Archive for August, 2011

Bad Breath and Dog Breath Have the Same Causes

Monday, August 29th, 2011

It’s a common wives’ tale that a dog’s mouth is nine times cleaner (or some similar number) than a humans. While this has been proven to
be false, it should be obvious to those of you that have ever had a whiff of some serious doggie breath!

Bad breath is often caused by the bacteria in one’s mouth – whether it is human or canine.  The Knox News published an article that discusses the many causes of bad breath in dogs. A few of them are causes that humans often doing have to worry about for their own breath. These include the use of one’s tongue to clean hard-to-reach body parts and the ingestion of items that people don’t consider food.

There are, however several causes that can afflict both humans and dogs: metabolic problems, gastrointestinal diseases, cancer, food allergies and gum disease. All in all, dogs often get halitosis for the same reason people do – microbes.  Bacteria that thrives in the oral cavity (whether it be dog or human) feed off of remnants of the food we eat. As these bacteria digest sugars and proteins, they give off awful-smelling compounds that our brains register as bad odors.

How can you fight bad breath? If you’re human, you may want to think about using an oral care probiotic to naturally combat these bad breath bugs. For your four-legged best friend, TheraBreath also has the answer with Dr. Katz for Dogs and Cats Oral Spray or Solution. You can either put a few harmless capfuls of the solution into your dog’s water bowl or take the more direct approach and use our spray to directly target the mouth and neutralize any doggie breath. Give them a try – both you and your pet will thank us.

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How Many People Have Bad Breath?

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Have you ever wondered how many people actually have bad breath? Then you’re not alone. The American Dental Association (ADA) asked itself the same thing – and the results were a bit surprising.  The Council of Scientific Affairs published a report that states that a whopping 50 percent  (yes, half) of the US population has bad breath at any one time. And of that 50 percent, half of that group has chronic halitosis.

This study that was published in the Journal of ADA stated that about 90 percent of all halitosis originates from the oral cavity itself. It’s true that a small percentage of bad breath can be from diseases within the lungs, bloodstream or gastrointestinal tract, but the majority starts and lingers in palate, gums and throat. This research stated that many mouthwashes chemically mask the foul smell, while others (yes, including TheraBreath) actually get to the source of foul breath and can fix and prevent it.

The paper stated, “[A] mechanism that has been proposed for the action of mouthrinses is the inactivation of [volatile sulfur compounds] and their conversion into nonmalodorous compounds by zince salts.” TheraBreath’s patented technology works very similarly to truly clean and refresh your mouth along with helping fight gum disease and even whiten your teeth, depending on which of our mouthwashes you are using.

What does this study mean? If you’re suffering with bad breath, you definitely are not alone. However, you can be a part of the half of the American population that has fresh breath on a daily basis by using TheraBreath products.

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Having Fresh Breath Doesn’t Have to Cost a Bundle

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

If you are afflicted with bad breath, you may be willing to go to any length and spend any amount of money to fix it. However, having fresh breath doesn’t have to break the bank. Women’s Health published a list of fresh breath tips that won’t hurt your wallet. Most of them were fairly obvious and we are always suggesting the same solutions: brushing, flossing and rinsing with an alcohol-free mouthwash at least twice daily along with cleaning your tongue along with your teeth and the interior of your mouth.

The magazine did also include tips such as chewing sugar-free gum (to avoid dry mouth), eating a carbohydrate-heavy diet and drinking unsweetened tea. These suggestions might help reduce oral odor caused by the VSCs that thrive in your mouth and compounds in your blood stream.

Along with these helpful tips, we’d also like to suggest trying a sugar-free mint if gum isn’t your thing. Also, be sure to keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water each day. If you want to be proactive about the health of your mouth (and the smell of your breath) we’d like to suggest trying our Multi Symptom Probiotics which can introduce healthy and helpful bacteria into your oral cavity and thus fight of the odor causing bugs. It’s also important to see your dentist regularly to prevent any problems that could get expensive to treat.

Regardless of how much money you make, fresh breath doesn’t have to be something you can’t afford. Just make sure you choose the best products for the health of your breath and mouth and it will save you a bunch of dental bills in the long run.

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New Device Might Make Going to the Dentist a Little Better

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Is there anyone that actually enjoys or looks forward to going to the dentist? Probably not. The strange sounds, the drills, the smells, the needles and the dental bill definitely don’t make anyone want to visit the dentist more often than they need to. However, some inventors at London South Bank University, Brunel University and King’s College London have come up with  a new device that cancels out high-pitched sounds from dental drills that set many nerves on edge.

Pretty cool right? This device plugs into an MP3 player so the nervous patient can listen to his or her own music while being worked on. Rather than the high pitched screams from the drill, this device cancels out that sound completely. But what if the dentist or technician is talking to you? No problem – the inventors have that covered by including adaptive filtering.  This allows the patient to still hear what the dentist is saying but cancels out the drilling sounds. How is it done? Adaptive filtering targets a specific sound wave even when the volume and frequency of that wave changes. This great  invention is all thanks to professor Brian Millar of King’s College who came up with the initial idea.

So when can we start using these devices? It’s not quite that simple yet. Millar states, “What we need now is an investor to develop the product further, to enable us to bring this device to as many dental surgeries as possible, and help people whose fear of visiting the dentist stops them from seeking the oral healthcare they need.”

Hopefully an investor will be found and soon, rather than dreading the dentist visit, we’ll be creating a playlist for it. Don’t forget, the best way to prepare your mouth for a regular dentist visit is to use the TheraBreath products that are right for you. If you aren’t sure which ones are best for your needs, just take our quick online breath evaluation for free.

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The Latest TheraBreath Blog Reviews and Giveaways

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Please note: if you have already been lucky enough to win one of these bloggers giveaways, please refrain from entering in order to allow others to win. Thank you!

The Jolly Blogger is back! Her last review was lost due to technical problems, but she has been kind enough to post another one. Her review still talks about our TheraBreath toothpaste, oral rinse and mouth wetting lozenges. She’s also hosting a giveaway too! She writes about why she was interested in trying our products, “Ever since I’ve been plagued with allergies, I’ve had issues with sore throats and strange white pus pockets on my tonsils. Gross, right? I couldn’t seem to do anything to get rid of them. I used Scope, Listerine, and different brands of toothpastes and the problem persisted. When I was presented with the opportunity to review Therabreath, I thought, ‘Haven’t tried it, so why not?’” Did we let Roxanna down? Go  here to find out and to enter her giveaway too!

Busy mother of four Amanda has been using our TheraBreath products for over a year, but at BlogHer11 in San Diego, she was able to try our Mouth Wetting Lozenges and decided to do a review and giveaway for us. On her blog Four Against Two she talks about how these lozenges are perfect for her and her family. “Elle uses the mouthwash as times, but really loves the lozenges. I now keep them in my car and my purse for those times I realize my kids forgot to brush or didn’t do such a great job at brushing. I admit that I don’t always get out of the house having checked all of their breath, it happens with four kids. I’m lucky to get out of the house at all really!” Want to read the rest and have a chance to win some free  TheraBreath products? Then go here and pay Four Against Two a visit.

Are you a blogger located in the United States and interested in reviewing TheraBreath products?  Just go to http://www.therabreath.com/blogger  and fill out the form to let us know. Please note, we do not pay for reviews but will send the products to try at no cost.

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