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"My TheraBreath System is the definitive solution to bad breath. Using the power of OXYD-8TM, bad breath is attacked safely and naturally, leaving you with optimum oral health."
-- DR. HAROLD KATZ
 
Questions & Answers

Info About Bad Breath, Dry Mouth, and Taste/Tongue Disorders
  1. What exactly is bad breath?
  2. Can bad breath really be cured?
  3. Is bad breath hereditary?
  4. Is it possible to get bad breath from someone else?
  5. What are those small, white, round dots that appear on my tonsils
    and have a strong odour?
  6. What causes the white coating on my tongue?

TheraBreath Products and Formulas
  1. Is TheraBreath safe for people of all ages?
  2. Why doesn't my dentist or physician know about TheraBreath?
  3. Can I still use my regular toothpaste and mouthwash if I use TheraBreath?
  4. Can I use your products even if I had some work done to my teeth?
  5. If I run out of TheraBreath Oral Rinse and Toothpaste, is there something
    I can use that will help until I can get more?
  6. Once I start, do I have to do this treatment for the rest of my life?
 
Q u e s t i o n s  &  A n s w e r s
 
 
What exactly is bad breath?  ( Back to FAQs )
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, mucus 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.


Can bad breath really be cured?  ( Back to FAQs )
There is no such thing as a one time cure-all for bad breath (or headaches, toothaches, acne, dandruff, diabetes, etc). Because the bacteria are always there (and are part of the natural flora of bacteria that you need to start off the digestive process), you canít kill them off permanently. However, they can be treated with oxygen and other natural compounds that prevent them from creating sulfur odours for about 12 hours or more, in some cases.


Is bad breath hereditary?  ( Back to FAQs )
No. You canít inherit the bacteria, but you can inherit a specific shape of tongue (just as you can inherit the shape of your fatherís nose) or a feature of the tongue, such as a deep groove down the middle or longer papillae (the fibers that make up your tongue). Both of these conditions allow trapping of more bacteria which then leads to bad breath.


Is it possible to get bad breath from someone else?  ( Back to FAQs )
Simply put, you canít give bad breath to someone else. The bacteria that create this problem are actually good bacteria and are part of the normal oral flora (the mix of bacteria that you need to function properly).


What are those small, white, round dots that appear on my
tonsils that have a strong odour?
 ( Back to FAQs )
Those little round globules are known as Tonsiloliths and they are most definitely related to bad breath and sour taste. They are created by sulfur gases produced by these bacteria (which are located across from the tonsils in the throat area). The sulfur gas mixes with the mucus and thick saliva in the back of your throat and after a period of time, condense into these concentrated, odorous globs. They are only present when people have tonsils, but not in all cases.

I have treated many patients who have actually had their tonsils removed due to misinformation from physicians about this problem. Of course, these patients still had bad breath after their tonsillectomy, because bad breath does not start in the tonsils! (only on the back of the tongue). However, bad breath can branch off into the tonsils, secondarily.


What causes the white coating on my tongue?  ( Back to FAQs )
Sulfur-producing Anaerobic Bacteria living below the surface of the tongue (away from oxygen) create chemicals, such as Hydrogen Sulfide (the rotten egg smell) when they contact proteins. When the mouth becomes dry, an anaerobic condition is created allowing these chemicals to create more of these compounds which then rise to the tongueís surface. You notice this reaction if you donít eat or drink for several hours, or if your mouth is always dry.


Is TheraBreath safe for people of all ages?  ( Back to FAQs )
Yes. TheraBreath is safe for children and adults.


Why doesn't my dentist or physician know about TheraBreath?  ( Back to FAQs )
The information is out there in many microbiology and dental journals. If your health care professionals were really interested in treating you, Iím sure they would have taken the time to look for this research. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) has finally agreed with what I've been saying all this time... "Bad breath originates on the back of the tongue and in the throat." This statement differs from the misinformation the ADA initially published back in 1995 when the Sacramento Bee wrote about my clinical treatment. The ADA attempted to "disqualify" my patient successes and furthermore urged the public to use ADA-approved products which contain high levels of Alcohol, SOAP (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and Saccharin.

The ADA Seal of Approval is no assurance that an oral product will assist your bad breath problem. In fact, the ADA has ignored the entire problem of Halitosis and has classified it as "cosmetic". A very sad state of affairs from an organization that is intended to help the public!


Can I still use my regular toothpaste and mouthwash if I use TheraBreath?  ( Back to FAQs )
Absolutely not. Almost all commercial toothpastes contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SOAP), placed in toothpaste in order to create a foaming action, so that you think that something is actually happening. It has no beneficial effects at all. Unfortunately, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate will also inhibit the potency of the active ingredients. That is why those who use TheraBreath Toothpaste should read the ingredients in their commercial toothpaste - it contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate!

Furthermore, almost all mouthwashes contain alcohol. And as you know, alcohol makes the mouth drier which will then make your breath and taste worse. This will negate the benefits of the oxidation process. TheraBreath Oral Rinse and Toothpaste were designed to replace all of those old-fashioned 19th century formulas that make your mouth dry.


Can I use your products even if I had some work done to my teeth?  ( Back to FAQs )
Most definitely. TheraBreath is kind to tooth enamel, porcelain, etc. Actually, it is also beneficial to damaged oral tissue.


If I run out of TheraBreath Oral Rinse and Toothpaste, is there
something I can use that will help until I can get more?
 ( Back to FAQs )
Itís sad to say this... but probably not. And itís because of the alcohol in the mouthwash and the detergent in the toothpaste. Whatís even sadder is that Crest now makes a toothpaste that combines detergent and alcohol... why? Just for the taste! I recommend that you rinse with warm salt water and brush with baking soda.


Once I start, do I have to do this treatment for the rest of my life?  ( Back to FAQs )
The only way to effectively stop these bacteria from producing these Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC's) is to use an OXYD-8 based product. No other compounds will perform this action. The bacteria reproduce every 10-12 hours and that is why the treatment must be done throughout the day. After several months, there is a residual effect, whereby the medication has a longer lasting feeling. Some patients are then able to get by with performing the procedure only twice daily. However, for the best results, most people perform the procedures three times daily.

Many patients use between 2-3 bottles of rinse per month. A large toothpaste lasts about 5-6 weeks. If you stop, the problems will come back again because the bacteria will recognize the difference within a few days. These products were designed to become your daily oral hygiene system. And now, with tooth whitening (TheraBrite) and periodontal treatments (PerioTherapy) as part of our entire system, youíll never need to use any other products. By the way, most people spend less than $1 per day to maintain their TheraBreath fresh breath and taste.