Posts Tagged ‘Medications’

Antidepressants = Dry Mouth + Bad Breath

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Reuters published an article about a study that found antidepressant use has more than doubled in the US, going from 13 million to 27 million Americans, between the years 1996 and 2005.  One of the reasons may be that more Americans are accepting the diagnosis of depression than ever before.  An increase in use, however, has not been seen among blacks.   

The researchers noticed that not only are more Americans using antidepressants, but they are also receiving more antidepressant descriptions.  According to IMS Health, more than 164 million prescriptions were written last year for antidepressants, costing people $9.6 billion in the United States.   

As with most medications, there are many negative symptoms.  These include the obvious dry mouth and bad breath, which are symptoms in most prescription drugs.  For that, patients should try out TheraBreath and ZOX Breath Mints

These drugs affect the brain chemical serotonin, and studies found that those undergoing treatment with antipsychotic medications were less likely to undergo psychotherapy.  However, the decrease in visits to therapists may be attributed to the out-of-pocket costs for visits and lower insurance coverage. 

The FDA added its strongest warning on the use of all antidepressants in children and teens, called the “black box.”   Unfortunately, clinical trials have showed the increase in suicidal thoughts/behaviors in people using antidepressants, especially children and teens.

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Medications and Bad Breath

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Many people are unaware that the medications that they’ve been taking for years have actually contributed to their bad breath and taste disorders. It all boils down to the unfortunate side-effects of many medications which include dry mouth and alteration in taste perception.

According to the most recent research on prescription medications, 7 out of the top 10 medications used in the US during 1998 had “dry mouth, bad breath, or taste disorders” as a side effect.

We have compiled the following list for you, along with a list of other common medication that you may be taking:

Medication

Use

Dry Mouth

Sour Taste Symptom

Listed.

Notes

Prilosec

Reflux and Ulcers

Yes

Often mistakenly prescribed for bad breath.

Prozac

Antidepressant

Yes

Mistakenly prescribed because doctors think that patients are imaging their bad breath.

Zocor

Cholesterol

No

bad breath and halitosis

Zoloft

Antidepressant

Yes

See Prozac

Zantac

Digestive

No

Often mistakenly prescribed for bad breath

Claritin

Antihistamine

Yes

bad breath and halitosis

Paxil

Antidepressant

Yes

See Prozac

Norvasc

Angina Relief

Yes

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Vasotec

High Blood Pressure

Yes

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Imitrex

Migraine Headaches

No

bad breath and halitosis

bad breath and halitosis

 Other common medications are part of this problem, also. This is only a partial list! Please consult your physician before altering the prescribed use of any of these medications.

