Archive for December, 2007

Start the New Year with a Bang, Not with Bad Breath

Monday, December 31st, 2007


Happy New Year! Most of us will be starting the year with a party, singing Auld Lang Syne whiletoasting and drinking to our heart’s content.New Year’s Eve parties usually mark the end of the year past and the beginning of the coming year, and alcohol is a staple presence in these parties. It is good to keep everything in moderation — you would want to remember that party, and not have the party remember you for the wrong reasons, right?It is still possible to have great fun without losing consciousness and proper judgment. Make sure that you are sober enough to drive when you do go home, or have a sober person drive you home.

One thing that you also have to be aware of is your breath. Alcohol consumption causes bad breath, something that you wouldn’t want to have in any party.

Alcohol is one of the top bad breath instigators — just next to cigarettes. It is a DESSICANT, or drying agent that makes the anaerobic bacteria in your mouth go crazy and party along with those smelly VSC’s or Volatile Sulfur compounds. You are starting the Year of the Rat, not the year of the Dragon Breath! As you know from information in this website and possibly your own personal problem, the dryer your mouth gets – the worse your breath gets.

Here’s how much alcohol (in Percentage and Proof) is contained in the leading products below:

Product

% Alcohol

As Proof

Other “BAD” Ingredients

Jack Daniels Bourbon

43%

86

bad breath and halitosis

Amaretto Liqueur

28%

56

bad breath and halitosis

Wine – Chardonnay

12.5%

25

bad breath and halitosis

Wine – Merlot

11.5%

23

bad breath and halitosis

Beer

3

6

bad breath and halitosis

TheraBreath

0%

0

bad breath and halitosis

The most common drying agent in food is Alcohol. Alcohol of course is the basis of all “adult” beverages such as Beer, Wine, and Hard liquor. It is used quite often in laboratories to “dry out” hard to reach areas in test tubes and beakers. It is also used, unfortunately in mouthwash, where it only makes the problem worse. If you’re planning to gargle with the same old alcohol-based mouthwash just right before going to that party, or after, before you drive, stop right there.

Your current store bought mouthwash contains ALCOHOL that dries your mouth and SWEETENER that actually feeds the smelly bacteria in your mouth.

That burning sensation you get from regular mouthwash doesn’t kill the bacteria, it just irritates your mouth. We’ll show what WILL do the job quickly and effectively without irritation.

Commercial products are based on outdated theories—That alcohol can stop these problems. In fact, alcohol-based mouthwash may create poor oral health, because it dries out the mouth which in turn causes an increase of dangerous Volatile Sulfur Compounds.

Just a tiny amount of alcohol can make your mouth dry instantly. As we already know, a dry mouth mimics an anaerobic (low oxygen) environment. Now, you’ve already learned what happens when the mouth is dry – it’s a perfect environment for the anaerobes to multiply and create more bad breath! Those strong mediciny or minty tastes are actually put into the mouthwash to mask bad breath – not get rid of it! (By the way, the leading mouthwash contains 27% alcohol – that’s more than a six pack of beer, and believe me, the beer tastes better!) And another interesting point – why do they make their mouthwash blue, green, or brown? What does color have to do with getting rid of bad breath?The answer, is, nothing.

Dr. Katz has created the mouthwash that addresses the root of the bad breath problem.Therabreath mouthwash does not contain alcohol and is the best solution to getting rid of bad breath before and after alcohol intake. It contains aloe vera which is good for gum health, does not contain saccharin (a sugar that feeds the bacteria), and does not leave a stinging feeling in the mouth – falsely believed by many as a sign of great breath. Gargling with alcoholic mouthwash after drinking alcohol is like swallowing ice in a snowy, cold day – it doesn’t make sense. You are merely aggravating the drying effects of the alcohol you drank.

One thing you must also avoid aside from alcohol-based mouthwash is breath mints or gum that are sugar-based. A common “solution” to situational bad breath is to pop a sugar-based breath mint or sugar-based gum. Although you may have a cinnamon-like taste in your mouth, what you’ve really just done is made your bad breath problem MUCH worse. Let me explain:

During your party dinner, you introduced two ‘triggers’ to your mouth (protein and alcohol) that weren’t previously there and made your particular oral environment very eager to begin creating those foul-smelling VSC’s.

Then after dinner, by sucking on that mint, you actually gave those bacteria a food source they LOVE (sugar) to help along the VSC production. Yes, it’s true you TASTE cinnamon or mint, but that’s only a temporary cover up and what people actually SMELL is usually a lot worse.

Dr. Katz has invented a breath mint that really does it job. It’s called Zox — The First Breath Mint To Actually NEUTRALIZE Bad Breath Production.

