Bad Breath Guru

October 16th, 2009

Dr. Katz discusses how to spot and stop bad breath on KSWB Fox 5 San Diego. Do you have bad breath?

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Green Tea Helps Prevent Halitosis

October 15th, 2009

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There are various food products that help control the bad breath smell that exists in people’s mouths.  As we have previously discussed, halitosis is primarily caused by the volatile sulfur compounds (also known as VSCs) like H2S and CH3SH produced in the mouth.  Bacteria in the mouth convert proteins into substances cysteine and methionine, and these are metabolized into VSCs.  In general, halitosis cures focus on controlling the number of “bad” bacteria in the mouth. 

There is a strong relationship between the natural antioxidants of green tea and good health, since it has been shown to have antimicrobial and deodorizing effects.  For instance, green tea can encourage strength, energy, and decrease a person’s chance for getting cancer.  Methyl mercaptan, as you may have previously read, is one of the foul-smelling volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.  Along with other plant extracts, green tea extracts were analyzed with gas chromatography to see how strong their effects were on neutralizing the smell of methyl mercaptan. 

Research has shown that green tea extracts can deodorize multiple foul-smelling compounds in a person’s mouth, which can exist there from eating meat, smoking tobacco, and so on. 

The components and properties of green tea can help decrease the chances of someone having cavities and gum disease.  It helps mimize the effects of bleeding gums by helping the blood in the mouth clot. 

The deodorizing activity of green tea polyphenols is actually stronger than that of sodium copper chlorophyllin, a derivative of chlorophyll that is known to reduce odors.  Green tea also inhibits a bacteria called Streptococcus mutans, which is a major cause of tooth decay.  Green tea polyphenols also have a lot of positive effects for health issues outside of the oral cavity.  

Sources: Chemistry and Applications of Green Tea by Takehiko Yamamoto
Centre national de la recherche scientifique

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Halitosis

October 15th, 2009

Halitosis

Dr. Katz discusses how to stop halitosis / bad breath on Washington Fox News.

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Bad Breath

October 15th, 2009

Bad Breath Dr. Katz discusses how to get rid of bad breath and how to test for it on Baltimore News.

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Bad Breath is one of Women’s Main Turn Offs

October 14th, 2009

When it comes to dating, everyone has their preferences.  Preferences can always vary (i.e. hair color, height, eye color, fitness level), but there are a few dislikes that tend to be the same throughout most women: being overly cocky/insecure, dominating the conversation, trying way to hard, looking like a slob, and last but not least, bad breath/body odor.

Bad breath (also known as halitosis) can be downright nasty!  Smell is an important sense, and bad smells can be the ultimate turn-off for women.  Usually a guy can taste his own breath, and if it’s stale, he should definitely take some precautions if he is going on a date.  Try some mouthwash, breath mints, etc.  This turn off can usually be fixed very easily.  If you do have chronic bad breath, it is worthwhile to check out the doctor or dentist and figure out what is wrong with you!  Not only is it depressing to have health issues, but it is depressing to scare off your dates, as well.  If there is a doubt in your mind that you have bad breath, ask a female friend before you scare off your potential girlfriends.  Bad breath can be a dealbreaker!

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