bad breath and halitosis

ANOREXIANT

Adipex-P, Fastin, Ionamin, Zantryl ……phentermine

Anorex SR, Adipost, Bontril PDM……..phendimetrazine

Mazanor, Sanorex …………………………… mazindol

Pondimin, Fen-Phen …………………………fenfluramine

Tenuate, Tepanil, Ten-Tab ……………….diethylpropion

ANTIACNE

Accutane …………………………………………. isotretinoin

ANTIANXIETY

Atarax, Vistaril …………………………………. hydroxyzine

Ativan ……………………………………………….. lorazepam

Centrax …………………………………………….. prazepam

Equanil, Miltown ……………………………….. meprobamate

Librium ……………………………………………… chlordiazepoxide

Paxipam ……………………………………………. halazepam

Serax ………………………………………………… oxazepam

Valium ………………………………………………. diazepam

Xanax ………………………………………………… alprazolam

ANTICHOLINERGIC / ANTISPASMODIC

Anaspaz …………………………………………….. hyoscyamine

Atropisol. Sal-Tropine ……………………….. atropine

Banthine …………………………………………….. methantheline

Bellergal …………………………………………….. belladonna alkaloids

Bentyl …………………………………………………. dicyclomine

Daricon ………………………………………………. oxyphencyclimine

Ditropan ……………………………………………… oxybutynin

Donnatal, Kinesed ……..hyoscyamine with atropine,phenobarbital, scopolamine

Librax ………………………………………………….. chlordiazepoxide with clidinium

Pamine ………………………………………………… methscopolamine

Pro-Banthine ……………………………………….. propantheline

Transderm-Scop …………………………………. scopolamine

ANTICONVULSANT

Felbatol …………………………………………. felbamate

Lamictal ………………………………………… lamotrigine

Neurontin ………………………………………. gabapentin

Tegretol …………………………………………. carbamazepine

ANTIDEPRESSANTb

Anafranil ………………………………………. clomipramine

Asendin ………………………………………… amoxapine

Elavil …………………………………………….. amitryptaline

Luvox ……………………………………………. fluvoxamine

Norpramin …………………………………….. desipramine

Prozac ………………………………………….. fluoxetine

Sinequan ………………………………………. doxepin

Tofranil ………………………………………….. imipramine

Wellbutrin ……………………………………… bupropion

ANTIDIARRHETIC

Imodium AD …………………………………… loperamide

Lomotil …………………………………………….diphenoxylate with atropine

Motofen ………………………………………….. difenoxin with atropine

ANTIHISTAMINE

Actifed ……………………………………………. triprolidine with pseudoephedrine

Benadryl ………………………………………… diphenhydramine

Chlor-Trimeton ………………………………. chlorpheniramine

Claritin ……………………………………………. loratadine

Dimetane ……………………………………….. brompheniramine

Dimetapp……………..brompheniramine with phenylpropanolamine

Hismanal …………………………………………. astemizole

Phenergan ……………………………………….. promethazine

Pyribenzamine (PBZ) ………………………. tripelennamine

Seldane ……………………………………………. terfenadine

ANTIHYPERTENSIVE

Capoten ………………………………………. captopril

Catapres …………………………………….. clonidine

Coreg ………………………………………….. carvedilol

Ismelin ………………………………………… guanethidine

Minipress …………………………………….. prazosin

Serpasil ……………………………………….. reserpine

Wytensin ……………………………………… guanabenz

ANTIINFLAMMATORY ANALGESIC

Dolobid ………………………………………….. diflunisal

Feldene ………………………………………….. piroxicam

Motrin, Advil …………………………………… ibuprofen

Nalfon …………………………………………….. fenoprofen

Naprosyn ……………………………………….. naproxen

ANTINAUSEANT/ANTIEMETIC

Antivert ……………………………………… meclizine

Dramamine ………………………………. dyphenhydramine

Marezine …………………………………… cyclizine

ANTIPARKINSONIAN

Akineton …………………………………….. biperiden

Artane ………………………………………… trihexyphenidyl

Cogentin …………………………………….. benztropine mesylate

Larodopa …………………………………….. levodopa

Sinemet ………………………………………. carbidopa with levodopa

ANTI-PSYCHOTIC

Clozaril …………………………………………… clozapine

Compazine …………………………………….. prochlorperazine

Eskalith …………………………………………… lithium

Haldol …………………………………………….. haloperidol

Mellaril ……………………………………………. thioridazine

Navane ……………………………………………. thiothixene

Orap ………………………………………………… pimozide

Sparine ……………………………………………. promazine

Stelazine …………………………………………. trifluoperazine

Thorazine ………………………………………… chlorpromazine

BRONCHDILATOR

Atrovent ………………………………………. ipratropium

Isuprel …………………………………………. isoproterenol

Proventil, Ventolin ……………………….. albuterol

DECONGESTANT

Ornade …….. phenylpropanolamine with chlorpheniramine

Sudafed ………………………………………… pseudoephedrine

DIURETIC

Diuril ……………………………………………… chlorothiazide

Dyazide, Maxzide …… triamterine and hydrochlorothiazide

HydroDIURIL, Esidrix …………………… hydrochlorothiazide

Hygroton ……………………………………….. chlorthalidone

Lasix ……………………………………………… furosemide

Midamor ………………………………………… amiloride

MUSCLE RELAXANT

Flexeril ………………………………………… cyclobenzaprine

Lioresal ……………………………………….. baclofen

Norflex, Disipal ……………………………. orphenadrine

NARCOTIC ANALGESIC

Demerol ………………………………………… meperidine

MS Contin …………………………………….. morphine

SEDATIVE

Dalmane ………………………………………. flurazepam

Halcion ………………………………………… triazolam

Restoril ………………………………………… temazepam

bad breath and halitosis

ANTIDEPRESSANTS

Prozac Norpramin Pertofrane

Elavil Adapin Valium (occassionally)

