Archive for May, 2014

Keeping Up with Oral Health as You Age

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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May is National Older Americans Month. Despite the belief that many seniors lose their natural teeth as they age, about 75 percent of people 65 and older have retained all or some of their natural teeth.

With that being said, there’s no doubt that older adults face oral health problems. Sure, one might think that he or she need not be concerned about cavities anymore. But, just like with younger people, tooth decay can cause pain and discomfort as well as wear down the gums. In fact, cavities can occur more frequently in older adults for several reasons. Firstly, seniors may not have been exposed to a fluoridated water system as children or used toothpaste that contains fluoride in the past.

As gum tissue begins to recede in older adults, cavities become more prevalent, since plaque has more space to harbor between the teeth and gums. Also, dry mouth, a result of the natural aging process and certain medications, can lead to more tooth decay. Perhaps most relevantly, older adults are also more likely to have decay around older fillings.

“I wish all fillings and dental work would last forever, but dental work requires maintenance,” Dr. Bruce Terry, a member of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, told the Digital Journal. “Everyone should be seen by their dentist regularly to see if there are any broken teeth or fillings. The health of the gum tissues can also be an early sign of several systemic diseases like diabetes.”

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It’s the last day for the Memorial Day Sale at TheraBreath!

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Hi there,

Happy Memorial Day! So what are your plans today? The beach? A barbecue? Some time relaxing by the pool? Before the festivities get started, take a few minutes to place an order at TheraBreath.com because this is the last day to get 15% off your order of $49 or more PLUS free shipping! Just be sure to enter coupon code AMEM4 during checkout.* This sale, just like Memorial Day, goes kaput at midnight tonight.

On relaxing days such as this, adult beverages are often enjoyed. Did you know that alcohol dries out your mouth, which leads to dry mouth and bad breath? But it doesn’t have to. As long as you use your TheraBreath products, dry mouth and halitosis won’t be an issue, so why not stock up now so you’re set for the entire summer?

Even if you don’t partake in alcohol, the impending summer heat often leads to dry mouth on its own, so be sure to drink plenty of water and (of course) use your TheraBreath.

Enjoy your Memorial Day and your short work week!

* Offer valid on orders shipped to the US and Canada only. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires at 11:59pm PDT May 26, 2014.

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Electronic Noses may Detect Diseases and Illness through Breath

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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It’s been long known that bad breath may be a symptom of oral conditions such as gum disease, but it can reveal much more than mouth issues. When infections, harmful bacteria and other toxins exist in the body, they can create a pungent smell in the mouth. For health care professionals, that abnormal scent is a warning sign that you might have a medical condition. In fact, physicians have been smelling patients’ breath (as well as their bodily fluids) throughout history to help diagnose illnesses – yellow fever, for instance, causes the saliva to smell like a butcher’s shop.

These bad breath smells are often too subtle for the human nose to detect; however, new advancements in biomedical technology may provide a solution. According to BBC News, scientists are developing odor-sniffing machines that can catch these very light scents to aid in diagnosis and treatment. In fact, in early March, researchers found an odor-sniffing machine that can detect breast cancer as effectively as mammograms (it smells like rotting or decay), and they’re hopeful that many other similar instruments for various diseases are in the works.

A 2011 article in the journal Sensors looked into these “electronic nose” applications and revealed just what bad breath and other offensive odors reveal when it comes to disease and illness. If one’s breath resembles acetone (or nail polish remover), it could be a sign of diabetes. That’s because when your body is low on glucose, it must begin burning fat for energy. This causes an excess of ketones in the liver and blood, and one of these ketones is acetone. Many refer to it as a “fruity” scent.

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Memorial Day Sale at TheraBreath!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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Hi there,

Memorial Day is only a week away. Along with being a three-day weekend, it’s also the unofficial start to summer and a time to break out the barbeques and sunscreen. Hot dogs and hamburgers almost always are on the Memorial Day menu and while they are delicious, they can also cause bad breath. Nitrites in hot dogs and the onions and garlic you might add into your hamburger patties for extra flavor can produce some nasty odors in your mouth – you can read more about that here.

Don’t let BBQ breath ruin your holiday! Stock up on TheraBreath’s bad-breath-busting products during our Memorial Day Sale. From now until May 26, get 15% off your order of $49 or more PLUS free shipping! All you have to do is enter coupon code AMEM4 during checkout.*

Shop now and save on all of our products – no exclusions! That means whether you just need some on-the-go products like gum or lozenges or need to stock up on oral rinse and toothpaste, you’ll save 15% and get free shipping.

Going somewhere for the long weekend? Be sure to grab our travel size oral rinses and toothpastes so you can have fresh breath wherever you are.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day!

* Offer valid on orders shipped to the US and Canada only. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires at 11:59pm PDT May 26, 2014.

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Bad Breath Triggered by Colds

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

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In the thick of cold and flu season, getting sick can come with an odorous side effect: bad breath.

It’s already difficult to detect your own foul breath, and when your nose becomes clogged, it becomes even trickier. However, I have talked to a handful of spouses who can tell that their loved one is getting sick based on the stench of their exhalations.

There are several ways breath gets fouled by a cold. Most of the time, the culprit is a combination of post-nasal drip and cough, according to experts at the Colgate Oral and Dental Health Resource Center. When an individual catches a cold, the body quickly begins to expel foreign matter – in this case, bacteria or viruses – through mucus production. The yellowish mucus, which normally runs out the front of your nose in the form of runny nose, now thickens and drips down the back of the throat. With this mucus building in the back of the throat, the mouth becomes a breeding ground for halitosis.

Congestion can also spur another issue. When we have a stuffy nose, we tend to sleep with our mouth open, which severely dries the palate and causes repugnant morning breath. Doctors point out that inhaling and exhaling this zaps the mouth of saliva - typically a natural cleaning agent – and makes your breath susceptible to odor-causing sulfuric bacteria. During colds, a dry mouth harbors these smelly bacteria on the tongue, gums and cheek.

Furthermore, a cough complicates cold-related halitosis. Since the reflex occurs when the throat and lungs are exposed to irritants, post-nasal drip can play a role in triggering it. Coughing not only drags up stale, ammonia-smelling air from the lungs, but also continues to parch the throat, mouth and palate.

Other incidental aspects of being sick can worsen halitosis. Drinking thick, syrupy cough medicine can leave breath smelling bitter. Constantly eating savory foods, like chicken noodle soup, may create a film of oil on the teeth, which can result in more odor-causing bacteria.

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