Archive for October, 2009

Apple Cider Vinegar Can Cure Bad Breath!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

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According to sources, it can be quite beneficial for those with halitosis to drink a little bit of apple cider vinegar each day (preferably  mixed with something else, due to the taste).  The benefits that you reap depend on how dedicated you are to your health, since not everyone can handle drinking this. 

Apple cider vinegar is actually a natural anti-bacterial agent and it contains potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulfur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine, all of which the human body need. It is created by crushing fresh apples and having them mature in wooden barrels. The fermentation properties of the apples are accelerated. When vinegar matures, it has a dark web-like bacterial foam called “mother”. Natural vinegars that have the “mother” have nutrients that vinegars available in stores do not have, so it is recommended that you get Natural Apple Cider Vinegar (with an average pH level of 5-7).

Since apple cider vinegar has acidic properties, it actually serves as a bad breath / halitosis cure. It also helps with the following ailments: sinus infections, sore throats, high cholesterol, skin conditions, food poisoning, allergies (in both humans and animals), immune system problems, muscle fatigue after exercising, metabolism issues, constipation, arthritis, gout, bladder stones, and urinary tract infections.

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Dr. Katz’ Top 5 Bad Breath Prevention Tips

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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Note from Dr. Katz’ desk:

As a dentist specializing in the treatment of halitosis, I have treated over ten thousand patients through the California Breath Clinics. I typically start each first consultation with a brief overview I thought would be helpful to share with you. It goes a little something like this…

Everyone has the germs responsible for bad breath living on their tongue and in the back of their throat. Under the right circumstances, those germs will cause bad breath. The trick to always having fresh breath is stopping those bad breath germs from gobbling up protein, digesting it, and excreting sulfur all over your mouth… Sorry about painting that picture, but it’s a very accurate description of what takes place in your mouth every day.

Luckily, it’s not complicated to keep bad breath bacteria in check. Here are five simple and common sense tips you can use every day to minimize opportunities for halitosis to strike:

1. Drink plenty of water

It’s good for you. It keeps you strong, thin, healthy, and young looking. It also keeps your breath fresh. A well hydrated mouth is one rich with saliva. Saliva is your body’s own and most effective germ fighter. Drink more water, have more saliva, control mouth germs, have fresher breath. Simple, right?

2. Check your prescriptions

Medication that may improve your overall health may also improve the environment for bad breath germs. Many prescriptions have dry mouth as a side effect. Dry mouth means a lack of saliva and rampant bacterial growth. If you experience Dry Mouth from prescriptions, using a regimen such a TheraBreath Toothpaste and Oral Rinse will help restore a healthy amount of moisture and encourage saliva production. A healthy level of saliva is necessary to maintain fresh breath.

3. Rinse after every meal (even if it’s only with water)

Most people brush only once a day. As a dentist, it’s disappointing to say the least. That means that food you have at breakfast after your morning brushing has a chance to feed bacteria in your mouth for 23 or so hours. That’s more than enough time to not only feed bad breath bacteria but to encourage plaque and decay. If I can’t get you to brush after every meal, at least rinse with drinking water. Swish it around vigorously to remove traces of sugars and proteins and dislodge any food that may stick in between teeth and gums. Then spit or swallow, as the occasion dictates.

Remember however that water will simply remove pollutants that will feed bacteria that cause bad breath. To effectively control this bacteria you will need to use a toothpaste and mouthwash with an active ingredient such as TheraBreath. And don’t be like most people… remember to brush every morning AND every night. Your dentist will thank you.

4. Protein supplements feed germs too

Many nutritional supplements like whey and creatine are a germs perfect snack. It makes sense. Those supplements are designed to rapidly and efficiently feed your body. On the way to your stomach they feed hungry germs in your oral cavity as well. If you are taking protein supplements make sure you carefully and thoroughly brush and rinse after every dose. Don’t give bad breath germs a free meal.

5. A white or yellow tongue means germs are having a party

The colored coating on your tongue is actually a layer of bacteria waste. There, I said it. If your tongue has a thick coating that is white or yellow, it typically means bacteria are running wild. You will usually see such a coating if you forgot to brush the night before, after drinking alcohol which both feeds bacteria and dries your mouth, or if you are having a minor sore throat or other bacterial infection.

To help the problem, clean your tongue as well as the inside of your cheeks with either a tongue scraper or toothbrush covered with TheraBreath Toothpaste. This will quickly remove the coating and begin to control the bacteria producing it. Left unchecked, this bacteria can lead to much worse oral care problems than simple halitosis.

My patients have always found these tips helpful, and I hope you will too.

Yours in good health,

Dr. Harold Katz

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Bad Breath Guru

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Dr. Katz discusses how to spot and stop bad breath on KSWB Fox 5 San Diego. Do you have bad breath?

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Green Tea Helps Prevent Halitosis

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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There are various food products that help control the bad breath smell that exists in people’s mouths.  As we have previously discussed, halitosis is primarily caused by the volatile sulfur compounds (also known as VSCs) like H2S and CH3SH produced in the mouth.  Bacteria in the mouth convert proteins into substances cysteine and methionine, and these are metabolized into VSCs.  In general, halitosis cures focus on controlling the number of “bad” bacteria in the mouth. 

There is a strong relationship between the natural antioxidants of green tea and good health, since it has been shown to have antimicrobial and deodorizing effects.  For instance, green tea can encourage strength, energy, and decrease a person’s chance for getting cancer.  Methyl mercaptan, as you may have previously read, is one of the foul-smelling volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.  Along with other plant extracts, green tea extracts were analyzed with gas chromatography to see how strong their effects were on neutralizing the smell of methyl mercaptan. 

Research has shown that green tea extracts can deodorize multiple foul-smelling compounds in a person’s mouth, which can exist there from eating meat, smoking tobacco, and so on. 

The components and properties of green tea can help decrease the chances of someone having cavities and gum disease.  It helps mimize the effects of bleeding gums by helping the blood in the mouth clot. 

The deodorizing activity of green tea polyphenols is actually stronger than that of sodium copper chlorophyllin, a derivative of chlorophyll that is known to reduce odors.  Green tea also inhibits a bacteria called Streptococcus mutans, which is a major cause of tooth decay.  Green tea polyphenols also have a lot of positive effects for health issues outside of the oral cavity.  

Sources: Chemistry and Applications of Green Tea by Takehiko Yamamoto
Centre national de la recherche scientifique

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Halitosis

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Halitosis

Dr. Katz discusses how to stop halitosis / bad breath on Washington Fox News.

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