Posts Tagged ‘immunity’

Dry Mouth and its Relationship to Bad Breath, Sour, and Bitter Taste

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Saliva is a very important part of Oral Health. With regards to the topic at hand, Saliva provides 3 important functions:

1. Provides enzymes to help with digestion of food
2. Provides a method to stabilize the pH (keep the acid levels in check)
3. Provides high levels of oxygen in order to keep oral tissues healthy and fresh.

If you suffer from dry mouth (Xerostomia) symptoms, you naturally have less saliva. In turn, less saliva means less oxygen. If there is less oxygen available in the oral environment you have an anaerobic environment, which is perfect for these sulfur-producing bacteria. In essence, the bacteria are now capable of making high levels of sulfur gases, which in turn make the breath and taste worse.

Dry mouth may cause bad breath. We are the only National Breath Center that includes in their standard treatment an all natural Breath Mint designed to stimulate saliva flow AND freshen your breath. Containing no sugar, aspartame, or saccharin, this breath lozenge uses its patented zinc/oxygen/xylitol formula to naturally stimulate the salivary glands to produce an oxygen-rich type of saliva, which works extremely well with our Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide oral rinse and oral gel in order to restrict the production of the foul-smelling and tasting sulfide and mercaptan compounds.

It is also true that some tongue formations are also more conducive to dry mouth than others. Generally, the rougher one’s tongue, the more likely they are to have a bad breath problem. This is connected to the belief by some that “bad breath” can be an inherited trait. Truthfully, one cannot inherit the bacteria of bad breath, but one can inherit a specific “shape or geography” of tongue, just as one would inherit a parent’s eye color, hair color, height, and ear shape.

In the graphic on this page, one sees a deep groove going down the middle of the tongue; this is known as a “fissured” tongue and it may lead to a great deal of the anaerobic bacteria breeding at the bottom of this fissure, because Oxygen cannot get to the bottom of the fissure (another reason why tongue scraping without oxidizing products, is a waste of time.)

Some people may have a condition known as “hairy tongue”, which again describes the fibers that make up the tongue (papillae), being slightly longer than the norm. The longer the papillae, the more rough the appearance of the tongue and of course the better to trap the sulfur producing bacteria.

Once the tongue becomes very dry, or if the tongue becomes abused by extra hard scraping or brushing, the outer layer becomes very sensitive. One prevalent condition among older people is “burning tongue syndrome”. It is common among both sexes, but slightly higher among women. That fact has caused some scientists to believe that there is a hormonal component to “burning tongue syndrome”. Many patients who are diabetic, may notice a burning of the tongue, once they become thirsty. It is important, when one has these types of symptoms, to stay away from oral rinses that may burn or make your mouth dry. The resulting pain is indescribably painful according to many of my patients.

The standard recommendation for Burning Tongue Syndrome and Dry Mouth is the following:
(among patients we have treated)

1. Stop using oral products which make your mouth dry and/or contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (see list of oral products at “Oral Products That Create Halitosis”).

2. Stop drinking citrus juices (tomato, orange, grapefruit, etc.)

3. Avoid coffee

4. Do not smoke

5. See your physician regarding possibility of Diabetes or Thyroid Problems

Daily Oral Regimen for Those who Have Burning Tongue Syndrome or Dry Mouth:

a. Coat tongue twice daily with TheraBreath ToothGel and let sit on tongue for 90 seconds.

b. Rinse with 1-2 capfuls of Oral Rinse for 90 seconds.

c. Drink 8 glasses of water per day.

d. Take Vitamin C on a daily basis as recommended on label.

Tonsils and Tonsiloliths:
(Those white-yellow globs that get stuck in your throat).

These bacteria can breed very easily in the back of the throat, and especially the tonsils (if you have them.) One important fact to remember: The bacteria never start off in the throat or tonsils. They only get there because the “bugs” originate on the back of the tongue – which contacts the throat & tonsils EVERY TIME you swallow. When someone has post nasal drip or allergies, it is possible to form little “white globs” – scientifically known as Tonsiloliths. They are a combination of sulfur compounds (produced by the bacteria) and mucous (from post nasal drip). Their smell (if you’ve checked them out) is very STRONG! Do not attempt to pick them out yourself – you’ll cause a lot of bleeding. Many dentists and physicians don’t know what they are – they are not food particles and it is not the sign of infection. Do not run out and have a tonsillectomy – because you will still have bad breath – because the bugs are still on the back of your tongue. (If you no longer have your tonsils, a similar reaction takes place if you have had a history of sore throats – your throat is much rougher).

