Archive for April, 2012

With Chronic Halitosis, Quality of Life Goes out the Window

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Having bad breath can do a real number on your self-esteem, not to mention on your oral health. In fact, oral odor can seriously sabotage day-to-day life. Your friendships, your self-esteem, your confidence – you name it, and chances are that chronic halitosis will take it down a peg. And if you don’t believe that bad breath can be so terrible for quality of life (QoL), then consider reading a new study that appears in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene.

The investigation monitored the QoL of one nameless man, who is given the pretty cool-sounding pseudonym “Mr. X”.

In the study, researchers began by anonymously meeting an obese, 36-year-old Dutch man. Dental experts noted that the subject, Mr. X, had severe gingivitis, heavy plaque deposits and “extreme foetor-ex-ore (very strong, offensive breath odor).”

As you can read for yourself (the study is open-access at the moment), chronic halitosis has a huge effect on the man’s daily life. In fact, the authors – who hail from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands – suggested that Mr. X’s anxiety, lack of social contacts and poor personal hygiene were all linked to his halitosis.

After examining Mr. X, they found that his oral health was so poor that he was in danger of losing all of his teeth. Likewise, his self-reported QoL was miserable: His attitude was timid, his social connections were few and his dental anxiety was elevated.

However, by taking some specialty breath fresheners and adopting a daily at-home tooth-cleaning regimen, Mr. X was able to turn his life around, reduce his chronic halitosis and keep his teeth.

Not bad!

That’s the power of specialty breath fresheners. By wetting the tongue, oxygenating the mouth and neutralizing odor compounds, these products can improve oral odor as they help boost self-esteem and self-confidence.


Halitosis Drives People to Extreme Measures

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned from being a halitosis professional, it’s that people will try virtually anything to get rid of bad breath. And who can blame them? Oral odor is difficult to get rid of at the best of times, so much so that it’s usually advisable to ditch one’s run-of-the-mill dental products in favor of a specialty breath freshening regimen.

You see, specially formulated, all-natural products can moisten the mouth and oxygenate the palate, thereby neutralizing odors and effectively shoo-ing bacteria out of the oral environment. That’s the open secret of freshening breath: It all boils down to making life hard for your mouth’s microbes.

However, it’s important to do so without synthetic chemicals, irritants, allergens or other harsh substances. These ingredients generally make little or no progress in fighting bacteria; instead, they irritate the tissues in your mouth and parch your palate, making bad breath worse.

Yet these are the types of ingredients many Americans saturate their mouths with every day. And if you think that people won’t go to extremes in the effort to eliminate halitosis, well, buckle up.

Here is a list of some of the bizarrest substances used at one time or another in the fight against oral odor. And before you sneer at them, keep in mind that some of them are probably lurking in your medicine cabinet right now.


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FREE In-Store Clinical Breath Testing in the Toronto Area

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Hi there,

If you live (or work) in the Toronto area, then you might be interested in stopping by a local drugstore for a FREE Clinical Breath Test with the Halimeter, on Tuesday or Wednesday (April 24th and 25th). I’ll be at the locations below, passing out free samples of TheraBreath Rinse, Toothpaste, and Mouth Wetting Lozenges, as well as giving out oral care advice at Shoppers in the Hudson Bay Centre on Tuesday, April 24, and then on Wednesday, April 25, I’ll be at Rexall/Pharma Plus on the corner of King and Bay. Please see below for times and maps.

By the way, although I won’t be doing any breath testing there — TheraBreath Oral Rinse is now available at WALMART stores in Canada.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Harold Katz, DDS


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If You can’t get rid of Bad Breath, can an Employer get rid of you?

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Halitosis in the workplace: It’s one of those things that can instantly put you off your lunch or, if you’re the one with the odor problem, may get you in hot water with your superiors. But can it get you fired? Should you get rid of bad breath before your boss starts toying with the idea of getting rid of you?

Unfortunately, there are no easy answers here, which is why eliminating halitosis should be a top priority. Freshen your mouth, banish bad breath and keep your superiors happy.

Of course, before federal law made it illegal to fire people for physical disabilities, it seems possible (if not likely) that a person could have been fired for having halitosis. That’s certainly the drift of the propaganda that used to be slipped into ads for ineffective mouthwashes.

Around 1930, alcohol-based mouthwashes were marketed as being the only thing standing between you and the bread lines. Here’s some choice copy from a couple of the hokier ads:

– “Get rid of halitosis – It may get you fired!”

– “You can’t blame a man for firing an employee with halitosis to hire one without it.”

– “Don’t fool yourself! Since halitosis never announces itself to the victim, you simply cannot know when you have it.”

That last bit is certainly true. Your oral odor doesn’t exactly formally introduce itself every time you get it. Instead, you have to be extra vigilant in order to notice when you’ve got halitosis. This may mean occasionally licking the back of your hand and sniffing it to see if you detect a scent.


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Studies Show Most People Have Some Sign of Gum Disease

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

With 70 percent of people over the age of 36 showing signs of periodontal disease, dental professionals must consistently communicate to their patients the significance of prevention or halting gum disease in its early stages. Over the past few decades, the dentistry profession has made significant progress in eliminating cavities. However, gum disease remains a significant, but preventable and treatable health threat to the public (1, 12).

Prior to the onset of periodontal or gum disease, many patients experience gingivitis. Gingivitis represents a “mild form of gum disease” and starts as inflammation of the gums. Typically, the patient has red or swollen gums, which may bleed when the person brushes his or her teeth. Although some people may experience gum irritation, the teeth remain tightly rooted in the sockets.

Gum disease starts with the accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria mix with mucus, food particles and other organic matter, which cause a build-up of plaque. Failure to remove plaque, by brushing and flossing, results in the material hardening into calculus or tartar. The person cannot remove tartar by brushing. The condition requires a deep cleaning by a dental hygienist or dentist.

When left untreated, gingivitis becomes progressively worse and may escalate into periodontitis. Periodontal inflammation affects the ligaments and bones, which surround the teeth and provide support. When teeth lose their support, they become loose and fall out (2).

TheraBreath recommends our PerioTherapy Oral Rinse formula, which attacks anaerobic bacteria associated with the initial stages of gum disease. Many patients combine the PerioTherapy Oral Rinse with Periotherapy toothpaste treatment and use of a Hydrofloss for a highly effective three-prong approach to preventing gum disease.


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