All TheraBreath articles

February 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
Tongue scraping reduces but does not eliminate halitosis

February 24, 2011 -

Many of the microbes that contribute to bad breath live on the tongue. Because the surface of this muscle is pebbled with tiny ridges and taste buds, it provides a deceptively large area for bacteria to live on, particularly since the root of the tongue extends far back into the throat. Scraping the tongue may help reduce halitosis, but a scraper can't reach everywhere.

Essential oils do little to snuff the smell of morning breath

February 24, 2011 -

Occasionally, a news story or alternative health website may suggest using essential oils to mitigate bad breath. While these compounds often smell fresh or pleasant on their own, they ultimately offer little in the way of halitosis treatment.

Children's book explains how saliva battles bad breath

February 24, 2011 -

Though it may not always seem like it, the mouth's saliva performs a number of critical functions, one of which is keeping bad breath at bay. A dry mouth is a common, and commonly overlooked cause of halitosis, as a popular children's book explains.

TV hosts discuss bad breath on The Talk

February 24, 2011 -

It can be difficult to think of a discreet way to tell a friend, co-worker or family member that they have bad breath. For some reason, many people in that situation have difficulty balancing honesty with tact. Based on a recently posted clip from CBS, TV personality Sharon Osborne does not appear to have this problem.

Spicy foods can leave breath with more than a hint of halitosis

February 24, 2011 -

Hot sauce, curry, spices and hot food can really give a meal a kick, but afterward you may end up suffering from hours of halitosis, indigestion and heartburn.

Halitosis-causing 'stones' are alive and growing

February 23, 2011 -

One of the more unusual, though not uncommon, causes of bad breath is tonsilloliths, also known as tonsil stones. These white concretions of food particles and bacteria of the mouth are akin to pearls, in that they form slowly in the folds of living tissue. They are quite different, though, in that they are made by humans, they are masses of living things and they cause powerful halitosis.

Yoga exercises involve huffing bad breath in and out, in and out

February 23, 2011 -

Many yoga disciplines teach breathing methods designed to induce a state of calm or focus in the breather, but these techniques may have an unforeseen side effect. In an enclosed space, deep breathing can recirculate odor molecules from halitosis throughout the room.

Asthma relief may involve a dose of halitosis

February 22, 2011 -

Individuals with asthma often use inhalers as a way to prevent or treat inflammation of the lung passages, and during an asthma attack the idea of bad breath is a secondary consideration. However, day-to-day life using inhaled corticosteroids can involve some halitosis.

Not all rinses get rid of bad breath

February 22, 2011 -

Rinses designed to combat bad breath are not what they used to be. While today specialty breath fresheners exist to knock out halitosis immediately, the history of mouthwashes and rinses is littered with ideas that, in retrospect, sound eccentric.

Peanut butter breath has little to recommend it

February 22, 2011 -

Bad breath caused by peanut butter is instantly recognizable, and if you have it, you're likely to instantly put friends and co-workers off their lunch. However, peanut butter breath is not likely to disappear any time soon. More than 90 percent of Americans have eaten a jar of the halitosis-causing paste in the past year, according to the National Peanut Board's Consumer Attitudes Tracking Study.

Bad breath provides clue to stunning cause of one man's headaches

February 21, 2011 -

Halitosis can be caused by a number of medical conditions, some of them mild, others more serious. These can include sinusitis, gingivitis, tooth decay, periodontitis and tonsil stones. However, in the rarest of cases, injuries to the mouth or head may also cause bad breath. One man in south China provides a case in point.

Experts address causes of chronic halitosis

February 21, 2011 -

Bad breath that is caused by a fragrant meal or a night of sleeping with one's mouth open may not necessarily be a regular thing. Single instances of oral odor might be called, in medical parlance, "acute" bad breath. However, some forms of halitosis recur day after day. Experts say that this kind of chronic bad breath can have many sources.

Mouthpieces, oral hardware can cause bad breath

February 18, 2011 -

Whether it's braces, dentures, a sports mouthpiece or a retainer, oral hardware can be more than just uncomfortable. Left uncleaned, it can cause halitosis and gum disease.

Halitosis could be a big problem in space

February 18, 2011 -

Every country has restrictions that it places on applicants to its spaceflight programs, and these occasionally include halitosis.