Dr. Katz created ZOX because he wanted to address the fact that almost all the other ‘breath mints’ on the market DO NOT take into account the principles of halitosis prevention that he’s been studying for the last 10 years. Most of them are created to TASTE GOOD and that’s about it. ZOX was created based on the same clinically proven Zinc/Oxygen/Xylitol principles used by the rest of the TheraBreath product line. It is literally bad breath prevention science packed into a roll of breath mints.

ZOX has no sugar – your breath mint should NEVER have sugar in it. ZOX uses xylitol which is a natural sweetener and has also been proven to have tremendous anti-decay properties.

Dr. Katz also has sugar-free gum alteranatives – Therabreath gum, “French Kiss” (a cinammon flavored gum used in Hollywood) and “Guy” a gum created especially for guys.

So eat, drink, and be merry, but don’t forget to be conscious of your breath.Check out the www.therabreath.com to find the best product that will enable you to enjoy the New Year’s eve festivities (and the entire year to come) without bad breath worries. Therabreath is also available in select stores – please check out the store locator for the location nearest you.

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Christmastime is Bad for Bad Breath

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

christmasTis the season to be jolly, but ‘tis also the season to be aware of bad breath. We all know that we usually celebrate the Holidays with a lot of food, and unfortunately, the foods we eat at Christmas cause the bad-breath-causing anaerobic bacteria in our mouths to multiply rapidly. For example, eggnog, a popular holiday treat, is also a strong bad breath instigator – it has dairy and alcohol, two food ingredients that are notorious for triggering bad breath. Alcohol is a drying agent, and dairy is high in protein. We also tend to eat a lot of sugary foods at this time, like chocolates and other sweets, and these feed the bacteria already in our mouth and cause them to release the smelly Volatile Sulfur Compounds that cause bad breath. Therabreath gives you the freedom to enjoy the Holidays without having to worry about bad breath. Don’t be caught under the mistletoe with miserable breath!

The cold weather doesn’t help either. It’s wintertime, and as christmas trees go up in living rooms, so does the incidence of nasal and sinus problems. For most of us cold weather means hot chocolate and snuggling under the sheets, but some of us unfortunate ones have to deal with nasal and sinus problems as our body reacts to the change in temperature. Our body resistance goes down and we become more susceptible to cold viruses. We get dry mouth as a result of these infections. Also, cold medications such as antihistamines make the mouth very dry, and as I have mentioned before, dry mouth is the leading cause of bad breath. Bad Breath is very closely related to post- nasal drip, excess mucus, sinus problems, your tonsils, and tonsiloliths.

Post Nasal Drip and Nasal-Sinus Congestion Will Transform a Case of “Normal” Breath into BAD Breath and “Bad” Breath into HORRIBLE Breath.

· How to Eliminate That Annoying ‘Frog-in-the-Throat’ Feeling

· Why Your Over-the-Counter Anti Histamine Could Be Making The Problem Even Worse

· If You Have Post Nasal Drip – It’s Guaranteed To Affect Your Breath
If you recall from my book ‘The Bad Breath Bible’, remember that the bacteria which cause bad breath and sour/bitter/metallic tastes are anaerobic (live without oxygen). Their goal in life is to break down the proteins in foods that we eat. However, under certain conditions, they will also start to break down the proteins found in mucus and phlegm.
Therefore, those people who suffer from post nasal drip, sinus problems, and other such ailments are more prone to bad breath and lousy tastes because the bacteria use the mucus as a food source and start to extract sulfur compounds from the amino acids that make up the proteins found in all this excess mucus.

Scientifically, the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath “love” the amino acids Cysteine and Methionine, which are the building blocks of the proteins that are found in mucus (and phlegm) and in dairy foods, too. In fact, many people notice that when they drink too much milk or eat too much cheese they end up with more mucous or phlegm in their throat (see my article on Foods that may cause bad breath). This is a natural reaction for many people and unfortunately, ends up causing more bad breath and lousy taste.

If you still have your tonsils, you may be harboring a higher number of the bacteria which can lead to an “interesting” and very often misunderstood phenomenon, called TONSILOLITHS. Literally translated, they are “tonsil stones” produced by the conglomeration of mucus draining down the back of the throat and the volatile sulfur compounds created by the bacteria which easily end up in the “nooks and crannies” of the tonsils, every time one swallows. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard from my patients who asked their dentist what these objects were, and more often than not the answer was ‘food particles’. This couldn’t be further from the truth! For more information, see my article about Tonsil Stones.

If you suffer from excess mucus, sinus congestion and post nasal drip there are essentially only a few different routes that you can take:

1. Use medication and or drugs to dry up the sinuses and prevent mucus buildup – all the while being careful to avoid a dry mouth, a likely side-effect of virtually all antihistamines. Dry mouth is the most common initiator of bad breath because it mimics an anaerobic environment, perfect for the “bugs” to pump out Volatile Sulfur Compounds. You should be careful about using any antihistamine too frequently – many are habit forming!

