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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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Make Decluttering the Star of Your Spring Cleaning!

Make Decluttering the Star of Your Spring Cleaning!

Spring has sprung! While a lot of us may still be feeling the chill of the last (hopefully the last) days of winter, it is time to look forward to budding flowers, singing birds, longer days…and spring cleaning! This doesn’t just mean changing the batteries on your smoke detectors, or throwing out the trash…it also means getting into a mindset to declutter your life, both mentally and physically. If you can take the time to declutter, you can expect a healthier outlook and a happier and more fulfilling enjoyment of the months to come. So, I see decluttering on TV...

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Connection Found Between Lupus and Oral Hygiene

Connection Found Between Lupus and Oral Hygiene

If the eyes are the gateways to the soul, then perhaps we can say that sometimes the mouth is the gateway to the body. Of course, it is the orifice through which we ingest healthy and pleasurable/tasty food, but the care of it is also important to our entire well-being. We have often discussed how brushing our teeth and cleaning our tongues daily are important steps for the control of some bacteria that are deleterious to our health, but recently scientists have discovered that neglecting oral hygiene appears to exacerbate the effects of Lupus. What is Lupus, anyway? Lupus is a chronic autoimmune...

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Be On the Look Out for these Chemicals in Your Food Packaging!

Be On the Look Out for these Chemicals in Your Food Packaging!

We all know how important it is to eat healthy foods, right? We often pride ourselves on selecting organic products, on making our own baby food, on drinking lots of water, and on watching fats and sugars. But there are hidden chemicals in foods that can be deleterious to the health of your kids and of you as well. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, there are a number of chemicals that are added to foods and/or packaging that can contribute to obesity, puberty problems and other health issues. We thought we would outline a few of them for...

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