All TheraBreath articles

December 2010

By - Bad Breath Expert
Milk may neutralize garlic breath, study finds

December 31, 2010 - Recent research has suggested that drinking milk with a meal containing garlic may reduce the amount of volatile sulfur compounds that remain in the mouth and stomach.

Botox can relieve specific cause of halitosis, study finds

December 30, 2010 - A recent study has shown that targeted application of botulinum toxin may be able to relieve bad breath cause by excess salivation.

Insects' detection of mammalian bad breath helps them survive, study says

December 30, 2010 - Recent research has shown that aphids can smell bad breath in time to avoid being eaten.

Lasers may treat one source of bad breath

December 28, 2010 - Everyone wants to zap their bad breath away, and a relatively conservative medical procedure may let you do just that. Called laser cryptolosis, it is a treatment that eliminates a potent source of halitosis - cryptic tonsils.

Singer smokes hallucinogen, halitosis presumably ensues

December 28, 2010 - Smoking of any sort can cause bad breath. Cigarettes, cigars, marijuana and other illegal drugs can all sour the oral environment, as can salvia, a legal, hallucinogenic halitosis agent that singer Miley Cyrus was recently caught smoking.

'Bad' strains of oral bacteria cause bad breath, study says

December 24, 2010 - Researchers in Japan have identified what they believe are the patterns of oral bacterial growth that lead to bad breath.

Medications can cause bad breath

December 23, 2010 - An unfortunate side effect of a number of medications is halitosis. Compared to the disease or disorder that a drug treats, a little bad breath might not seem like such a big deal. However, the odor that some prescription and over-the-counter drugs cause can be quite off-putting to others.

Chlorine dioxide neutralizes bad breath

December 22, 2010 - Many dental care items claim to eliminate the odors associated with halitosis, but for the most part they cannot bust the smell at its source. Of course, maintaining good oral hygiene is key to keeping breath bearable, but it isn’t everything. Specialty breath fresheners that use stabilized chlorine dioxide may bridge the gap between bearable and truly fresh.

References to bad breath date back millennia

December 22, 2010 - Oral odor has been mentioned for centuries in historical records, philosophical tracts and even the Bible.

Cardamom may help bad breath, but is no cure

December 22, 2010 - As the holidays approach, there are many ways to integrate cardamom and other herbs and spices into your diet, potentially muting your bad breath. Organic Authority, an online resource for naturally grown foods, recommends adding cardamom to mulled cider in order to keep halitosis at bay.

Bad breath is rarely in your head

December 22, 2010 - At times it can be difficult to tell if you really have bad breath. You may detect an odor coming from your mouth but be unsure if what you smell is really there. Breathing into your palm is an unreliable way to check for halitosis, and asking a stranger is usually out of the question. Could it all be in your head? With a few rare exceptions, it is likely that you are not hallucinating and that you do have bad breath.

Omega-3s prevent but cannot cure gum disease, bad breath

December 22, 2010 - Dental researchers recently associated increased omega-3 consumption with a lower risk of developing gum disease and, by extension, gingivitis-related halitosis. However, experts say that there is currently no way to totally prevent gum disease. With that in mind, treating gum disease and the bad breath it causes will always be a part of good dental hygiene.

Garlic may lower chances of hip arthritis, cause bad breath

December 22, 2010 - One of the most notorious agents of halitosis may improve joint health. Researchers have determined that eating a diet rich in garlic appears to decrease the risk of developing certain types of arthritis.

Nutritional supplements may reduce bad breath

December 21, 2010 - According to the University of California, San Diego’s (UCSD) Healthwise Knowledgebase, taking certain vitamins and minerals may treat some of the causes of bad breath, though they will not immediately rid the mouth of its odor.

Dental visits are a low priority, surveys find

December 17, 2010 - A recent survey found that one third of British women have not visited the dentist in year or more.

Bad breath often a reason for dental appointments

December 16, 2010 - After cavities and gingivitis, bad breath is thought to be the third most common reason for scheduled dental exams. According to a study in the journal Current Infectious Disease Reports, between 20 and 50 percent of Americans likely suffer from serious halitosis.

Bad breath often a reason for dental appointments

December 16, 2010 - After cavities and gingivitis, bad breath is thought to be the third most common reason for scheduled dental exams. According to a study in the journal Current Infectious Disease Reports, between 20 and 50 percent of Americans likely suffer from serious halitosis.

Social cues may indicate bad breath

December 16, 2010 - If you are out in public and begin to suspect you have bad breath, what can you do?

