Archive for October, 2009

How to Tell if You Have Bad Breath

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Dr. Katz discusses how to tell if you have bad breath & how to get rid of it. WJXT

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Bad Breath Halitosis

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Dr. Katz discusses how to get rid of bad breath / halitosis on KTLA morning news.

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Breath Test

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Dr. Katz discusses how to get rid of bad breath and how to test for it on Baltimore News.

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Halloween Candy / Dental Health Tips

Friday, October 30th, 2009

halloween candy

From the Desk of Dr. Harold Katz:

Halloween is here! This is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the start of a lot of family fun that turns into a whirlwind of activity. Next thing you know, it’s mid-january…As your on-line dentist, I wanted to give you a couple of health tips to keep in mind as you run headlong into this busy season.

Pack a toothbrush

You tend to have a lot more snacking opportunities during the holidays than normal. You’ll go to dinners, get-togethers, happy hours where you will lightly snack to be polite. But all that snacking creates more frequent feedings for germs that live in your mouth. If you eat more often, you should brush more often. Otherwise you give food time to nourish bacteria and biofilm. Stick a toothbrush in your bag or purse. When you have a minute or two throughout the day, give your teeth a quick once over. As a bonus, it’s extremely refreshing.

Give someone you love a toothbrush

Do you need a good gift suggestion? Sonic automatic toothbrushes are light years ahead of traditional mechanical brushes that were sold even as recently as 5 years ago. They clean faster and better – in clinical trials, some have been shown to clean FIVE TIMES more effectively than traditional brushing. Plus, they are less prone to causing damage from brushing too hard. If you really want someone’s beautiful smile to last, give them a sonic toothbrush (we sell an excellent quality WaterPik professional sonic toothbrush on our web site, but there are many other excellent products on the market as well)

Replace your toothbrush!

I won’t try to gross you out with just what kind of things live on your toothbrush. Let’s just say that as a bacteriologist, I have seen them up close and that used to keep me up at night. :) Regardless if you use an automatic or regular brush, the brush bristles need to be replaced often. If you don’t remember the last time you replaced your toothbrush, it’s probably a good bet you should replace it now. Automatic brushes have replacement heads you can purchase and replace. If you have never changed the head on your automatic brush, do it today.

And here’s a parting Halloween tip:

What is the most important thing to do right after eating Halloween Candy? Unless you want to invest money in your dentist’s office, the most important thing to do is to thoroughly brush and floss. Don’t put it off until bedtime.

After eating a handful of Kandy Korn there is enough residual sugar on your teeth and inside your cheeks to feed an army of bacteria. Get rid of it before it can do rapid, lasting damage to teeth. Sugary snacks are particularly hard on areas below the gum line, so flossing is also encouraged.

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Keeping Clean is Important – No More Biofilm

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009


A recent survey about hygiene was done by a dental hygienist.  She asked questions dealing with teeth and other aspects of keeping clean.

Teeth Survey Results

Experts say that ideally you should brush three times a day and floss at least once a day.  Two brushings a day is usually the bare minimum recommended for maintaining good oral hygieneBiofilm, also known as plaque, is one of the main reasons it is necessary to brush.  The least amount of damage it can do is cause cavities, and it can even cause periodontal disease (gum disease) and bone loss.

Biofilm has even more serious threats than tooth loss!  Scientists have also seen the same bacteria found in cavities in clogged blood vessels. Since biofilm can threaten the teeth and the ability to eat, it can even affect the immune system negatively. Gum disease, as we have read before in articles about pregnancy gingivitis, can affect pre-term babies in a negative manner as well. Bad breath is also an obvious consequence of biofilm.

People must acknowledge that poor oral hygiene and maintenance can have devastating long-term consequences, since the mouth and the rest of the body are all inter-related.

According to the survey results, only 12% of people said they brushed more than twice a day; 41% said twice a day, 42% only once a day, and 5% said they went a full day without brushing sometimes.  Roughly half of people brush as much as they should!

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