Washington, DC, police will refrain from collecting bad breath for now

February 17, 2011 -

The breathalyzer has had a long and storied career as the roadside collector of bad breath. Now, prosecutors and police in Washington, DC, have declared that they will not be using the device for the next several months due to problems with its accuracy.

Justin Bieber eats nachos, courts bad breath

February 17, 2011 -

Going to the movies can be an enjoyable way to spend an evening and an efficient way to get halitosis. At the recent premier of a film documenting his life, recording artists Justin Bieber was spotted buying nachos and a Slush Puppy beverage, according to Ok! Magazine.

Garlic in abundance can leave breath smelling terrible

February 17, 2011 -

Even in the smallest amounts, garlic can leave the pungent smell of halitosis on the breath. In large amounts, its odor can be overpowering. This year, the 12th Annual South Cariboo Garlic Festival promises to offer the bulb in abundance.

Etiquette experts lay out how to break the news of bad breath

February 16, 2011 -

It's a rare day when a stranger will tell you that you have bad breath. It may be uncommon because it is so difficult to do. In spite of, or even because of, that difficulty, etiquette experts recommend telling someone when they have halitosis - albeit in a gentle way.

Stuck in an elevator with bad breath

February 16, 2011 -

Whether you're alone or stuck next to someone else on a long elevator ride, halitosis can be tough to take. Enclosed spaces naturally encourage the nose to detect bad breath, since very little air is being recirculated.

Pediatrician discusses childhood halitosis

February 15, 2011 -

Children can develop bad breath from a wealth of sources. Lewis First, a pediatrician at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen, recently listed a few of them for NBC 5 News.

Cartoon highlights foods that commonly cause bad breath

February 15, 2011 -

Spongebob Squarepants, a cartoon that has addressed everything from swearing to weightlifting to ninja-fighting, is no stranger to the topic of halitosis. An episode that originally aired on Nickelodeon in 2000 dealt with bad breath and the consequences of eating aromatic foods.

Marlon Wayans discusses bad breath in interview

February 15, 2011 -

In a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel, comedian Marlon Wayans discussed the effects of bad breath with the hosts of the network's morning wake-up show, Fox and Friends.

New study says cinnamon-based antimicrobial does little to relieve bad breath

February 14, 2011 -

While certain gum brands may claim to eliminate halitosis-causing bacteria, these claims must be understood in the light of exactly how much bacteria they ultimately do away with. To that end, a recent study analyzed the effectiveness of a cinnamon-based agent in killing oral microbes.

Bad breath is rampant in the U.S.

February 14, 2011 -

Estimates may vary, but it is hard to argue with the simple truth - millions of Americans have halitosis. Up to 90 million people in the U.S. have bad breath, according to CNN.

Whether it's individual halitosis or public health funds, tonsils can be a problem

February 11, 2011 -

Besides pain and discomfort, inflamed or infected tonsils can cause bad breath. However, a study from the University of Michigan has indicated that the routine removal and examination of these glands may not be cost effective.

Bad breath can make a Valentine's Day date take a nosedive

February 11, 2011 -

Rarely is it as important to eliminate bad breath as it is on Valentine's Day. Other than getting caught under the mistletoe, there is hardly another holiday tradition as kiss-oriented as going on a date on February 14. While fresh breath may not make you the world's best kisser, halitosis could make you seem like the worst.

Old anecdotes address bad breath with humor

February 10, 2011 -

Having bad breath can make a person the subject of scorn or the butt of jokes. No wonder that so many ancient and Victorian anecdotes concern themselves with halitosis.

Bad breath may sour chances of promotion, survey says

February 10, 2011 -

Having halitosis at work can put employees in a difficult spot. How do you tell a co-worker or your boss that they have bad breath? What if you have it yourself? What can that do to your career? According to nearly half of those surveyed by the British Dental Association (BDA), having bad breath can lower your odds of getting a promotion.

Different foods can cause bad breath, particularly in excess

February 9, 2011 -

To help convey the power of varieties of oral odor like garlic breath or onion breath, below are a few records selected from the International Federation of Competitive Eating, along with explanations of how each food causes bad breath.

Medical experts recommend anti-halitosis regimen

February 9, 2011 -

The causes of halitosis can be numerous and may even intensify one another. That is why many healthcare professionals suggest addressing each cause in turn, while neutralizing the effect - oral odor - as well.

