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Halitosis can originate in the nose
April 28, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
Halitosis: What it is, who has it and what to do about it
April 27, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
The study of halitosis has, and hasn't, evolved much in a century
April 26, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
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.
Getting rid of bad breath isn't always difficult, or expensive
April 26, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
When cleaning teeth and fighting halitosis, SLS can aggravate cold sores
April 25, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
Experts suggest ways to reign in bad breath
April 25, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
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.
Institute says managers should manage their bad breath
April 25, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
New mouthwash may reduce tartar, but not halitosis
April 22, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
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.
UK organization uses humor to battle bad breath
April 22, 2011 - Fresh Breath Happenings
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.
Bad breath diagnoses have come a long way in a century
April 21, 2011 - Fresh Breath Happenings
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.
Scientists say certain bacteria jump-start halitosis
April 20, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
Scientists prove the obvious: Tonsil stones smell terrible
April 20, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
Certain diets may give bad breath a big boost
April 20, 2011 - Fresh Breath Happenings
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.
Bad breath can have ammonia in it, among other things
April 19, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
Dental hygienists can do their part to battle bad breath
April 19, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
Bad Breath in Music
April 18, 2011 - Fresh Breath Happenings
Music is everywhere within our daily lives. We hear it in the car, at home, on TV and even at the grocery store. Musicians often say they write about everyday life which often includes love, hate, death, fear, job and even bad breath! Here are a few songs from songwriters that don t tip toe around the subject of halitosis.
Did early humans have bad breath?
April 18, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
Bad breath can practically smell like death
April 18, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
Chemists work on bad breath treatment
April 15, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
Charcoal kills bad breath? Old halitosis remedy is unappetizing
April 15, 2011 - Fresh Breath Happenings
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.
Morning breath is a common, pungent problem
April 14, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
Dogs and humans often get bad breath for the same reason
April 14, 2011 - Fresh Breath Happenings
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.
Kippers kick bad breath into high gear
April 14, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
Personal Trainers Deal with Bad Breath on a Daily Basis
April 13, 2011 - Fresh Breath Happenings
Most people don t LOVE to go to the gym. It s something we do to keep physically fit or burn off some steam. We re so focused on working out our bodies, but do we think about whether or not we have fresh breath on our minds while we hit the treadmill?
California expert says some halitosis needs more than a toothbrush
April 12, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
Traditional mouthwashes encourage bad breath in the long run
April 12, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
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.
Giving up smoking means less bad breath, experts say
April 11, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
In the fight against halitosis, probiotics had a great year
April 11, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
What do cloves do for bad breath?
April 8, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
Bad breath can undercut authority
April 8, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
Study links periodontal disease to higher incidence of breast cancer
April 7, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.
What gives bad breath its smell? The chemistry of halitosis
April 7, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
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April 6, 2011 - Fresh Breath Happenings
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Bad breath from coffee can ruin romantic moments
April 6, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
Most mints, even kosher ones, put little more than a dent in bad breath
April 6, 2011 - Fresh Breath Happenings
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.
Braces make good breath bad, bad breath worse
April 5, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
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.
Aloe vera reduces bad breath?
April 5, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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?
Scale helps professionals measure effect of halitosis on quality of life
April 4, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
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.
Milk causes bad breath in several ways
April 4, 2011 - Oral Care Tips and Advice
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.
When treating bad breath in kids, dye-less products may be best
April 1, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
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.
Probiotics may crowd out halitosis-causing bacteria
April 1, 2011 - Fresh Breath Happenings
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.