White Spots On Tonsils – Are They Tonsil Stones?

February 17, 2010

White spots on tonsils are a common complaint and can have a variety of causes, including tonsil stones, tonsillitis and even a strep infection.

Tonsil stones usually present as tiny, hard stone-like objects that are white or yellow-white in color. They form in the tonsil crypts, small pocket-like structures in the tonsils that collect bacteria, dead cells, food particles and mucus caused by post nasal drip. As they grow in size and protrude from the tonsil crypts, they can easily look like white spots on the tonsils.

No one is absolutely sure how many people suffer from tonsil stones. A recent article in the New York Times cited a 2007 French study in which approximately six percent of study participants had tonsil stones. Dr. Harold Katz, a Los Angeles dentist who specializes in bad breath and taste disorders, thinks the percentage of adults with tonsil stones is significantly higher because the number of tonsillectomies performed has dropped sharply since the 1950s and 1960s, when the operation was almost a rite of passage for America’s youth.

One sure way to stop tonsil stones is a tonsillectomy, which also typically puts an end to chronic tonsillitis and other bacteria or viral-based infections of the tonsils. Most doctors are cautious about removing the tonsils of adults solely for the purpose of stopping tonsil stones. However, most patients who have the stones are anxious or even desperate for a remedy because the stones have an extremely disagreeable odor.

In cases like these, vigorous gargling with a non-alcoholic mouthwash or the use of an oral irrigator (such as a Waterpik) can dislodge and clear the stones from the oral cavity. According to Dr. Katz, an oxygenating oral rinse can also be used to kill odor-causing anaerobic bacteria in the mouth, while a nasal sinus spray will curb the post nasal drip that is the source of mucus in the tonsil crypts. Products like these are part of a tonsil stones starter kit sold at Therabreath.com.

While tonsil stones are a common cause of white spots on the tonsils, chronic tonsillitis and strep infections can also cause white spots on the tonsils and in other places in the oral cavity. If in doubt, be sure to consult a doctor or ENT, especially if you have a fever, about those white spots on your tonsils.

The Valentine’s Day Kiss: Six Tips For The Perfect Valentine’s Day Kiss

February 12, 2010

The Valentine’s Day kiss is not only one of the great romantic events of the year, it’s also a popular subject with philematologists, those scientific folks who study – of all things – kissing.

Our reasons for kissing are many, say the scientists, but most important is the role our sense of taste and smell play in the kissing process. Both the lips and tongue are saturated with nerve endings that heighten the sensation of being in love that comes with a kiss.

Smell is important, too, because it’s how we sniff out the right partner. How a person smells when we kiss is often the most important deciding factor in determining if you will ever get  – or want – to kiss the same person again.

Bad breath is probably the biggest turn off during a passionate Valentine’s Day kiss. Bad breath smells so bad because of a variety of chemicals produced by bacteria that live in the oral cavity, particularly in the surface of the tongue. These chemicals include hydrogen sulfide, cadaverine and –  perhaps the most putrescent of all – good old putrescine.

Fortunately, keeping bad breath to a minimum is easy if you follow these six easy tips:

1. Saliva is nature’s mouthwash. A dry mouth is a smelly mouth. Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep the drool flowing. When your mouth makes less germ-killing saliva, germs flourish and your breath gets worse. So drink plenty of fluids to naturally clean your breath.

2. Take your time. Brush for 2 minutes with a soft nylon bristled toothbrush. Rinse for 90 seconds. The active ingredients in mouthwash and toothpaste need time to be effective. And, if you happen to use an alcohol based mouthwash, before you panic about how much rinsing for 90 seconds can burn…

3. Don’t use an alcohol based mouthwash that burns. Recent studies have associated all sorts of serious long term health problems with mouthwash that contains alcohol. A recent study published in the Dental Journal of Australia said alcohol based mouthwashes “can cause oral cancer and should be removed from supermarket shelves.” While testing in the US has not been as conclusive, one thing we do know is that alcohol in mouthwash definitely reduces saliva production. If you refer to tip #1 you will know this is bad. Less saliva means more halitosis. Look for oral rinse that is alcohol free and uses methods like oxygenation to kill germs without serious side effects, like TheraBreath or TheraBreath PLUS.

4. Make sure to floss every day. The stuff in between your teeth smells very unpleasant. Don’t believe me? Go grab some floss, use it between a couple of your front teeth, then smell it. Go ahead – I will wait…
If you haven’t been flossing regularly I am sure you will agree that it is not an extremely pleasant smell. Oral bacteria create smelly odors by breaking down proteins in food particles – the stuff in between your teeth is like a gourmet feast for germs. Make sure you floss between every tooth and then vigorously rinse with a good oral rinse to wash all that gunk out.

