All TheraBreath articles

May 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
Mexican food chains spread, bad breath comes along for the ride

May 26, 2011 - A paper released by RNCOS Industry Research Solutions indicates that the Mexican food industry has grown - and, presumably, that thousands of satisfied Americans leave such restaurants with bad breath.

I can has halitosis?: Cats get bad breath, too

May 25, 2011 - Even though dogs are typically the first pets to be accused of having halitosis, cats are just as prone to bad breath, according to Your News Now, a subsidiary of the TWEAN News Channel of Syracuse.

Bad breath can signify something more

May 25, 2011 - When is bad breath its own condition, and when does it indicate something more? It all depends on a person's physiological condition. An article at the independent news website The Faster Times provides an example.

Dr. Oz explains how periodontal disease causes bad breath, and worse

May 25, 2011 - Periodontal disease is a more extreme version of gingivitis, and if you have this condition, you can suffer from bad breath, tooth loss and even cardiovascular disease, according to an animated clip created for the Dr. Oz Show.

Dentists are one of the first lines of defense against bad breath

May 24, 2011 - It may sound obvious, but it pays to listen to your dentist. Besides being a healthcare professional that can clean, whiten and straighten your teeth, dental health workers are seasoned experts when it comes to bad breath.

Clubbers trade one kind of halitosis for another

May 24, 2011 - If you don't miss the days when people could court bad breath by smoking indoors, including in bars, restaurants and night clubs, you're probably not alone. However, a recent study has revealed that statewide bans of smoking in clubs has led to an unintended consequence - namely, that it's much easier to smell clubbers' body odor now.

Does dry mouth cause bad breath?

May 24, 2011 - Does it ever. Contrary to the way many toothpaste and chewing gum commercials may make it seem, dry mouth is one of the most common contributors to bad breath. While tooth decay, pungent food, gingivitis, postnasal drip, cigarettes and tonsil stones all certainly do their part, a dry palate is one of the most pernicious origins of oral odor, precisely because most people simply don't think about it.

Do crooked teeth equal bad breath?

May 21, 2011 - It's a common question, but whether or not teeth are straight does not affect halitosis as much as you might think. Sure, having healthy, white, straight teeth typically indicates good oral hygiene habits, but that doesn't mean that it is impossible to avoid bad breath with teeth that aren't picket-fence straight.

Talk about chronic bad breath...

May 21, 2011 - While studies conflict as to whether marijuana smoke is any more or less harmful than that of cigarettes, one thing is for sure: cannabis use causes bad breath. Individuals who think otherwise may consider using a specialty breath freshening rinse, not to mention avoiding all illegal drugs.

Drugs often cause halitosis, among other nasty side effects

May 21, 2011 - While taking illegal substances can lead to any number of unpleasant, dangerous or even fatal side effects, a phenomenon that often goes unremarked upon is the likelihood that drug abuse will cause bad breath.

Green tea may hobble, but can't halt, bad breath

May 19, 2011 - A number of studies have suggested that drinking green tea as an alternative health therapy may confer a number of physical benefits, since its naturally occurring compounds reportedly neutralize everything from free radicals to bad breath. The latter is not entirely true, but it is based in reality, anyway.

If you think you have halitosis, you're probably not crazy

May 18, 2011 - Having bad breath is something that virtually all human beings have in common, and while this bond may be a little unpleasant, it's a decided fact. More than 20 percent of adults suffer from halitosis at any one moment, which is more than can be said of the rare - and, as yet, clinically unrecognized - olfactory reference syndrome (ORS).

Milk can cause bad breath in two distinct ways

May 17, 2011 - Though the term may sound exotic or made up, "milk breath" is a very real condition, one that your nose usually recognizes instantly. It is caused by dairy products, and can come about in two separate ways.

Why bad breath? Because your mouth has more bacteria than a toilet seat

May 17, 2011 - While halitosis can occasionally seem like a biblical affliction or a karmic punishment, most researchers will tell you that oral odor boils down to one primary cause - bacteria. The reason oral care probiotics work so well is that they replace the source of bad breath itself.

What causes bad breath?

May 14, 2011 - While halitosis is a popular topic in lifestyle-oriented news stories, many articles focus on a particular or unusual cause of bad breath. With that in mind, below is a list of the primary origins of bad breath, listed in no particular order because many causes are interrelated.

Having a cold can make bad breath worse

May 14, 2011 - Some causes of halitosis occur so regularly in our lives that we hardly give them a second thought. Dry mouth, pungent food, poor dental hygiene and morning breath are just a few of the things that can give you bad breath on a daily basis. Rarer causes of oral odor included illnesses, like the common cold.

The science of halitosis has come pretty far since the Civil War

May 14, 2011 - The Civil War gave the U.S. a number of cultural institutions that survive today. Embalming was not widespread before the conflict, but the need to ship bodies home made it essential for the first time. The term "red tape," meaning bureaucratic paperwork, became popular, although it had been used before then. However, one thing the Civil War did not improve was knowledge of halitosis.

Super smelly ferment-tastic kimchi halitosis

May 13, 2011 - Bad breath is a problem that spans continents, oceans, cultures and time periods. If you think you've got it bad, just remember that the majority of humans on this planet have suffered from halitosis, too. Take South Korea, where Reuters recently reported that researchers are looking to solve the problem of bad breath by way of a genetically modified apple.

