The bacteria that cause bad breath thrive in an environment when several factors come into play at the same time.
Los Angeles (PRWEB) December 8, 2005
Dr. Katz, founder of the California Breath Clinics, has smelled more bacteria-triggered bad breath than any doctor on this planet. His research and book, “The Bad Breath Bible,” are now available free at http://www.freshbreath.com where the public can also order free samples of his patented TheraBreath oral rinse, toothpaste, oxygen gum, breath strips, and mints.
The holiday season calls for parties, but many festival foods easily lead to halitosis. Almost all cases of bad breath are caused by bacteria -- anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria that breed below the surface of the tongue and often in the throat and tonsils. Of course, certain foods, like onions and garlic create embarrassing situations. That’s because they also contain similar smelly sulfur compounds.
Dr. Katz’s 12 years of research proves that some surprising “holiday” foods react with these bacteria to create super strength odors. According to Dr. Katz, one of the worst holiday foods for a person's breath is eggnog.
“Eggnog can trigger 3 different reactions inside your mouth, each of which are terrible for your breath,” says Dr. Katz. “The bacteria that cause bad breath thrive in an environment when several factors come into play at the same time.” These three conditions are:
1. A Dry Mouth (If your eggnog contains alcohol, then you’re in trouble because alcohol makes the mouth dry)
2. Sugar – Sugar feeds all bacteria and since eggnog contains tons of sugar, one may end up with beefed up superbugs - that’s why breath mints that contain sugar don’t work!
3. Proteins – The bacteria that create bad breath (actually hydrogen sulfide) do so by breaking down amino acids in certain proteins. Dairy foods are chock full of proteins and two of its amino acids, Cysteine and Methionine, are converted by the bugs into hydrogen sulfide (the rotten egg smell) and methyl mercaptan (a smell similar to old gym socks). Some scientists say that over 75% of Americans are somewhat lactose intolerant and therefore may be susceptible to constant bad breath because of it.
Is there a proven way to eliminate halitosis? Dr. Katz says the answer is a definitive yes. “I’ve been treating patients for the past 10 years and I’ve been very successful in using the power of oxygen to stop bad breath,” says Dr. Katz. But not just ordinary oxygen, because anaerobic (oxygen-hating) bacteria are at the core of the problem. Patented, oxygen-releasing TheraBreath, attacks the bugs and the odors they produce (as well as food odors) immediately, creating fresh breath and taste for up to 24 hours. Dr. Katz adds that if you use it before bedtime you can even wake up without morning breath.
He also adds that you need to be wary when drinking wine or other alcoholic beverages (as reported by ABC.COM’s website, all types of alcohol, including the alcohol found in highly advertised mouthwash, can lead to bad breath because it dries out the mouth). The good news is that pumpkin pie seems to be OK.
During the holiday season, Dr. Katz is providing free samples of TheraBreath products (mouthwash, toothpaste, gum, strips, tongue cleaner, mints, and Bad Breath Bible) available to the public through his information-filled website, http://www.freshbreath.com. One can also call 1-800-460-3775 for free samples and more information.
About Dr. Harold Katz and TheraBreath
Dr. Harold Katz (a dentist and bacteriologist with both degrees from UCLA) is recognized as the world’s #1 authority on halitosis. He’s been interviewed about bad breath and bacteria on hundreds of TV shows, radio programs, and magazines, including ABC’s The View with Barbara Walters, The Donny and Marie show, The Today Show, and the LA Times. TheraBreath products are available nationwide at Walgreens, CVS, Eckerd, Brooks, Rite-Aid, Albertsons, Duane-Reade, and many other drug stores and supermarkets.