Imavate SK-Pramine Tofranil

Aventyl Vivactil Zoloft

Paxil Sigequan

ANTIPARKINSONISM

Akineton Artane Laradopa

Parsidol

ANTIHISTAMINES (Cold Medications)

Actifed Benadryl Comtrex

Dimetapp Pheran Triaminic

Vistaril Historal

ANTIHYPERTENSIVES (High Blood Pressure Medication):

Beta Blockers, Diuretics, Anti-Coagulants

Rautensin Isemelin Aldomet

Serpasil Minipress Inversine

Hyperoid Catapres Inderal

Inderide Aquatensin Moderatic

Diazide

ANTISPASMODICS & ANTICHOLINERGICS (GASTROINTESTINAL TYPE)

Quarzan Vistrax Combid

Pro-Banthine Anaspaz PB Donnatal

Pathibate

ANTISPASMODICS & ANTICHOLINERGICS (URINARY TYPE)

Pyridium Cystospaz Ditropan

Urispas Trac-Tabs

ANTIPSYCHOTIC AGENTS

Haldol Rau-Sed Serpasil

Thorazine Stelazine Comazine

Moban Daxolin Lithane

Lithonate

 

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What Medical Conditions Cause Bad Breath?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

In a dental office, people often pick up brochures that discuss how to get rid of bad breath.  In general, people like to know if their breath smells poorly.  Bad breath can be very unpleasant if you experience it coming from someone else’s mouth.

People often question how well their minty flavored mouthwashes work, especially since they have it everyday and may still experience bad breath.

Short-term bad breath is can be caused by having onions in a meal, which generally resolves itself when the food works its way through your system.  Mouthwash temporarily covers the smell, but the natural-occuring bacteria that causes this bad smell feeds on any left-over food in your mouth.  Also, dieting can lead to bad breath because the human body releases various chemicals in your breath when it breaks down stored protein and fat.

Some of the main medical conditions that can cause bad breath are sinusitis, respiratory infections, gastro-intestinal problems, and dry mouth (commonly caused by medications).  If you have chronic salty tastes in your mouth or moving teeth, you may have gum disease, which can lead to serious problems.  What happens is bacteria trapped around the teeth cause gum inflammation and overall inflammation, which can eventually lead to bone loss and tooth loss if left unchecked.

Foul-smelling breath caused by health issues generally won’t go away without proper care. To solve these issues permanently, one needs to get to the root of the problem and consult a professional, like a dentist.  Dentists should recognize periodontal disease and know how to treat it.

Mouthwash may help bad breath temporarily, but by doing this frequently, it can be like wearing a bandage on an open wound that never heals. If you don’t want a long-term bandage on your hand, why would you want one for your overall health?

If people offer you gum or are scared away by your bad breath all the time, you may have a bigger issue than bad breath to resolve.

Source:  Marcine Hays, Oak Park Family Dental Care

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Medications Which May Lead to Bad Breath

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Many people are unaware that the medications that they’ve been taking for years have actually contributed to their bad breath and taste disorder. It all boils down to the unfortunate side-effects of many medications which include dry mouth and alteration in taste perception.

According to the most recent research on prescription medications, 7 out of the top 10 medications used in the US during 1998 had “dry mouth, bad breath, or taste disorders” as a side effect.

We have compiled the following list for you, along with a list of other common medication that you may be taking:

Medication

Use

Dry Mouth
Sour Taste Symptom
Listed.