5. Brush your tongue. With your toothbrush. Doing it with your hairbrush is gross. Germs live in the crevices of your tongue. The white or yellow coating that sometimes forms on your there is their collected waste. That bacteria waste is sulfurous and extremely stinky. Brush that stuff off before it makes your mouth extremely unpleasant to be around.

6. Skip sugary mints. They can cover bad breath for a few minutes but ultimately just feed the germs that produce odor. If you want a little breath pick me up try gum with Xylitol (like TheraBreath French Kiss Gum). Gum tends to increase saliva flow and the chewing can help to clean between teeth.

Follow these steps diligently for the next few days and your mouth should be in absolutely top-notch kissing shape kissing shape by February 14th. Make your Valentine’s Day Kiss the best one ever!

Popular Bad Breath Rinse Now In A New “Green” Bottle

June 12, 2009

TheraBreath has completely redesigned the packaging for its popular TheraBreath Oral Rinse to make it more ecologically friendly, easier to open and easier to find on the bathroom shelf. The new eco-friendly bottle has a striking green color that underscores TheraBreath’s commitment to making products that are effective at combating bad breath, tonsil stones and morning breath while remaining “green” in every sense of the word.

Inside the bottle, says TheraBreath founder Dr. Harold Katz, the time-tested and trusted TheraBreath formula remains the same. But outside, there’s a list of features that make the new packaging concept both ecologically and user friendly:

  • TheraBreath has eliminated the outer box and inserts of the TheraBreath Oral Rinse sold in retail stores, saving over 150 tons of landfill trash per year and hundreds of trees annually!
  • A new interior safety seal now has a convenient pull tab, making the bottle much easier to open.
  • The bottle’s new label expands for additional instructions and special money saving offers, reducing the need for additional paper.
  • The bottle is made with the most easily recyclable resin and the label is printed with ecologically friendly inks for the lowest environmental impact possible.
  • TheraBreath now requires all of its manufacturing partners to have a published statement of ecological responsibility.
  • The new bright green color is easily visible on the shelf making it easier to spot in a crowded bathroom.

TheraBreath is already shipping the new bottle to customers who rely on TheraBreath products to fight tonsil stones, morning breath and chronic bad breath.

Bottom line: Try TheraBreath, you’ll like it!

Study Cites Link Between Alcohol-Based Mouthwash and Oral Cancer

January 28, 2009

In a story published on January 11, 2009 by the Australian newspaper The Sunday Telegraph, experts called for the immediate removal of alcohol-based mouthwash from Australia’s supermarket shelves.

This remarkable position is due to recent research that links the use of alcohol based mouthwash to oral cancer. A study by leading independent experts published in the Dental Journal of Australia concludes that there is now ‘sufficient evidence’ that ‘alcohol-containing mouthwashes contribute to the increased risk of development of oral cancer’. The lead author of the review and chair of the Australian Dental Associations (ADA) therapeutics committee, Professor Michael McCullough, told the Sunday Telegraph that alcohol-containing mouthwash should be reclassified as prescription-only and carry written health warnings.

Professor McCullough, who is on the faculty of the Department of Oral Medicine at the University of Melbourne, further called on the ADA to ‘urgently re-assess its seal of approval on mouthwashes containing alcohol.’ In particular, the study found that the effect of alcohol based mouthwash on smokers was extreme, with ‘a nine-fold increased risk of cancers in the oral cavity.’

‘If it was a facial cream that had the effect of reducing acne but had a four- to five-fold increased risk of skin cancer, no one would be recommending it’ said Prof McCullough. ‘It is inadvisable for oral health-care professionals to recommend the long term use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes.’

So what does this new study recommend? Study co-author Dr Camile Farah, director of research at the University of Queensland’s School of Dentistry, recommended drastically restricting the use of alcohol-based mouthwash and replacing it ‘with alcohol-free versions.’

Visitors to this website should know that all TheraBreath formulas are alcohol free and completely safe to use. In fact, TheraBreath formulas are even considered kosher and vegan! To the best of our knowledge, no other oral care products can make this claim.

So, if you currently have an alcohol based mouthwash in your medicine cabinet, you may want to reconsider using it based on this latest medical research. Replacing it with an all-natural oral rinse is inexpensive and sensible. And if you have already replaced all that stuff with TheraBreath, you can breathe easy. You are already using the purest and most effective formulas you can buy.

If you would like to read the original Sunday Telegraph story, it’s available here: Sunday Telegraph.

