All TheraBreath articles
|By Dr. Harold Katz - Bad Breath Expert|
April 28, 2011 - Though bad breath is typically thought of as being emitted by the tongue, teeth, gums, palate and throat, plenty of research suggests that it can also come from a fairly unexpected place - the nose.
April 27, 2011 - Taking care of your halitosis can be difficult if you don't know its causes. Given the sheer number of forms that bad breath comes in - garlic breath, morning breath, coffee breath, smoker's breath, alcohol breath and many more - it's little wonder that some people have no idea where to begin treating their oral odor. Fortunately, researchers are making inroads into the condition's causes and treatments.
April 26, 2011 - Consider bad breath and its causes - gingivitis, tooth decay, pungent foods, smoking, alcohol use and periodontitis - and you might think that research into the complexities of halitosis has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century or so. On the other hand, you could believe that many key factors behind oral odor were discovered ages ago. In either case, you'd be right.
April 26, 2011 - While at times it may seem like effectively treating bad breath is impossible, that doesn't mean that it is. The use of a few simple oral health products - chief among them being toothbrushes, tongue scrapers and specialty breath freshening rinses - can reduce halitosis and breath-related stress at the same time, without relieving one's wallet of too much cash.
April 25, 2011 - Chronic bad breath can be serious enough, or last long enough, to make people wonder if they will ever be able to get rid of it. Certain cases of oral odor can seem impervious to treatment. Fortunately, no case of halitosis is invulnerable, which is what gives dental experts the latitude to suggests simple ways to get rid of foul breath.
April 25, 2011 - Supervising a team of employees can be a challenging endeavor, and having halitosis can make such a position twice as tough. When it comes to striking a balance between being friendly and firm, responsible and respected, bad breath can have one's workers avoiding all attempts at interpersonal communication.
April 25, 2011 - Any dental health professional will tell you that taking good care of your mouth and minimizing halitosis means brushing your teeth at least twice a day. However, something that may not come up during a routine dental cleaning is that fact that certain chemicals in standard toothpastes can aggravate cold sores.
April 22, 2011 - Innovations in dental care, like oral care probiotics and odor-neutralizing specialty breath rinses, can lead to drastic reductions in bad breath. However, not all new products are guaranteed to. Recently, news organizations announced the development of a new class of mouthwash that may help keep teeth cleaner.
April 22, 2011 - It can be easy to forget that bad breath is a common indicator of poor dental health. The most effective oral cleansing regimens, like brushing and flossing, may fall by the wayside when one's daily work or school schedule gets hectic. To encourage people to visit the dentist, a British government agency recently released a public health announcement that focuses on a Twilight-like vampire with halitosis.
April 21, 2011 - If you're shy when it comes to asking your physician or dentist about halitosis, it may help to know that diagnosing bad breath used to be a much more involved - and in all likelihood, embarrassing - process than it is now.
April 20, 2011 - Eliminating bad breath is about much more than simply avoiding or brushing away pungent food. On the contrary, using specialty breath freshening product after even the harshest-smelling meal is likely to neutralize the odors associated with halitosis. Besides, the odiferous enemy isn't food. According to a group of Japanese scientists, it's certain strains of bacteria.
April 20, 2011 - Bad breath almost always issues from the mouth, especially from the tongue, teeth and palate. However, from the back of the throat - a location whose inclusion in "the mouth" is up to you - a small, natural, pearl-like formation can ratchet up mild halitosis into a serious case of oral odor.
April 20, 2011 - Consuming pungent foods like garlic, onions, smoked fish or asparagus can give people a powerful case of halitosis, but ultimately the residue from these foods can be scrubbed away or rinsed out with a specialty breath freshener. Diets can get truly halitosis-inducing, though, is when they advocate skipping entire food groups.
April 19, 2011 - The chemistry of halitosis may seem complicated, but in the end it all boils down to a few simple, smelly molecules. Volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), which are substances excreted by oral bacteria, make up the bulk of oral odor. However, other compounds can tinge one's mouth with bad breath.
April 19, 2011 - It is hard to argue that smoking does not cause bad breath, since numerous studies have shown that it does. The American Dental Association states unequivocally that using tobacco can cause halitosis, stained teeth, gingivitis and periodontal disease. It also recommends asking a dentist for tips on how to quit.
April 18, 2011 - While many Americans tend to think of bad breath as little more than a chronic odor of the mouth, oral hygienists, bacteriologists and microbiologists around the world often see halitosis as a complex web of interdependent variables, all of which rest on one thing - bacteria. Bad breath is caused by microorganisms. Microbes have been on this Earth for far longer than humans have. Therefore, it's a reasonably safe bet that halitosis has existed for all of human history.
April 18, 2011 - Having halitosis is no picnic, particularly once you are told what your breath smells like. The most common compound scenting bad breath is hydrogen sulfide - the chemical that gives rotten eggs their unmistakable odor - but another putrid molecule, cadaverine, appears in bad breath in significant quantities as well.
April 15, 2011 - Unfortunately for bacteria, some bad breath treatments use alcohol or antimicrobial chemicals in an attempt to kill all the microorganisms in the mouth. Unfortunately for humans, such treatments rarely work as well as we'd like.
