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Important Scientific Studies

Monday, September 10th, 2007
  1. TheraBreath Eliminates Bad Breath on 25 subjects, under 3 Rigorous Tests.
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  3. British Study on the active ingredients in TheraBreath.
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  5. Long term study on patients who use TheraBreath as their daily oral hygiene products.
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Use of TheraBreathâ„¢ products in Bad Breath Patients:
(GCF and Halimeter Values, Effects of Oxygenized Saliva)

by: Drs. G. Acikgoz, I. Devrim, M. Aldikacti, A. Kayipmaz, G. Keles – Professors of Periodontology at The Ondokuz Mayis University Dental School, Department of Periodontology – Samsun, Turkey

This independent study was presented abt the 4th International Symposium on Oral Malodor, held at The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in August of 1999.

There are several etiological roles which play a role in the ethiopathogenesis of bad breath. However, the major role is the bacterial production of hydrogen sulphide. These anaerobic bacteria live in areas where oxygen cannot reach them, including the back of the throat and tongue, interproximal areas of the teeth, periodontal pockets and enlarged tonsilla. A benefit to those who suffer with bad breath would be the use of an oxygenating agent which would eliminate the hydrogen sulphide and the anaerobic bacteria.

Twenty-five subjects suffering with bad breath were treated with TheraBreath brand stabilized chlorine dioxide mouthwash, toothgel, and spray. Their progress was monitored by using 3 scientifically reproducible methods:

Flame Gas Chromatography, used to measure the production of Volatile Sulphur Compounds in laboratories.

The Interscan Halimeter, which is used by some dentists to monitor the production of sulphides in their dental offices.

Periotron 8000, which measures the concentration of anaerobic bacteria and sulphides in collected saliva.

Results showed the following:

The Flame Gas Chromatography readings of Volatile Sulphur Compounds decreased significantly following use of the products.

A statistically significant decrease in Halimeter readings, showing that the oxygenating effect of TheraBreath reduced volatile sulfur compounds.

Readings on the Periotron 8000 with regards to patient’s saliva showed that TheraBreath had a beneficial effect.

Notes: This study was translated from Turkish so that it could be presented at the 4th International Symposium on Oral Malodor, August 20-21, 1999 at the University of California at Los Angeles.

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The following independent study was performed over several weeks at the office of Fred Heller DDS, San Francisco, CA on patients who had bad breath and were then instructed on the use of TheraBreath products.

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Reduction of Oral Malodour by a Chlorine Dioxide Containing Mouthrinse; Likely mechanisms of Action in Vivo
H. Chang, J. Greenman, R. Allaker, and E. Lynch

Department of of Conservative Dentistry, Saint Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, QMW, University of London and the University of West England, Bristol, UK

The change in volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) levels intraorally as recorded by a Halimeter was studied as a potential method to investigate the mode of action and efficacy of a chlorine dioxide (ClO2) mouthwash used as an anti-halitosis agent. The Halimeter was used to monitor the levels of H2S (hydrogen sulfide) every 2 minutes following a 0.1% (w/v) cysteine mouthrinse, which was held in the mouth for one minute prior to expectoration.

The results from an initial study with three participants showed that the VSC response reached a maximum recorded level at either 4 or 6 minutes and returned to around baseline levels after approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

Furthermore, a second cysteine mouthrinse applied within 1 to 2 hours following the first rinse gave a trend towards a larger H2S response, indicating inducibility of VSC production. This experiment involved application of a control rinse (water) on day 1 and a chlorine dioxide rinse (test) on day 2, 75 minutes following a first recorded cysteine-H2S response and one hour prior to a second recorded cysteine-H2S response, on 20 participants.

The results showed that the second cysteine-H2S response was significantly reduced (43% reduction; p< 0.05) following the chlorine dioxide rinse test agent, compared to the water control. These results indicate that the mechanism of action of the chlorine dioxide reduction of VSC production is unlikely to be primarily mediated by oxidation of substrate or VSC product.

Microbiological sampling of the tongue flora following cysteine, water, and chlorine dioxide mouthrinses shoed no significant differences in the recovery of aerobic, facultative anaerobic, or strict anaerobic tongue species, suggesting that one of the main mechanisms of action of chlorine dioxide may be irreversible inhibition of the major cysteine to H2S enzyme, cysteine desulfhydrase.

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Signs of Bad Breath – do any of these sound familiar to you?

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Click on any topic below to get a detailed explanation on its relationship to bad breath and/or other oral problems.

