Canker Sores are more likely to cause Halitosis than Stomach Ulcers

September 10th, 2012

The science of halitosis is constantly evolving. Things that were once considered the main causes of bad breath have often fallen by the wayside, as research has proven them to have little or no connection to oral odor. Consider this situation: You have two kinds of ulcers – aphthous ulcers (also known as canker sores) and a stomach ulcer. Which one is causing your bad breath?

It’s tempting to immediately choose the stomach ulcer, and for many years, oral health experts did just that. They knew that most halitosis comes from odor-causing bacteria (which is true), so they assumed that bad breath came from the stomach and digestive tract.

Today, though, we know that this simply isn’t true. In fact, a new study published in the Journal of Breath Research confirms as much.

Stomach ulcers hurt (but don’t stink)

Scientists from three different health centers in the Netherlands set out to see whether the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers – a nasty little beast called Heliobacter pylori – can also emit enough volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) to make breath smell bad.

It can’t.

As the Dutch team noted, “the concentrations of the VSCs in stomach air were in nearly all cases below the thresholds of objectionability of the various VSCs, indicating that halitosis does not originate in the stomach.” Hence, stomach ulcers can’t cause oral odor.

“Halitosis,” the authors added, “nearly always originates within the oral cavity and seldom or never within the stomach.”

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Survey: Bad Breath Remedies are a Basic Need in the Boudoir

September 7th, 2012

Say you’re curious about what gets people revved up in the bedroom, but you’re too afraid to ask around. (And who wouldn’t be? How do you get that conversation started?) While you’re at it, you also want to know what the biggest turn-offs are. Well, you can relax, because a New Zealand-based company has done the legwork for you. They surveyed more than a thousand Kiwis and found that – for ladies, at least – the number-one sin a partner can commit is skipping out on bad breath remedies.

Poll puts halitosis at the top of most women’s lists

Conducted by an adult products merchant, the survey queried 1,500 New Zealanders about their biggest turn-ons and turn-offs in bed.

Unsurprisingly, women overwhelmingly said that halitosis is the worst boudoir-based offence imaginable.

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Beautician with Bad Breath Wins Lawsuit, Loses Job

September 4th, 2012

Was it her bad breath? Her boss says it was – at least, in part. New Zealand resident Rashmi Bhola was sacked from her job as a hairdresser not too long ago, and now news sources report that she’s been awarded $8,000 as part of a settlement over an unjustified dismissal.

Can people get fired for having halitosis? Should oral odor be a terminable offense? While you probably shouldn’t get canned for bad breath alone, it does appear to happen.

Although, from the sound of it, Bhola had bad breath and a bad attitude.

A lot of hot air

According to the Otago Daily Times, Bhola worked as a hairdresser and beautician in Kess Hair and Beauty, an Auckland-based salon. Her manager, Gurpreet Arora, did not have good things to say about her, noting that just three weeks after she started, he had to give her a verbal warning for gossiping about his family to other employees. Arora also kept hearing from customers that Bhola was “arrogant and unwilling to listen to the customers requirements.”

But the worst part, apparently, was her breath.

Both her co-workers and her clients complained that Bhola had truly atrocious halitosis. The court report explains that her boss “was cautious about raising this with Mrs. Bhola and made suggestions that she should perhaps chew mints or receive some assistance from a dentist.”

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

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, 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 No coupon code is necessary – your savings will automatically appear when you checkout.

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


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.

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Your Alcohol-free Mouthwash need not Turn Your Urine Blue

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.

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