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Girl Does Ice Bucket Challenge After Getting Wisdom Teeth Out

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

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The commitment to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) launched into wheezy new heights this week as a young girl completed the Ice Bucket Challenge while still on anesthesia.

Meghan Waterman had her wisdom teeth removed one hour before she decided to dump water on herself to help raise awareness of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. 

The procedure to remove wisdom teeth is meant to improve a patient’s oral health, as it helps prevent bacterial infections that could cause bad breath and gum disease. Even with a swollen, bleeding mouth, Waterman apparently wanted to help others before she finished helping herself. 

Waterman was nominated by her friends the day earlier, and after the tooth extraction, she found herself alone in the kitchen chatting online with a friend who reminded her about the nomination. 

Hazy from anaesthesia, Waterman slurred through her speech and in the midst of voicing her nervousness that her mom would come home, she ended up pouring the ice water onto her chest.

“This is for the people l hope I can help out,” Waterman said in the video, which garnered nearly 3 million views since it was posted on August 21. She said she barely remembers making the video.

The viral Internet trend of dumping a bucket of ice water on your head – or body – and nominating friends has gained popularity across the country, raising almost $80 million for the ALS Association in less than a month. 

Among other issues, those with ALS deal with oral health problems since their muscles lose the ability to help them perform even routine activities such as brushing and flossing teeth.

Though unintentionally, Waterman helped spotlight the disease as well as dental health priorities. 

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6 Back-to-school Tips for Kids’ Oral Health

Friday, August 29th, 2014

 

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School is right around the corner. And that means preparing your youngster for class, buying new books and making sure he or she looks presentable - that includes oral hygiene. No one wants to show up on the first day with bad breath, so check out these simple back-to-school tips. 

1. Swap toothbrushes
The start of school is a great time to for your child to ditch his or her old, summer-scuffed toothbrush for a new one. Dentists recommend getting a new toothbrush every two to three months. Otherwise, bad bacteria and food particles can cause microbes to grow on bristles and handles. If your kid has an electric toothbrush, swap heads – and make sure they clean the handle, too.

2. Instill brushing and flossing into their routine
In the morning routine, your kids can start the day off right by brushing and flossing their teeth. Scrubbing your chompers will get rid of morning breath while flossing can detach food debris from those hard-to-reach places. Everyone’s supposed to brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day. If 120 seconds feels like an eternity to your little one, tell them to hum their favorite song while brushing – whether it’s Beyonce, Justin Timberlake or Sam Smith, it’ll likely get them to clean a little bit longer.

Don’t forget a nighttime scrub! Dental experts say brushing habits that children develop between the ages of 4 to 14 affect the way they’ll brush for the rest of their lives.

3. Invest in mouthwash
Say goodbye to bad breath with alcohol-free mouthwash. Ingredients in mouthwash bind to the surface of germs and cause them to burst, which helps reduce buildup on teeth and gums. Avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol, as it actually dries out the mouth, which can lead to stinky breath.

4. Eat a balanced breakfast
We hear that phrase a lot in cereal commercials – “a balanced breakfast.” Yet most people skip the fruits and head straight for the box of sugary cereal. A healthy morning meal contains a mix of complex carbohydrates and protein to fuel your child until lunch. You can pair more nutritious whole-grain breakfast cereals or whole-wheat toast with a protein source such as milk, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter or cheese. Add an apple, orange or banana to the mix and your child will have a truly balanced meal.
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6 Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

 

857_1123A picture-perfect smile offers an obvious aesthetic appeal, but straight teeth are also more conducive to a cleaner mouth – meaning less bad breath, for one thing. Check out the following health benefits of having straight teeth:

1. Easier to clean
When teeth overlap, there are more hard-to-reach places where dental plaque and food debris can get trapped. Think about a white picket fence. If some of the wooden boards become worn down to the point of toppling over each other, chances are the paint will start to peel between the stacked spots.

Put another way, if teeth are crooked, “there are places the bristles of the toothbrush cannot reach, and plaque and tartar accumulates,” Dr. Kenn Kakosian, an oral surgeon in New York, told the Epoch Times. “People with straight teeth are able to keep them clean without extra effort.”

