Avoid Labor Day BBQ Breath

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The Labor Day Weekend is just around the corner and so is your worst case of bad breath! But not if you are willing to sacrifice certain holiday dishes in order to keep your breath fresh, which may seem a bit extreme. Would you rather eat hearty and stand alone in the corner until December, or make a few adjustments and have one last shot at that summer fling?

“The fact is that brushing your teeth and using some mouthwash to eliminate breath odors is a great start, but the effects of that regimen pretty much wear off before you even make it to lunch,” Dr. Harold Katz said. “Of course, you should brush your teeth and floss on a daily basis, but that’s not enough to keep your breath fresh all day. Food is just one of the many variables that can cause bad breath, and watching what you eat is a good place to start.”


Foods to Avoid at the Labor Day BBQ:woman with hand over mouth


  • Onions on your Burger – Onions contain sulfur compounds that lead to bad breath
  • Garlic and Sugar in the BBQ Sauce – Garlic contains sulfur compounds and Sugar in most BBQ sauce feeds sulfur-producing bacteria in the back of the tongue that produce even stronger sulfur compounds
  • Making sure you floss after eating ribs – Bacteria can instantly break down proteins in meat stuck between your teeth to create nasty odors as well as bleeding gums.
  • Ice Cream – 75% of the population is lactose intolerant and dairy foods can give them bad breath. Certain bacteria can convert dairy proteins into chemicals such as Cadaverine and Putrescine.
  • Beer – Alcohol makes the mouth dry (drink water instead to avoid Dehydration). Alcohol is a dry agent, which leads to dry mouth, leading to nasty bad breath








About Dr. Harold Katz

Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com), developer of TheraBreath and TheraBreath for Kids Oral Rinse, received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of “The Bad Breath Bible.” He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website offers a free online bad breath test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.

Dr. Harold Katz, bacteriologist, dentist and developer of Therabreath, is available for immediate interview, to answer questions via email, or provide exclusive written material for your publication.  Let me know and I will gladly coordinate all of the details.



Online editor for Hers magazine.

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