2. Use TheraBreath Nasal Sinus Formula. By squeezing 3-4 drops into each nostril (and then lightly inhaling to move the potent formula through the sinus) twice daily, most people can finally experience that fresh breath and taste feeling by eliminating the production of sulfur compounds created by the reaction of mucus and the anaerobic sulfur producing bacteria…

3. For chronic sinus problems, many patients will find relief by using the Hydropulse® (an amazingly effective Nasal-Sinus Irrigator, designed by an Ear Nose & Throat specialist) to flush the sinuses. (Works even better when you add just 2-3 drops of AktivOxigen serum into the trough before each use)

4. Minimize the amount of post-nasal drip in your throat and sinuses, and eliminate the #1 side effect of excess mucus (Bad Breath!) by using oxygenating oral care products, such as Therabreath, TheraBreath PLUS, AktivOxigen, PerioTherapy, and TheraBrite.

There are dozens of different over-the counter nasal decongestants and antihistamines you can use to help relieve congestion and dry up excess mucus, and some of them are very good at what they claim… but mostly they are TOO GOOD! They create an extremely dry mouth, which exacerbates bad breath. And even in cases where the dry mouth side effect is minimal, when you stop taking that medication the problem comes back, and almost always with a vengeance! This is because in some cases, your body will actually develop a resistance to any antihistamines or nasal decongestants, especially nasal sprays (be careful, because many sprays are habit forming – but NOT TheraBreath formulas!)
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Suffice it to say, this should NOT be an option that you pursue.

Dr. Katz’s Prescribed Solutions for these Christmastime Maladies

Don’t let Post-Nasal Drip, Sinus and Tonsil Problems ruin your Holidays! Because the Holidays also mean parties and socializing, it is especially important to prevent and cure these infections. It is also very important to maintain fresh breath. End the year with a bang, not with bad breath. Spread the love, not the virus! There are many ways to address this problem.

Use a Nasal-Irrigator such as the Hydropulse® to Flush Your Sinuses free from Excess Mucus.

Nasal Irrigation is probably the most effective method of eliminating post-nasal drip and helping to control sinus infections. The Hydro Pulse Sinus Irrigator is an FDA registered device supported by over 37 published medical, reports. The unique pulsatile irrigation of the Hydro Pulse helps to restore ciliary function and relieve post nasal drip. A short period of regular use can stimulate the cilia (the tiny hair-like fibers in the nasal sinus passages) to restore their natural protective “sweeping & cleansing” action.

When you feel a sinus condition come on, or feel that you have persistent post-nasal drip and excess mucus, consistent daily use for 10 days should result in a clearing of the condition.

For best results, we recommend a combination of this easy-to-use home instrument with an oxygenating solution such as AktivOxigen serum.
Stop Bad Breath Associated with Post-Nasal Drip, Excess Mucus, and Sinus Problems.

For people who don’t really have sinus problems, just “off and on” or seasonal post-nasal drip, then an alternative (and better) solution might be to minimize the amount of excess mucus in the back of the throat and more importantly to make sure you neutralize the odor caused by this excess mucus.

You see, the proteins in mucus make an excellent food source for the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath. The bacteria feed off the amino acids, Methionine and Cysteine, and create extremely odorous and lousy-tasting Volatile Sulfur Compounds as by-products, which are the odors and lousy tastes found in the medical condition halitosis, which YOU (or maybe everyone around you) more commonly knows as bad breath.

There are three key formulas that most of my patients find extremely effective at neutralizing the odor caused by post-nasal drip:
· Nasal Sinus Drops
· AktivOxigen Tablets
· Extinguisher Spray
Keep in mind that we always recommend using an oxygenating oral rinse and toothpaste such as TheraBreath as the primary ingredients of any breath treatment program.

Nasal-Sinus Drops Eliminate Odor From The Sinuses

These drops are highly effective at cleansing the sinuses (a very hard-to-reach area) of the volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.

AktivOxigen Tablets Create an Unflavored Oral Rinse to Cleanse the Back of the Throat

These tablets make an unflavored oral rinse that you can actually swallow – this gets much deeper down in the throat than just regular rinsing, and it will actually help break down post-nasal drip congestion and excess mucus in the throat.

TheraBreath Extinguisher Spray

With It’s Patented 6.9cm Spray Nozzle Reaches The Back of the Tongue Where Few Other Sprays Can Reach. The Extinguisher Spray has been extremely popular – its patented 6.9 cm Extinguisher Nozzle applicator is very effective at applying the formulas to the back of the throat and tonsils, which is a very common problem area for people with post nasal drip and excess mucus.

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Extra! Extra! Man eats entire Fish Head

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

What would your breath smell like if you ate like this? Uh, like fish? Thanks to Therabreath, you never have to think about that question seriously.