2. Less bad breath
Because aligned teeth are easier to clean, there are fewer places to harbor anaerobic bacteria, resulting in less bad breath. 
Anaerobic bacteria, which do not require oxygen to survive, are most commonly found in the intestines, but when they inhabit the throat and mouth their ability to consume vast amounts of protein from food and excrete foul-smelling sulfur compounds can trigger a bout of halitosis. In short, straighter teeth can serve as one step closer to avoiding chronic halitosis.

With that being said, you don’t need perfectly square teeth to avoid stinky breath. Flossing becomes more important for people with a crooked smile – to get between the overlapped teeth – so be sure to floss at least once a day. Using TheraBreath alcohol-free mouthwash is another tally in the win column.

3. Fewer toothaches
Americans lose more than 164 million work hours because of dental health problems, according to a Delta Dental Oral Health and Wellbeing Survey. That’s a whole lot of swollen gums and teeth that are causing pain. Being clean has its perks, and avoiding cavity treatments thanks to bacteria-free teeth is one of them.
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Dr. Katz Oral Care formulas now at Boots in the UK!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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Good Day to You!

I can now officially say that TheraBreath is available at the largest Pharmacy chain in the UK — Boots! Although to be fair, it’s not called TheraBreath. For the UK and EU we’re calling it — The Breath Co. There are 4 items availableThe Breath Co Oral Rinse (Mild Mint), Oral Rinse (Icy Mint), Toothpaste, and Mouth-Wetting Lozenges, and ALL the products are the EXACT SAME FORMULAS as their TheraBreath counterpart available in the US.

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I was just in London last week, interviewed by The Times (click here to view the article) and I’ll be back in the UK frequently doing breath testing and all sorts of interesting things. Stay tuned to our UK website for updates and special retail events: www.thebreathco.com. If your local BOOTS chemist doesn’t stock TheBreathCo products, they can order it for you or you can purchase them from www.boots.co.uk by typing in “THE BREATH CO” in their search box. Finally, here are two other “resources” that you might find useful to take advantage of TheBreathCo at Boots!

  1. Grab your FREE Copy of The Bad Breath Bible. It’s a £10 Value and yours FREE if you are a UK resident.
  2. Find a Boots Store Location Near You that sells TheBreathCo — Use our Boots Retail Store Locator to find a Boots that sells BreathCo wherever you are.

Thanks and hope to personally meet you in the UK very soon.

Sincerely,

Dr. Harold Katz

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Scared of Receding Gums? Here’s What You Should Know

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

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Worried that your gum line is gradually eroding? There are ways to help.

Gum recession, where the margin of gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, is a fairly common dental problem. Most people don’t realize they have it because it occurs over a long period of time. However, when gums pull back and expose more of the tooth, pockets start to form between the teeth and the gum line. This makes it easy for disease-causing bacteria to accumulate.

Causes of gum recession
The first way to take action is to know what triggers gums recession.

Periodontal diseases: Periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis (early stage gum disease) and periodontitis (late stage gum disease) are the main causes of gum recession. These bacterial gum infections destroy tissue and supporting bones that hold your teeth in place.

Aggressive tooth brushing: People who hold their brushes too firmly and scrub too hard or the wrong way may cause tooth enamel to wear away and gums to recede. It’s also important to replace toothbrushes or tooth heads for electric toothbrushes every two to three months, since bacteria can start to gather on bristles.

Inadequate dental care: Not visiting the dentist enough combined with insufficient brushing and flossing fosters plaque buildup, which turns into tartar, the hard substance that can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning.

Genes: Due to genetic factors, some people are more susceptible to gum disease. Research suggests that 30 percent of the population may be predisposed to gum disease, no matter how well they care for their teeth.

Tobacco products: Cigarettes, cigars, chew and other tobacco products are a big culprit of gum disease, since the chemicals create sticky plaque that damages teeth. In addition, it may cause dry mouth, tooth decay and smoker’s breath.

Hormonal changes: Varying hormone levels associated with life events such as puberty, menstruation, pregnancy or menopause can make gums more sensitive and vulnerable to gum recession. (more…)

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