Archive for December, 2007

From the mouth to the foot – The most embarrassing beauty questions answered

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

(Source:WebMD Feature from “Redbook” Magazine)

Amy Keller of Redbook Magazine writes about the 12 Most Embarrassing Beauty Questions. Top 2 Question is the question about bad breath, ranking second to foot odor. Apparently, smelliness is next to smelliness in this case. The question: Why does breath smell despite constant brushing? We also find out the answer to this other plaguing question — Just what is the connection between Foot Odor and Bad Breath? The answer might surprise you.

When the normal bacteria on your feet interact with moisture trapped in your socks and shoes, they emit stinky sulfurous byproducts, says Doris J. Day, M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at New York University.

1. What causes foot odor?

The fix: Since dry feet equals odor-free feet, wear absorbent cotton socks with shoes made from breathable materials, like canvas and leather, and sprinkle Zeasorb – an over-the-counter drying powder – into your shoes every morning. Three nights a week, pour a pot of tea made with several regular (not herbal) tea bags into a basin, then soak your feet for five to 10 minutes. The tannic acid in tea temporarily inhibits sweat production. See your doctor if your feet are also red, swollen or scaly to make sure a bacterial or fungal infection isn’t causing the smell.
2. Why does my breath smell despite constant brushing?

Although brushing will help prevent cavities (so don’t stop scrubbing), it can only mask bad breath, since the problem really lies within your throat and tongue, not your teeth. When the bacteria in your mouth lose access to oxygen (which can happen when you use alcohol-based mouthwashes, take certain prescription medications for depression or high blood pressure or simply sit with your mouth shut for a long time), they emit smelly sulfur compounds, says Harold Katz, D.D.S., founder of The California Breath Clinic in Los Angeles; this is the same principle at work with foot odor. Eating garlic and onion also makes your breath stink because they contain – surprise – those same sulfur compounds.

The fix: Contrary to popular belief, a tongue scraper won’t banish bad breath – sulfur compounds cannot be removed manually. Instead, keep your mouth oxygenated by drinking water throughout the day and using an over-the-counter oral rinse with chlorine dioxide in both the A.M. and the P.M. to neutralize sulfur compounds. (Try TheraBreath Oral Rinse.) Chewing on oxygen-rich vegetables, like parsley and celery, can also diminish odors. If these tricks don’t work, see your dentist.

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TheraBreath Looks To Pierce Mattie Public Relations To Launch Their Health Public Relations Campaign

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

TheraBreath, the industry leader in resolving the issue of halitosis, has retained Pierce Mattie Public Relations ( to spearhead their health public relations campaign throughout 2008. Pierce Mattie Public Relations, known for its innovative communication methods and trailblazing campaigns, will begin the campaign this month assisting TheraBreath to gain more exposure for their current line of products, as well as their upcoming PerioTherapy products.

TheraBreath is a revolutionary premium oral care system created by Doctor Harold Katz at the California Breath Clinics. The exclusive, original formula went on the market in 1994 and has been used by over 1,000,000 people worldwide to solve the problems of bad breath and unpleasant mouth taste. It is the first company of its kind to actually treat the underlying causes of bad breath rather than covering it up. Dr. Katz, a graduate of UCLA, the UCLA School of Dentistry and holder of a separate degree in Bacteriology, is also the author of the ‘Bad Breath Bible- now in its second edition, with over 1 million copies in print.

TheraBreath is an effective all natural, vegan, vegetarian and kosher line of breath care products. TheraBreath began with only 6 products, but now has over 50 products available both online and at select retail stores. ‘We are looking forward to an exciting year of consumer education with the assistance of national and regional magazines and other media outlets,- notes Kim Tobman, Account Director in Pierce Mattie PR’s LA Office.

For more information on TheraBreath visit or call 1-800-97-FRESH.

About Pierce Mattie Public Relations: Launched in 2001 by wellness lifestyle editor and expert Pierce Mattie, Pierce Mattie PR remains the industry leader in communications for luxury beauty, fashion, health and fitness brands alike with growing divisions in home furnishings and fine jewelry. With offices located bi-coastally in New York and Los Angeles, Pierce Mattie PR has their hand on the pulse of the industry and has the capabilities of securing national and international press for their clients.

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