Notes

bad breath and halitosis

Other Common medications are part of this problem also. This is only a partial list. Please consult your physician before altering the prescribed use of any of these medications.

bad breath and halitosis

ANOREXIANT
Adipex-P, Fastin, Ionamin, Zantryl ……phentermine
Anorex SR, Adipost, Bontril PDM……..phendimetrazine
Mazanor, Sanorex …………………………… mazindol
Pondimin, Fen-Phen …………………………fenfluramine
Tenuate, Tepanil, Ten-Tab ……………….diethylpropion

ANTIACNE
Accutane …………………………………………. isotretinoin

ANTIANXIETY
Atarax, Vistaril …………………………………. hydroxyzine
Ativan ……………………………………………….. lorazepam
Centrax …………………………………………….. prazepam
Equanil, Miltown ……………………………….. meprobamate
Librium ……………………………………………… chlordiazepoxide
Paxipam ……………………………………………. halazepam
Serax ………………………………………………… oxazepam
Valium ………………………………………………. diazepam
Xanax ………………………………………………… alprazolam

ANTICHOLINERGIC / ANTISPASMODIC
Anaspaz …………………………………………….. hyoscyamine
Atropisol. Sal-Tropine ……………………….. atropine
Banthine …………………………………………….. methantheline
Bellergal …………………………………………….. belladonna alkaloids
Bentyl …………………………………………………. dicyclomine
Daricon ………………………………………………. oxyphencyclimine
Ditropan ……………………………………………… oxybutynin
Donnatal, Kinesed ……..hyoscyamine with atropine,phenobarbital, scopolamine
Librax ………………………………………………….. chlordiazepoxide with clidinium
Pamine ………………………………………………… methscopolamine
Pro-Banthine ……………………………………….. propantheline
Transderm-Scop …………………………………. scopolamine

ANTICONVULSANT
Felbatol …………………………………………. felbamate
Lamictal ………………………………………… lamotrigine
Neurontin ………………………………………. gabapentin
Tegretol …………………………………………. carbamazepine

ANTIDEPRESSANTb
Anafranil ………………………………………. clomipramine
Asendin ………………………………………… amoxapine
Elavil …………………………………………….. amitryptaline
Luvox ……………………………………………. fluvoxamine
Norpramin …………………………………….. desipramine
Prozac ………………………………………….. fluoxetine
Sinequan ………………………………………. doxepin
Tofranil ………………………………………….. imipramine
Wellbutrin ……………………………………… bupropion

ANTIDIARRHETIC
Imodium AD …………………………………… loperamide
Lomotil …………………………………………….diphenoxylate with atropine
Motofen ………………………………………….. difenoxin with atropine

ANTIHISTAMINE
Actifed ……………………………………………. triprolidine with pseudoephedrine
Benadryl ………………………………………… diphenhydramine
Chlor-Trimeton ………………………………. chlorpheniramine
Claritin ……………………………………………. loratadine
Dimetane ……………………………………….. brompheniramine
Dimetapp……………..brompheniramine with phenylpropanolamine
Hismanal …………………………………………. astemizole
Phenergan ……………………………………….. promethazine
Pyribenzamine (PBZ) ………………………. tripelennamine
Seldane ……………………………………………. terfenadine

ANTIHYPERTENSIVE
Capoten ………………………………………. captopril
Catapres …………………………………….. clonidine
Coreg ………………………………………….. carvedilol
Ismelin ………………………………………… guanethidine
Minipress …………………………………….. prazosin
Serpasil ……………………………………….. reserpine
Wytensin ……………………………………… guanabenz

ANTIINFLAMMATORY ANALGESIC
Dolobid ………………………………………….. diflunisal
Feldene ………………………………………….. piroxicam
Motrin, Advil …………………………………… ibuprofen
Nalfon …………………………………………….. fenoprofen
Naprosyn ……………………………………….. naproxen

ANTINAUSEANT/ANTIEMETIC
Antivert ……………………………………… meclizine
Dramamine ………………………………. dyphenhydramine
Marezine …………………………………… cyclizine

ANTIPARKINSONIAN
Akineton …………………………………….. biperiden
Artane ………………………………………… trihexyphenidyl
Cogentin …………………………………….. benztropine mesylate
Larodopa …………………………………….. levodopa
Sinemet ………………………………………. carbidopa with levodopa

ANTI-PSYCHOTIC
Clozaril …………………………………………… clozapine
Compazine …………………………………….. prochlorperazine
Eskalith …………………………………………… lithium
Haldol …………………………………………….. haloperidol
Mellaril ……………………………………………. thioridazine
Navane ……………………………………………. thiothixene
Orap ………………………………………………… pimozide
Sparine ……………………………………………. promazine
Stelazine …………………………………………. trifluoperazine
Thorazine ………………………………………… chlorpromazine

