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Chances are, you already know the basics when it comes to keeping your breath minty-fresh. You brush, floss, and maybe do a quick rinse with mouthwash a few times a day. But let’s say you do all those things, and your breath still stinks.
That’s the case more often than you might think, and poor oral hygiene is not the most common cause of bad breath. Let’s take a look at some others.
Snoring: Your mouth can get dry if you snore or sleep with it open, and that makes it an even better home to the bacteria that cause “morning breath.”
Gum Disease: If your breath has a metallic smell, you might have bacteria growing under your gum line, which can lead to inflammation and even infection.
Acid Reflux: This condition makes stomach acid flow the wrong way, back into the tube that connects your throat to your stomach, giving your breath a sour smell.
Diabetes: If you have this condition, fruity breath can be a sign that your body is using fat for fuel instead of sugar.
H. Pylori: This is a kind of bacteria can cause stinky breath, and you may have nausea, heartburn, stomachache, or indigestion, too.
Respiratory Infections: Colds, coughs, and sinus infections can send mucus filled with bacteria through your nose and mouth and affect your breath.
Medication: Some medicines cause bad breath because they dry out your mouth.
Tonsil Stones: If food gets caught in your tonsils, calcium can collect around it and form tonsil stones that can irritate your throat, and bacteria may grow on them.
Dehydration: When your body is dehydrated, you may not make enough saliva, which normally cleans bacteria out of your mouth.
Infection: An injury or cut inside your mouth can get infected with bacteria that have an odor.
Liver Failure: This can cause a sweet, moldy smell and can be a sign that your liver isn’t working well because of advanced liver disease.
Kidney Failure: You may have “fishy” breath if your kidneys can’t get rid of waste like they should.
Although oral hygiene may provide slight relief in some of these instances, it’s important to note that the causes of bad breath outlined in this article may require a more comprehensive and substantial action plan to be eliminated.
Have you experienced bad breath due to any of these conditions?
If so, call our office today to schedule a consultation and let’s work together to get your breath back to minty-fresh!
A cataract is the clouding of the eye’s lens and it accounts for over half of all cases of blindness worldwide. Today we’re discussing options for the natural treatment of cataracts.
What are Cataracts?
Cataracts are not a film, but are characterized by a clouding, hardness and loss of elasticity that occurs in the human lens. They are associated with general arteriosclerotic changes, diabetes, sun exposure, trauma and poor nutrition. It is a fact of life that the longer you live, the greater your likelihood of developing a cataract. Over 50% of people over the age of 60 will develop cataracts.
Most cataracts develop when aging or injury changes the tissue that makes up your eye’s lens. Some inherited genetic disorders that cause other health problems can increase your risk of cataracts. Cataracts can also be caused by other eye conditions, past eye surgery or medical conditions such as diabetes.
Can cataracts be prevented?
Sunlight UV and blue violet sunrays: Studies have shown that people who spend a great deal of time outdoors are three times as likely to develop cataracts. A good pair of sunglasses which block 100% of UVA and UVB and block at least 85% of blue violet sun rays are essential to protect the eyes from the harmful effects of the sun.
Smoking: Smoking tobacco, especially more than 20 cigarettes per day, increases the risk of cataracts by more than 2 times. The risk in ex-smokers is 50 percent higher compared to nonsmokers.
Alcohol: High intake of alcohol more than doubles the risk of developing cataracts. More than 7 drinks per week will increase the risk, while moderate use does not seem to increase the risk.
Diabetes: Diabetics develop cataracts at an earlier age than non-diabetics. A significant number of adults who develop cataracts have undiagnosed diabetes.
Vitamins and Nutrients for the Natural Treatment of Cataracts
There have been many large-scale studies to show the effectiveness of vitamins on reducing the incidence of cataracts. A Canadian studied showed that patients over the age of 55 who consumed vitamin C and E supplements reduced their risk of developing cataracts by over 50%. A double blind study involving 30,000 patients performed at the University of Helsinki also demonstrated the beneficial effects of vitamins.
There are several studies that have shown that high dosages of vitamin C (1000 mg/day) will reverse the development of some cataracts.
Herbal Natural Treatment of Cataracts
Cineraria Maritima Succus (Dusty Miller) is the drug of choice to prevent the development of cataract. The recommended therapy is 1 to 2 drops in the eye, 3 to 6 times daily. It is most effective in traumatic cases and should be instilled into the eye one drop four or five times a day for several.
Homeopathy for the Natural Treatment of Cataracts
Homeopathy is scientific method of therapy based on the principle of stimulating the body’s own healing processes in order to accomplish cure. Its astounding success rates in both chronic and acute diseases has resulted in not only standing the test of time, but rapidly achieving widespread acceptance worldwide.
Ten people with cataracts might receive ten different homeopathic remedies. Homeopathy has been carefully researched and its effectiveness has been reported in many well-respected national medical journals.
Bottom Line: If you see a traditional practitioner for cataracts, the eye doctor will tell you that having cataracts is an easy problem to fix. A simple operation will correct this and give you perfect vision. However, nothing is done to investigate what caused the cataract or to look at the underlying problem, which means that patients may develop macular degeneration or another problem later on.
If you are interested in learning more about natural treatment of cataracts, visit our website today at www.HealingTheEye.com and then ask your doctor for a referral.
Cats dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions we see in our office. The most common problem is gingivitis – an inflammation of the gums caused by the accumulation of plaque – which can develop into periodontal disease, and tooth resorption. These problems affect more than half of all cats over the age of three!
