Archive for May, 2009

Medications and Bad Breath

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Many people are unaware that the medications that they’ve been taking for years have actually contributed to their bad breath and taste disorders. It all boils down to the unfortunate side-effects of many medications which include dry mouth and alteration in taste perception.

According to the most recent research on prescription medications, 7 out of the top 10 medications used in the US during 1998 had “dry mouth, bad breath, or taste disorders” as a side effect.

We have compiled the following list for you, along with a list of other common medication that you may be taking:

Medication

Use

Dry Mouth

Sour Taste Symptom

Listed.

Notes

Prilosec

Reflux and Ulcers

Yes

Often mistakenly prescribed for bad breath.

Prozac

Antidepressant

Yes

Mistakenly prescribed because doctors think that patients are imaging their bad breath.

Zocor

Cholesterol

No

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Zoloft

Antidepressant

Yes

See Prozac

Zantac

Digestive

No

Often mistakenly prescribed for bad breath

Claritin

Antihistamine

Yes

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Paxil

Antidepressant

Yes

See Prozac

Norvasc

Angina Relief

Yes

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Vasotec

High Blood Pressure

Yes

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Imitrex

Migraine Headaches

No

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 Other common medications are part of this problem, also. This is only a partial list! Please consult your physician before altering the prescribed use of any of these medications.