BRONCHDILATOR
Atrovent ………………………………………. ipratropium
Isuprel …………………………………………. isoproterenol
Proventil, Ventolin ……………………….. albuterol

DECONGESTANT
Ornade …….. phenylpropanolamine with chlorpheniramine
Sudafed ………………………………………… pseudoephedrine

DIURETIC
Diuril ……………………………………………… chlorothiazide
Dyazide, Maxzide …… triamterine and hydrochlorothiazide
HydroDIURIL, Esidrix …………………… hydrochlorothiazide
Hygroton ……………………………………….. chlorthalidone
Lasix ……………………………………………… furosemide
Midamor ………………………………………… amiloride

MUSCLE RELAXANT
Flexeril ………………………………………… cyclobenzaprine
Lioresal ……………………………………….. baclofen
Norflex, Disipal ……………………………. orphenadrine

NARCOTIC ANALGESIC
Demerol ………………………………………… meperidine
MS Contin …………………………………….. morphine

SEDATIVE
Dalmane ………………………………………. flurazepam
Halcion ………………………………………… triazolam
Restoril ………………………………………… temazepam

bad breath and halitosis

ANTIDEPRESSANTS
Prozac Norpramin Pertofrane
Elavil Adapin Valium (occassionally)
Imavate SK-Pramine Tofranil
Aventyl Vivactil Zoloft
Paxil Sigequan

ANTIPARKINSONISM
Akineton Artane Laradopa
Parsidol

ANTIHISTAMINES (Cold Medications)
Actifed Benadryl Comtrex
Dimetapp Pheran Triaminic
Vistaril Historal

ANTIHYPERTENSIVES (High Blood Pressure Medication):
Beta Blockers, Diuretics, Anti-Coagulants
Rautensin Isemelin Aldomet
Serpasil Minipress Inversine
Hyperoid Catapres Inderal
Inderide Aquatensin Moderatic
Diazide

ANTISPASMODICS & ANTICHOLINERGICS (GASTROINTESTINAL TYPE)
Quarzan Vistrax Combid
Pro-Banthine Anaspaz PB Donnatal
Pathibate

ANTISPASMODICS & ANTICHOLINERGICS (URINARY TYPE)
Pyridium Cystospaz Ditropan
Urispas Trac-Tabs

ANTIPSYCHOTIC AGENTS
Haldol Rau-Sed Serpasil
Thorazine Stelazine Comazine
Moban Daxolin Lithane
Lithonate

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Why TheraBreath Works So Well

Monday, September 10th, 2007

The TheraBreath System and its products are based on highly potent, but extremely safe Oxyd-VIII™. Oxyd-VIII is a refined and properly pH balanced formula derived from a chemical used in water purification for over 100 years, Sodium Chlorite. Our products have surpassed the “older” chemical known as “active” Chlorine Dioxide, to provide amazing results. The significant improvements have been registered both clinically and from Real People just like you, who have switched from one product to another.

[…”Dr. Katz, When I switched from…(one of our competitors) to your new formula I was a bit skeptical, but I wanted to try it to get rid of that lousy taste in my mouth. Thank you for explaining the difference, now my taste is the freshest it’s been in 30 years, and even my grandchildren have started to kiss me again. Thank God for your miracle cure…”]

7 Reasons Why TheraBreath is Superior to any other group of Products

One:
Our active ingredient is Stabilized and generates Oxidizing Power as soon as it enters your mouth. This stabilization process allows TheraBreath to have up to a 3 year shelf-life.
[NOTE: Do not be confused by jealous competitors who state that TheraBreath does not contain active chlorine dioxide. Those statements are made to confuse the public. When any of the TheraBreath products enter your mouth, a chemical reaction takes place, which allows PLENTY of Fresh Oxidation every time you use it. That’s why thousands of TheraBreath kits are sold every week in North America, Asia, Europe, South America, and Australia!]

Two:
TheraBreath has become the most “user-friendly” Anti-Halitosis System, featuring an Oral Rinse, Toothpaste, Breath Spray, Concentrated PowerDrops, and Oxygenating Chewing Gum, all designed to attack the root of the problem throughout the day with the utmost of convenience.