Here’s what an increasing number of my patients have done to solve this problem: We have recently developed a concentrated tablet, known as “AktivOxigen Tabs“, as an addition to our TheraBreath product line. When added to an 8 oz. bottle of water, the tablet will create a powerful Oxygenating solution which one can use as their mouthwash and Gargle. Patients with tonsils, post nasal drip, or a white coating on their tongue have told me that if they Drink 4-5 capfuls of this solution, even their morning breath disappears! (It’s because the oxygenation attacks the bacteria and their odorous sulfur production on the very back of the tongue, throat and/or tonsils – which cannot be reached through any other method.) You can also make a double strength Solution by adding 2 tablets to the 8 oz. bottle. AktivOxigen Tabs are easy to carry around and the resulting Unflavored solution is also very refreshing!

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Sour, Bitter, Metallic Taste

Monday, September 10th, 2007

The reason that taste disorders are related to Bad Breath is due to the sulfur produced by these anaerobic bacteria, particularly on the back (dorsum) of the tongue. Although it was extremely difficult for us to find a direct relationship between sulfide molecules and this area of the tongue in American Medical or Dental textbooks, several Asian Medical texts made reference to Sour, Bitter, and Metallic tastes associated with the rear of the tongue. This fact is very logical, because the bacteria that produce the Sulfur Compounds breed in the back of the tongue which is the area susceptible to sour, bitter, and metallic tastes.

Smell and Taste

Neurologically, the sense of smell and the sense of taste have two distinct physical centers in the brain, where specific electrical impulses are received. However, they happen to be next door neighbors. There is physical evidence which show that the receptors for these are separate senses often intermingle with each other. This causes some to detect a sense of odor, even though there is none, based on a stimulation in the taste center, and vice versa.

Pharmaceutical companies realized early on that it could be very easy to “fool” the public by creating strong flavors in oral rinses, which would then be “sensed” by the brain as if the user’s breath was fresh.

One must understand that just as seeing and hearing are 2 different senses, and so are smelling and taste. You can have a great minty taste in your mouth (after using Altoids, let’s say), but the odor being sensed by the person next to you at work can be a disagreeable sulfur odor. This is true because the sugar in those products stimulate the bacteria to produce more sulfur compounds.

Some oral rinses are flavored to be “mediciny” with the distinct purpose of creating the sense to the user that this “medicine” flavor is actually doing something. Therabreath Oral Rinses are designed to fight and prevent bad breath, not mask it.

pH and Tastes:
Sour, bitter, metallic tastes are all acidic in nature. Our medicated products are the only ones of their type to be pH balanced in such a manner as to neutralize more oral acids. This is significant when attempting to raise the pH (make the environment less acidic) and eliminate these tastes in order to freshen the oral cavity. Your TheraBreath instructions also include procedures to change the pH and methods to better attack the bacteria which are normally very difficult to reach.

For those individuals who may have a slightly more “acidic” oral environment or saliva, here’s a helpful hint:

Sprinkle a small amount of Baking Soda on the bristles of your dry toothbrush. Then place TheraBreath toothgel over the Baking Soda to cover the bristles – then brush. The Baking Soda neutralizes more of the oral acids and creates a “cleaner” taste sensation.

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Dr. Katz’s New Oral Strips Are Effective Immune Supplements Designed to Strengthen and Boost

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Stopping Yourself From Getting Sick Has Never Been Easier.

Why Do You Need Immune Supplements?

When I first started testing bad breath back in 1993, I realized that it was absolutely necessary to physically smell the odor exhaled by patients at my clinics. This was in addition to all of the other tests I performed. An unfortunate side effect of that procedure was an increase in rate of getting sick. You see, I was picking up a lot of “bugs” from every heavy exhale.

