All TheraBreath articles

March 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
What habit is most likely to cause bad breath?

March 24, 2011 -

The causes of halitosis are so numerous that listing them all could take a while. Primarily, bad breath comes from dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, savory foods, postnasal drip and tonsil stones. However, many of these problems are not so much preventable as treatable, usually with a specialty breath freshener. Among preventable oral issues and hygiene habits, which agent of bad breath is the most potent?

Dry mouth causes healthy problems among aging Americans

March 24, 2011 -

Among the many causes of bad breath, dry mouth is fairly unique, in that even the healthiest mouth fed the least odiferous foods possible is still susceptible to it. Scientists recently explored the negative health consequences that can come from chronic dry mouth among elderly Americans.

Dry mouth, smoking are prevalent among Saudi students with halitosis

March 23, 2011 -

Keeping your mouth clean and fresh can be difficult during college, no matter where one's university is located. To determine just how many collegians suffer from bad breath, and what their oral habits are, a team of researchers recently surveyed students from the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.

Scientists explain garlic breath

March 23, 2011 -

Bad breath caused by garlic seems like a fairly simple process. You eat garlic; you get halitosis that smells like, what else, garlic. However, there is a lot more than that going on in a mouth afflicted by garlic breath, and researchers at the University of Minnesota recently set out to explain what causes this particular form of oral odor.

Probiotics hit halitosis hard, studies say

March 22, 2011 -

A review of scientific articles on probiotics has established that modification of the bacterial colonies in the mouth can reduce bad breath and improve dental health.

Emirati commuters hate bad breath

March 22, 2011 -

Riding to work, whether in a car or on public transit, can be made that much worse when a fellow commuter has bad breath. In the United Arab Emirates, where a Regus poll finds that the average commute is 27 minutes long, halitosis is one of the major stress factors reported by drivers and train and bus passengers, according to TradeArabia News Service.

Bad breath permeates the movies

March 21, 2011 -

It's a message that many people have gotten over the years, be it from other people's body language, their choice of words or even the direct statement itself - you have bad breath. Halitosis, and the urge to inform someone that they have it, is so common that it regularly makes its way into the movies.

Tonsil stones have a long, dirty history

March 18, 2011 -

Taking care of halitosis often means doing more than just brushing and flossing. After all, bad breath doesn't come solely from food particles and tooth decay - it can also be related to tobacco, alcohol, pungent foods, gingivitis, ulcers, postnasal drip and tonsil stones. The latter have been causing bad breath since as far back as medical history can recall.

What do the elderly know about oral health, halitosis?

March 17, 2011 -

People of all ages suffer from bad breath, but not everyone knows that it can be a sign of gum disease or tooth decay. Recent research has shown that elderly people are often unaware of the symptoms of oral decay, even when those symptoms can be detected by any reasonably endowed nose.

Bad breath marks criminals

March 17, 2011 -

Though it is not exactly standard operating procedure in a jailhouse lineup, more than a few criminals have been busted based on bad breath. Recently, an all-points-bulletin was released in Southern California for an attacker whose identifying features included halitosis.

Scientists link tongue brushing, scraping to freshened breath

March 16, 2011 -

Most people have tried brushing or scraping their tongue, but not everyone is aware of the positive effects this practice has on bad breath. With some simple instruction and a specialty breath freshening tongue scraper, a vigilant tongue-brusher can keep halitosis very much at bay.

Eucalyptus extract has debatable effects on bad breath

March 16, 2011 -

The breath-freshening benefits of eucalyptus extract have been touted for decades now, since eucalyptol - an organic compound found in the plant - is an ingredient in some products designed to treat bad breath. However, experts are divided on whether the extract works as well as some think it does to bust halitosis.

Probiotics appear in numerous studies of halitosis

March 15, 2011 -

A quick look into dental and oral health literature will confirm that probiotics are being thoroughly investigated for their effect on halitosis and oral bacteria. While this fact can be encouraging, some individuals may not be aware of what oral care probiotics are, or what they do. Here is a basic rundown of the way probiotics fight bad breath, complete with some of the newest studies out there on the subject.

Yogurt, probiotics can reduce bad breath

March 14, 2011 -

Bad breath is sometimes not simply the smell of food particles in the mouth. The odor of halitosis is largely the result of bacterial growth on the tongue, teeth and palate. These microbes give off foul-smelling compounds as a byproduct of their digestion. Other than brushing and flossing, though, what can be done to minimize these bacteria?

What do dental health experts know about halitosis?

March 11, 2011 -

Halitosis is often thought of as a purely hygienic problem. While it can put people off their lunch, bad breath can also put dental experts on their guard about certain illnesses and conditions. A recent review of healthcare literature indicates that bad breath has a number of causes, not all of them food-related.