Some Breath-refreshing systems rely solely on mouthwash to fight bad breath.

Three:
TheraBreath ToothGel also contains Sodium Fluoride which fights decay. Fluoride has also been shown to be an effective de-sensitizing agent. Some of the other “Anti-Halitosis” systems do not contain any Fluoride at all. Before you purchase any “anti-Halitosis” product, make sure to ask if it contains Fluoride.

Four:
We have added highly concentrated Whole Leaf Aloe Vera to our toothpaste. Recent research in Asia has shown that Aloe Vera boosts the body’s ability to create collagen, which in turn strengthens weak and swollen gums to heal more quickly. (Bleeding gums provide a protein food source to the bacteria that create bad breath). No other “anti-Halitosis” system contains this form of Aloe Vera to fight this added problem.

Five:
Our toothpaste or tooth”gel” does not contain Saccharin. (some other breath-refreshing products do). Saccharin has been shown to be carcinogenic in lab animals. Also, for some people, Saccharin creates a bitter aftertaste, due to one of the chemical compounds produced during Saccharin’s chemical breakdown.

Six:
TheraBreath toothpaste does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (a harsh detergent), which has been shown to be related to an increased incidence of canker sores. Almost all toothpastes contain this chemical. Research has shown that SLS should not be used by those who suffer from canker sores. And because the toothpaste does not contain SLS, (which will cause high levels of foam in the mouth), you will be better able to cleanse these odor-causing bacteria from your mouth by being able to brush longer.

Seven:
Our toothpaste is actually a gel. Chemically speaking, gels are much smaller molecules than pastes, allowing deeper penetration below the tongue surface. TheraBreath toothpaste also contains premiere tooth polishing and whitening agents, in order to keep your smile white and brilliant, but without damaging abrasives. They are cruelty-free and are not harmful to the environment.

Clinical Studies on TheraBreath:

Presented on August 20, 1999 at UCLA – The University of California at Los Angeles – (at the 4th International Conference on Oral Malodor)

The Effects of Oxygenating TheraBreath Products on Bad Breath Patients – Testing of Saliva Production, and Reduction of VSC by Flame Chromatography and Halimeter Values.b

Bacterial production of Hydrogen Sulphide plays the main role in the ethiopathogenesis of bad breath, although there are several minor etiologic factors which also play a role. The anaerobic bacteria live in ideal areas, unreachable by oxygen, such as the back of the throat and tongue, interproximal areas of the teeth, periodontal pockets, and enlarged tonsilla. An oxygenating agent able to act in these regions could provide a benefit in eliminating halitosis.

Our study monitored 25 subjects at the Department of Periodontology of our University Dental School. The subjects all suffered with the most common signs of bad breath and were evaluated both before and after the study using GCF, Halimeter (manufactured by Interscan) readings, and their level of saliva production by a Periotron 8000.

Results showed a statistically significant decrease in Halimeter readings and GCF values, while at the same time increasing their level of saliva production.

Conclusion: TheraBreath products (Oral Rinse, Toothgel, Spray, PowerDrops, Chewing Gum, AktivOxigen Tablets) are able to scientifically eliminate bad breath (halitosis), while at the same time helping to create more saliva for those who suffer with dry mouth.

Independent study conducted by the following Doctors: G. Acikgoz, I. Devrim, M. Aldikacti, A. Kayipmaz, G. Keles of the Ondokuz Mayis University Dental School, Samsun Turkey

Why the OXYD-8 version of chlorine dioxide (used exclusively in TheraBreath) provides the longest & strongest relief:

TheraBreath is designed to produce copious amounts of “fresh, Potent” ClO2 “ON DEMAND” exactly where it’s needed – in the oral cavity, throat and tonsils.

Consumption of “FREE” ClO2 leads to replenishment of more “FREE” ClO2 by a simple Le Chatelier shift to the right.

The demand for ClO2 is caused by the presence of the proteins and acids in the anaerobic bacteria and the volatile sulfur compounds they produce. This sensitive trigger mechanism in the OXYD-8 active ingredient in TheraBreath does not require stabilizing elements, bleach (as used in the ProFresh system) or buffers needed in other formulas.

This allows TheraBreath to provide a much longer residual effect. Click Here to Order

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