Archive for November, 2007

Pilots’ bad breath arrests prompt hygiene review

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Stephen Moyes of The Mirror ( writes about two pilots whose bad breath put their own and the airline’s reputation on the line. They were taught to be drinking on the job when it was only a bad case of halitosis. This just shows how important fresh breath is on the job, whether on land or on air. Have they been gargling with alcoholic mouthwash? For fresh breath that cannot be confused for alcohol breath, the best solution is Therabreath Oral Rinse. It is non-alcoholic and contains Oxyd-8 — a powerful oxygenator that effectively attacks and neutralizes the volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath odors and bitter tastes.

An airline wants cockpit crew to freshen up their act – after it turned out two pilots accused of being drunk on duty just had bad breath. Virgin Atlantic now fears the oral hygiene of its flying staff is jeopardising its reputation.

Twice police have been called to a flight minutes before take-off following reports of drunk pilots. Hundreds of passengers watched aghast as the cockpit member was escorted off the jet in handcuffs.

An incident at Heathrow in April was investigated but the pilot later cleared when – according to a Virgin spokeswoman – he was found to suffer from halitosis.

But the airline was rocked again last month when police led a 42-year-old first officer away from a Miami-bound A340-600. The 266-passenger plane was taxiing towards the runway when another airline worker raised the alarm after reportedly smelling alcohol on his breath.

He was arrested under Section 94 of the Railways and Transport Act 2003 but again tests revealed he was simply suffering from halitosis.

A Virgin source said: “It’s more than a little embarrassing for this to have happened twice now. It makes terrible headlines and might put off people flying with us. We are seriously considering ordering our pilots to freshen up in the cockpit in terms of their hygiene. We might even be forced to include mints as part of our compulsory uniform.”

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Video of the Week

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Dr. Harold Katz visits the Debra Duncan Show with the Halimeter, and shows us how a long time bad breath sufferer gets instant breath relief. His bad breath score drops from more than 100 to around 20 according to the Halimeter. (A score of 70 or more indicates bad breath). Therabreath is the reason for this dramatic drop.

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The Drought Within: Dry Mouth And Its Effects

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Dry mouth is one of the leading causes of bad breath. The dry environment makes the anaerobic bacteria multiply quicker, which in turn produce the smelly Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC’s). Therabreath oxidizes the mouth with oxyd-8 and takes away bad breath. It is the best solution to dry mouth.

It is not a particularly nice feeling to wake up with a dry and sticky feeling in your mouth. It’s annoying and can possibly lead to a lot of different complications once left untreated. But what really is dry mouth?

Dry mouth
More commonly called as xerostomia by medical professionals, dry mouth is basically a condition where there is a lack of saliva in the oral cavity. It is colloquially called pasties or cottonmouth. In itself, it is not a disease, but rather a possible symptom of some other condition.

1. Medications. Some medications may have side effects of dry mouth. Prescription medications for depression, anxiety, pain; and illicit drugs like cannabis and methamphetamines may cause dry mouth.

2. Radiation therapy. This procedure may affect the salivary glands and its functions.

3. Diseases and infections. Dry mouth can be a side effect of underlying medical conditions and infections like: Sjögren’s syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, anaemia, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and mumps.

4. Depression and anxiety. Studies have shown that people who are depressed and/or have anxiety disorders generally have low rates of salivary flow.

5. Trauma to the salivary glands, or the surrounding nerves and ducts. This causes disruption to the salivary glands’ functionality and may cause lesser saliva production.

6. Dehydration. Water loss in the body may cause dry mouth.

7. Too much mouth breathing. Air entering through the mouth into the throat dries up the saliva in the oral cavity.

8. Too much physical activity. A lot of elderly people say that they get dry mouth after engaging in physical activity or staying under the sun for quite a while.

9. Aging. The body produces less and less saliva as we grow old.

Signs and Symptoms
· Difficulty eating, speaking, and swallowing. This is due to the lack of saliva in the mouth. Our saliva is meant to protect and lubricate the oral cavity. A shortage in saliva may mean loss of lubrication and therefore make it difficult for movement during eating, swallowing and speaking.

· Taste disorders. Scientifically called dysgeusia, this occurs when dry mouth is caused by damaged salivary glands, nerves and ducts. Sufferers may describe their food as having either a really strong taste, a “wrong” taste, or having no taste at all.

· Tongue pain. This is characterised by having a burning or tingling sensation on the lips, tongue or

· Increased thirst. Since the oral cavity has lost its natural lubricant, the body starts craving for more fluid intake.

· Mouth sores. Especially within the corners of the mouth.

· A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth and throat.

· A dry, red, raw tongue.

· Hoarseness, dry nasal passages and sore throat.
· Bad breath.

At the moment, a final cure for dry mouth is not possible. However, treatment is mainly for keeping the teeth and the oral cavity in good shape and relieving the feeling of dryness in the mouth.
· Make constant visits to the dentist for oral check up and prophylaxis.
· Pay close attention to your oral hygiene.
· If the use of antihistamines or decongestants is required, check for those that don’t cause dry mouth.
· Increase fluid intake.
· Chew on medicated gum.
· Use carboxymethyl cellulose saliva substitute as a mouthwash.

Leaving xerostomia untreated may lead to several other complications, simple and otherwise.
1. Gingivitis. (inflammation of the gums)
2. Tooth decay.
3. Mouth infections. (oral candidiasis or yeast infection)
4. Halitosis. (bad breath)

People may consider dry mouth an ordinary occurrence and put off having it checked for later. This is not a good idea because as it was mentioned earlier in this article, this may already be warning signs of certain diseases. Also, if left untreated, it may start causing you problems. If you start noticing any of the symptoms mentioned above, go have a talk with your doctor. Immediate action may save you from having more trouble in the future.

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Video of the Week

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Dr. Katz, our Bad Breath Detective, makes an appearance in FOX 11 news in L.A. His headline– Bad breath can be an indicator of a more serious disease. For example, sweet breath may be an indicator of Leukemia, and people with kidney problems develop a fish odor when they eat foods with protein.

In this video, we see the progress of Mark, one of Dr. Katz’s patients. Let’s see how he finally finds the solution to bad breath with a little help from Dr. Katz.

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Preterm birth study receives clinical research award

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Awarded study explores the connection between periodontal disease and preterm births. For periodontal problems, Dr. Katz’ solution is Periotherapy. Periotherapy has been clinically tested to effectively help promote healthy gum tissue and overall oral health with daily use. It attacks the anaerobic bacteria responsible for many periodontal problems.

CHICAGO–A study titled “Treatment of periodontal disease and the risk of preterm birth” is the 2007 recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology’s Clinical Research Award.

Authors of the research are Bryan S. Michalowicz, James S. Hodges, Anthony J. DiAngelis, Virginia R. Lupo, M. John Novak, James E. Ferguson, William Buchanan, James Bofill, Panos N. Papapanou, Dennis A. Mitchell, Stephen Matseoane, and Pat A. Tschida.

The study appeared in the November 2006 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

The study examined if periodontal (gum) treatment in pregnant women with periodontitis alters the number and timing of preterm births. The study was supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, part of the National Institutes of Health.

This annual award honors an outstanding published scientific manuscript having direct clinical relevance and application to the practice of periodontics. The manuscript must have appeared in peer-reviewed scientific literature within the prior calendar year. The Clinical Research Award was sponsored by Quintessence Publishing.


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