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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Hurry! Here’s Your Last Chance to Save on TheraBreath’s New Whitening Products

August 22nd, 2012

Hello There,

As you might have already heard, this month we introduced three new products to the TheraBreath family – our New TheraBreath Whitening Products. Have you tried them out yet?

If you haven’t, there’s still time! Until August 31, you can still SAVE 10% and get FREE SHIPPING when you purchase at least one of the new products below:

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Bad Breath is (Surprise, Surprise) the Ultimate Turn-off

August 20th, 2012

What would ruin a night faster than a little halitosis emanating from your date? That’s a question that sociologists, dating experts and the generally curious have been asking for a long time now, and it seems like the answer is almost always “nothing.” Bad breath is, hands down, one of the biggest turn-offs around – as confirmed by a recent survey.

Conducted by a manufacturer of electronic cigarettes (which are fodder for a blog post of their own), the poll found that halitosis is one of the few turn-offs that both genders can agree on.

Oral odor, beards and tattoos

A spokesperson for the e-cigarette company noted that, as you might expect, men and women have different primary turn-offs. Guys told surveyors that having extensive tattoos is the biggest way that a woman can torpedo a date, while the ladies shot back that growing a thick, matted beard is the number-one thing that send men home alone.

But both sides agreed on the second most common turnoff, because #2 for men and women alike was bad breath.

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Tooth Pain? Desensitize and Remineralize with new TheraBreath Specialty pen

August 16th, 2012

Besides offering a new Professional Teeth Whitening Kit and Specialty Whitening Pens, TheraBreath is proud to unveil a third product for brightening and protecting teeth: our very own Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Pen.

What can cause your pearly whites to ache? If you experience dental sensitivity, you already know the answer: cold foods, hot meals, acidic citrus fruits, sugary snacks and hard or chewy candies. (Eating ice cream can be particularly excruciating.) But behind these problems lies a more basic cause of tooth sensitivity – namely, weakened enamel.

This layer of minerals is the hardest part of your teeth, but there are plenty of habits that can make it thinner…and thinner…and thinner.

Smoking and drinking acidic sodas are the most obvious factors, but there are other, sneakier routes. For instance, did you know that alcohol-based mouthwashes gradually weaken enamel? Or that brushing with hard-bristled toothbrushes can scrape away your enamel like a scouring pad (and erode your gums, exposing the tooth root)?

Once the enamel is gone, the softer layer underneath – called “dentin” – quickly crumbles, leaving your dental nerves laid bare.

No wonder your teeth ache!

This calls for a Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Pen. Not only does it help seal in weakened enamel, but its specially formulated remineralizing gel strengthens and hardens your teeth, reducing the risk of aches.

So, the next time you feel a twinge, a throb or a serious ache in your teeth, turn to our specialty remineralizing pens, which quickly seal over weakened enamel. While you’re at it, use a Professional Teeth Whitening Kit to brighten your smile, and carry a Specialty Whitening Pen to touch up any dark spots on your pearly whites.

We’ll have you beaming (and eating ice cream) in no time!

 

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Licorice Reduces Bad Breath? Umm…

August 13th, 2012

It seems like a new study comes out every month or so touting the miraculous, bad breath-fighting power of some herb, oil, fruit or even candy. It’s hard to take these too seriously, even though many appear in the industry’s leading publication, the Journal of Breath Research. The most recent oddity to grace the pages of that storied journal is a study alleging that two compounds in licorice eliminate halitosis.

While this may technically be correct, in real-world practice it probably won’t amount to much. Here’s why.

The study itself

Researchers from Quebec’s Laval University conducted an investigation to determine whether concentrated Chinese licorice extracts can be used to fight bad breath. Specifically, the team tried to find out whether (a) the extract’s compounds ward off bacterial growth, and (b) if this stuff can also neutralize volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), the molecules that make your mouth funky.

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