Scientists consider vaccinating for halitosis

February 8, 2011 -

One of the more serious causes of bad breath, periodontitis, is essentially an advanced form of gum disease. While typical gingivitis may be treated with basic oral care, periodontal disease can cause serious inflammation, tooth loss and halitosis. Recently, a group of researchers proposed treating the ailment with a vaccine.

Stress can cause bad breath and vice versa

February 8, 2011 -

It can be difficult to live with chronic halitosis, which is a condition that affects a significant portion of Americans. Oral odor is frequently off-putting, isolating or embarrassing, and it can ruin anything from a date to a job interview. Unfortunately, the stress caused by bad breath can lead to more bad breath, according to the Columbian news source La Cronica del Quindio.

Pentagon once planned 'halitosis bomb'

February 8, 2011 -

It sounds like the stuff of fiction, but for several years it was slated to be a cold, hard, smelly fact. Research conducted in 1994 at the Air Force's Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, indicates that at one point, the U.S. Armed Forces were considering a "halitosis bomb," a form of non-lethal weaponry that would cause unmistakable bad breath in those exposed to it.

Columnist advises inquirer on breaking the news of bad breath

February 8, 2011 -

It is not always easy to tell some that they have bad breath. In many cases, social boundaries can make it feel nearly impossible, particularly when it is a stranger who is afflicted. However, even telling a loved one can be difficult. The Charlotte Observer's advice column Ask Amy recently told a wife how to break it to her husband that he has halitosis.

Device may make dentist visits less stressful

February 7, 2011 -

Individuals who suffer from bad breath because they fear the loud, sharp tools wielded by the dentist may soon have relief as researchers have been working to make the dentist office feel less threatening.

Reality show demonstrates that sweets can lead to halitosis

February 4, 2011 -

It is common knowledge that certain savory or pungent foods can cause bad breath. Coffee, onions, garlic, leeks and certain meats can leave an odor in the mouth that rigorous brushing may not remedy. However, even sweet foods can contribute to bad breath, as an episode of the reality television show Flavor of Love demonstrated.

Children's TV science show explains bad breath

February 4, 2011 -

It can be easy to lose a sense of proportion when thinking about the causes of halitosis. While oral odor is tangible - or smellable - enough, its causes go largely unseen on the tongue and in the throat. Fortunately, an online video clip taken from the children's educational program Beakman's World puts bad breath in perspective.

Halitosis contains volatile gases

February 3, 2011 -

When you have bad breath, the odor that comes from your mouth and nose is not just the smell of undigested food or dead cells. It is not only the smell of mucus or post-nasal drip, either. Much of the odor of halitosis comes from volatile gases produced by microbes in your mouth.

Tea may reduce, but not eliminate, bad breath

February 3, 2011 -

Scientists at the University of Illinois, Chicago have reported that drinking small amounts of green or black tea may help relieve bad breath. The catches are that the tea cannot be sweetened and it only reduces the odors that cause halitosis by one-third.

Snacking can encourage halitosis

February 3, 2011 -

Bad breath can be caused by consuming smelly foods or beverages like onion, garlic or coffee. Fortunately, these odors may be rinsed away with a specialty breath freshener. However, the majority of adults not only don't clean their teeth after snacking but also snack many times each day.

Probiotics may treat more than bad breath

February 2, 2011 -

For decades, probiotics have been used to increase the amount of "good" bacteria in the intestines of those with digestive problems. Today, the treatment may be used to treat everything from cavities to thrush to halitosis, according to a recent medical report.

In the Talmud, bad breath is a major no-no

February 2, 2011 -

Oral health experts at Tel Aviv University have said that the Talmud considers halitosis a "major disability." This Jewish text records the discussions of ancient rabbis concerning social interactions, ethics and Jewish customs, as well as later discussions about those discussions. Evidently, they expelled plenty of breath decrying bad breath.

Coated tongue may cause halitosis

February 1, 2011 -

While halitosis isn't exactly visible, it has a few hallmarks that are. If one's tongue is coated with a white, yellow or brown substance, bad breath may be likely.

Bad breath can appear at a young age

February 1, 2011 -

While halitosis is often associated with aging, that doesn't mean you can't have it as a child. A parenting advice column in the Queensland Courier Mail has recommended monitoring a child's oral health habits and being wary of bad breath-causing illnesses.

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