Archive for May, 2009

The Importance of Being Thorough in Your Oral Routine

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Daily Oral Routine For Fresh Breath and A Healthy Mouth!

These instructions are to be followed 2-3 TIMES/DAY, definitely after breakfast and before bedtime, and ideally after lunch. For patients who can not follow this routine after lunch, we recommend choosing one of either TheraBreath FreshStrips, Chewing Gum, ZOX Breath Lozenges, or my TheraBreath PLUS Extinguisher Spray to maintain fresh breath throughout the day.

    * It is important that you remember not to use any water with these products as they need to remain undiluted.

    *Also, keep the bottle of oral rinse and the toothgel tube tightly closed and away from the sun when not in use. Never store the mouth rinse in a clear plastic bottle.

      Instructions:
         1. Floss your teeth thoroughly so that the dental floss passes through all places where your teeth contacts your gums. Pay special attention to the teeth toward the rear of your mouth. You may need to use more than one piece of dental floss for entire mouth.

         2. After you are done flossing, gently scrape your tongue with the rounded edge of the Tongue Scraper 4-5 strokes, moving the tongue cleaner forward each time. This will help in removing the mucous layer which has been protecting the bacteria living on your tongue. (Do not scrape vigorously to the point of bleeding; just firm enough to remove the mucous layer.)

         3. Rinse off the Tongue Scraper, then apply a small amount of TheraBreath/ PerioTherapy/ TheraBreath PLUS Toothpaste to the rounded edge of the Tongue Scraper and gently scrape another 4-5 strokes. This step applies the powerful oxygenating toothgel to the newly exposed surface of your tongue, thus allowing the oxygenating action to begin. Reach as far back as possible without gagging. DO NOT RINSE. You can then wash off the tongue scraper after this step. Ideally, you want to allow the toothgel to stay on the surface of your tongue while you brush normally.

         4. Place a normal amount of TheraBreath Toothgel on a dry toothbrush and brush for 2-3 minutes, making sure to brush the inside and outside of the gumline. Besides your teeth, also make sure to include the roof of your mouth and the inside of your cheeks with this brushing. (The bacteria are extemely sticky and end up almost everywhere in your mouth.) Notice that I keep stressing the word gently – you do not have to brush hard, but make sure that you are thorough. When brushing your teeth, remember to angle the brush towards your gumline, feeling the bristles gently sliding under the gumline. Do not rinse with water after this step. You may, however, spit out any excess saliva and toothgel.

         5. In order to rinse out your mouth properly and in order to attack the bacteria, pour 2 capfuls of TheraBreath Oral Rinse into a clean glass. Rinse the toothgel from your mouth with this rinse. While doing so, “swish” the rinse all over your mouth for 60-90 seconds in order to cover all the oral surfaces with the concentrated oxygen. Although I don’t recommend it – you can drink directly from the bottle, just try not to backwash into the bottle as this could contaminate the rinse.

         6. Take 2 additional fresh capfuls of the rinse, and gargle for 90 seconds, attempting to get the rinse as far back as possible, without gagging. After gargling, spit out the rinse. (Do not eat or drink anything for 20 minutes following this procedure). If some of the rinse is swallowed, do not be alarmed. It is completely safe if digested.

         7. (Optional for people with bad breath from the sinuses): Blow your nose to clear out any excess mucous from your nasal passages. Put 1-2 drops of the TheraBreath Nasal-Sinus Drops or 1-2 ‘spritzes’ of TheraBreath Nasal-Sinus Spray in each nostril . Tilt your head back and allow the drops/spray to run through your sinus passages and down the back of your throat.

Dr. Katz’s Summary: Are you a 17-second brusher?

Taking a few minutes each day to be thorough with your oral care will guarantee fresh breath and cleaner teeth.  Use my detailed “Daily Oral Routine Guide” to get started.  Let me ask you a quick question…Suppose you had been out in the garden all day long doing yardwork. You’ve been weeding, digging in the dirt, taking care of your rosebushes, etc. You’ve put in a hard day’s work and your hands (and arms) are filthy, up to your elbows!

When it comes time to clean up, which of these two options is most appropriate?
 
Option #1:  Give your hands a quick rinse with water and a squirt of hand soap and be done with it…
 
— or —
 
Option #2:  Spend some time rinsing off all the loose dirt, work up a nice soapy lather, and scrub your hands and arms thoroughly under water to get off the accumulated dirt of the day.
 
Obviously, Option #2 is the right answer (I hope, anyway). I guess maybe if you live in a cave then your answer might vary, but for most people I’d say they would agree the answer Option #2.  So, if you wanted to clean your hands better, and the solution is to be more thorough, doesn’t it make sense that if you want fresher breath and cleaner teeth, the solution is to be more thorough also?  Think about it, every day you eat a variety of food and drink, and all kinds of food particles get mashed into the cracks of your teeth and the recesses of your gums.  Doesn’t it make sense that you may need to spend a little time getting that out?