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ANOREXIANT

Adipex-P, Fastin, Ionamin, Zantryl ……phentermine

Anorex SR, Adipost, Bontril PDM……..phendimetrazine

Mazanor, Sanorex …………………………… mazindol

Pondimin, Fen-Phen …………………………fenfluramine

Tenuate, Tepanil, Ten-Tab ……………….diethylpropion

ANTIACNE

Accutane …………………………………………. isotretinoin

ANTIANXIETY

Atarax, Vistaril …………………………………. hydroxyzine

Ativan ……………………………………………….. lorazepam

Centrax …………………………………………….. prazepam

Equanil, Miltown ……………………………….. meprobamate

Librium ……………………………………………… chlordiazepoxide

Paxipam ……………………………………………. halazepam

Serax ………………………………………………… oxazepam

Valium ………………………………………………. diazepam

Xanax ………………………………………………… alprazolam

ANTICHOLINERGIC / ANTISPASMODIC

Anaspaz …………………………………………….. hyoscyamine

Atropisol. Sal-Tropine ……………………….. atropine

Banthine …………………………………………….. methantheline

Bellergal …………………………………………….. belladonna alkaloids

Bentyl …………………………………………………. dicyclomine

Daricon ………………………………………………. oxyphencyclimine

Ditropan ……………………………………………… oxybutynin

Donnatal, Kinesed ……..hyoscyamine with atropine,phenobarbital, scopolamine

Librax ………………………………………………….. chlordiazepoxide with clidinium

Pamine ………………………………………………… methscopolamine

Pro-Banthine ……………………………………….. propantheline

Transderm-Scop …………………………………. scopolamine

ANTICONVULSANT

Felbatol …………………………………………. felbamate

Lamictal ………………………………………… lamotrigine

Neurontin ………………………………………. gabapentin

Tegretol …………………………………………. carbamazepine

ANTIDEPRESSANTb

Anafranil ………………………………………. clomipramine

Asendin ………………………………………… amoxapine

Elavil …………………………………………….. amitryptaline

Luvox ……………………………………………. fluvoxamine

Norpramin …………………………………….. desipramine

Prozac ………………………………………….. fluoxetine

Sinequan ………………………………………. doxepin

Tofranil ………………………………………….. imipramine

Wellbutrin ……………………………………… bupropion

ANTIDIARRHETIC

Imodium AD …………………………………… loperamide

Lomotil …………………………………………….diphenoxylate with atropine

Motofen ………………………………………….. difenoxin with atropine

ANTIHISTAMINE

Actifed ……………………………………………. triprolidine with pseudoephedrine

Benadryl ………………………………………… diphenhydramine

Chlor-Trimeton ………………………………. chlorpheniramine

Claritin ……………………………………………. loratadine

Dimetane ……………………………………….. brompheniramine

Dimetapp……………..brompheniramine with phenylpropanolamine

Hismanal …………………………………………. astemizole

Phenergan ……………………………………….. promethazine

Pyribenzamine (PBZ) ………………………. tripelennamine

Seldane ……………………………………………. terfenadine

ANTIHYPERTENSIVE

Capoten ………………………………………. captopril

Catapres …………………………………….. clonidine

Coreg ………………………………………….. carvedilol

Ismelin ………………………………………… guanethidine

Minipress …………………………………….. prazosin

Serpasil ……………………………………….. reserpine

Wytensin ……………………………………… guanabenz

ANTIINFLAMMATORY ANALGESIC

Dolobid ………………………………………….. diflunisal

Feldene ………………………………………….. piroxicam

Motrin, Advil …………………………………… ibuprofen

Nalfon …………………………………………….. fenoprofen

Naprosyn ……………………………………….. naproxen

ANTINAUSEANT/ANTIEMETIC

Antivert ……………………………………… meclizine

Dramamine ………………………………. dyphenhydramine

Marezine …………………………………… cyclizine

ANTIPARKINSONIAN

Akineton …………………………………….. biperiden

Artane ………………………………………… trihexyphenidyl

Cogentin …………………………………….. benztropine mesylate

Larodopa …………………………………….. levodopa

Sinemet ………………………………………. carbidopa with levodopa

ANTI-PSYCHOTIC

Clozaril …………………………………………… clozapine

Compazine …………………………………….. prochlorperazine

Eskalith …………………………………………… lithium

Haldol …………………………………………….. haloperidol

Mellaril ……………………………………………. thioridazine

Navane ……………………………………………. thiothixene

Orap ………………………………………………… pimozide

Sparine ……………………………………………. promazine

Stelazine …………………………………………. trifluoperazine

Thorazine ………………………………………… chlorpromazine

BRONCHDILATOR

Atrovent ………………………………………. ipratropium

Isuprel …………………………………………. isoproterenol

Proventil, Ventolin ……………………….. albuterol

DECONGESTANT

Ornade …….. phenylpropanolamine with chlorpheniramine

Sudafed ………………………………………… pseudoephedrine

DIURETIC

Diuril ……………………………………………… chlorothiazide

Dyazide, Maxzide …… triamterine and hydrochlorothiazide

HydroDIURIL, Esidrix …………………… hydrochlorothiazide

Hygroton ……………………………………….. chlorthalidone

Lasix ……………………………………………… furosemide

Midamor ………………………………………… amiloride

MUSCLE RELAXANT

Flexeril ………………………………………… cyclobenzaprine

Lioresal ……………………………………….. baclofen

Norflex, Disipal ……………………………. orphenadrine

NARCOTIC ANALGESIC

Demerol ………………………………………… meperidine

MS Contin …………………………………….. morphine

SEDATIVE

Dalmane ………………………………………. flurazepam

Halcion ………………………………………… triazolam

Restoril ………………………………………… temazepam

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ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Prozac Norpramin Pertofrane

Elavil Adapin Valium (occassionally)

Imavate SK-Pramine Tofranil

Aventyl Vivactil Zoloft

Paxil Sigequan

ANTIPARKINSONISM

Akineton Artane Laradopa

Parsidol

ANTIHISTAMINES (Cold Medications)

Actifed Benadryl Comtrex

Dimetapp Pheran Triaminic

Vistaril Historal

ANTIHYPERTENSIVES (High Blood Pressure Medication):

Beta Blockers, Diuretics, Anti-Coagulants

Rautensin Isemelin Aldomet

Serpasil Minipress Inversine

Hyperoid Catapres Inderal

Inderide Aquatensin Moderatic

Diazide

ANTISPASMODICS & ANTICHOLINERGICS (GASTROINTESTINAL TYPE)

Quarzan Vistrax Combid

Pro-Banthine Anaspaz PB Donnatal

Pathibate

ANTISPASMODICS & ANTICHOLINERGICS (URINARY TYPE)

Pyridium Cystospaz Ditropan

Urispas Trac-Tabs

ANTIPSYCHOTIC AGENTS

Haldol Rau-Sed Serpasil

Thorazine Stelazine Comazine

Moban Daxolin Lithane

Lithonate

 

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Self Bad Breath Test

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

breath test

How can I test my own breath?

