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How Cranberries Protect Your Teeth from Cavity-causing Bacteria

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

1339875_95150591When you’re devouring Thanksgiving foods, the bacteria in your mouth are feasting too.

Our mouths are full of bacteria. Hundreds of different kinds live on our gums, teeth, tongue and cheeks. While some bacteria are helpful, others can cause harm, such as those that play a role in tooth decay.

To say sugar is the main cause of cavities isn’t quite the whole story. While it can do nasty damage to teeth, the leading cause of dental caries is called Streptococcus mutans, or S. mutans, which is a type of bacteria that lives in your mouth. In fact, it falls under the category of anaerobic bacteria, meaning that it can live without oxygen – think of anaerobic workouts, such as weight lifting, which doesn’t consume a lot of oxygen, and aerobic workouts, such as long-distance running, which are known to lead to huffing and puffing.

Let’s take a look at the science behind S. mutans. This troublesome bacterium splits sugars in foods and uses them to build its own little capsule, which sticks tightly to the teeth. The bacteria produce a strong acid that attacks enamel and starts to erode the tooth. If the acids are not removed, it can end up creating tiny holes in the tooth - what we all know as cavities.

So, how do cranberries help protect against dental caries?
When you’re scooping delicious stuffing, turkey and gravy onto your plate at dinner time, don’t forget about cranberries! These red berries have been proven to contain a boatload of antioxidants and can help fight off dental plaque. A team from the University of California at Los Angeles and Oceanspray Cranberry showed that the flavonoids quercetin and myricetin in cranberries prevent S. mutans bacteria from sticking to teeth, thereby reducing the amount of cavities.

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You’re a Walking, Talking, Bad-breath-having Bacterial Colony

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

The revelation the we’re not alone is always a little shocking. No, we don’t mean that aliens exist. Instead, we’re referring to the fact that even when no one else is in the room, you’re not all by yourself. In fact, every second of the day, you play host to trillions – you read that right, trillions – of bacteria. They give you bad breath and tooth decay, they cause your ear infections, they help you digest food.

And they’re legion.

Study: Body is coated with bacteria, inside and out

A recently completed project puts this issue into perspective. In a massive investigation funded by the National Institutes of Health, researchers from 80 different institutions got together to identify (and map the genes of) all the bacteria living on or in the human body. All of them.

Now, after taking samples from 242 volunteers and recording 3.5 trillion genetic base pairs, scientists think they’ve reached a number. So take a guess: How many different species of bacteria do you think are crawling around you right now – 100? 500? 750?

Try 10,000.

The results of the investigation, which is called the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), indicated that the average person is host for (to use the word literally) a myriad of microorganic strains.

But how many are in the mouth?

As the researchers themselves noted, different regions of the body have different microbial counts. For instance, in some participants’ GI tracts, scientists could count the number of bacterial strains on one hand. Yet in other regions, like the mouth, the numbers are much higher.

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Fight Off Tooth Decay and Bad Breath with Magnolia Bark Extract

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

The magnolia is one of the oldest flowering tree types in the world.  Magnolia bark contains polyphenols, which have been used for centuries by Chinese and Japanese medicine.  Now, the magnolia bark chemicals have been proven to get rid of bad breath.  Research printed in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry shows that breath mints containing magnolia bark extract kill the majority of bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath within a half hour.  Magnolia bark extract significantly improves oral health around the world, and may be beneficial if used in chewing gum.

The mouth is an ideal environment for the bacteria that causes bad breath–especially four species of bacteria: Veilonella alcalescens, Fusobacterium nucleatum, Bacteroides melaninogenicus and Klebsiella pneumoniae.  These bacteria feed on food remains, dead cells, and other chemicals in the mouth, and in the process of their feeding, they release foul-smelling gases.  This putrefaction can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Regular chewing gum tends to only guard against these bacteria for a short period of time, and anti-bacterial products tend to have negative effects like tooth staining.  A team conducted a research project where they tested the power of a mint with and without the magnolia bark extract.  Without the extract, the mint destroyed just 3.6%  of the bacteria, and with the extract, 61% of the bacteria was killed. 

Furthermore, the extract has also been found to be useful for guarding against cavity-causing bacteria. 

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Ozone Generator Therapy – Antioxidant, Sterilizer, Bad Breath Killer

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
  • An Ozone Generator is one of the most powerful sterilizing devices in the world.
  • Ozonated oil acts as a powerful antioxidant to a variety of skin disorders.
  • Ozonated water is highly effective at neutralizing the anaerobic bacteria in the back of your throat that causes bad breath!

OzoneAs you know, I’m constantly on the lookout for the latest scientific breakthroughs on how to prevent bad breath. My latest research has uncovered a device called an Ozonator that not only helps to prevent bad breath, but also helps to deodorize just about any household odor.

First, let me explain a little bit about ozone (O3). It’s a natural, colorless gas with a distinct fresh odor, similar to a day at the beach. When used properly (and my Ozonator was designed so that it can ONLY be used properly), it provides a wide range of benefits. Ozone is a natural molecule made up of three atoms of oxygen. If you want to know what ozone smells like, just close your eyes and imagine you’re smelling the fresh, clean, scent of spring rain that occurs right after a rainstorm. This scent is actually ozone – nature’s own gift to us.

