Archive for the ‘Mouthwash’ Category

Bad breath dates back to the days of mummies

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

If you think halitosis is something new, think again. Bad breath has been around for ages, and researchers are only now beginning to understand just how long. For example, researchers from the University of Western Ontario in Canada recently examined the mummified corpse of a young man from Egypt who died around 2,100 years ago. To their surprise, they discovered that this man’s life may have been cut short not by a plague or some other cause that people usually think of when they think about the days of the pharaohs. Rather, his death was likely due to his mouthful of cavities.

According to the researchers, the man was in such poor dental health that infections in his mouth caused by oral problems may have lead to his demise (and likely some terrible halitosis). If only alcohol-free mouthwash and oral care probiotics had been available in ancient times - then he might have survived.

A long history of halitosis

Yahoo! News reported on the findings, which showed that the man had, in fact, visited an ancient dentist who tried to pack his cavities using linen dipped in fig juice or cedar oil.

“The dental treatment, filling a large inter-proximal cavity [a cavity between two teeth] with a protective, likely medicine-laden, barrier is a unique example of dental intervention in ancient Egypt,” said the study’s authors.

While this may have helped, the man still succumbed to dental infections a few weeks later. With that much tooth decay, his breath truly must have been terrible. Tooth decay and gum disease are signs of increased bacteria in the mouth, which leads to halitosis.

Bad breath has been around since the dawn of time, and people have been searching for ways to get rid of halitosis for just as long. For example, Smell Well reports that the Hebrew Talmud mentions a bad breath cure that involves dough water, olive oil and salt. Furthermore, the ancient text also recommends holding a pepper between your teeth to eliminate bad breath.

While these “cures” are certainly interesting, none of them are truly effective. Even to this day, people recommend a barrage of herbs and foods to get rid of halitosis, but none of these offer long-term solutions. The best way to banish bad breath is to use specialty breath fresheners like alcohol-free mouthwash.

No Comments Yet »

Exploring the delicious and smelly cheese of Europe

Friday, October 5th, 2012

If you ask someone to name the first smelly food that comes to their mind, many people would probably say “cheese.” And boy, would they be right. Many types of cheese not only emit a powerful odor, but they can also leave you with halitosis. Your mouth is teeming with bacteria, and these organisms, like humans, have to eat. Unfortunately for you, bacteria also dispose of waste, which causes your bad breath. Milk, cheese and other dairy products contain their own types of bacteria and active cultures that interact with the organisms in your mouth, causing halitosis.

However, while alcohol-free mouthwash can get rid of bad breath after consuming any type of cheese, some are certainly more pungent than others. For example, some of the worst-smelling cheeses are located in Europe. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest offenders.

Now that’s one smelly bishop
If you travel to England you can find a cheese with a name that says it all – the stinking bishop. According to Hotel Club, this cheese is made from pasteurized Gloucestershire cow’s milk and is soaked in something called stinking bishop pear juice. It is then set to mature for six to eight weeks before it truly starts to live up to its name.

People who have been in the presence of this cheese have described it as smelling like old, rotten gym socks. In fact, the powerful odor of stinking bishop was thrown into the spotlight in the 2005 animated movie “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.” In the film, Gromit uses the cheese to revive Wallace after he has fainted. Still not convinced that this snack has one of the most pungent odors? In 2009, a panel of experts named it the worst-smelling cheese in all of England, a land known for its smelly dairy products.

(more…)

No Comments Yet »

How Sure are You that Your Breath Doesn’t Smell?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Do you smell bad? It’s a rotten question, but it’s something everyone should ask themselves before they discover people have been trying to tell them about their halitosis or body odor for years. By the time you start smelling your own bad breath, chances are other people have been noticing it for a while. This is because it takes longer for you to notice the scents of your own body, since you’re so used to smelling it all the time.

If you do discover that you have halitosis, the next step is to determine what is causing it. While you may think you know everything that leads to bad breath, you’re probably wrong. There are many surprising things that can cause oral odor, and it’s important for you to determine which of them are wreaking havoc on your mouth.

Like it spicy? Use alcohol-free mouthwash

Are you a fan of spicy foods flavored with curry and other hot ingredients?  According to Prevention Magazine, if you are then you may be experiencing halitosis as a result. The worst part is the odor caused by these foods may last a long time.

“When digested, these foods produce several stinky sulfur-containing gases. Most of these byproducts are metabolized in the intestines and liver, but some, such as allyl methyl sulfide, are absorbed into the bloodstream and released through your lungs and pores, an effect that can last for a few hours or more,” said Debra Jaliman, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, quoted by the news source.

(more…)

No Comments Yet »

It’s my Birthday and I’d like to Give YOU a Present!

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Hello Friend,

Thursday, August 30, is my birthday, and I’ll be … well, maybe I don’t need to tell you that part, but it IS my birthday, and to celebrate I would like to give you free standard shipping (in the US and Canada – $10 discount to other countries) on any order of any size.

For 24 hours only (12:01AM – 11:59PM PDT) this Thursday, August 30th, while I’m eating birthday cake and ice cream, YOU can get free shipping on any size order from TheraBreath.com, AND I will also include a free 2-pak of TheraBreath Oral Rinse Single-Use Pouches.

These Oral Rinse Pouches are single-use pouches of TheraBreath Oral Rinse, ideally meant as samples, but also perfect for a quick single rinse anywhere while on-the-go.  They contain the same TheraBreath Oral Rinse formula that you find in our 16oz bottles and 3oz Travel Bottles, but are ultra-portable for a single-use rinse wherever you are.

So while I’m celebrating my 39th birthday, YOU can get free shipping and a Single-Use Oral Rinse 2-pak on any order from TheraBreath.com. No coupon code is necessary – your savings will automatically appear when you checkout.

But you have to hurry – it’s for 24 hours only!

Sincerely,

Harold Katz, DDS

* Free Shipping offer is valid on all orders shipped to the USA or Canada. Free Shipping applies to the least expensive standard shipping method available. For international orders, a USD $10.00 discount will be applied to your shipping costs of your order and noted on your sales quote. No coupon is necessary. Discount automatically will be applied to your order at checkout. This offer is combinable with one other valid coupon code. Offer only applies to orders placed online on Thursday, August 30, 2012, between 12:00:00AM PDT and 11:59:59PM PDT.

Visit: TheraBreath.com
or Call: 1-800-97-FRESH

 

No Comments Yet »

Your Alcohol-free Mouthwash need not Turn Your Urine Blue

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Occasionally, the need for an alcohol-free mouthwash may send you searching through popular health blogs in the hopes of finding a product that will clear up your bad breath. Well, search no more, because TheraBreath offers a number of alcohol-free rinses that can neutralize odor and clean the mouth, all without harsh chemicals.

And if you think synthetic chemical are never marketed as halitosis solutions anymore, just look at how often photodynamic therapy for bad breath, or “blue light therapy,” appears in headlines. This treatment, which is totally unnecessary for eliminating oral odor, uses a chemical that can turn your urine and eye whites blue.

What is photodynamic therapy?

Most recently, an article published by the UK’s Daily Mail discussed using such a treatment for halitosis. In a piece that also touched on using “light therapy” for such conditions as epilepsy, cancer, stroke and stomach ulcers, halitosis stands out a bit. And the article uses a photo of a house lamp to illustrate “harnessing the power of light.” Hopefully your skepticism has been aroused.

As it turns out, so-called blue light treatments for halitosis are based on photodynamic therapy (PT), a century-old medical practice that uses photosensitizing chemicals (plus a narrow spectrum of light wavelengths) to kill pathogens or fight disease.

(more…)

No Comments Yet »