Good question. It is impossible to smell your own breath by cupping your hand up to your nose and smelling.  All you do is smell your hand.

Your body is designed in such a manner, that you cannot detect your own odor this way. It’s a human process called acclimation, which is necessary so that we are able to smell other things besides ourselves.

There are 2 ways to check if your breath is offensive:

1. At the California Breath Clinics, through the use of the Halimeter, which measures the concentration of sulfides in your breath.

2. A few quick home tests, which will give you a good indication if your breath offends – and costs you nothing (not as accurate as 1 and 2 above). Here they are:

Here are a few good ways to test your own breath at home:

1. Wipe the top surface of your tongue with a piece of cotton gauze and smell that. (That’s probably the most honest way.) Furthermore, if you notice a yellowish stain on the cotton, it’s likely that you have an elevated sulfide production level.

2. Lick the back of your hand. Let that dry for about 10 seconds and then smell. If you notice an odor, you have a breath disorder because the sulfur salts from your tongue have been transferred to your hand.

3. Run a piece of dental floss between your back teeth (especially where you may get food caught) and then smell the floss. This may be an indication of the level of odors others may detect.

4. Stand in front of the mirror and stick your tongue out as far as possible. If you notice that the very back of your tongue is whitish, it may be a sign that you have bad breath. Also, you can judge the reaction from others. Our patients tell us that they are no longer offered gum and mints and people no longer step away from them. It has significantly changed their confidence and improved their lives.

5. Ask the opinion of someone you can trust. Ask them to check your breath several times daily because breath changes throughout the day.

6. If certain foods alter your taste, it is a good sign that sulfur compounds are being produced. This usually happens after using alcohol-based mouthwashes, eating dairy foods, drinking alcoholic beverages, or after eating sugary products (Altoids, candy, Pepsi, etc.)

If any of the tests above prove positive (you notice an offensive odor or taste, you may want to answer our clinical questionnaire, which will further assist you in your search for fresh breath and taste).

7. Of course, as I mentioned before, there are more accurate methods, the most accurate being the Halimeter. This is an instrument which measures the concentration of Sulfide molecules in one’s breath and/or saliva. The border line number for fresh breath vs. bad breath is about 75 ppb (parts per billion) according to Dr. Yaegaki who published the definitive article on these values. In our clinics, we have used these guidelines on thousands of patients. We have also demonstrated the use of this sensitive instrument on TV stations across the US, Europe, and Asia.

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Vitamins and Fresh Breath

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

vitamins

Is it possible that supplements, targeted at the factors that create bad breath and oral disease, can create better health from the inside out? The answer is YES!

There are various liquid vitamins and supplements that can be fully absorbed by the body. First of all, let me explain why these formulas are necessary.

Did you know that all those vitamins and supplements in pill form are barely dissolved or absorbed by your body. Most of them literally pass through your system and end up *you know where*. You see, your digestive system rarely breaks down pills totally. Worse yet, if you are ill or if you have digestive problems already, vitamin and supplement pills and capsules just pass through your body. Consequently, those expensive vitamins and supplements are literally money down the toilet.

A healthy digestive system attempts to break down vitamins and supplements into micelles (infinitely tiny molecules). Products that have already gone through micellization (a perfect emulsion) allow vitamins, minerals, & supplements to be totally absorbed, and not only that – it allows certain formulas, that could never be tabletized correctly, to be perfectly absorbed by the human body.

Micellization eliminates the uncertainty in the absorption process, providing up to 500% greater absorption than regular pill-type fat soluble vitamins in the body.

How often should you use these products? If you have a long term history of bad breath, or a particularly bad problem (due to large tonsils, etc.), we recommend you use the formula once daily. For standard problems, you can use it every other day. For the ultimate results from our Micellized MultiVitamin-Mineral Therapy, it’s best to use it every day. If you need both, you can use them together.