Garlic has health benefits, except for the halitosis it causes

March 11, 2011 -

Anyone who has eat a significant amount of raw or cooked garlic knows that the foodstuff can cause serious halitosis. On the other hand, those who keep up with medical news know that garlic reportedly has many health benefits, the latest of which is the prevention of cardiomyopathy.

Vaccine may relieve halitosis...in mice

March 10, 2011 -

Modern medicine has developed vaccines for a number of bacteria- and virus-caused conditions, but currently halitosis is not one of them. However, scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have reported successfully inoculating mice against one strain of bad breath-causing bacteria.

The Swiss get bad breath, too, you know

March 10, 2011 -

Even though is is one of the richest countries in the world per capita, with some of the highest measured quality of life around, Switzerland still wrangles with halitosis just like every other nation. You may feel that the wealthy Swiss think that their breath doesn't stink. Au contraire, they know it does, and they have conducted studies to prove it.

Study: Bad breath wafts from the tongue more than the teeth

March 9, 2011 -

The bacteria that cause halitosis can live on virtually any surface in the mouth. However, some surfaces are more likely to contribute to oral odor than others. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by scientists at the Nippon Dental University in Japan.

Kids' organization addresses bad breath

March 9, 2011 -

Where does bad breath come from? Why does it smell so bad? What can a person do to get rid of it? These are some of the questions that public authorities try to answer when campaigning for better oral health among children. Here are some of their responses.

Dogs, humans both have bacteria, bad breath

March 8, 2011 -

Many people have heard the persistent rumor that, bad breath aside, dogs have cleaner mouths than humans. Do they, or is this statement just a rationalization we make after dogs lick their hindquarters and then out faces?

'Dancing on Ice' judge makes crack about bad breath

March 7, 2011 -

Insults about breath can cut deep, particularly if they are intentionally personal attacks. Regardless of what they are, though, few individuals enjoy being told they have halitosis, especially during an argument. A recent example of this principle occurred on the British television show Dancing on Ice.

Chewing tobacco can cause bad breath, and worse

March 4, 2011 -

Using smokeless tobacco - also known as chewing tobacco, plugs or dip - can lead to a range of health conditions, starting at halitosis and ending with much worse. A pair of U.S. senators recently requested that Major League Baseball (MLB) ban the use of smokeless tobacco among its players, according to MSNBC.

Halitosis-fighting patent medicine has unusual labelling history

March 4, 2011 -

Not all bad breath treatments are created equal. While some effectively neutralize the volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) created by oral bacteria, others simply mask the scent. Still others claim to address secondary issues, like pulmonary or digestive problems. A patent medicine popular in the 1920s for treating digestive constriction ran into an unusual marketing problem in the '30s.

Bad breath can reek of alcohol

March 3, 2011 -

Even though it may not seem like a high priority at the time, being drunk can lead to very powerful halitosis. Individuals caught driving while intoxicated often have to blow their breath into a breathalyzer. Just this week, singer Christina Aguilera and her boyfriend Matt Rutler were arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated, TMZ reports.

Physicians have an odd way of measuring bad breath

March 3, 2011 -

How do you know when you have bad breath? Generally, you or someone you know smells it - though it is often a safe bet to just assume you have it. After all, an article in the Journal of Dental research estimates that at least half of all Americans have halitosis. But how do doctors know when you have bad breath? They use several methods, not all of which sound pleasant.

Curry is more likely to cause bad breath than cure it

March 3, 2011 -

A tasty Indian meal is often worth the after-dinner halitosis that can come with it. It is widely accepted that curry and other Indian spices can cause bad breath, though some researchers used to believe the opposite.

In all its long and grimy history, tongue scraping has reduced but not eliminated halitosis

March 2, 2011 -

Tongue cleaners and scrapers have been around for quite some time, and while many dental health experts recommend them for patients with bad breath, the implements may not be totally effective if used without brushing or rinsing. Studies have shown that tongue scraping puts a small but noticeable dent in halitosis.

Sulfurous compounds in onions can cause bad breath, weeping

March 2, 2011 -

Onions have been an ingredient in food - and a cause of bad breath - since the Stone Age, if not before. The pungent plant is a good source of nutrients and vitamins, and many people find it quite tasty. However, the odor molecules packed into an onion bulb can leave anyone who eats it with a powerful case of halitosis.

Want to get rid of oral odor? Licorice may not help

March 1, 2011 -

The medical use of licorice root dates back to ancient times, but its effectiveness in treating bad breath - or anything else, for that matter - is largely questionable.

Dairy products can cause halitosis in more than one way

March 1, 2011 -

Unfortunately for those who can't get enough garlic, milk can also cause bad breath.

Bad breath prevents dog from finding home

March 1, 2011 -

While it is a chronic problem for millions of humans, bad breath can also take a toll on man's best friend. According to an article in the UK Daily Mail, a rescued greyhound in Essex has been overlooked by more than 300 potential owners for one simple reason - he has halitosis.

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