Let me ask you two more questions:

Question #1:
How many times does the average person brush
their teeth
per day?

The answer is 1.1 times/day. Nationwide, the average person brushes their teeth slightly over once per day. As shocking as that is, it’s NOTHING compared to the answer to the next question…

Question #2:
How long does the average person spend on oral care per day?

The average person in the US spends only 17 seconds each time they brush their teeth! Just 17 seconds! Whew…that’s not long at all!

Now, I’m not telling you to spend hours in the bathroom brushing your teeth. I realize for most people that’s just not practical, but I will say this: If you spend 3 MINUTES BRUSHING YOUR TEETH (twice a day) and follow the thorough instructions of use (shown below) for 1 week, you will be absolutely amazed at how clean and fresh your mouth feels. And I guarantee your breath will be better, too.  So, do it for 1 week and see how you feel, and from then on, try to be this thorough at least 2-3 times/week. Your mouth (and those around you) will thank you for it!

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Ingredients (i.e. Alcohol) in Mouthwashes That CAUSE Bad Breath!

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Alcohol in Mouthwashes Can Cause Bad Breath

Alcohol in Mouthwashes Can Cause Bad Breath

In order to stop bad breath, you must stop the production of the volatile sulfur compounds. The only safe and clinically-proven way to do so is to oxidize away the sulfur compounds and the bacteria that create this problem.

For several decades the large pharmaceutical companies have made commercial products that do not oxidize away the odorous and lousy-tasting sulfur compounds created by anaerobic bacteria. After many attempts to “help” the public, the companies only would rely on masking agents which only cover up the malodor and sour, bitter tastes produced by the sulfur compounds with other stronger tastes (i.e. medicinal, minty) and fragrances.

Alcohol:

The end result was a masking chemical and high levels of alcohol. Alcohol makes your breath worse. Alcohol, in chemical terms, is classified as a DESICCANT, or DRYING AGENT. As you know from information in this website and possibly your own personal problems, 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

Jack Daniels Bourbon

43%

86

Amaretto Liqueur

28%

56

Wine – Chardonnay

12.5%

25

Wine – Merlot

11.5%

23

Beer

3

6

TheraBreath Mouthwash

0%

0

You may also ask yourself, “If those common products kill the germs that cause bad breath like they say they do, then why do I still have bad breath?”

 Ingredients in Oral Products

Here are some other strange ingredients added to mouthwash and other oral products! 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Stop Your Washing Your Mouth With Soap!

Unfortunately, the public is unaware of the ingredients in products they use on a daily basis. For instance, nearly every toothpaste contains an ingredient that has been proven to dry out your mouth and is now scientifically linked to canker sores. It’s called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and is placed into toothpaste (and some mouthwashes) in order to create foaming! (SLS is also the main ingredient in your shampoo – go check it out.) The harshness of this chemical has been proven to create microscopic damage to the oral tissue which lines the inside of your mouth, which then leads to canker sore production. The microscopic damage and shedding of vital oral tissues provides a protein food source to the bacteria that create the volatile sulfur compounds of halitosis and taste disorders. That’s why TheraBreath Oral Products have never contained SLS!

SLS acts just like a detergent. It is used in the laboratory as a membrane destabilizer and solubilizer of proteins and lipids. SLS is used in toothpaste to emulsify (mix) oil and water based ingredients together. In your toothpaste it creates the foam you get when brushing. Since it is classified as a soap, you will easily understand why this ingredient can cause drying inside the mouth for many individuals. The dryness is one of several factors that will lead to bad breath.

Saccharin:

Would you give saccharin to your children? Well, you are – when you provide them with children’s toothpaste from some of the major companies, take a look at their ingredients.

The only toothpaste, formulated to fight bad breath by oxidation AND which does not contain SLS & saccharin is TheraBreath!

Sodium Chlorate:

This is a chemical that is not an oxygenating compound. It sounds like a chemical used in oxygenating products, but in order for it to even start to produce oxygenation, the pH of the solution would need to have a pH of -1 (that’s right -1!). Historically, scientific papers refer to many cases of accidental sodium chlorate poisoning. Consequently, oral products containing chlorates were taken off the market in the UK over 60 years ago (Bibliography of scientific papers on sodium chlorate)!

Benzalkonium Chloride:

Benzalkonium chloride had been used for many years as a preservative in eye drops and also in nasal sprays and drops. Recently, researchers in Europe discovered that this preservative was causing a great deal of allergic reaction among users. It is now estimated that fully 10% of the population is allergic to benzalkonium chloride.

Other studies have shown a direct relationship between BKC and contact dermatitis, another allergic reaction.

Based on these facts, pharmaceutical companies have started to produce eye and nasal drops without BKC in order to provide better products to the public.

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Probiotics, Probiotic Supplements, Oral Probiotics

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Not only do probiotics have various health benefits for your immune system and entire body, but they can also stop bad breath (halitosis). Extensive research has been done to look into the role of various probiotic strains; so far, positive results have been found.

