Posts Tagged ‘bacteria’

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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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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