Oral health worsens during hospital stays, suggests new study

August 19th, 2014

oral health hospital stay

Oral health deteriorates during periods of hospitalization, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.

Researchers examined the oral health of 162 patients on arrival and two weeks later, discovering a rise in gum disease and levels of plaque. The bacteria in plaque wears down healthy gum tissue and may cause infections. In these cases, bad breath may be a red flag of underlying symptoms like gingivitis.

When bed-ridden, taking care of one’s teeth and gums may get placed on the back burner. But the main problem, researchers identified, is that many facilities have no policies in place for routine oral health practices, and no members of the health care teams assess patients’ oral health conditions during the hospitalization. Besides watching out for gum disease symptoms, those who are sick, have the flu or a cold may come down with post nasal drip, where mucus runs down the back of the throat instead of through the nose. Post nasal drip is especially common when patients’ sinuses are congested.

Dr. Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, believes the study points to a need for brushing and flossing practices to become a greater priority during hospital stays.

“In a challenging hospital environment it may be inevitable that oral care is seen as a low priority, but it is clear that more needs to be done,” Carter explained. He also mentioned that family members, friends and other loved ones who visit the hospital may be able to help with that difference.

“There are guidelines for the provision of oral care in hospital settings, but as the research points out, there is limited detail for carers,” the doctor pointed out. “The help of close family and friends during hospital stays can make a difference to this aspect of their care and well-being and more should be done to encourage their involvement.”

Visitors could bring the patient’s toothbrush, a pack of floss, alcohol-free mouthwash rinse and any other items necessary for oral hygiene.

Hospital food upgrade? Diet plays another key role in both systemic and oral health, yet traditional hospital food falls far below desired fare. The food and drink you put into your mouth provides energy, but it also affects your teeth and gums – the body’s gateway. Read the rest of this entry »

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6 Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

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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Ends Today. Buy 2, Get 1 Free.

August 11th, 2014

buy 2 get 1 free sale

Hi there,

We hope you had a nice weekend. They’re always too short, aren’t they? Speaking of too short –TheraBreath’s Buy 2, Get 1 Free is over today. Have you taken us up on this simple, high-savings sale yet?

Let’s think about this for a minute. This sale means that you’ll save 33% on every product you purchase. For example, you can save up to $157 if you purchase two of Bonus Pak L because we’re giving you one free!  Click here to start shopping and saving.

As a reminder, all you need to do is:

  1. Add two of ANY product to your shopping cart.
  2. We’ll automatically add one more of that same item for FREE!
  3. PLUS – get FREE shipping on orders of $99 or more in the US and Canada!

That’s it! We do the rest of the work for you. You don’t even need a coupon. Easy peasy! Click here to start saving and for more details.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

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Buy 2, Get 1 Free!

August 4th, 2014

buy 2 get 1 free sale

Hi there,

If you’ve been reading our emails, you know that we’ve been hinting about an upcoming sale this summer. Well that wait is over! We know you’re busy, so we wanted to offer you a simple, fast way to save on ALL TheraBreath products — no exclusions.

All you need to do is:

  • Add two of ANY product to your shopping cart.
  • We’ll automatically add one more of that same item for FREE!
  • PLUS – get FREE shipping on orders of $99 or more in the US and Canada!

That’s it! We do the rest of the work for you. Not even a coupon is required.

Just a few things to keep in mind:

  • This is a limited time offer, only valid until August 11, 2014 so you’ll have to buy now.
  • You need to purchase at least two identical items to qualify for this sale.
  • This offer cannot be combined with Deal of the Day or any other promotion or coupon code.
  • Certain restrictions may apply on international orders.

Sounds pretty easy, right? Happy shopping!

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Dr. Katz Oral Care formulas now at Boots in the UK!

July 31st, 2014


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.

the breath co now at boots

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.


Dr. Harold Katz

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