I realized that if I wanted to continue I needed something to help me boost my immune system and fight off these viruses and bacteria. Some of you may remember the liquid product I introduced in the 1990’s known as Immune Therapy. You needed to mix a few drops of this immune supplement (a blend of compounds I knew would work, based on experience working with bacteria and viruses back at UCLA) with water. It was a bit of a hassle, but it worked very well to strengthen the immune system. One problem with that formula was that we couldn’t add any flavor, because of the method used in preparation.

A few months ago, when we started to market our TheraBreath PLUS FreshStrips (for fresh breath), I went to the laboratory and asked them if they could place the same effective ingredients I used for my immune supplements into dissolvable film, but with a delicious natural flavor to help stimulate saliva as well.

Well, I’m proud to announce a new strip product – Immune Strips!

 

  • ZINC
    The Zinc Gluconate in Immune Strips is the only form proven to be effective.
    Dr. Katz Talks About Zinc
  • VITAMIN C
    Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants and vital for the immune system.
    Dr. Katz Talks About Vitamin C
  • ECHINACEA
    Echinacea has been used for over 400 years as a general “cure-all”.
    Dr. Katz Talks About Echincacea
  • Many of you are aware of a popular product known as Airborne®. It’s an effervescent tablet that when dissolved in water helps to boost the immune system and ward off viruses and bacteria. I have nothing bad to say about their formula (although I think mine is better), but I will admit that my Immune Strips are much more convenient to use as an immune supplement – because you don’t need a full glass of water in which to dissolve anything. You simply place a delicious strip on your tongue and your done.

    How To Use Dr. Katz’s Immune Strips
    For best effects to strengthen your immune system, I recommend taking one strip every 2 hours until you’ve taken four on the first day of traveling, or being around people who tend to carry germs (children, crowds of sneezing people, work, trains, airplanes, etc). Most people do fine with 2 strips a day after that – but the good part is that you can take as many as you’d like, because the wild cherry taste is absolutely delicious.

    Better yet, my Immune Strips cost less than Airborne® Immune Supplements.

    Immune Strips and Immune Supplements to Boost and Strengthen Your Immune System
    Dr. Katz’s Immune Strips are a specially-designed synergistic blend
    of natural compounds to help cut
    down the extent and duration of
    colds and other common illnesses.

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    The Truth About Bad Breath & What the Symptoms Mean

    Sunday, July 8th, 2007

    Bad breath is caused by Anaerobic Sulfur Producing Bacteria which normally live WITHIN the surface of the tongue and in the throat. These bacteria are supposed to be there, because they assist humans in digestion by breaking down proteins found in specific foods, mucous or phlegm, blood, and in diseased or “broken-down” oral tissue. Under certain conditions, these bacteria start to break down proteins at a very high rate. Proteins are made up of Amino Acids. Two of the Amino Acids (Cysteine and Methionine) are dense with sulfur.

    Sinus Cavity When these “beneficial” bacteria come into contact with these compounds, the odorous and “lousy-tasting” sulfur compounds are released from the back of the tongue and throat, as Hydrogen Sulfide, Methyl Mercaptan, and other odorous and bad tasting compounds. These “problem” compounds are often referred to as volatile sulfur compounds (VSC), where volatile means Vaporous and Effervescent, two adjectives which accurately describe their ability to offend other people instantly.

    Because my original degree is in Bacteriology, let me explain a very important fact about these “bugs”. They are not “bad guys” – they are not infectious. Everyone in the world has the same group of bacteria in their mouth. You cannot “catch” bad breath from someone else – even by kissing. Since they are part of our normal oral flora, you cannot permanently remove them from your mouth – not by tongue scraping, not by antibiotics, and not by rinses which claim to “lift the bacteria off your tongue”. The only scientifically proven and clinically effective method of halting Halitosis is by attacking the bacteria’s ability to produce VSC and by converting the VSC into non-odorous and non-tasting organic salts. (I should know, I’ve personally treated nearly 10,000 people at my California Breath Clinics and I’ve helped thousands more through my TheraBreath formulas. Take a look at a small fraction of testimonial letters to see What Doesn’t Work!