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Overweight People More Likely To Have Bad Breath, Study Finds

Monday, December 17th, 2007

The health of your body directly affects the health of your mouth. Obesity is found to be linked to having bad breath.  For the bad breath cure that helps people of all shapes and sizes, turn to Therabreath, the only real solution for bad breath.

ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2007) — Now there’s another good reason to go on that diet after the holidays. Tel Aviv University researchers have published a study that finds a direct link between obesity and bad breath: the more overweight you are, the more likely your breath will smell unpleasant to those around you.

The research, led by breath expert Prof. Mel Rosenberg from the Department of Human Microbiology and The  Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, was reported in the Journal of Dental Research in October. The study also reported, for the first time, scientific evidence that links bad breath to alcohol consumption.

“The finding on alcohol and bad breath was not surprising because the anecdotal evidence was already there,” says Prof. Rosenberg. “However, the finding that correlated obesity to bad breath was unanticipated.”

A Weighty Sample

The study was done in Israel and included a sample of 88 adults of varying weights and heights. While at a clinic for a regular check-up, they were asked by graduate student Tsachi Knaan, a co-author in the study, whether he could test the odor of their breath and ask questions about their daily habits.

Prof. Rosenberg, Knaan and Prof. Danny Cohen concluded from the data that overweight patients were more likely to have foul-smelling breath. “This finding should hold for the general public,” says Prof. Rosenberg. “But we don’t have any scientific evidence as to why this is the case. That will be the next step.”

He surmises that the connection between obesity and bad breath could be caused by several factors. Obese people may have a diet that promotes the condition of dry mouth. Prof. Rosenberg also suggests that people who are obese may be less in tune with taking care of their mouths and bodies. “We have certainly opened a window of questions here,” says Prof. Rosenberg.

Halitosis of the Ancient World?

While widespread obesity is a modern invention, bad breath is not. The phenomenon goes back thousands of years.

Says Prof. Rosenberg, “I have read reports of bad breath in ancient Egypt.  In ancient Rome there was a man named Cosmos who sold breath-freshening agents.  Bad breath is frequently mentioned in Jewish scripture  The Talmud stating that if you were a ‘Cohen’ (a priest) you couldn’t perform holy duties on the Temple if your breath was bad.

“If you were a newlywed groom, you could annul a marriage if on your wedding night you discovered that your wife has bad breath. In ancient times, we learn, bad breath was considered a ‘no-no,’ as bad as having leprosy.”

Self-Examination Not a Possibility

The problem remains today. Bad breath — and the fear that you might have it — plagues millions of people because it isn’t easy for one to check one’s own breath. Indeed, nine people in the study were unaware of their bad breath.

Says Prof. Rosenberg, who co-edits the Journal of Breath Research, “I can’t go out into the world and smell everybody’s breath, and quite frankly I’ve already smelled many thousands of cases. My goal now is to give people a list of the potential factors that could lead to this condition, so they can treat themselves.” Obesity is now added to the list, which includes dry mouth, poor dental hygiene, and possibly even the morning cup of coffee.

“You should tell people in your family if they have bad breath,” says Prof. Rosenberg. “It is curable in almost all instances, and it can be a sign of disease. As for work colleagues, they might be happy for the advice, but they might not.”

And don’t be embarrassed if it happens to you, he adds. Even professors of dentistry and experts in the field of bad breath sometimes have malodorous mouths.

Tel Aviv University (2007, December 14). Overweight People More Likely To Have Bad Breath, Study Finds. ScienceDaily.

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New York Doorman Suspended for Bad Breath

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Harriette Cecilio of AHN News gives us the scoop about Jonah Seeman, whose bad case of halitosis earned him a one-day suspension from his job as a doorman. Bad breath business is serious business, especially if it directly interferes with your source of livelihood. See related news video from liveleak.com

New York, NY (AHN) – In Manhattan, doormen with bad breath are at risk for suspension.The 60-year-old Jonah Seeman, who has been opening doors for tenants of four-building Gracie Gardens complex on East 89th Street for 40 years, has been thrice suspended because of halitosis.The last suspension order came on Friday, prompting Seeman and the union that represents him, to file a formal complaint on the case.His employer sent him a letter on Nov. 21 saying it couldn’t tolerate his severe breath odor while on duty any more.

Seeman was naturally offended but since receiving similar notices in May and July, he has stopped eating garlic, uses mouthwash, cologne and deodorant and takes breath mints on the job.

“I just say, ‘Good morning, have a nice day, smile, feel good, don’t worry about anything,’” Seeman told CBS station WCBS-TV in New York.

The one-day suspension was without pay, a considerable loss of income for the Brooklyn resident, who supports his 81-year-old mother.

“His job, which he does well, is opening the door – not to be opening his mouth,” said Adam Reingold, an apartment resident, who was surprised by Seeman’s suspension.

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