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Bad Breath

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Bad breath, especially morning breath, can be a problem for everyone. Sometimes mouthwash is not enough, and the problem is chronic. Dry mouth can be a main cause of bad breath, since saliva is the the body’s natural defense against oral bacteria. Many things can cause dry mouth, including alcohol, medicines, stress, medical conditions, nasal infections, foods high in protein, smoking and poor oral hygiene. Since bad breath can be so embarrassing, it is no surprise that it can cause social problems and mental problems. Some people may be afraid to talk to others or refuse to go out. Seclusion can cause depression and if the sufferers take up comfort eating, weight gain can also occur.

Which remedies for bad breath actually work? Baking soda has been involved in many home remedies, and in some situations, it does not work. However, with bad breath it tends to work. If you brush your teeth and tongue with a tiny bit of baking soda, it can make the mouth have a less hospitable environment for the bad breath-causing bacteria to grow.

Also, homemade tea tree mouthwashes have become more popular in the fight against bad breath. Tea tree is supposed to be a powerful disinfectant, so if you add just a few drops of tea tree oil to your mouthwash, you’re already on your way to fresher breath. Also, there are other ingredients that you can add to your mouthwash in order to make your breath fresher, such as peppermint. Rinse your mouth out at least two times a day and you will very likely have an improvement in the way your breath smells!

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Bad Breath Remedies

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

No one likes having bad breath (halitosis) or smelling it on someone else.  Halitosis comes from the Latin word “halitus,” meaning breath.  As you probably know by now, if we do not care for our teeth and gums properly, bacteria will grow and cause problems like tooth decay.

Finding the correct bad breath/halitosis cure for you may not be easy, because there are a plethora of causes that need different solutions.   There are a variety of causes…everything from rotten food inside the mouth, lung abscess during bronchitis, poor digestion, and other medical conditions.

Saliva is the body’s natural defense against dry mouth and oral malodor.  Saliva helps balance the good and bad bacterias by getting rid of food debris and other unwanted objects that can create foul-smelling compounds.  Saliva is the easiest cure to bad breath.  Morning breath is usually caused by the low production of saliva, so eating breakfast is important to get the salivary glands working in the morning.

Also, there are many foods (onions, coffee, and garlic) and excessive spices that can cause bad breath.  Some of these edibles can take up to 72 hours after digestion before one can smell them on someone’s breath.

Here are some common pointers to avoid halitosis:

  • Brushing regularly
  • Flossing/using mouthwash
  • Getting a dental checkup at least 2X/year
  • Chewing sugar-free gum to moisten the mouth
  • Eating fresh/fibrous vegetables
  • Drinking lots of water and other fluids (excluding sugar-added drinks)
  • Avoiding alcoholic beverages
  • Trying natural remedies like green cardamom, baking soda, and parsley/mint garnishes.

Good luck!

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How to Prevent Bad Breath – Good Morning America

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Check out Dr. Katz as he makes yet another appearance on Good Morning America (in July 2009).  He discusses the causes, cures, and measurement of bad breath.  Watch who has the stinkiest breath!

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Bad Breath Causes

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Do you have bad breath or do you know someone who has chronic bad breath (halitosis)? If so, diagnosing the cause of the bad breath is the first step in.

Check out bad-breath.org for more information.

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Finally, A Breath Mint That Does What It Should!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
Since I started the California Breath Clinics in 1994, I have never recommended or endorsed any kind of breath mint. Simply put, there was nothing that I ever found that was truly a breath freshener.

All the supposed breath candies that you’re used to seeing in the stores (Altoids, Tic-Tacs, Certs, Ice Breakers, etc…) all commit some kind of fatal mistake in the documented science of creating fresh breath. You see, by now the academic halitosis community knows the causes of bad breath…. and we also know the exact conditions that create an oral environment in your mouth that is more likely to produce bad breath.

So wouldn’t you think that a breath mint should contain ingredients that make this oral environment less likely to happen? At the very least, there shouldn’t be anything in there would make that oral environment worse, right?