  1. A White Coating on Your Tongue? Click Here
  2. Your Doctor Misdiagnoses your Problem or Worse Yet, Ignores You! Click Here
  3. Post Nasal Drip, Allergies or Mucous? Click Here
  4. Whitish Round “Globs” in Your Tonsils? Click Here
  5. Dry Mouth, Morning Breath, Burning Tongue? Click Here
  6. Thick Saliva, Constantly Clearing your Throat? Click Here
  7. People Offer YOU gum and mints? Click Here
  8. People Turn Their Heads/ Back Away? Click Here
  9. Bad Taste After Beer, Milk, Coffee, Mouthwash? Click Here
  10. Loss of Confidence and Self-Esteem? Click Here
  11. Constant Sour, Bitter, or Metallic Taste? Click Here
  12. Discover How To Correctly Clean Your Tongue to Make White Tongue Disappear! Click Here
  13. No Relief from Brushing & Flossing? Click Here
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How To Stop Morning Breath In Less Than 45 Seconds Per Day

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Since I established the California Breath Clinics back in 1993, I’ve encountered just about every kind of breath condition possible….

…. from the most offensive situations where you can smell the patient’s breath from across the room, to those lucky few with breath sweeter than a baby. We’ve been very fortunate in that we’ve been able to tackle all types of bad breath, taste disorders, and dry mouth with TheraBreath.

But I wanted to share something special with you regarding a category of bad breath and sour/bitter taste common to just about everybody.

Approximately 35% of the world’s population has a chronic, noticeable breath condition which usually leads them to seek help from a professional (which may often be incorrect.) This first group has bad breath concerns 24 hours a day, including, taste disorders, dry mouth, and of course morning breath….

Another 35% of people are “borderline” – meaning that their breath seems fresh throughout the day, but they can easily reach “chronic” levels – if they eat certain foods (dairy, alcohol, sugars), after taking medication (antihistamines, antidepressants, high blood pressure medication) and always when they wake up – in other words, morning breath.

The remaining 30% rarely worry about their breath. The only exceptions are when they eat garlic and onions, or upon wakening – in other words, morning breath…

So what’s going on with morning breath? The thing is, just about EVERYONE has morning breath to some degree or another.

As we sleep throughout the night, our salivary glands slow down (for some older people, they shut down completely!) because our brain knows we are not eating. This slowdown, combined with the constant flow of air over our palate (for those of us who are snorers or mouth breathers) makes for a very DRY environment on the tongue, within our oral cavity and in the throat (the breeding grounds of the anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria that cause bad breath and taste disorders).

As I discuss in my article about dry mouth …. this creates an environment that is very conducive for ‘morning breath’. (Saliva is nature’s way of protecting us from bad breath, because healthy saliva contains high concentrations of oxygen – the natural enemy of anaerobic bacteria.) So if you get morning breath after a good night’s sleep, don’t worry – you’re not alone!

Reduce Volatile Sulfer Compounds Levels and Eliminate Morning Breath But what most people don’t know (and this includes most medical and dental professionals), is that morning breath is NOT something that you have to live with.

The key is to find a way to stop the production of VSC’s (volatile sulfur compounds) during the night as you are asleep. One way is to increase the production of saliva within the back of your throat and mouth during the night. But this is very difficult to do – after all, you’re asleep! Frthermore, those of us who are mouth breathers are drying out the back of our throats with each breath that we take throughout the night.

A better and easier way is to stop the production of volatile sulfur compounds by the bacteria that create morning breath. Aktiv Oxygen Tablets are designed to do this exactly.

AktivOxigen Tablets are small, highly concentrated bad breath eliminators. I created them a few years back in response to many of my customers’ demands for an effective oral rinse that reached the deep recesses of the throat and tonsil area.

To use AktivOxigen Tablets, just dissolve 1 or 2 tablets (depending on the severity of the problem you are trying to correct) in regular tap water in the included 8 oz. mixing bottle. Shake well for about 10 seconds and you will have a powerful, unflavored oral rinse that will destroy the bad breath bacteria on contact.

What makes this rinse so effective is that you can actually swallow the resulting solution and slowly let it run down the back of your throat and tonsils. If you do this right before bedtime, this coats your throat for the entire night and virtually eliminates morning breath.

AktivOxigen Tablets are easy to use and affordable – and they are the best way I know for the average person to rid themselves of morning breath.

Also, for those of you who suffer from Tonsiloliths (that’s the scientific term for those nasty odorous globs growing deep in the crypts of your tonsils) or congested sinuses will find instant relief from using the combination of AktivOxigen Tablets and Nasal-Sinus Drops. Nasal-Sinus Drops are potent drops you put in your nose that slowly trickle through your sinuses and down your throat destroying the bad breath bacteria on contact.