The Clinical Signs Of Cats Dental Disease
Most cats do not show signs of dental disease even though they are experiencing pain, which may be indicated by pawing at the mouth or shaking of the head. They may chew with obvious discomfort, drop food from their mouth, have difficulty swallowing or drool excessively. Their saliva may contain blood and they may have an unpleasant breath odor.
Dental disease and oral pain may account for your pet’s fussy appetite. Many cats will refuse dry food and only eat moist or canned foods. Some cats will have a diminished interest in food or may cautiously approach their food bowl and then show an unwillingness to eat. This may lead to weight loss, which can at times become quite noticeable.
What causes cats dental disease?
Gingivitis and periodontal disease are caused by your pet’s body’s immune response to the daily accumulation of plaque. It may be normal for some kittens and adult cats to have a slight degree of redness that appears as a thin line along the edge of the gum, without evidence of dental disease.
Tooth resorption is a progressive destruction of the tooth root resulting in slowly deepening holes in the affected teeth. Once sensitive parts of the tooth become exposed, these wounds become extremely painful and the only effective and humane treatment is to extract the tooth. While the cause of this disease is unknown, poor oral hygiene can play a role in the disease process.
What should I do if my pet shows signs of cats dental disease?
If your cat has evidence of tartar accumulation, gingivitis or is exhibiting any signs of mouth pain or discomfort, you should take him or her to your veterinarian for an examination. You will be advised of the most effective course of treatment, which may involve having your cat’s teeth examined, professionally cleaned and x-rayed under general anesthesia.
The rate of tartar accumulation is highly variable between cats, and in some cases, this may necessitate professional cleaning on a regular basis, usually every 6-12 months.
Though you may be tempted, do not try to remove tartar from the teeth yourself with any form of metallic instrument. Aside from potentially harming your cat’s mouth, you may damage the surface of the tooth by creating tiny scratches, which will provide areas for bacteria to collect and encourage faster plaque formation, which only makes the problem worse.
What can I do to prevent cats dental disease in my pet?
The best way to prevent dental disease is to reduce the rate at which plaque and tartar builds up on your pet’s teeth. Recent advances in pet nutrition have resulted in water additives, treats and diets that can reduce tartar accumulation. The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC.org) only endorses products that have been shown to reduce the accumulation of plaque and/or tartar.
The most effective way to reduce plaque and tartar is to brush your pet’s teeth. A number of toothbrushes are specially designed for a cat’s mouth. Never use human toothpaste on cats – these are foaming products and contain ingredients that should not be swallowed as they could cause internal problems.
With gentleness, patience and perseverance it is possible to brush your pet’s teeth and provide the oral care needed to prevent cats dental disease. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your cat’s dental health – don’t hesitate – call our office today to schedule a consultation!
People who want straighter teeth love the idea behind Invisalign, but most of them have one important question: Do braces work better than Invisalign on teeth? The truth is that one doesn’t necessarily work better than the other – they simply work in a different way. The key is to determine which solution works best for you. To help, today we’re sharing 5 questions to ask yourself when making your decision.
To understand the differences between metal braces and Invisalign on teeth, we first need to understand how the two treatments work.
Invisalign relies on transparent, retainer-like aligners to shift the teeth into place. The patient wears them for no less than 22 hours per day, changing them every two weeks to a new pair that will continue shifting their teeth. Typical treatment time is nine months to a year.
Metal braces use brackets that are bonded to the patient’s teeth and then connected by an arch wire, which applies pressure on the teeth. Every four weeks, the brackets are tightened and adjusted, which over time shifts the teeth into proper alignment.
Five Questions to Help You Decide: Braces or Invisalign on Teeth?
In many cases, Invisalign and braces are both feasible treatment options. But while the two treatments have the same task, there are blatant differences between them. The following five questions can help you understand the differences between the treatments, and decide which is best for you.
1. How serious is your case? In terms of which treatment is more effective, severity of the case is the number one determining factor. In general, Invisalign and metal braces can be equally as effectively. Most of these conditions include crooked or gapped teeth or an overbite, under bite or open bite. Some of the more serious cases that only metal braces can tackle include cross bites, malocclusions, extremely crooked teeth and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw.
2. Do you care if people know you’re wearing braces? One of our patients’ favorite things about Invisalign on teeth is its transparency; in fact, most people don’t even notice them until they are told. Metal braces, on the other hand, are rather bulky and definitely noticeable. For younger folks, this isn’t typically an issue; however, older kids and adults often hate the idea of everybody knowing they are wearing braces.
3. Are clean teeth important to you? A big challenge with metal braces is that they make it more difficult to clean your teeth. With wires running across your teeth, it’s practically impossible to floss and challenging for toothbrush bristles to reach certain areas. On the contrary, you can easily remove Invisalign for both these necessities, keeping your mouth healthy throughout the entire process.
4. How often do you want to visit the dentist or orthodontist? With Invisalign on teeth, you must have your trays renewed every two weeks, compared to four weeks for adjustments with metal braces. This can result in more frequent trips to the dentist.
5. Do you want to prevent stained teeth? Because Invisalign can be removed when eating food and cleaning teeth, it is easy to prevent gunk from accumulating on your teeth, which would otherwise create stains. Metal braces, on the other hand, have a tendency to trap food within their wires, which can cause staining.
If you need help deciding if braces or Invisalign on teeth are the right choice for you, call our office today to schedule a consultation and we’ll help!
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