Better Oral Health (& Total Health) From the Inside Out

Advantages of Micellized Vitamins, Minerals, and Immune Therapy Supplements

* Greater & Quicker Absorption (up to 500% greater!)

* Higher Tissue & Plasma Levels

* Unaffected by gastric juices, enzymes, or history of digestive problems

* Easy to take by just about anyone (no gagging because they aren’t pills)

* Graduated dropper for accurate dose regulation

* Safety sealed

* Hypoallergenic

* Alcohol Free

* Very Cost Effective – Each bottle lasts between 30 – 60 days

* No added colors, No added wheat, corn, fillers, or starch.

NOTE:  These formulas should not be taken by pregnant or lactating women, unless directed by a physician.

Taking the right formula should provide greater & quicker absorption of essential vitamins, minerals, and primary supplements for the following common problems/symptoms, such as:

Bad Breath

Gum Disease

Weight Loss

Allergies

Colds/Flu

Sleep Disorders

Nervousness

Energy

Healthier Skin

Hair Loss Prevention

Memory Loss

Digestive Problems

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Oral Probiotics

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Oral probiotics are living microorganisms that, if in large numbers, can provide various health benefits. Evidence has found that it is very likely that taking probiotics has a positive effect on one’s overall health, especially gastrointestinal health, oral health, and the immune system.

Oral probiotics can protect the mouth, gums, teeth, and throat from the bad bacteria that cause inflamed tissue, decay and bad breath.  For one, probiotics kill ulcer-causing (and bad-breath causing) bacteria, like h.pylori, by making hydrogen peroxide, and also improves the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, which takes pressure off of the digestive system.  In turn, this can improve a person’s bowel function and relieve gas and bloating. Some gastrointestinal illnesses that probiotics may aid in are inflammatory bowel diseases, antibiotic-related diarrhea, Clostridium difficile toxin-induced colitis, infectious diarrhea, hepatic encephalopathy, irritable bowel syndrome and food allergies.  They can help decrease the problem with food allergies by reinforcing the barrier function of the intestinal lining.

Probiotics help the immune system function by increasing the amount of “good” bacteria in the body, helping fight off bad organisms that may try to gain a foothold in the system.  They also can prevent and fight yeast and fungal infections (i.e. candida, oral thrush, vaginal yeast infections and athlete’s foot).  They even can help reduce lactose intolerance because they can break down lactose and produce the enzyme lactase.  Probiotics can also be used after or during a session of taking antibiotics; they can immediately recolonize the beneficial gut flora that are destroyed by antibiotics.  The problem with antibiotics is that they kill both good and bad bacteria, thus sometimes leaving the immune system needing to be detoxified.  They can increase levels of circulating antibodies and enhance the responses of circulating immune cells.  Some have been found to secrete antimicrobial substances known as “bacteriocins” which inhibit the strength of harmful bacteria.

It is even recommended that while traveling to take probiotics in order to combat foreign micro-organism that could reside in the food and water.

The success rate of oral probitics depends on their ability to survive the acid of the stomach and the alkaline conditions in the duodenum, stick to the intestinal lining and colonize the colon.

Related terms: AB-yogurt, acidophilus, acidophilus milk, antibiophilus, bacillus, Bifidobacteria, enterococcus, escherichia, fermented soymilk, flora, fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), Helicobacter pylori, L. acidophilus milk, L. acidophilus yogurt, Lactobacillaceae (family), lactobacilli, lactobacillus, lacto bacillus, oligofructose, oral bacteriotherapy, prebiotic, Saccharomyces boulardii, yogurt.

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Dr Katz discussed the improved TheraBreath bottle

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Our bottle is getting a make-over but don’t worry… our legendary formula is staying exactly the same!

Dr Katz gives everyone a sneak peak at our new ecologically friendly ‘green bottle’ featuring lots of new improvements – from being environmentally friendly to being much easier to open.

Take a look at this quick video to see what you can expect from this packaging change.

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