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The “Bad Breath Guru” Visits Phoenix

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

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Dr. Harold Katz, also known as the “Bad Breath Doctor or the “Bad Breath Guru“, toured the country testing people for halitosis.  When Dr. Katz tests people’s bad breath, he uses a device called the ‘halimeter’.  A score above 100 means that someone likely has halitosis.  A person who has a score under 100 means that their breath is fairly fresh.  Many people were relieved when they found out that they had low scores on the halimeter. 

Unfortunately, it’s hard for a person to smell his or her own breath.  Blowing in one’s own hand is not a way you can really test how bad your breath is.  According to Dr. Katz, he says “it’s a good way to smell your hand.”  So, how does one try to smell his or her own breath?  Dr. Katz says that if you lick the back of your hand, allow it to dry, you can smell if you have halitosis.   Allegedly, the halitosis-causing bacteria will remain on the back of your hand, thus letting you know that you might have bad breath

All in all, Phoenix passed the “Bad Breath Test“, since Dr. Katz couldn’t find anyone with dragon breath!   That means that the Phoenicians are “kissable”, just in the nick of time for Valentine’s Day. 

Source: Phoenix Metro News

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Pregnant Mothers with Bad Breath May Be Fatal for Babies

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

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Unfortunately, pregnant women with bad breath may have a problem that is staggering in its implications.  Previously, we have discussed the relationship between gum disease and reproductive health (pregnancy gingivitis), which can result in a baby being born prematurely.  Research shows that the bad breath-causing bacteria may even be linked to stillbirths.

Allegedly, the oral bacteria can be transferred to the placenta if it enters the blood stream through open sores in the gums.  The unborn child is not equipped to fight the disease with its immune system in the same manner an adult can. 

Since bleeding gums/pregnancy gingivitis is extremely common among pregnant women, it is vital that expecting mothers brush and floss frequently during the day, after snacks and meals.  Surgery may be needed for serious infections. 

Whereas pregnancy gingivitis is common, the possibility of having a stillbirth is not.  Nonetheless, taking healthy steps will make pregnancy easier and reduce anxiety levels.  Here are some tips for practicing good oral hygiene:

– Go to the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
– Brush your teeth at least 2-3 times a day, ideally after every meal and snack.  This prevents plaque/tartar building up.
– Floss after every meal.
– Use an oral rinse (like TheraBreath) at least 2 times a day. 
– Use a tongue scraper to prevent the bad breath-causing bacteria from building up.
– Eat healthier (more vegetables, less sweets).

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Laser Treatment: Bad Breath Cure

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

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What’s another bad breath cure?  A scientist in Israeli has suggested using laser treatment to get rid of bad breath.  Allegedly, this 15-minute technique has worked on 53 patients with chronic halitosis

These patients were said to suffer from a form of bad breath that wafted from the tonsil region.  Generally, bad breath is caused by the buildup of anaerobic bacteria around the line of the gums and teeth.  These bacteria release a certain malodor, but in some cases, these bacteria can breed in the tonsil’s grooves. 

It is said that the laser treatment goes to the tonsil’s infected regions and creates scar tissue that seals the grooves, preventing bacteria from proliferating in those areas.  According to sources, more than half of the patients were cured with one laser treatment, and the others needed two or three laser treatments.

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Dog Breath Remedy

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Most of us are used to the thought of dogs having bad breath, but that may not be a good thing. The dog could have serious health issues causing chronic halitosis. Bad breath is caused by the same anaerobic bacteria that causes this malodor in humans, and these bacteria generally give off a rotten egg smell, since a sulfur substance is excreted. True, dogs may eat and chew on things like rotten bones, and so on, but chronic bad breath can mean serious complications like periodontal disease. It’s a good idea to bring your dog to the vet to try and get a diagnosis. The vet will make some recommendations on what can remedy this condition, based on what causes it. Probiotics may even be helpful in remedying the halitosis. TheraBreath sells a formula specially designed for cats and dogs: just click here for our dog breath remedy. This way, you can make sure your dog kisses from Fido aren’t smelly!

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Bad Breath

Monday, January 18th, 2010

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Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is mainly caused by a bacteria that is allegedly anaerobic. The bacteria lives off of dental plaque on the teeth and gum line. Plaque tends to build up in the places in the oral cavity that lack oxygen the most.

Certain foods can cause halitosis more than others, like onion, garlic, and other spices. The smell caused by anaerobic bacteria, however, lasts much longer and is stronger than the bad breath smell caused by certain herbs. These bacteria also get nourishment from certain foods we eat, especially meat, milk, and fish. That is why proper oral hygiene is so important!

Xerostamia, more commonly known as dry mouth, is a condition that occurs when there is a lack of saliva in the mouth. Saliva actually has a very important role in keeping the mouth clean and removing food particles. Without these actions, one is much more likely to have bad breath. The salivary glands tend to stop working when one is asleep, which is why morning breath is so common.

Certain medical conditions are known for causing halitosis. Sinus problems and discharges, as well as other biological secretions can come out of the oral cavity, thus contributing to the smell of malodor. Tonsillitis, chronic lung infections like bronchitis, gastritis and other throat infections can cause bad breath. Also, if one has diabetes and does not control it, he or she may have a fruity breath smell, whereas liver failure can cause a fishy smell.

Lastly, if you have any concerns about your medical condition, you should go see a licensed physician.

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