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How Bad Is Your Breath? Simple Tips to Reduce Mouth Odor

Bad breath, morning breath, breath odor, or halitosis are all terms used to describe a noticeably unpleasant odor exhaled on the breath. Halitosis is not a problem by itself, but it can cause concerns in our interpersonal relationships.

We are all familiar with how the consumption of certain foods such as garlic and onions can affect our breath. This occurs because these foods are absorbed into our bloodstream, where they are transferred to our lungs and exhaled. Fortunately, bad breath caused by the foods we eat is only temporary.

The truth is, most breath odor comes from food particles trapped in our mouths. When food remains in the mouth, it becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria that can cause bad breath. Other causes can include poor oral health, improper cleaning of dentures, periodontal disease, as well as smoking and tobacco products. Bad breath can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition of the stomach, lungs and bloodstream.

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Periodontal Therapy May Reduce Risk of Preterm Birth

US scientists have found a strong link between the success of gum disease treatment and the likelihood of giving birth prematurely, according to new research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

There are a number of factors, such as low body mass index, alcohol consumption and smoking that are associated with an increased rate of preterm birth. More recently, researchers have reported that oral infection may also be associated with such an increase.

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Air Force Dentists Bring Relief to the Congo

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo (AFNS)—A medical training exercise gave residents of the Congo, including the US embassy staff and families, an opportunity to receive dental care as part of Medical Flag 2010.

Three Air Force Reserve dentists treated about 35 patients while training in the DRC as part of MEDFLAG 10.

“It’s been about two years that I’ve been trying to get to the dentist,” said Kathryn Anne Crowder, a family member of an embassy worker in Kinshasa. “So this is a much needed visit.”

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New Chemical Surface Improves Compatibility Of Implants

Dental implants have offered a successful way to restore teeth for more than 20 years. New challenges for improving the process include shortening the time to restore functionality and meeting aesthetic demands. Altering implant surfaces to help promote bone integration is one solution. SLActive, a new chemically-modified surface for titanium, the standard material of which implants are constructed, has shown positive results in this area.

An article in the August issue of the Journal of Oral Implantology reports a 98.2% success rate for SLActive at dental patients’ one-year follow-up. A noninterventional study was conducted to compare these results with previous findings of high survival and success rates among the same type of implants in a controlled clinical trial.

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Call for Botox, Collagen Clinics to Register Won’t Happen

Smiles aren’t what they used to be. Instead of the flashing of teeth, the presence of Botox now overpowers the teeth.

Many of these new smiles are created by dentists. But the problems with these smiles and other collagen-injected enhancements stem from a lack of consistent regulations with these procedures.

In the United Kingdom, an attempt by the government to have specific regulations isn’t possible, according to an organization of plastic surgeons.

A Web site has been created by the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services to enable people to find out more before going for a Botox procedure.

But the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons doesn’t think this Web site will serve as a regulatory device, rather it is more of a marketing maneuver.

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