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Dr. Katz Recommends Oxygenating, Mouth-Moistening Rinses for Bad Breath

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Over the years, Dr. Katz has spent no small amount of time investigating the origins of bad breath. The result of so many hours of research and development is a list of the most causes of halitosis.

Recently, he appeared on WACH FOX 57 in Columbia,  South Carolina, to explain how our mouths develop odor and what we can do to eliminate it. The prime cause of bad breath, he said, is dry mouth.

Whether you sleep with your mouth open, smoke cigarettes or just generally have low saliva flow, dry mouth is your enemy when it comes to bad breath. Dr. Katz told reporter Tyler Ryan that having too little moisture on your tongue and palate allows anaerobic bacteria to multiply.

It is these microorganisms that lead to halitosis. Without adequate moisture, they can go wild digesting proteins, oils and dead cells in your mouth, ultimately emitting sulfur-based molecules as a byproduct of their digestion. These molecules are what lead your co-workers to offer you mints – that is, drop you hints.

Of course, other things can lead to halitosis too. Smoking is an obvious cause of oral odor, as are foods that leave a smell in your mouth, like garlic, onions or spicy dishes.

Furthermore, the foods you eat may lead to oral odor in a more roundabout way. If you are on a special diet – say, one that involves avoiding carbohydrates in favor of proteins – you may be doing your mouth a disservice.

What is the remedy? Dr. Katz explained that specialty breath fresheners that oxygenate the mouth can keep bacteria from thriving. Likewise, rinses, lozenges or tablets that moisten the palate may prevent microbes from multiplying.

By using such products, you may be able to clamp down on your halitosis.

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Which Preventable Action Leads to Bad Breath?

Monday, September 12th, 2011

As we often talk about, there are numerous causes of bad breath that may not be preventable, but are treatable with TheraBreath products. Just to list a few, these treatable causes include tonsil stones,
odorous foods, dry mouth, postnasal drip
and bad oral hygiene.

Of the preventable bad breath issues, which causes a great deal of bad breath and can be stopped? A group of dental researchers from Kuwait’s College of Health Sciences wanted to find out exactly that answer. This group surveyed more than 1,500 people and of that group, 23% admitted to having some form of bad breath. As this was self-disclosure, the actual number of those inflicted with halitosis might have been  higher, don’t forget that some people that have halitosis don’t even know they do!

What causes these people to have halitosis? Some factors included smoking, use of a toothbrush less than once a day (this group was more than two and half times more likely to have bad breath), smoking, chronic  sinusitis, gastric problems and not flossing.

While there are many factors that can cause foul breath, many of them are preventable. It’s always wise to brush, floss and rinse at least twice a day – using TheraBreath products will help to keep your breath fresh all day.

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Smoking Does More than Give You Stinky Breath

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

We all know that smoking and using tobacco products are bad for us. Well, now there are another two smoking-related diseases we can add to the list – Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“New information reveals smoking threatens public health in late life, when people are already more likely to develop dementia” states examiner.com’s recent article on this topic. “Researchers say this really adds to the understanding that the brain is also susceptible to tobacco.”

Yes, it’s true that smoking is bad for your overall health. But what about your teeth, breath and mouth?  It’s not the actual smoking itself but smoking often causes Dry Mouth or Burning Tongue Syndrome. If your mouth is dry, that means that it isn’t producing enough saliva. Saliva is very rich in oxygen with makes it difficult for the anaerobic bacteria to produce sulfur – which is what causes bad breath.

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