AKTIVOXIGEN TABLETS INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

  1. Dissolve 1 or 2 tablets in the 8 oz mixing bottle. Be sure to use the opaque bottle that comes with the system otherwise the solution will lose its potency.
  2. Shake well for 10-20 seconds.
  3. Before bedtime, tilt your head back and swallow 1 or 2 capfuls of the solution. Let it slowly run over your throat and tonsil area for maximum effectiveness.
  4. Important – The solution should be in contact with your tonsils and throat for at least 45 seconds.
  5. Keep cap tightly closed after use.

NASAL-SINUS DROPS INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE

  1. Blow your nose before use.
  2. Tilt your head back and gently press sides of dropper bottle to release 3-5 drops into each nostril.
  3. Allow nasal-sinus drops to slowly run back through your sinuses and down the back of your throat.
  4. Important – Allow drops to remain in the sinus cavity for at least 1-2 minutes.

Note: All TheraBreath formulas are designed to be used as a system. When looking for the best results, make sure to use the AktivOxigen Tablets with any of our toothpastes, breath sprays or concentrated drops, or chewing gum.

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The Therabreath System

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Our Product Formulations: An Overview

TheraBreath, AktivOxigen, and TheraBrite are the first chlorine dioxide based products to be sold in retail stores. They are based on clinically-proven formulas developed and tested for many years on thousands of patients at the California Breath Clinics by Dr. Harold Katz. (TheraBreath PLUS & PerioTherapy are available only from us on-line or by phone order.)

Many people have tried to copy our products and their formulations, but as hard as they try, they always come up short. The reason: Our products are made with proprietary pharmaceutical-grade chlorine dioxide and specific oxychlor complexes, both in the active and stabilized formats, using technology developed by the leading scientists in this field. Despite what jealous competitors may say, we use chlorine dioxide in our products at concentrations sufficient enough to make us the best-selling, direct to the public brand, both in the U.S. and worldwide. No one comes close.

When GNC (natural heath product retailers) went searching for the BEST oral products for their very selective customers, they chose TheraBreath, TheraBrite, and AktivOxigen from the California Breath Clinics. When Wegmans Supermarkets wanted the finest breath products, they chose TheraBreath, and when Walgreens searched the ClO2 market, they chose TheraBreath as their exclusive professional breath product. When SelfCare Catalog dropped Profresh because of poor sales, they chose AktivOxigen and TheraBrite.

We do not use any alcohol, detergents (sodium lauryl sulfate), saccharin, artificial colors or artificial flavors in any of our formulas. We do not need to use bleach to generate ClO2 (bleach is used in Profresh). And, we don’t need to fool the public by creating strong medicinal or minty masking flavors, because our formulas work!

If you’re looking for definitive scientific proof on which oral product reduces VSC safely and rapidly, just look at these independent tests from June, 2000.

TheraBreath Nasal Sinus Drops:
The first Oxygenating Solution To attack Bad Breath and Mucous/Post Nasal Drip BEYOND the tongue, sinus, throat, and tonsils. All Natural Triple Strength formula prevents anaerobic bacteria from producing volatile sulfur compounds. No preservatives (no allergens like Benzalkonium Chloride) or artificial flavors.

Simply tilt your head back and squeeze out 3-4 drops into each nostril during the day to get to the source of the problem! And, because it’s all natural, there’s no danger in using too much. If you have post nasal drip, allergies, dry mouth, or tonsils, this product, in conjunction with our other clinically-proven oral products, is the best recommended solution.

The ingredients are: Purified and filtered water, Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized oxychlor compounds), zinc gluconate, sodium bicarbonate, tea tree oil, essential oil of spearmint, citric acid, sodium benzoate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil.

There is no ephedra or drugs used in the formula. All of the components are derived from plants or nature.

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TheraBreath Nasal-Sinus Spray:
Same powerful formula as our Nasal Sinus Drops, but packaged in a convenient spray bottle. Simply displense 1-2 powerful ‘spritzes’ into your sinuses and feel the oxygenating power of OXYD-8 go to work BEYOND your tongue, sinuses, throat, and tonsils. All Natural Triple Strength formula prevents anaerobic bacteria from producing volatile sulfur compounds. No preservatives (no allergens like Benzalkonium Chloride) or artificial flavors.

Simply place the spray bottle into each nostril and dispense 1-2 ‘spritzes’. With the Nasal Sinus Spray, some patients may notice a slight burning – this is normal and is due to the Tea Tree Oil. If you have post nasal drip, allergies, dry mouth, or tonsils, this product, in conjunction with our other clinically-proven oral products is for YOU!

The ingredients are: Purified and filtered water, Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized oxychlor compounds), zinc gluconate, sodium bicarbonate, tea tree oil, essential oil of spearmint, citric acid, sodium benzoate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil.

