Archive for May, 2013

Link Found Between Obesity and Bad Breath

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

1186279_31391153Research by doctors from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles will have a report released in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism based on information they found linking obesity and bad breath. According to Discovery News, the doctors say certain gas-emitting microbes in the human gut play a role in a person’s weight, and the presence of these microbes can cause a release of methane and hydrogen related to excess body weight and fat. Although doctors noted that overeating and a lack of exercise are overarching causes of obesity, other factors, such as the microbes, play a role.

The link between microbes in the lining of the intestines and obesity has been studied previously, but scientists are trying to determine the microbe that causes the most damage. The doctors from Cedars-Sinai paid close attention to Methanobrevibacter smithii, a methane-releasing microbe that is suspected to consume the hydrogen that is produced by other organisms. By lowering the hydrogen levels, the body is unable to absorb nutrients and energy from food, which is what causes people to gain more weight. An abundance of this microbe causes bad breath.

“Usually, the microorganisms living in the digestive tract benefit us by helping convert food into energy,” Ruchi Mathur, director of the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes Outpatient Treatment and Education Center and lead doctor, told Discovery News. “However, when this particular organism, M. smithii, becomes overabundant, it may alter this balance in a way that causes someone to be more likely to gain weight.”

In a 2007 study at Tel Aviv University, researchers found a direct link between obesity and halitosis. However, the researchers had no scientific evidence as to why obesity causes halitosis. A study published in the June 2012 issue of the International Journal of Obesity found that the microbe, Lactobacillus reuteri was most associated with participants who suffered from obesity, in conjunction with lower levels of M. smithii.


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No Convincing Needed: Delicious Food and Drink for Oral Health

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Keeping a clean and healthy mouth is undoubtedly one of the most 1335583_42968226important aspects of one’s health. Not only is it the gateway to communicating with others, suffering from oral health ailments can lead to other illnesses, such as diabetes and heart disease. Maintaining a regular regimen of brushing, flossing and rinsing, cutting out high-fat foods and increasing water consumption all play a vital role in the health of our body and mouth. However, there are several oral health-boosting foods and beverages that you may not mind adding to your daily intake.

Dark chocolate
Polyphelons and antioxidants found in dark chocolate can inhibit the growth and spreading of bacteria in the mouth and on the teeth. These substances help to balance out the bad bacteria and toxins that cause damage throughout the body. Plus, dark chocolate contains a large amount of vitamins and minerals that may aid oral health, including iron, magnesium, potassium and copper. Iron is especially important because an iron deficiency can lead to tongue inflammation and canker sores.

“The effectiveness of polyphenols from these beverages as anti-cariogenic agents needs to be confirmed by larger in vivo studies carried out on different age-groups, and in different geographical areas,” researchers from the University of Naples, where the study was undertaken, noted. “Further research on anti-cariogenic activity of cocoa, coffee, and tea could open a promising avenue of applications, since they are relatively safe, have taste and odor largely appreciated and could be used at a reasonable cost in the preparation of specific anti-cariogenic remedies.”

When choosing a piece of dark chocolate, it is recommended to get a cocoa content of at least 70 percent.

Red wine
Suggesting alcohol for oral health may seem far-fetched, but the American Dental Association has reported that drinking a glass of red wine everyday can not only help the heart, but it can aid in inhibiting gum disease and tooth decay.


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Meet me in Calgary and Edmonton this week!

Monday, May 20th, 2013

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Do you want to know how my TheraBreath system works? Maybe, you want to know the story behind why I created it and have worked continuously to make it even better? Or, possibly you are just not that convinced yet and need some free samples to try? Well, I will be doing that and more (including free breath testing) this coming week in Calgary and Edmonton.

Don’t be shy — stop by one or all of the locations below and walk away with a better understanding of the causes of bad breath and how TheraBreath can help get rid of it (did I mention free samples, too?). There is no need to RSVP – just come on by, say hi and leave with some free goodies!

I look forward to seeing you there,




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Learn to Battle Your Sugar Addiction

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

1174350_90884706When you think of an addiction, you’re probably thinking of a life-ruining substance, but research shows that sugar addiction may cause the body to respond in the same ways it would when introduced a habit-forming drug. Maybe that’s why you can’t end a meal without a sweet treat or you routinely toss five sugar packets in your coffee each morning. Whatever your bad sugar habit may be, it can be a leading cause of bad breath.

Sugar and your oral health
Sugar is the mouth’s worst enemy. It acts as food for the anaerobic bacteria that live in the mouth and produce foul odors. Sugars are a form of fermentable carbohydrate, which are introduced to the digestion process in the oral cavity. This process creates acid and a lower pH in the mouth and works against the teeth’s enamel. What this means is that your sugar addiction may be causing halitosis and tooth decay. These issues will be more severe if you do not keep up brushing, flossing and rinsing.

Steps to minimizing your addiction to sugar
Sugar is one of the top bad breath foods, and it may be in a lot more things than you think. Instead of putting yourself in a situation where you have to give up all of your sugar habits, take it one step at a time. Following any sugary treat, make sure to drink water to help wash down any remnants left in the mouth that will cause halitosis or tooth decay.

Whether you load your morning cup of Joe up with several packets of sugar or you1331114_30176503 regularly visit the local cafe to pick up a vanilla latte, this sugar intake can be deceiving. Since coffee is naturally bitter, you may not consider this a major part of your problem – but it is. Slowly train your palate to enjoy less sugar or densely sweetened creamer. After some time, you’ll actually start to enjoy the natural taste of coffee. If you still need a little something to perk up your coffee, try it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. The vanilla taste may be enough to satisfy your craving.

Snack swap
Pay attention to the nutritional value of the snacks you typically consume. You may find that the yogurt you’re eating is advertised as a healthy snack, but it actually has loads of sugar – this may be why you’re so dependent on it. Take some time to look at the sugar content in other similar products and swap them out for something healthier. Better yet, munch on strawberries, an apple or grapes – these naturally sweet snacks are great for your overall and oral health.

The same goes with soda. Swap out your afternoon can of cola for an ice tea sweetened with honey or agave nectar.

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Last Day to Save 20% Off + Free Shipping!

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Last day to save 20% off + free shipping!

Hi there,

Just because Mother’s Day is over, that doesn’t mean mom shouldn’t smell your fresh breath every day of the year. Until midnight tonight, you can still save 20% off your $25+ purchase and get free shipping*. Just enter coupon code AMUMDAY3 at checkout.

With a discount this deep, it’s the perfect time to stock up on all of your oral care needs.

If you’ve already participated in this sale, thank you for your business and yay for you on getting some really great products and some very big savings! Your momma didn’t raise no fool.

We hope you had a great Mother’s Day.


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