headed your way for the annual reunion kiss because you could smell her breath from a mile away?  Well, researchers have shown that while most bad breath is caused by bacteria growth in the mouth, there is a chance that no matter how hard those family members try to keep bacteria at bay by brushing their teeth and cleaning their tongues daily, a genetic mutation might be causing their halitosis. Selenium binding protein 1 Maybe it sounds like a...

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Foods that Fill!

Foods that Fill!

When we are hungry, the natural instinct is to pile the food on our plates and eat a lot to feel full. Needless to say, although quantity might fill the void, it is not the healthy way to satisfy our hunger pangs. Choosing healthier, but filling, foods is a better choice…and that choice can be tasty as well as satisfying. Be sure you maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue to benefit from these healthy (and tasty) suggestions. What type of food is best? According to a study conducted at the Mayo Clinic, “…when people eat foods high in...

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Why Taking Risks is Worth It

Why Taking Risks is Worth It

Taking risks. No, we don’t mean jumping out of an airplane at 10,000 feet without a parachute or climbing a mountain without safety gear. We are talking about getting out of your comfort zone and about facing challenges that can improve your life, help you be better! Risks scare me – I’d rather be safe Believe it or not, there is nothing you do that doesn’t entail some kind of risk, even if you are not aware of it. You could step on the dog’s tail when you get out of bed. Your car might not start when you are running late for work. A...

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Why is My Tongue White?

Why is My Tongue White?

When you were little, it might have been considered cute to stick your tongue out at that overly affectionate, cheek-pinching aunt. But now when you stick your tongue out, it is not only considered rude (unless your aunt still pinches your cheek 😉) but you look and see your tongue is…white!  So no longer cute…and yucky. But why? What exactly is white tongue? We don’t mean how your tongue looks after drinking a glass of milk but, rather, a coating that is the result of the accumulation of debris, dead cells, and bacteria that lodge between inflamed or enlarged papillae on the tongue. The...

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Foods that Fight Bad Breath!

Foods that Fight Bad Breath!

We have spent a lot of time telling you about the foods that contribute to bad breath, and how you can fight their effects by brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue regularly. But did you know that there are actually foods that HELP fight bad breath? Fruits and Vegetables – Are You Really Surprised? Melons and citrus fruits contain a lot of vitamin C which is good for you but bad for bacteria. Be careful with a lot of citrus, though, since too much citrus can wear down the enamel on your teeth. Cherries and lettuce remove the odors from methyl mercaptan, which is a halitosis-causing gas that...

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