    Sinus Cavity Speaking about bacteria, there is one other fact that you must understand about these bacteria. They are classified as “Anaerobic” – which literally means “Without Oxygen”. They thrive in an environment where Oxygen is NOT present. That is why they DO NOT LIVE ON THE SURFACE OF YOUR TONGUE! They live in between the papillae (fibers) that make up your tongue!

    These sulfur compounds are actually by-products of anaerobic bacteria (Fusobacterium and Actinomyces, among others). Everyone needs these bacteria, because they assist the digestion process. But, unfortunately, for some, as yet undetermined reason these particular bacteria are found in higher numbers in those anguished by Bad Breath. (Various theories attribute this to hormonal changes, a history of medications, usually antibiotics or sulfa drugs-which create an imbalance of oral bacteria, or even Genetics-these disorders appear to run in some families.) We do know however, that it seems to be evenly split between men and women.

    Conditions under which the problem becomes worse:

    Dry Mouth
    Although some cases of dry mouth are naturally occurring, most cases are caused by one of these factors; prescription medications (usually prescribed for high blood pressure or depression) antihistamines, and adult beverages, with alcohol in them. (see “Why Regular Products Don’t Work”)

    When your mouth is dryer, you have less Saliva. Saliva naturally contains Oxygen, which keeps your mouth healthy and fresh. These bacteria are anaerobic, which simply means that they will thrive and make more sulfur in the presence of little or no oxygen. Thus if you have less Saliva, you have less oxygen, thereby creating an anaerobic environment, perfect for the bacteria to produce more of these odorous and sour/bitter compounds. For people with Dry Mouth, products such as Saliva Stimulation Tablets can help greatly.

    Post-Nasal Drip
    We know that proteins contain amino acids, which in turn contain sulfur compounds (see text above). When a person has a post nasal drip, mucus drains and coats the back of the tongue and throat, exactly where bacteria live (see diagram above). Since mucus is made up of interlinked strands of protein, the bacteria have a field day, breaking down these proteins into odorous and sour tasting sulfur type compounds. Strong Antihistamines don’t help, because the drying effect of the antihistamines also creates a problem. The only method of ending the odor and taste are to use Oxyd-VIII based oral products. Many of my patients with post nasal drip have claimed great success with use of the Nasal-Sinus Drops.

    What About The Sinuses?
    After personally treating nearly 9,000 people worldwide, I have yet to see a patient get rid of his bad breath following sinus surgery. First of all, these anaerobic bacteria cannot live in the sinuses. When someone has a sinus infection, one of the common symptoms are intense sinus headaches, caused by the pressure from the infection in the sinus. If you don’t have these powerful headaches, you probably don’t have a sinus problem. The fact is that once someone has an elevated amount of these anaerobic bacteria, they will create the problem from any protein source, including mucous, phlegm, etc, which drain down the back of your throat into the area where these bacteria live.

    High Protein Foods
    These bacteria love those proteins, and certain foods are packed with them:

    Milk and Cheese and most other dairy products. (The fat content does not matter.) If you are lactose intolerant, do not eat or drink these products! Since your system cannot digest them properly, they are available to the bacteria for an extended period of time. A recent research article from the Los Angeles Times (November 1996) on lactose intolerance showed that nearly 67% of all Americans can be classified as “Lactose Intolerant”. This is due to the fact that in a diverse population such as we have here, there is a predilection for Asians, Hispanics, and African-Americans to be lactose intolerant.

    Fish are high in proteins. As many people eat a high fish diet, logically they make the problem worse.

    Coffee with caffeine (and even without) contains high levels of acids which cause the bacteria to reproduce more rapidly and create a bitter taste for many people. (Virtually any acidic type of food will do this.)

    Coffee drinking was one of the problems that my patients used to have. After starting my treatment, they have been able to go back to coffee drinking (in moderation of course) without any bitter tastes afterward.

    What Works?
    Oxyd-VIII is the active ingredient in TheraBreath products. It prevents the anaerobic bacteria from creating the odorous sulfide and Mercaptan compounds by “adding oxygen” to the environment. The end result is the formation of a “Sulfate”, which has no odor or taste. Most of my patients start out with a Starter Kit and work their way up from there if necessary.

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