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TheraBreath Oral Rinse:
Purified Water, Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), sodium bicarbonate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, essential oil of peppermint, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, tetrasodium EDTA.
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TheraBreath PLUS Oral Rinse:
Purified Water, concentrated Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), zinc gluconate, sodium bicarbonate, tea tree oil, essential oil of spearmint, citric acid, sodium benzoate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil.
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TheraBreath Toothgel:
Sorbitol, hydrated silica, water, aloe barbadensis gel, glycerin, Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), tetrapotassium pyrophosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, carrageenan, xylitol, sodium fluoride, essential oil of peppermint, sodium benzoate.
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TheraBreath PowerDrops:
Purified Water, highly concentrated Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), sodium bicarbonate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, essential oil of peppermint, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, tetrasodium EDTA.
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TheraBreath PLUS ToothGel:
Sorbitol, Hydrated Silica, water, aloe barbadensis gel, glycerin, oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), tetrapotassium pyrophosphate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, carrageenan, sodium fluoride, zinc gluconate, ubiquinone (Co-Q10), essential oil of peppermint, natural flavor, sodium benzoate.
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TheraBreath Spray:
Purified Water, concentrated Oxyd-8 (proprietary stabilized Oxychlor compounds), sodium bicarbonate, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, essential oil of peppermint, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, tetrasodium EDTA.
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Acid in Your Mouthwash Can Be Eroding the Enamel on Your Teeth!

Monday, September 10th, 2007

 


Recent research has uncovered a startling new discovery about the mouthwash you are probably using. Did you know that over 90% of the mouthwash that is commercially available contains an acid level comparable to that of household vinegar?

Can you imagine rinsing and gargling with vinegar? I don’t even have to tell you what that would taste like, but think for a second what it can do to your teeth!

The enamel on your teeth is one of the hardest substances that your body can produce. But acid is one of the most corrosive substances in nature. The study below which was completed in April of 2001 discovered that rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash that contains a high concentration of acid causes a drastic increase in enamel loss.

And enamel loss has a direct correlation to sensitivity in teeth – people with less enamel complained of much greater sensitivity in their teeth to hot and cold.

As you can see from the chart below – almost all commercially available mouthwashes have a highly ‘acidic’ environment. But TheraBreath is actually an ‘antacid’ mouthwash.

Moral of the Story: Use a Non-Acidic Mouthwash.
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Various Commercial Mouthwashes pH Acid Level
The ‘Natural’ Dentist 3.2

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Peroxyl 3.7
Listerine 4.3  
Breath-Rx 4.7  
Scope 5.4  
TriOral – 2 phase 5.7  
Rembrandt 6.5  

The Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 2001 Apr;28(4):319-24
The erosive effects of some mouthrinses on enamel. A study in situ.by Pontefract H, Hughes J, Kemp K, Yates R, Newcombe RG, Addy M.
Division of Restorative Dentistry, Dental School, Bristol, UK.
BACKGROUND: There are both anecdotal clinical and laboratory experimental data suggesting that low pH mouthrinses cause dental erosion. This evidence is particularly relevant to acidified sodium chlorite (ASC) formulations since they have plaque inhibitory properties comparable to chlorhexidine but without the well known local side effects.AIM: Studies in situ and in vitro were planned to measure enamel erosion by low pH mouthrinses. The study in situ measured enamel erosion by ASC, essential oil and hexetidine mouthrinses over 15-day study periods. The study was a 5 treatment, single blind cross over design involving 15 healthy subjects using orange juice, as a drink, and water, as a rinse, as positive and negative controls respectively. 2 enamel specimens from unerupted human third molar teeth were placed in the palatal area of upper removable acrylic appliances which were worn from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday for 3 weeks. Rinses were used 2x daily and 250 ml volumes of orange juice were imbibed 4x daily. Enamel loss was determined by profilometry on days 5, 10 and 15. The study in vitro involved immersing specimens in the 4 test solutions together with a reduced acid ASC formulation for a period of 4 h under constant stirring; Enamel loss was measured by profilometry every hour.RESULTS: Enamel loss was in situ progressive over time with the 3 rinses and orange juice but negligible with water. ASC produced similar erosion to orange juice and significantly more than the two proprietary rinses and water. The essential oil and hexetidine rinses produced similar erosion and significantly more than water. Enamel loss in vitro was progressive over time, and the order from low to high erosion was reduced acid ASC, ASC, Essential oil, and hexetidine mouthrinses and orange juice.

CONCLUSION: Based on the study in situ, it is recommended that low pH mouthrinses should not be considered for long term or continuous use and never as pre-brushing rinses. In view of the plaque inhibitory efficacy of ASC, short- to medium-term applications similar to those of chlorhexidine would be envisaged.

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