Study: Quitting smoking improves mood, breath

December 16, 2010 - New research has found that quitting smoking may actually make quitters happier, rather than depressed or anxious. Improving bad breath may contribute to the effect.

Study: Quitting smoking improves mood, breath

December 16, 2010 - New research has found that quitting smoking may actually make quitters happier, rather than depressed or anxious. Improving bad breath may contribute to the effect.

Tea molecule may genetically handcuff odor-causing bacteria

December 16, 2010 - Drinking tea may temporarily prevent bad breath, especially compared to coffee. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research may partially explain why - a flavor molecule in tea appears to prevent the bacterial production of odor compounds on the genetic level.

Tea molecule may genetically handcuff odor-causing bacteria

December 16, 2010 - Drinking tea may temporarily prevent bad breath, especially compared to coffee. A study published in the Journal of Dental Research may partially explain why - a flavor molecule in tea appears to prevent the bacterial production of odor compounds on the genetic level.

Milk and alcohol may cause bad breath separately or together

December 16, 2010 - In addition to potentially putting individuals at risk of blackouts, a new alcoholic dairy beverage may also cause pungent bad breath.

Milk and alcohol may cause bad breath separately or together

December 16, 2010 - In addition to potentially putting individuals at risk of blackouts, a new alcoholic dairy beverage may also cause pungent bad breath.

As concerns about bad breath go, so go halimeter sales

December 16, 2010 - When are Americans most concerned about bad breath? Is there a season in which you are the most likely to seek diagnosis and treatment for your halitosis? Industry experts say that, if halimeter sales have anything to do with it, then the holidays are when yearly concerns about bad breath reach their peak.

Garlic is good for health, bad for breath

December 16, 2010 - According to Organic Authority, an online resource for information on produce, garlic can have a number of health effects, whether eaten in food or taken as a nutritional supplement. It potentially keeps colds and infections from worsening, may improve blood sugar levels and assuredly prevents scurvy with its high vitamin C content. It also causes noxious bad breath.

Bad breath may be a symptom of strep throat

December 16, 2010 - Among other signs of the severe throat infection, halitosis may indicate a case of strep throat, according to a story reported by WILX Mid-Michigan News.

Dry mouth: What causes this common agent of bad breath?

December 16, 2010 - Commercials for mouthwash and toothpaste often depict their products cleaning away food residue and eliminating bad breath. Similarly, breath mint advertisements may promise to relieve the odors associated with coffee or garlic, easing tension during close or awkward social situations. What they rarely add is that one of the most common causes of halitosis, or dry mouth, has very little to do with food or beverages at all.

Oral infections can entail bad breath

December 16, 2010 - Bad breath is not always related to food, beverages, smoking or poor dental hygiene. Sometimes an oral infection in the mouth can release odors into the airway.

Smokeless tobacco booming, bad breath likely to follow

December 16, 2010 - Smokeless tobacco use is on the rise due to anti-smoking campaigns and the relatively low cost of smokeless tobacco, the Los Angeles Times recently reported. Using such products may virtually ensure the presence of bad breath.

Smokeless tobacco booming, bad breath likely to follow

December 16, 2010 - Smokeless tobacco use is on the rise due to anti-smoking campaigns and the relatively low cost of smokeless tobacco, the Los Angeles Times recently reported. Using such products may virtually ensure the presence of bad breath.

On a date, bad breath can come from all quarters

December 16, 2010 - The number of ways that breath can go bad during a date are staggering, and halitosis is hard to overcome when trying to make an impression.

Coffee breath is easy to get, hard to get rid of

December 16, 2010 - While coffee is a tasty way to start the morning, it has the potential to cause bad breath. And with Reuters reporting that Starbucks is looking to expand its bagged-coffee presence in supermarkets nationwide, coffee breath may soon be an even more pervasive problem.

Coffee breath is easy to get, hard to get rid of

December 16, 2010 - While coffee is a tasty way to start the morning, it has the potential to cause bad breath. And with Reuters reporting that Starbucks is looking to expand its bagged-coffee presence in supermarkets nationwide, coffee breath may soon be an even more pervasive problem.

Survey: bad breath is biggest turn-off on a first date

December 16, 2010 - A survey conducted by Philips Sonicare found that oral hygiene is easier in theory than in practice. It also determined that bad breath is the most common turn-off on a first date.

Survey: bad breath is biggest turn-off on a first date

December 16, 2010 - A survey conducted by Philips Sonicare found that oral hygiene is easier in theory than in practice. It also determined that bad breath is the most common turn-off on a first date.

