All TheraBreath articles

January 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
Study finds that brushing teeth does little to reduce morning breath

January 31, 2011 -

While brushing and flossing are important ways to maintain good dental health, they may not always eliminate bad breath. A study conducted at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center determined that brushing reduces morning halitosis less than simply eating meal.

Famous smokers and bad breath

January 31, 2011 -

While heavy smoking and bad breath by themselves may not make a person famous, many famous people have gone down in history for their heavy smoking. From Castro to Cosby to Clinton to Capone, smoking cigars or cigarettes has often been an individual's trademark.

Chemists pinpoint compounds that give cigar breath its smell

January 31, 2011 -

One of the more pungent varieties of smoking-related halitosis is cigar breath, which many people may be able to recognize immediately. Recently, a group of chemists identified the chemicals that give this species of bad breath its particular funk.

Mickey Rourke reportedly has bad breath

January 28, 2011 -

You thought you had it bad at work. MSN New Zealand reports that crew members who work with actor Mickey Rourke admit to having to hold their breath around him because his is so bad. Along with strong body odor, Rourke evidently has very bad breath.

Muslim missionary explains Islamic take on bad breath

January 28, 2011 -

Perhaps because religious worship is often supposed to be a time of undistracted contemplation, having bad breath in a place of worship can be problematic. Some religions either currently caution against or formerly forbade having halitosis in their houses of the holy.

One in five Germans has halitosis

January 28, 2011 -

While many Americans suffer from bad breath, the citizens of other countries are not doing much better. According to the foreign news service Der Standard, one in five Germans has "mundgeruch," or halitosis.

The science of bad breath has come a long way

January 27, 2011 -

Today, the diagnosis of bad breath can be quite scientific. Dentists and periodontists may detect halitosis by having patients breathe into a halimeter, which is a device for measuring odorous compounds in the air of the mouth and lungs. Likewise, specialty breath fresheners now exist to eliminate precisely these odors.

Halitosis-causing oral bacteria can be hard to reach, eliminate

January 26, 2011 -

Most bad breath is caused by oral microbes, but these flora are not necessarily easy to get rid of. Even after using common mouthwash, they may quickly reappear and begin creating oral odor all over again.

Periodontist suggests ways to check for bad breath

January 26, 2011 -

Because the mouth and nasal passages are connected to one another, it can be difficult to notice when you have bad breath. To overcome this situation, a dental health expert on NY1 News recommended several methods for detecting halitosis.

Chewing gum: bad breath cure or cause?

January 26, 2011 -

While many chewing gum brands guarantee fresher breath and sometimes even cleaner teeth, few products live up to this promise. For the most part, chewing gum merely gives halitosis-causing oral bacteria something to chew on themselves.

Woman's bad breath astonishes Dr. Oz

January 25, 2011 -

On a new television show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, one woman's chronic bad breath shocked even neurosurgeon and television host Dr. Oz, as seen in a video clip posted by E! Online.

Tooth whitening agent said to fight halitosis may also suck calcium from tooth enamel

January 25, 2011 -

A report given at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) has suggested that a common tooth whitening compound "cures" bad breath. However, studies have shown that the agent also leaches calcium from the teeth.

Poll finds women hate morning breath

January 24, 2011 -

A survey conducted by a manufacturer of specialty breath freshening products found that two of every five women fear that a date will have bad breath.

Japanese device checks breath for alcohol, halitosis

January 24, 2011 -

Halitosis is consistently difficult to detect on one's own breath, but a new device may be able to increase the self-awareness of those with dragon breath, according to Gismodo.

Nanotubes may one day measure halitosis, research predicts

January 24, 2011 -

Tiny tubes made of carbon atoms may one day deliver medications, attack cancer cells or even measure bad breath levels, according to an expert at the forefront of the budding field.

Targeted oral therapy may reduce some bad breath

January 21, 2011 -

Microbiologists in California have reported discovering a novel way to eliminate some bad breath caused by bacteria. Using a compound that targets oral bacteria, individuals with halitosis may be able to reduce oral odor and even fight cavities.

Foods with preservatives may reduce bad breath, study finds

January 20, 2011 -

It is well established that savory or pungent foods can cause halitosis. Garlic, onions, meat, fish and other savory or fatty foods can put a smelly funk on the breath, not to mention leave behind a film of particles that feeds oral bacteria. New research may have found a food product that can relieve some bad breath - preservatives.

Obesity may contribute to bad breath

January 20, 2011 -

Beyond dental health and diet, what else contributes to bad breath? Your body-mass index, some researcher have said. Dental health experts at the University of Tel Aviv reported finding a link between being overweight or obese and having halitosis.

Oral probiotics may have positive effect on bad breath

January 19, 2011 -

Bad breath rarely seems to go away completely. Whether it originates in the mouth, nose or gut, oral odor is often caused by undesirable and even unhealthy bacteria. An increasing number of healthcare professionals are beginning to recommend oral probiotic supplements as a way to rid the body of the microorganisms that cause halitosis.

Company handbook prohibits garlic breath, onion breath

January 18, 2011 -

Co-workers with chronic halitosis can be a nightmare to deal with, particularly if they are your superior. Often, there is virtually no socially acceptable way to inform them, short of an anonymous greeting card. Possibly to remedy this very situation, one Swiss company recently banned bad breath in its employee handbook, according to the UK Daily Mail.