If you’re serious about getting rid of bad breath, try the Streptococcus salivarius K12 probiotic strain. It is one of the best natural remedies for bad breath. This good bacterial strain tends to be found in high amounts on the tongues of healthy individuals.

Also, if you have a coated/white tongue, probiotics can help you get rid of that. Dry mouth or a bacterial infection can cause you to have a white coating on your tongue. You can also try a tongue scraper.

If you determine the root cause of bad breath, this will tell you how effective probiotics will likely be. Bad breath can be caused by an issue in both your oral health and gastrointestinal health. Probiotics help the bad breath that is caused by harmful strains of bacteria in your mouth, throat, and gastrointestinal region. An imbalance of oral flora often can cause bad breath, and tongue coating in younger people is a common cause bad breath. As people get older, they tend to have a coated tongue as well as other periodontal (gum) diseases that can cause halitosis. Other common causes can be: dental problems, gum disease, certain foods, alcohol, dry mouth, cigarettes, dieting, and other diseases. Obviously, if you have a serious disease, probiotics may not be enough to get rid of your bad breath problem. You may require other medical care.

When researched, good bacteria found in the human mouth included the following different phyla:

* Firmicutes – This included members of the genus Streptococcus, Gemella, Eubacterium, Selenomonas and Veillonella.
* Actinobacteria – Including members of Actinomyces, Atopobium, Rothia
* Proteobacteria – Including members of Neisseria, Eikenella, Campylobacter
* Bacteroidetes – Including members of Porphyromonas, Prevotella, Capnocytophaga
* Fusobacteria – Including members of Fusobacterium, Leptotrichia
* TM7 phylum (there are no cultivable representatives for this one)

Streptococcus mitis was the species found the most in the human mouth.

As far as the bad breath culprits, these are the bad bacteria types:

Solobacterium moorei
Granulicatella elegens
Eubacterium species
Firmicutes species
Unidentified oral bacterium
Porphyromonas species
Staphylococcus warneri
Dialister species
Prevotella intermedia

Sources:

1. Haraszthy VI,Zambon JJ,Sreenivasan PK, Zambon MM, Gerber D,Rego R, Parker C. Identification of Oral Bacteria Species Associated with Halitosis. American Dental Association Volume 138 Number 8, pp 1113-1120. 2007

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Post Nasal Drip, Your Throat, and Your Tonsils

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Post Nasal Drip

Post Nasal Drip

The bacteria which cause bad breath and sour/bitter/metallic tastes are anaerobic sulfur-producing. Their goal in life is to break down the proteins in foods that we eat. However, under certain conditions, they will start to break down proteins in mucous and phlegm.

Therefore, the people who suffer with post nasal drip, sinus problems, and other similar issues are more prone to bad breath and awful tastes because the bacteria will start to extract sulfur compounds from the amino acids that make up these proteins.

Scientifically, they feed upon the amino acids cysteine and methionine, which are common to mucous/phlegm and dairy foods. In fact, many people notice that when they drink too much milk or eat too much cheese that they end up with more mucous or phlegm in their throat. This is a natural reaction for many people and unfortunately, ends up causing more bad breath and lousy tastes.

If you still have your tonsils, you may be harboring a higher number of the bacteria which can lead to a misunderstood phenomenon called tonsilloliths. They are stones in the tonsils that are produced by the conglomeration of mucous draining down the back of the throat and volatile sulfur compounds produced by the bacteria which easily end up in the “nooks and crannies” of the tonsils, every time one swallows.

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Bad Breath: The Truth

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

The Truth About Bad Breath & What the Symptoms Mean

sinuses

Bad breath is caused by anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria which normally live within the surface of the tongue and in the throat. These bacteria are supposed to be there because they assist humans in digestion by breaking down proteins found in specific foods, mucous or phlegm, blood, and in diseased or broken-down oral tissue. Under certain conditions, these bacteria start to break down proteins at a very high rate. Proteins are made up of amino acids. Two of the amino acids (cysteine and methionine) are dense with sulfur.

When these beneficial bacteria come into contact with these compounds, the odorous and lousy-tasting sulfur compounds are released from the back of the tongue and throat, as hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, and other odorous and bad tasting compounds. These problem compounds are often referred to as volatile sulfur compounds (VSC), where volatile means vaporous and effervescent, two adjectives which accurately describe their ability to offend other people instantly.

Because my original degree is in bacteriology, let me explain a very important fact about these bugs. They are not infectious. Everyone in the world has the same group of bacteria in their mouth. You cannot catch bad breath from someone else, even by kissing. Since they are part of our normal oral flora, you cannot permanently remove them from your mouth – not by tongue scraping, antibiotics, or rinses which claim to “lift the bacteria off your tongue.”  The only scientifically proven and clinically effective method of halting halitosis is by attacking the bacteria’s ability to produce VSCs and by converting the VSCs into non-odorous and non-tasting organic salts.  I should know, I’ve personally treated nearly 10,000 people at my California Breath Clinics and I’ve helped thousands more through TheraBreath formulas.

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