Mosquitoes home in on halitosis and foot odor

May 13, 2011 - As much as we'd all like to avoid the plague of mosquitoes that seems to attend many summertime camping trips, it may not happen this year, or any other year. Recent research has confirmed that the little blood suckers home in on bad breath, as well as foot odor, which is one reason why people with halitosis may wish to try an oral care probiotics kit.

Hay fever causes bad breath?

May 13, 2011 - In a way, it does. One of the primary causes of halitosis is post-nasal drip, and every spring millions Americans find their throats and palates coated with mucus caused by seasonal allergies.

Tooth twigs may improve bad breath, but certainly don't cure it

May 13, 2011 - If you're familiar with Islam, you may have heard of a miswak, a small tooth-cleaning stick that has been touted as an effective way to prevent plaque buildup and to cure halitosis. While the former has been proven by a number of studies, the latter is just so much exaggeration, which a new study confirms.

Folks in Peru have bad breath, too

May 11, 2011 - While it may sometimes escape your attention, bad breath is not something that just afflicts smelly co-workers, odiferous bus mates and blind dates. Halitosis is a common problem nearly everywhere in the world, and news organizations like to make much of this fact, which can certainly be reassuring.

Good breath and good health need not be mutually exclusive

May 11, 2011 - Many people believe that cultivating a healthier body means doing so at the expense of things like one's breath, but halitosis is not a prerequisite for good bodily health. For example, an article published in the International Business Times suggested that eating garlic is worth the oral odor, considering the health benefits.

Lasers may treat halitosis, though curing it is something else entirely

May 11, 2011 - Besides being an important part of your body's immune defense against infection, your tonsils provide at least one other service, though most people would not ask for it - they create tonsil stones, which can lead to powerful bad breath.

Bacteria are the basis for almost all bad breath

May 11, 2011 - Since almost all oral odor originates in a biofilm that coats the tongue and palate, using an oral care probiotic product can be a good idea when you have halitosis. Recently, a group of dental health experts explored the causes, both oral and extra-oral, of bad breath.

Dentists explain why quitting smokes improves more than bad breath

May 11, 2011 - There are any number of reasons to cut back on a nicotine habit, and among them is the halitosis that can come from cigarette use. A group of nationally renowned dental health experts recently answered several questions on the topic, saying that a reduction in bad breath is one of many benefits that may result from smoking cessation.

Probiotics can keep odor-causing bacteria at bay

May 11, 2011 - When brushing and flossing do not put an appreciable dent in bad breath, oral care probiotics may be able to take up where these products leave off. Unlike pastes and rinses that contain microbicides, probiotics merely introduce new strains of microorganisms into the oral environment, where, with luck, they begin to replace those that cause halitosis.

Be bold and benevolent about bad breath

May 11, 2011 - Nearly everyone has been in the situation, and it can be excruciating. Telling someone that they have bad breath is not news that most people prefer to deliver, just as it's a rare day that someone wants to hear it. Nevertheless, being open and honest about a friend's halitosis is just as important as treating it, since one naturally precedes the other.

What would you rather talk about than bad breath?

May 11, 2011 - When it comes to topics that are taboo in polite conversation, bad breath often ranks near the top, even though the vast majority of adults have, or have suffered from, it. Even among non-grata issues between friends, halitosis often takes the cake.

Why don't people tell each other they have bad breath?

May 11, 2011 - It's been a problem for as long as bad breath has, and today it's likely no better than it was thousands of years ago. Most people have terrible difficulty telling a friend, a co-worker or even a loved one that they have halitosis. Why is this so? There are any number of reasons, but what most of them have in common is the sometimes misguided need to spare another's feelings.

Researchers hope that specially bred apples will mute bad breath

May 11, 2011 - Many people delight in quick fixes for health conditions, which is one reason why Blis K-12 Probiotic Kits are so popular. However, while many oral care probiotic products have been shown to decrease halitosis, other methods of busting bad breath have yet to be proven, including the so-called "kiss apple."

The tongue doesn't have to be coated for breath to be bad

May 11, 2011 - Almost anyone knows that the main symptom of halitosis is the smell, which can vary in intensity and aroma but is always unpleasant. However, researchers in Brazil recently explored the idea that bad breath can be detected with the eyes, by looking for tongues with a white coating.

ADA council weighs causes, prevalence of bad breath

May 4, 2011 - If you've ever wondered what percentage of Americans suffer from bad breath, you may be happy to know that the American Dental Association (ADA) has pondered the same exact thing and come to some surprising conclusions.

Why does smoking cause bad breath?

May 4, 2011 - Is there a special reason that smoking tobacco causes halitosis? Yes, there is - in fact, there are several reasons why people who smoke are far more likely to suffer from a particular type oral odor called, what else, smoker's breath.

Cancer survivor says onion breath was small price to pay for survival

May 3, 2011 - Of the many species of halitosis, onion breath is one of the most recognizable. Along with coffee breath, garlic breath and smoker's breath, it is hard to mistake the smell of raw onions on the air an individual breathes out. However, one Irish citizen has reported actually courting bad breath in the pursuit of better health.

Study weighs contribution of bacteria to bad breath

May 3, 2011 - Almost everyone is aware that pungent foods can leave a bad aroma in the mouth, but did you know that bacteria can cause halitosis after even the most odorless of meals? A pair of researchers from the University of Michigan recently explored this phenomenon.

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