Bad breath can be caused by, and visible in, the cold

January 18, 2011 -

During winter, it may not be easy to smell when you have bad breath, even though you can often see it steaming in front of you. A recent article in Slate lamented that the computer-generated steam coming out of the actors mouths in the film The Social Network was visually unbelievable. Its accuracy notwithstanding, the film highlighted a common cause of bad breath - cold weather.

Celebrity diets may cause bad breath

January 17, 2011 -

Health authorities in the UK have stated that extreme celebrity diets may not only be bad for the body but also for the breath. According to the British Dietetic Association (BDA), reducing your caloric intake to a regimen based solely on protein, cabbage or even baby food can give your breath a tinge of halitosis.

E-cigarettes, nicotine may still cause bad breath

January 14, 2011 -

A relatively new tobacco product on the market called the e-cigarette is often claimed to reduce nearly all the negative side effects of smoking, including cancers, lung disease and bad breath. Virtually none of these health claims have been verified. And while e-cigarettes take the smoke out of smoking, they do not remove the nicotine, which may still cause halitosis.

Dental authority says halitosis may point to oral disease

January 13, 2011 -

Among its health topics pages, the American Dental Association (ADA) lists "bad breath (halitosis)" as a significant oral care problem. The nationally recognized dental health organization runs through some of the conditions that bad breath indicates, and suggests treating the cause but not the symptom.

Tongue scraping reduces but can't eliminate bad breath

January 13, 2011 -

Many of the bacteria that cause bad breath live where it is difficult to reach them - the tongue. Although you can vigorously brush your tongue when you brush your teeth, there is no guarantee that this will eliminate the millions of germs that live there. However, a tongue scraper can get at some, though not all, of those microorganisms responsible for your halitosis.

Smoking, chewing tobacco contribute to bad breath in many ways

January 13, 2011 -

Smoker's breath, a form of halitosis caused by tobacco use, is not simply caused by the presence of smoke particles on the tongue and teeth. According to a number of hospitals, tobacco can create bad breath in a multitude of ways.

The origin and evolution of

January 12, 2011 -

While bad breath has existed as long as there have been mouths to produce it and noses to detect it, the idea that it comes from specific causes and should be taken seriously is fairly recent. The word "halitosis" was coined in 1874, and dental researchers and oral health experts have been refining its causes ever since.

Age can cause bad breath

January 11, 2011 -

While wine gets better with age, breath unfortunately tends to get worse. There are multiple causes of age-related halitosis, many of which are difficult to avoid. However, treating bad breath caused by ageing is relatively simple.

Gum manufacturer invents halitosis awareness organization

January 11, 2011 -

If you didn't know that halitosis can be a serious problem, a not-so-serious television ad campaign may soon remind you. Chewing gum maker Dentyne has announced its newest marketing creation - the Safe Breath Alliance (SBA), an imaginary organization dedicated to raising awareness of bad breath.

Tonsil stones can grow to unusual size, cause bad breath

January 11, 2011 -

One of the many potential causes of bad breath is the tonsil stone, a collection of collagen and food matter at the back of the throat that forms a pungent ball or "stone." A French study conducted in 2007 found that approximately 6 percent of people have tonsil stones large enough to be detected on medical imaging scans.

Emmy Rossum says co-star intentionally cultivates bad breath

January 10, 2011 -

Actress Emmy Rossum recently revealed that Justin Chatwin, her co-star on the TV series "Shameless," often intentionally eats bad breath-causing foods in order to play pranks on her.

Researchers say one bacterium responsible for most halitosis

January 10, 2011 -

Biological physicists at the University of Buffalo's School of Medicine reported that a strain of bacteria that emits volatile sulfur compounds may be the cause of a significant amount of human halitosis.

Bad breath-causing tonsil stones are living biofilms, scientists say

January 7, 2011 -

Among the many things that can cause halitosis, tonsil stones are some of the smelliest. Found in the back of the throat, these small white granules are caused by the buildup up food particles in the folds of tonsils. Researchers have said that the bad breath-causing stones are actually made of a dense film of living things.

EPA recommends reducing cavity- and halitosis-fighting chemical in drinking water

January 7, 2011 -

Fluoride, a chemical additive in public water supplies, has been reducing tooth decay and associated bad breath for decades in the U.S. Now the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have officially suggested that it only be added to drinking water at the minimum recommended level.

Technology may soon detect amphetamines on bad breath

January 6, 2011 -

If you abuse illegal drugs, additional compounds can be found there, and technology now exists to detect them in bad breath.

Rarely, halitosis can come from scurvy

January 5, 2011 -

One of the least common agents of halitosis is scurvy, a disease caused by extreme vitamin C deficiency.

Mice use halitosis like a menu, scientists discover

January 5, 2011 -

Researchers from the U.S., Germany and Russia have found that mice often determine what to eat based on the halitosis and sulfuric chemicals on the breath of their peers.

Breathalyzer-like device diagnoses diabetes using halitosis

January 5, 2011 -

A team of Swiss scientists have developed technology that diagnoses type 1 diabetes based on little more than a puff of bad breath.

Raw food diet may cause halitosis

January 4, 2011 -

Switching to a raw food diet can improve heart health, decrease the risk of diabetes and cause bad breath, several natural health sources report.

Personal trainers often hate bad breath

January 4, 2011 -

Personal trainers have a lot to dislike about gym members - their vanity, their lack of commitment, their complaining - but one of the most offensive characteristics of gym clients is that they can have bad breath, according to the Phoenix New Times.

Health resource lists some causes of bad breath

January 3, 2011 -

Here are the agents of bad breath that the ADA warns of, along with a few that it does not, like tonsil stones and thrush.

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