TheraBreath is also currently running its February BONUS PAK SPECIAL promotion, where you save 60% or more off the cost of TheraBreath’s best selling toothpaste, rinse, and oral care products. These savings are available for a very limited time, so take a couple of minutes to check out the deals before they are gone for good!

TV’s Bachelorettes Banish Bad Breath With Therabreath

October 18, 2008

Bad breath won’t stop the bachelorettes on one of America’s most popular television shows from landing their dream guy.

According to a press release issued by the California Breath Clinics in Los Angeles, California, producers of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’ have selected TheraBreath for the second consecutive year to provide gift bags stocked with premium breath care products for the show’s contestants. TheraBreath gift bags will also be featured on ABC.com and be part of give-aways to fans on ABC and through People magazine.

Virtually everyone is familiar with this popular reality show, which revolves around a group of young ladies who compete to win the heart of a handsome and eligible Bachelor. Fresh breath is particularly important to the contestants, who travel with the Bachelor to exotic locations on intimate dates. To avoid any chance of embarrassment and make sure everyone’s breath is kissably fresh and clean, all show participants will receive TheraBreath Oral Rinse, TheraBreath Toothpaste, French Kiss Gum and other TheraBreath products.

Even if you’re not on TV in front of millions, you still need to make fresh breath part of your daily routine. When you have to be sure your breath is at its freshest, there’s only one brand to trust – TheraBreath!

Halitosis Helper: How to Tell Someone They Have Bad Breath

March 15, 2008

We all know people who suffer from situational or chronic halitosis. Nobody wants to have bad breath, but people who do usually don’t know it because of a phenomenon called acclimation. In essence, the body gets used to the smell of its own breath so it can still smell other things.

Telling someone they have situational bad breath is the easiest bad breath conundrum to solve. Everyone realizes that some foods – onions and garlic are common examples – can cause brief episodes of bad breath. Offering that person a breath mint after a meal is an easy and relatively inoffensive way to get the message across.

Helping those who have chronic halitosis can be more challenging. When bad breath becomes chronic because of tonsil stones or the build-up of odor-causing bacteria in the tongue or gums, it’s time to offer serious help. Still, most of us are probably not comfortable getting up close and personal with a friend or co-worker and telling them face-to-face about their problem.

A good way to offer help and still remain anonymous in doing so can be found at the web site of Dr. Harold Katz, founder of the California Breath Clinics and the creator of Therabreath products. The site lets you send a caring but anonymous email to someone who needs to know they have bad breath, suggesting helpful solutions to their problem.

This halitosis helper gets high marks. There’s hardly an easier way to tell a friend, relative or coworker about their bad breath.

One final thought: If you’re concerned that no one has told you about a halitosis problem of your own, take this virtual breath test today!

Why Can’t I Smell My Own Bad Breath?

January 16, 2008

Most people who have chronic bad breath are very much aware that they have severe halitosis. A friend will usually tell them they have a problem, or they’ll draw their own conclusions when coworkers begin avoiding one-on-one conversations or when a spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend pulls away from a kiss.

Surprisingly, perhaps, it’s almost impossible to smell your own bad breath. You’ve probably tried cupping your hand in front of your face, exhaling through your mouth and then sniffing for the odor that others find so offensive.

The reason this doesn’t work is a phenomenon called acclimation. Basically, our body acclimates, or gets used to, its own odors and smells and then learns to ignore them.

If you stop and think about it, acclimation makes a lot of sense. If we were able to smell our own breath, we wouldn’t be able to smell our food, or a bouquet of flowers, or any of the other smells we encounter on a day-to-day basis.

There is a simple way to experience the smell of your own breath. Wash your hands and then lick the back of one hand with your tongue. Wait about 10 or 15 seconds so your saliva can dry. Then smell the area of the hand that you licked. If it smells bad, it’s because the bacteria that cause bad breath have left a smelly layer of sulfur compounds on your hand. It will probably smell like a rotten egg or musty old socks.

If this simple test reveals that you have bad breath, you may want to try an oral rinse that oxygenates your mouth and inhibits the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath.

You can also learn all about bad breath causes and cures from The Bad Breath Bible, a free ebook written by Dr. Harold Katz, founder of the California Breath Clinics.

The Truth About Tonsil Stones

January 4, 2008

Tonsil stones, also called tonsilloliths, can produce breath so foul that some writers have called their odor the “death aroma”. Made of white or yellow-white calcium salts, tonsilloliths lodge in crevasses in the tonsils. These so-called crypts also trap food, making them a perfect breeding ground for bacteria that cause severe halitosis.

Get the complete story about tonsil stones by reading “How To Prevent Tonsil Stones”.

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