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A Few Surprising Causes of Bad Breath

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Brushing, flossing, and gargling may all be part of your daily oral hygiene routine, but taking these steps may not be enough if you have other issues.

Medications like antidepressants, diuretics, and aspirin can dry the mouth. With dry mouth, there is a lack of saliva, and saliva is what rinses away bacteria that make breath odor foul.

Bacteria – Some people may be prone to bad breath more than others. Bacteria exist on the tongue, and expel gases as they munch on food particles and other substances broken down from saliva. Also, they multiply at night, since the salivary glands slow down when you are sleeping. H. pylori, a type of bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers, can cause bad breath and gum disease if it finds a place to reside in your mouth.

Respiratory tract infections- While gum and tooth infections can cause bad breath, so can bronchitis, sinusitis, and even colds. RTIs break down tissue, which starts a flow of mucus and cells that feed bacteria that can emit foul odors.

Skipping breakfast– Not only does breakfast benefit your body and mind, but it helps to stimulate saliva production and scrub bacteria from the tongue (depending in what you eat, of course).

Diet- Low-carb diets can burn stored fat, thus creating toxic-smelling ketones. Foods that generate large amounts of amino acids, like dairy products and foods high in protein, can fuel the bacteria that produce bad breath. Obesity has also been linked with bad breath.

Breathing out of your mouth- When the tissues in your mouth are dry, saliva is prevented from washing away bacteria; thus, bad breath is encouraged. Major candidates for this are people who suffer from sleep apnea, asthma, and snoring.

Chronic illnesses- Breath that is chronically potent in a certain smell can signify a disease. For example, kidney failure can make your breath smell fishy, and uncontrolled diabetes can make your breath smell fruity.

Alcohol- Plain and simple, alcohol is dehydrating, and having a dry mouth encourages bad breath.

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Can TheraBreath PLUS Cure Sore Throats and a Cold?

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Now that we are in the middle of the worst winter in years, I have been receiving dozens of emails every day asking me if there is a natural formula that will help prevent sore throats, colds, etc. I’m flattered that so many of you have come to me with your health concerns, and as you’ve pointed out, most of you can’t get hold of your physician, or worse yet, your doctor is eager to to prescribe antibiotics at the first sign of a sniffle.

Knowing that the bacteria that causes sore throats is an anaerobic bacteria (s. pyogenes) we know that an oxygenating formula would be a natural choice. That would include all of our mouthwash formulas, to be used as a gargle. However, I would recommend TheraBreath PLUS Oral Rinse as a twice daily gargle because it combines the most concentrated oxygenating compounds available with zinc gluconate (the fastest-acting form of zinc – that will NOT dry out your mouth) and tea tree oil (another potent antimicrobial). If gargling is a hassle for you, the obvious choice would be to use the TheraBreath PLUS Extinguisher Spray twice daily. It’s patented spray head reaches directly into the back of the throat to directly attack sore throats – as well as the bad breath bacteria stuck in your tonsils!

What else is helpful? Well, our AktivK12 probiotic treatment as been proven to prevent sore throats in several studies in New Zealand. In fact, that was initially why it was developed – to prevent sore throats in New Zealand school children. The side effect of perfectly fresh breath lead us to develop it as an oral product.

Last, but by no means least, I highly recommend the TheraBreath PLUS Nasal Sinus Drops or Spray. The formula is our strongest by far and by applying it directly to the nasal passages, the oxygen/tea tree oil works on the bacteria and viruses that make you sick. (the nasal formulas do not contain zinc).

Here is an email from a very satisfied Nasal Drops user: Dear Dr. Katz: “I can’t thank you enough for inventing TheraBreath nasal drops. I had no relief from rx nasal drops and they starting making my nasal pasages close after 20 minutes use. Your drops opened up my sinusses and allowed the proper drainage so I can breathe easier again. I no longer have that thick mucousy build up that drove me and my husband crazy.” Sincerely, Marlene S.    Dover, DE

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