Archive for July, 2010

Eat, Drink and Smoke Your Way to Bad Breath

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

If you put the words “causes of bad breath” into the search box at the top of this page, you will get a search result of hundreds, perhaps thousands of pages that will all tell you the exact same thing. Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth that emit sulfur. You can increase the levels of those bacteria by eating only protein rich foods, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes. If you’re doing any of these things in excess and have bad breath, stop doing them and it might go away.

Pure protein diets, like those that encourage you to eat lots of meat and no bread, create an environment in your body that is an ideal breeding place for the anaerobic bacteria that causes bad breath. These bacteria feed on amino acids and reproduce in dry, oxygen deprived settings like a dry mouth. The protein-rich foods supply the amino acids; smoking and drinking alcohol create the dry mouth situation. Think about that after your next steak dinner, bottle of wine, and after-dinner cigar.

Everyone needs a vice or two, but it’s important to understand when the combination of vices can be harmful in other ways. You will not smell your bad breath. The body’s senses are seldom aware of its own odor. Those around you may not have the inclination or ability to tell you, but there’s a good chance, if you’re eating protein heavy foods, smoking and drinking, that your breath might just have a foul odor to it.

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Antihistamines Might Not Be the Way to Relieve Congestion and Post Nasal Drip

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

In the modern world we live in, the most common reaction to any medical problem is to go to the pharmacy and buy the pill, spray, or supplement that we’ve seen advertised most frequently on television. If the commercial says it works, it must work, right? In some cases it does, but when it comes to finding ways to relieve congestion and post nasal drip, you might want to stop for a moment before picking up that box or bottle of pharmaceutical panacea you heard about while watching the afternoon soap operas. It could actually worsen the condition instead of curing it.

One of the problems with using antihistamines too often is that they can be habit-forming. Some of the ingredients can actually be quite addictive, and over-use can lead to the body building up immunity to them. Stopping the intake of antihistamines after reaching that point can lead to a reemergence of the original condition, often worse than it was in the first place. The build-up of mucus and phlegm in the nose and throat will quickly become uncomfortable and lead to a new quest for ways to relieve congestion and post nasal drip.

Another potential side effect of using an antihistamine is the appearance of dry mouth and the subsequent case of halitosis, or bad breath as it is more commonly known. The anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath thrive in an environment where there is little saliva and low oxygen levels. They can also sustain themselves on the amino acids cysteine and methionine, both of which are present in mucus, phlegm and dairy foods. In some cases, it is actually the presence of these bacteria that causes discomfort and not the build-up of mucus that we attempt to treat with antihistamine.

Mucus build-up is caused by a malfunction in the cilia, tiny hairs that sweep and clean the nasal membrane, keeping the nasal passages clear and preventing any mucus or phlegm build-up. Antihistamines may dry up the build-up, but they don’t address the cause of the problem. Instead of looking for temporary relief that may actually worsen the condition, try using a nasal irrigation product that will rejuvenate the body’s own defense system against the condition. More and more studies are concluding that these products are a far better way to relieve congestion and post nasal drip. They are also considered safer because they are non-addictive and don’t cause the body to build up a resistance to them.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bad Breath

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

You have concerns about bad breath, so in this article we’re going to cover some of the most frequently asked questions and hopefully provide some help with your bad breath problem!

What causes bad breath?

Most cases of bad breath involve a group of anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria that reside below the surface of your tongue, in your throat, and even in your tonsils. These bacteria produce odorous and bad-tasting Volatile Sulfur Compounds (aka VSCs).

There are many conditions that can trigger bad breath and halitosis including dry mouth, post nasal drip, smoking, a diet high in proteins, alcohol, medications that have a dry mouth side effect, and certain illnesses.

I brush regularly and gargle with mouthwash everyday, but I still have bad breath. Why?

There are a number of reasons why you continue to still have bad breath. One of the most common reasons is dry mouth. You have to consistently keep your mouth moist with saliva, and you can do this by drinking water on a regular basis or eating crispy fruits and vegetables. Saliva contains oxygen, which keeps your mouth healthy and fresh. It’s also important to brush your tongue and use a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol.

How can someone avoid bad breath in the morning?

The one thing about bad breath in the morning is that most of the population has it! Our mouths dry out during the night and the production of those volatile sulfur compounds increase. However, it is possible to eliminate it. Our Aktiv Oxygen Tablets are designed specifically to combat morning breath.

How can I tell if I have bad breath?

Contrary to popular belief, you can’t breath into your hand and smell your own breath. Your body is designed so that you cannot detect your own odor this way. However, here are a few things you can do at home to test your breath:

● Wipe the top of your tongue with cotton gauze and smell that.
● Lick the back of your hand. Let it dry for 10 seconds and then smell.
● Floss between the back of your teeth and then smell the floss.
● Stand in front of a mirror and stick out your tongue as far as possible. If the very back of your tongue is white, then it may be a sign of bad breath.

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What Causes Bad Breath in Dogs and Cats and What Can Be Done to Prevent It?

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Just like humans, our furry canine and feline friends are prone to bad breath as well. This is caused by a buildup of odor-producing bacteria below the tongue. If your pet consistently has bad breath, this could be a sign of other issues such as periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is the leading disease in cats and dogs. If plaque is not removed from the teeth on a regular basis, it can form tartar which adheres to the teeth. This tartar irritates the gums and causes gingivitis, and if gingivitis is not treated, it can progress to periodontal disease. This type of disease usually affects older animals.

A couple of the things you can do to help prevent bad breath in dogs and cats is to brush their teeth on a regular basis and feed them hard food once in awhile. The crunchy nature of hard food produces more oxygenating saliva in their mouth, plus it is good for tartar control and prevention.

For more information about bad breath in dogs and cats, we recommend reading “The Pet Bad Breath Bible”. Click here to request this FREE ebook. While you’re there, make sure to request a free sample bottle of Dr. Katz’s Therabreath Pet Clinical Formulas (Offer available in the U.S. only.). All you have to do is add 2 capfuls of solution to your pet’s drinking water and it will help stop your pet’s bad breath! You can also put the solution into a squeeze or spray bottle and apply directly to teeth, gums, and tongue.

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The Crimes We Commit Against Our Mouth

There are many things we do that can wreak havoc on our mouths and cause really bad breath.  Millions of people commit crimes against their mouths every day and don’t even realize that what they are doing is very harmful to their health.

Ask yourself if you’ve committed any of these big no-no’s:

●     Using toothpaste that contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  The SLS additive is a common ingredient in most toothpastes on the market.  It produces the foam when you brush your teeth.  The foam actually provides no benefit other than to make you believe that your teeth are cleaner.  In reality, SLS can lead to canker sores in the mouth!

●        Chewing gum that contains sugar. Many of us chew gum to make our breath feel more fresh, but if you are chewing gum that contains sugar, you could actually make the problem of bad breath even worse.  The bacteria in your mouth feed off sugar to reproduce and create more of the smelly sulfur compounds.  Even more frightening is that other bacteria can use the sugars and produce glycan glands, which causes plaque and leads to tooth decay and gum disease.

●        Rinsing with mouthwash that contains alcohol.  Alcohol is a drying agent, which results in an increase of sulfur production in the mouth.  Old-fashioned mouthwashes do NOT kill any bacteria, but only masks the problem.  The companies that produce these mouthwashes use artificial flavoring and coloring that are insoluble in water, but are soluble in alcohol.

Once you understand what you’re doing wrong, you’re already half way to curing your bad breath and having better oral health.

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