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'Bad breath doctor' pays visit to Channel 4 newsroom

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The pollen we've seen lately may be doing more than giving you the sniffles. A California dentist, known as the "bad breath doctor," said allergy season can give people horrific breath.

With his halitosis meter in tow, Dr. Harold Katz paid a visit to the Channel 4 newsroom this week to put our breath to the test and give us all some tips on how to avoid what can be a pretty embarrassing problem.

"I've been talking for bad breath for about 15 years now," he said. "People don't know if they have bad breath."

To prove it, Katz put our newsroom to the test, and the numbers don't lie.

"All you gotta do is stick your tongue out and hold your breath," Katz said. "100 is above the border line, you're a little above 100."

Katz said that even if you brush and floss regularly, you can still have stale breath. The culprit is invisible bacteria on the back of you tongue and throat.

"They produce gases called volatile sulphur compounds," he said. "Those are chemicals like hydrogen sulphide. That's the rotten egg smell. Another chemical is called cadaverine. Another is called putricine. They're all real chemicals. It's the smell of rotting flesh."

Allergies, dehydration and medications can all generate that bad smell, as well.

But if you do have a smelly problem, Katz said he has the solution with his TheraBreath products.

"Oxygen is the natural enemy of these anaeorobic bacteria. So, what the TheraBreath formulas do, the mouth wash, tooth paste and lozenges, is literally put a straight jacket around the bacteria so they cannot produce the sulfur compounds," he said.

If you are interesting in trying Katz's TheraBreath products, samples are available by visiting: http://www.therabreath.com/.

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