Thanks for this link, Andrea. I never knew what those nasty things were, and never had the courage to ask anyone. But, come to think of it, I haven't had a single one since commencing the BTD.
Tom, I recently read an old thread that recommended using a combo of salt and bicarbonate soda instead of regular toothpaste. Hubby and I have been doing that for a little over a week now, and I think that in terms of oral cleanness, it is helping. I tried the oil-pulling, too, but it made me gag, so I have given that one a miss
"The mind is nourished by what it receives; the heart by what it gives."
SwamiX Explorer A2+; L(a-b+); MN,INFP, T/ R1b-M343 Ee Dan
Location: Sunny Coast,��QLD, Australia
I recommend OP. Start the day with a 20 minutes compliant oil mouth swirling, gentle, easy does it ... do it while preparing breakfast or even showering ... after 20 minutes or so, spit it out, rinse mouth very well and for the rest of the day remember to floss after eating and most definetely before going to bed ... occasionally, you can water brush your teeth too ...
Try this routine out for a few days and notice the difference ... that is all I have been doing for over a year now ... my gums and teeth feel and look great!
I see my dentist 3x a year for a cleaning. I have dental insurance that covers that (though little else) so I take advantage of it. I also floss every day, not just brush. I also love the waterpik because it flushes where sometimes floss shreds, but my last waterpik (dental irrigator, I should say) broke and I haven't found a replacement yet. I also brush my tongue (gently!) and rinse and gargle with warm water. That seems to be enough for me. If I were still having bad breath after all of that, I would look for another cause...like sinus or stomach problems.
I used to have those gross tonsil chunks, too! Gargling with warm water used to break it up. That nasty stuff has a name in Ayurvedic medicine, but I've forgotten it. I haven't had that since BTD, so either dairy or wheat was probably causing it. Using a Neti pot is probably a good idea, too. I haven't tried oil pulling but I'm intrigued by the idea. I don't want to loosen up any dental work, though (crowns/fillings).
My fiancee' always says i had bad breath. Since taking probiotics, she says my breath has improved quite a bit. In A fashion, I produce a lot of mucus when i eat something wrong or when i am around dust and pollen and stuff. Probiotics seems to have reduced my mucus levels. I also had acid reflux problems prior to using probiotics.
Main point - probiotics could really help bad breath. Thats my theory and i'm sticking to it!
I have a mouth full of metal, systemic candida (not outwardly evident anymore, thankfully ) and other odds and ends you'd think would give me bad breath. I don't have bad breath unless I'm coming down with something bacterial (a cough or whatnot).
ISTJ, BTD since 5/05. Battling chronic Lyme disease since ~1985.
"Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial..." I Corinthians 6:12
Sinusitus can definately contribute to badbreath. I believe i have some sinusitus. I noticed also that eating too much of the wrong stuff makes mucus overflow for me. I think this drips into my stomach and contributes to acid reflux.
It usually isn't bad, but around a lot of dust and sometimes with pollen, my breath seems to become bad chonically. Add things like drinking beer with buddies, eating wrong things too much and to little right things, and i have a lot of drip. Doesn't ever get stopped up though!
I'm trying to understand this stuff better. I could have had allergies for awhile and never even thought i had em.
some people call it allergies, i call it eating the wrong food.
some people call it eczema, i call it eating the wrong food.
I had loads of allergies before i went on the BTD, now i have none, unless i eat the wrong food.
I could have written this post myself Policychecker. I also am a big fan of food grade 3% peroxide. Also rinsing your nose on a daily basis with a saline solution really helps if your problem stems from your sinuses.