Tooth-decay prevention may cause bad breath

December 16, 2010 - Eating fat- and sugar-loaded Christmas meals may lead to tooth decay and bad breath. Fortunately, a recent study has determined that certain holiday foods and beverages naturally prevent cavities. Unfortunately, those same dinner table staples can still cause bad breath.

Neti pots may not improve post-nasal drip, bad breath

December 16, 2010 - In winter, bad breath caused by post-nasal drip can go from moderate to extreme. Seasonal colds, flus and sinus infections may cause an increase in nasal mucus and add a tinge of halitosis to every breath you take. The neti pot, a common sinus-clearing tool, may ease the drip but is not likely to improve your bad breath.

Holiday foods are likely to ruin your breath

December 16, 2010 - Christmas is the time to celebrate friends and family, to give gifts and to get bad breath. Here is a list of a few foods and beverages that are almost guaranteed to put a bad smell in your mouth even as they leave a good taste.

Holiday foods are likely to ruin your breath

December 16, 2010 - Christmas is the time to celebrate friends and family, to give gifts and to get bad breath. Here is a list of a few foods and beverages that are almost guaranteed to put a bad smell in your mouth even as they leave a good taste.

Wu-Tang Clan rapper tweets about bad breath

December 16, 2010 - Rapper Dennis Coles, better known as Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, recently sent 12 messages in 10 minutes about bad breath via Twitter. His advice ranged from the common to the inadvisable to the just plain weird. Here’s the breakdown.

Wu-Tang Clan rapper tweets about bad breath

December 16, 2010 - Rapper Dennis Coles, better known as Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, recently sent 12 messages in 10 minutes about bad breath via Twitter. His advice ranged from the common to the inadvisable to the just plain weird. Here’s the breakdown.

Halitosis can ruin a holiday flight for everyone

December 10, 2010 - Holiday air travelers often have a choice between two evils - window or middle seat, chicken or fish, full-body scan or patdown - but when it comes to bad breath on a long flight, everyone has to suffer. A poll of AOL Lemondrop readers determined that body odor and bad breath are two of the most irritating qualities in a fellow passenger.

Study: Cavities, if not bad breath, may soon become extinct

December 10, 2010 - Researchers at the University of Groningen have mapped the protein that allows halitosis-causing plaque to stick to teeth. Armed with such knowledge, dental professionals may soon develop products that prevent plaque, and thus cavities, from ever forming in your mouth. Bad breath will still exist, but it’s a step forward.

Bad breath can be preserved for centuries

December 9, 2010 - Halitosis can be a problem as long as you live. Bacteria grow in the mouth, particularly when it is dry or filled with food particles, and give off sulfuric odor compounds. But it isn’t an issue after you’re gone - except in the case of Thomas Edison, who preserved his bad breath for posterity.

Gingivitis may spoil Christmas kisses

December 9, 2010 - According to Dentistry Magazine, getting blown off under the mistletoe may mean something more than bad breath is at work. The culprit could be gum disease, which can cause halitosis and do serious oral damage.

Kids have halitosis, too

December 8, 2010 - Bad breath certainly isn’t limited to adults, dogs and cats. Children may have halitosis for any number of reasons, the most common of which are listed below.

Breath mints cause bad breath as often as they treat it

December 7, 2010 - It’s easy to be pulled in by breath mints when you have bad breath. Oral odor can make you extremely self-conscious, and breath mints seem to offer an immediate cure. “Seem to” is the operative phrase, because most breath mints are ineffective.

Many mouthwashes may dry the mouth

December 7, 2010 - People concerned about their bad breath often take recourse in a “good” mouthwash, meaning one that has a high alcohol concentration and leaves the mouth smelling minty or like cinnamon. The problem with many products marketed as bacteria-killers and breath-fresheners is that they can easily dry out your mouth.

Marijuana use can cause halitosis

December 7, 2010 - In a recent review of Syn, a synthesized marijuana substitute that is due to be pulled from shelves in a month, The Pitch mentioned that the substance “tastes sour and smells like halitosis.” The remark is pretty apt, because smoking any sort of marijuana can give you strong, persistent bad breath.

Leslie Nielsen quotes deal with bad breath

December 4, 2010 - Actor Leslie Nielsen, who died on November 28, had a long list of movie roles than touched on nearly everything: space travel, sinking ships, vampirism, detectives, lovers’ revenger, you name it. Here are a few quotes of his that relate to bad breath because - as the website PopMatters recently pointed out - true Nielsen fans know he could hold his breath for a long, long time.