April 15, 2011 - While halitosis is as prevalent as ever, its treatment has been optimized and in some cases made less unpleasant over the past century. Today, people with bad breath generally need look no further than a bottle of specialty breath freshening rinse or an oral care probiotic kit. One hundred years ago, however, things were a little different.
April 14, 2011 - Waking up with bad breath is a common problem, and many individuals have difficulty determining what to do about it. According to an article in the University Daily Kansan, morning breath is caused by the multiplication of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth.
April 14, 2011 - The myth that dogs have cleaner mouths than humans is fairly persistent, but one whiff of a canine's bad breath may be enough to convince you that it isn't true. Halitosis is caused by bacteria, among other things.
April 14, 2011 - Certain foods and beverages are known for their ability to cause bad breath. These include garlic, onions, milk, coffee and savory meats. However, one food product that has gone into decline in the U.S. - the kipper snack - used to be on the minds and breath of countless Americans.
April 12, 2011 - Certain varieties of halitosis - like coffee breath, garlic breath, onion breath and morning breath - can be scrubbed at least partially away. However, one dental health expert in California recently wrote that some bad breath requires more power than a toothbrush can offer.
April 12, 2011 - Sometimes, brushing and flossing don't quite seem to cut it, and bad breath recurs even after a twice-daily scrubbing. Many people in this situation go out and buy alcohol-based mouthwashes, which are often flavored with mint or cinnamon. These rinses may mute halitosis for a little while, but one expert told the UK Daily Mail that over time traditional mouthwashes can actually cause bad breath.
April 11, 2011 - It may be little surprise that healthcare professionals routinely recommend that individuals who smoke make an attempt to quit, but some people may be interested to know much research has gone into the association between bad breath and tobacco use. Multiple studies have made a connection between the two, and while the numbers vary, overall it's clear that smoking makes halitosis go from bad to worse.
April 11, 2011 - From specialty breath freshening rinses to odor-neutralizing tablets, a number of ways to knock out bad breath are available for the individuals who need them. One of the most cutting-edge methods of fighting halitosis is oral care probiotics, a system of bacterial replacement that can muscle out oral odor quite effectively.
April 8, 2011 - Mix cloves and halitosis, and what do you get? The short answer, according to a recent study, is a slight reduction in microbial growth in the mouth. However, the mechanism of action of clove extract is antibiotic, and a growing body of medical literature suggests that probiotics may be the more effective way to beat back bad breath.
April 8, 2011 - Having halitosis is no picnic, and having it used against you in an argument or a struggle for authority can be especially embarrassing. Many individuals with bad breath choose to use specialty breath fresheners into order to lessen their oral odor and to give others others less to comment on during a verbal debate.
April 7, 2011 - With so many studies coming out about the importance of avoiding bad breath and keeping one's mouth clean, many experts are saying that effective oral care is crucial as a preventive measure. One recent study indicated that poor dental health may indicate a higher risk of breast cancer.
April 7, 2011 - Apparently, few things can ruin the chemistry between two people more effectively than the chemistry of bad breath. Fortunately, scientists are working on what exactly causes halitosis, as well as which chemicals cause the odors of special kinds of halitosis.
April 6, 2011 - Coffee is a popular beverage in the U.S., which means that coffee-related halitosis is a problem for numerous adults. Americans drink more than 146 billion cups of the stuff every year, according to the Coffee Statistics Report. This flood of java puts millions of mouths at risk for bad breath.
April 6, 2011 - Chewing a breath mint is a common way to try to get rid of halitosis, often when a toothbrush or specialty breath freshening rinse is unavailable. For those who eat kosher meals, the New York Post reports that kosher mints have recently become available, although the ability of most mints to eliminate bad breath is negligible.
April 5, 2011 - Dental braces are quite common among teens and adults in the U.S., as is something that these orthodontic appliances can cause - bad breath. A recent study by dentists and periodontists in Turkey found that metal dental hardware can give rise to halitosis, even among people who typically have good breath to begin with.
April 5, 2011 - Plenty of natural foods and compounds are good for your oral and dental health. These include fibrous plants that can scrub away some food particles and plaque during chewing, spices that are naturally sweet-smelling, and probiotic yogurts. But using aloe vera to treat bad breath?
April 4, 2011 - Accounting for the effect bad breath has on one's life can be tough, especially since much of the embarrassment caused by halitosis can seem unquantifiable. However, researchers have created a scale that can put a number on oral odor's effect on a person's life.
April 4, 2011 - Drinking milk is good for bone and skin health, but it rarely does breath any good. A glass of milk can cause a very distinct form of halitosis, often called "milk breath." However, beyond this common ailment, dairy products may cause bad breath through the less common route of lactose intolerance.
April 1, 2011 - Common treatments for bad breath, toothpaste, gum and mouthwashes, often contain dyes, which give them their bright colors. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will convene a panel of healthcare experts to determine whether or not these dyes are linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to HealthDay News.
April 1, 2011 - When it comes to treating bad breath, it's almost always about the bacteria in your mouth. Most chronic halitosis comes not so much from smelly foods - though that's a common cause - as from microbes which feast on those foods. Getting rid of those microorganisms may require an oral care probiotic approach.