There are two basic ways to use the ozone generated by my Ozone Machine:

1.  To ozonate an oil (create topical solutions, sterilize cuts/burns, etc.)

2.  To ozonate water (drinking, rinsing, sterilizing, deodorizing, curing fungus etc.)

Ozonating an Oil

 When ozone is bubbled into olive oil or safflower oil for long periods of time, the oil eventually thickens, holding the ozone within. When kept refrigerated, this gel will hold the ozone for years. When this ozonated oil is applied to the skin, it has very positive effects on a variety of skin diseases, especially those caused by inflammation. If you have any kind of skin inflammation, I encourage you to try applying ozonated oil to your skin. It definitely won’t hurt and will very likely provide excellent results!

To achieve the minimum concentrations required for an effective ozonated oil, you will need to accumulate at least 24 hours of ozonation. However, since my Ozone Generator runs for only 30 minutes at a time (an important safety precaution!), you will need to reset the Ozone Machine frequently. The good news is that once you’ve ozonated an oil, it lasts in the refrigerator for a long, long time.

Ozonating Water

Ozonated Water has literally dozens of different uses! Remember that ozone is an incredibly powerful sterilizer and disinfectant. Anything that you must clean, neutralize, or deodorize will benefit from ozonated water. The list includes things such as sterilizing sponges, sanitizing bedding, soaking dentures, purifying drinking water, etc. You can even use the ozonator with any of my TheraBreath Oral Rinses to make them even more effective at neutralizing the anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria that cause bad breath!

Ozone generatorTo ozonate any liquid simply attach one of the included plastic tubes to the ozonator. On the other end of the tube, attach one of the ozonator stones. Place the stone into the liquid that you want to ozonate (whether it’s water, oil, or TheraBreath Rinse) and let the ozonator go to work!

Some other uses of ozonated water include:

  • Sterilizing kitchen/bathroom items
  • Deodorize dirty laundry
  • Control smells
  • Sanitize your bedding
  • Remove pet odors
  • Soak dentures and night guards

Let us know how you’re using the ozonator and we’ll add it to our list.

Until now, natural ozone could only be created by a high-priced, high-end, $600+ ozone generator. What’s more, these things sound like a diesel truck in high gear zooming down the highway! My ozonator costs about 1/6 of the price, and operates with just a quiet humm – mmmm…. much, much nicer!

I’ve compiled a how-to brochure that you can download for free which contains TONS of interesting information about the various uses of Ozone Therapy. The brochure also contains several scientific studies documenting the unique sterilizing and deodorizing benefits of natural ozone. This is a must-read for anybody even remotely interested in ozone therapy or ozone treatment.

Just all the products that I sell, my ozonator comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. If for any reason you’re not happy with this device just return it within 30 days for a complete refund.


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Probiotics, Probiotic Supplements, Oral Probiotics

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Not only do probiotics have various health benefits for your immune system and entire body, but they can also stop bad breath (halitosis). Extensive research has been done to look into the role of various probiotic strains; so far, positive results have been found.

If you’re serious about getting rid of bad breath, try the Streptococcus salivarius K12 probiotic strain. It is one of the best natural remedies for bad breath. This good bacterial strain tends to be found in high amounts on the tongues of healthy individuals.

Also, if you have a coated/white tongue, probiotics can help you get rid of that. Dry mouth or a bacterial infection can cause you to have a white coating on your tongue. You can also try a tongue scraper.

If you determine the root cause of bad breath, this will tell you how effective probiotics will likely be. Bad breath can be caused by an issue in both your oral health and gastrointestinal health. Probiotics help the bad breath that is caused by harmful strains of bacteria in your mouth, throat, and gastrointestinal region. An imbalance of oral flora often can cause bad breath, and tongue coating in younger people is a common cause bad breath. As people get older, they tend to have a coated tongue as well as other periodontal (gum) diseases that can cause halitosis. Other common causes can be: dental problems, gum disease, certain foods, alcohol, dry mouth, cigarettes, dieting, and other diseases. Obviously, if you have a serious disease, probiotics may not be enough to get rid of your bad breath problem. You may require other medical care.

When researched, good bacteria found in the human mouth included the following different phyla:

* Firmicutes – This included members of the genus Streptococcus, Gemella, Eubacterium, Selenomonas and Veillonella.
* Actinobacteria – Including members of Actinomyces, Atopobium, Rothia
* Proteobacteria – Including members of Neisseria, Eikenella, Campylobacter
* Bacteroidetes – Including members of Porphyromonas, Prevotella, Capnocytophaga
* Fusobacteria – Including members of Fusobacterium, Leptotrichia
* TM7 phylum (there are no cultivable representatives for this one)

Streptococcus mitis was the species found the most in the human mouth.

As far as the bad breath culprits, these are the bad bacteria types:

Solobacterium moorei
Granulicatella elegens
Eubacterium species
Firmicutes species
Unidentified oral bacterium
Porphyromonas species
Staphylococcus warneri
Dialister species
Prevotella intermedia

Sources:

1. Haraszthy VI,Zambon JJ,Sreenivasan PK, Zambon MM, Gerber D,Rego R, Parker C. Identification of Oral Bacteria Species Associated with Halitosis. American Dental Association Volume 138 Number 8, pp 1113-1120. 2007

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