To test breathalyzers, bad breath can be created in test tubes

December 4, 2010 - While it’s easy enough to create bad breath in your own mouth - sleeping with your mouth open or taking a swig of alcohol can do the trick - it is more difficult to do it in a laboratory. Germany’s National Institute for Physical and Technical Sciences, however, has got it down to an art form, creating bad breath in the lab as a way to more accurately test breathalyzers.

Halitosis may mimic other bodily odors

December 4, 2010 - Often enough, bad breath is instantly recognizable as bad breath. The sour or rotten odor associated with hydrogen sulfide, a byproduct of the metabolism of oral bacteria, can quickly tip off any nose to halitosis. But occasionally, the smell of your breath can imitate other odors, potentially leading to some confusion.

Reality-show celebrities smell all over

December 4, 2010 - The latest challenge on the show I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! involved bugs, stagnant water and excrement. From the look of some of the contestants, their body odor isn’t so hot, and considering the amount and kind of food they eat, they probably have very bad breath, too.

Unusual causes of bad breath

December 3, 2010 - While most people are aware of the common agents of halitosis - savory foods, smoking, sleeping with the mouth open, dry mouth - some of the rarer causes may fly under the radar. If you’ve experienced bad breath when it seems there couldn’t possibly be a reason, consider the causes below.

Unusual causes of bad breath

December 3, 2010 - While most people are aware of the common agents of halitosis - savory foods, smoking, sleeping with the mouth open, dry mouth - some of the rarer causes may fly under the radar. If you’ve experienced bad breath when it seems there couldn’t possibly be a reason, consider the causes below.

Bad breath: when it's not the teeth, it's the tongue

December 3, 2010 - Brushing the teeth twice a day and flossing are good ways to maintain dental health and avoid bad breath. They may not be enough, however. According to a recent article in the Oklahoma Daily, paying attention to just the teeth can mean missing a halitosis hotbed - the tongue.

When it comes to bad breath, songwriters don't hold back

December 3, 2010 - Songs can say a lot. In just a few bars, musicians can cover topic like love, hate, fear, anger, envy, joy and even bad breath. Below are a few songs that famously touch on the touchy subject of halitosis.

When it comes to bad breath, songwriters don't hold back

December 3, 2010 - Songs can say a lot. In just a few bars, musicians can cover topic like love, hate, fear, anger, envy, joy and even bad breath. Below are a few songs that famously touch on the touchy subject of halitosis.

Flossing may fight halitosis

December 2, 2010 - Brushing the teeth two or even three times a day is not always enough to prevent bad breath from taking up residence in the mouth. According to two dentists from the Reno Gazette Journal, flossing may make a big difference in freshening breath and keeping teeth clean.

Flossing may fight halitosis

December 2, 2010 - Brushing the teeth two or even three times a day is not always enough to prevent bad breath from taking up residence in the mouth. According to two dentists from the Reno Gazette Journal, flossing may make a big difference in freshening breath and keeping teeth clean.

Tonsil shape can have big impact on breath

December 2, 2010 - After brushing, flossing, scraping the tongue and going to the dentist, bad breath can persist. Where does it come from? According to physician Peter Gott of GoErie, the shape and state of one’s tonsils can radically affect breath.

Tonsil shape can have big impact on breath

December 2, 2010 - After brushing, flossing, scraping the tongue and going to the dentist, bad breath can persist. Where does it come from? According to physician Peter Gott of GoErie, the shape and state of one’s tonsils can radically affect breath.

Bad breath at the movies

December 2, 2010 - Offensive breath can leave you feeling isolated, self-conscious, insecure and - if it’s a particularly intractable case - hopeless. Part of the difficulty of eliminating halitosis is its countless causes. Eliminate nine of ten, and the tenth will live to reek another day.

Bad breath at the movies

December 2, 2010 - Offensive breath can leave you feeling isolated, self-conscious, insecure and - if it’s a particularly intractable case - hopeless. Part of the difficulty of eliminating halitosis is its countless causes. Eliminate nine of ten, and the tenth will live to reek another day.

Cold and cough can cause flu-season halitosis

December 1, 2010 - It’s cold and flu season, and, even with the availability of shots, hand sanitizer, over-the-counter preventatives and prescription remedies, many people are likely to catch a cold or influenza anyway. Unfortunately, with either illness can come an unpleasant side effect: bad breath.

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