You can probably see what I’m getting at…. the top breath fresheners on the market ALL contain either sugar (which the bad breath bacteria absolutely feast on), or they contain an artificial flavor designed to cover-up rather than prevent bad breath and taste. 

NONE OF THEM Contain Any Clinically Proven, Breath-Refreshing Ingredients!  My New ZOX Breath Fresheners are the first breath mint designed to remove bad breath instead of mask it!

Now first let me get one thing straight …. if you have chronic halitosis, DON’T expect a breath mint to make the problem go away (although they are an excellent maintenance device if you are already using the TheraBreath system in the morning and night). My last 10 years have been spent helping people who mostly have had chronic halitosis problems – the type of condition that every time you talk with a person you detect an odor from their breath.

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But there is a type of bad breath out there that is common to everyone that I’ve been largely ignoring for the last 10 years! I refer to this type as situational bad breath. Situational Bad Breath occurs in 99.9% of the world population at one time or another (statistically just about everybody, but my lawyers make me say it like that!). It happens when someone activates a trigger that causes the oral environment in their mouth to become more likely for the anaerobic bacteria to begin creating the volatile sulfur compounds (VSC’s) that cause bad breath.

In scientific terms, when your mouth encounters one of these triggers, it creates an oral environment that encourages the anaerobic bacteria to begin extracting sulfur compounds from specific amino acids. One amino acid (cysteine) turns into hydrogen sulfide (the rotten-egg smell), and another amino acid (methionine) becomes methyl mercaptan which smells sort of like dirty socks!

So Let’s Take A Real-World Example For A Minute…

You get together with some friends one weekend for bite to eat at a delectable restaurant that serves cheese fondue, with a strawberry daiquiri to cap it off.

You want to make sure you have fresh breath, so after dinner you pop in an Altoid or other such breath candy . . . . STOP!

Although you may have a cinnamon-like taste in your mouth, what you’ve really just done is made your bad breath problem much worse. Let me explain:

During dinner, you introduced two triggers to your mouth (protein and alcohol) that weren’t previously there and made your particular oral environment very eager to begin creating those foul-smelling VSCs.

Then after dinner, by sucking on that mint, you actually gave those bacteria a food source they LOVE (sugar) to help along the VSC production. True, you TASTE cinnamon or mint, but that’s only a temporary cover up and what other people actually SMELL is usually a lot worse!

Now I’ve Introduced ZOX – The First Breath Mint To Actually NEUTRALIZE Bad Breath Production!

I created ZOX Breath Fresheners because I wanted to address the fact that almost all the other “breath mints” on the market DO NOT take into account the principles of halitosis prevention that I’ve been studying for the last 10 years! Most of them are created to taste good and that’s about it. ZOX Breath Fresheners were created based on the same clinically proven Zinc/Oxygen/Xylitol principles used by the rest of the TheraBreath product line. It is literally bad breath prevention science packed into a roll of breath mints!

First, ZOX Breath Fresheners have no sugar. Next, we added zinc gluconate for its ability to literally put a straight-jacket around those bad-breath producing anaerobic bacteria. Zinc gluconate blocks the receptors on the anaerobic bacteria so that they don’t bind with the amino acids.  If they don’t bind with the amino acids, then they don’t produce VSCs!

ZOX Breath Fresheners contain no aspartame, no saccharin, and no artificial colors or flavors.

ZOX Breath Fresheners have been specifically created for the sole purpose of preventing bad breath, and removing metallic tastes, NOT for just covering them up. The longer you keep a ZOX in your mouth, the more volatile sulfur compounds it will neutralize.

Plus, each mint is only 5 calories, so you can have as many as you want.

The bottom line is that all-natural ZOX Breath Fresheners are the first and only breath mint to neutralize bad breath based on the clinically proven methods practiced by the California Breath Clinics over the past 10 years.   Try it for occasional and situational bad breath!

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