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|Posted on June 15, 2011 at 2:12 AM||comments (153)|
How to find out if you have bad breath? Use the "Lick and sniff" technique. Lick the back of your hand with your tongue, wait for 10-15 seconds to let it dry, then sniff the area. Very reliable.
For those of you bothered with halitosis, Here are 3 Instant Cures for Bad Breath .
Bacteria hiding around the gum tissue or inside tooth decay are the main culprit of bad breath. It's important to keep regular dental check-ups to get professional help.
|Posted on April 7, 2011 at 3:30 PM||comments (116)|
Diabetes and Gum Diseases
Recent researches have found that gum diseases (periodontal infection) are linked to many systemic diseases, including diabetes, heart diseases, strokes and oral cancers, etc. Gum diseases, by nature, are infection of the tooth-supporting tissues, including alveolar bone, periodontal ligaments and gingival tissue (gum). Unfortunately, such an infection is, most of the time, a silent disease which does not cause much pain to alert people. Also, just like diabetes and hypertension, gum diseases can not be eliminated by doing treatment once. It is a life-time battle between the human body and bacteria. Periodontal therapies, including scaling/root planing, localized or systemic use of antibiotics and periodontal surgeries, will arrest the infection. But most importantly, excellent home care by the therapists (THE PATIENTS) and regular periodontal maintenance (every 2-3 months) by the dental professionals are mandatory to reduce the bacterial load and prevent recurrence of infection. Researches also showed that successful treatment of periodontal diseases will add extra 5-10 years to the patient's life span. Hwooo!