All TheraBreath articles
|By Dr. Harold Katz - Bad Breath Expert|
June 28, 2011 - If you have ever experienced a cavity or halitosis, you are certainly not alone, since millions of Americans suffer from both each year. But what do you really know about these conditions? And are you aware of how they're connected?
June 27, 2011 - Bad breath is caused by bacteria. Bacterial infections can sometimes be prevented through the use of vaccines. So, the obvious question is, do vaccines exist for halitosis? Could they? According to several groups of researchers, they could.
June 23, 2011 - What causes halitosis? Many different factors can pitch in, says an article lately published in the Journal of Dentistry. How many effective ways are there to diagnose the condition? While chemists have invented a number of useful tools for this purpose, the best method may still be a sniff from a human nose.
June 23, 2011 - We've all had bad breath at some point, and regardless of whether it happens on a date, at work or at home, it can be mortifying. Yet, since the experience of halitosis is something we all have in common, you'd think people would share more than dirty looks when they smell someone's oral odor.
June 22, 2011 - The name "BLIS K12" may evoke thoughts of ecstasy or primary and secondary school, but the nomenclature of this halitosis-fighting substance has scientific origin, and it works in ways you may not expect.
June 21, 2011 - Research has repeatedly shown that eating apples in place of processed foods entails a slew of health benefits, from improved heart health to reduced free radical damage. But do they also freshen your breath? Recent research suggests that one compound found in apples might fight halitosis, even if eating the fruit itself does not.
June 21, 2011 - Because of the extent of today's oral health industry, it can be tempting to blame a few key 19th-century innovators for the concept of halitosis. However, while the idea of manufactured need is not without its merits, bad breath long preceded humanity's desire to get rid of it.
June 20, 2011 - Most dentists and oral hygienists point to bacteria as the primary cause of bad breath, and while a new study does not dispute that fact, it explores the interactions between odor based on food and the smell caused by bacteria.
June 20, 2011 - When you think about what it takes to beat bad breath, ice cream may not be the first product that springs to mind. That said, New Zealand businessman Mark Scorgie believes that one day it will be, since he recently teamed up with Blis Technologies to create BLIS K12 probiotic ice cream.
June 16, 2011 - Eating a savory meal or smoking a cigarette can certainly make breath go from good to bad, but sometimes halitosis can seemingly come from nowhere. If bad breath is not always caused by smelly things, then what gives it its odor?
June 16, 2011 - If you're like millions of Americans, you may regularly notice that your breath smells not-so-fresh. Having halitosis is a common enough occurrence that you'd think people would be used to it, but for the most part adults tend to find it repulsive. Fortunately, the BLIS K12 Probiotics Kit is here to help.
June 15, 2011 - If you suffer from halitosis, you're probably aware that the smell emanating from your mouth is connected to the foods you eat, the beverages you drink and the number of times you brush your teeth each day. While all of these factors are major determinants of whether your breath smells sweet or sour, they all depend on a more basic agent of odor - namely, microbes.
June 14, 2011 - Most dental health experts agree that, in addition to poor oral care, tooth decay and tobacco use, one of the primary causes of bad breath is a lack of moisture in the mouth. Fortunately, this problem can be fixed with little more than a glass of water, a toothbrush and a specialty breath freshening rinse.
June 14, 2011 - Look in the aisle of any supermarket, and you are likely to find toothpastes and mouthwashes that promise to knock out bad breath. While these products may reduce oral odor in the short term - and they assuredly keep your teeth clean, which is critical for good oral health - they may not keep breath sweet over a long period of time, the way BLIS M18 oral care probiotics can.
June 13, 2011 - Talk to someone about bad breath, and you will likely get a relatively negative reaction to the topic. After all, it's a rare person who feels ambivalent, much less positive, about having halitosis. However, some cultures revile oral odor more than others, and some are more likely to have it, too.
June 13, 2011 - Whether you are a farmer or farm animal, a human, hog, horse or hen, you are likely to suffer from bad breath at some point in your life. One of the primary differences between livestock and those that tend to them is that the latter can at least do something about their own halitosis.
June 10, 2011 - Many people are aware of the dangers of gum disease, but do you know how to spot it? If your gums are red but not painful, do you have gingivitis? Questions like these have their answers on the websites of most major health authorities, many of which list bad breath as a symptom of gum disease.
June 10, 2011 - Though not all animals' breath has a noticeable odor, house pets occasionally suffer from halitosis. While the biggest offenders seem to be dogs and cats, humans are not far behind when it comes to oral odor.
June 9, 2011 - Ask someone why smoking causes bad breath, and you will probably hear a litany of answers - the smoke leaves residue on the tongue, smoking leads to tooth decay, tobacco use increases the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Now, new research points to another way that smoking can leave your mouth smelling funky.
June 9, 2011 - Though the notion has been around for a while, the idea that green tea fights bad breath has recently made a bit of a comeback. Does it work? After all, most green teas aren't marketed as freshening your breath, though plenty of other positive health effects are ascribed to them. So what's the deal? Does green tea reduce bad breath?
June 8, 2011 - Smokers are typically aware that their habit can cause bad breath, as well as increasing the risk of gingivitis, tooth decay and a host of other less-than-desirable oral conditions. In order to encourage people to cut back or quit, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently held its annual World No Tobacco Day.
June 8, 2011 - So you have halitosis. What are you going to do about it? Will you brush your teeth, floss, rinse your mouth out with water or pop a mint? These methods may work, and, in the case of the first two, will certainly improve your oral health a bit, but are they the optimal way to get rid of bad breath?
June 7, 2011 - Waking up with a bad case of halitosis is a pretty common occurrence, prevalent enough that it has its own name - morning breath - and, depending on who you ask, its own unique smell. But regardless of how it occurs, what is the most effective way to get rid of it? A team of Brazilian researchers recently grappled with this very question.
June 7, 2011 - Do you have bad breath? Join the club - most people suffer from halitosis, after all. Do you have bad breath and a sore throat? If so, you may consider talking to a healthcare professional, since a number of experts warn that oral odor can occasionally signal a throat infection.
June 6, 2011 - The bacteria that cause bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay are multitudinous, with several studies suggesting that those strains found in the mouth number in the hundreds. That said, many of these microbes can be found elsewhere in the body, too, including in the stomach, gastrointestinal tract and - according to recent research - the womb.
June 6, 2011 - Having halitosis is something that crosses national, ethnic and even continental boundaries. Recently, people in the UK proved that their oral health habits are as lackadaisical as their American cousins', when a significant portion of Britons reported doing little to clean their teeth or fight bad breath.
June 3, 2011 - Unless you sleep with your jaws wired shut, chances are you occasionally sleep with your mouth open, which means you have probably experienced morning breath. A distinct variation on traditional halitosis, morning breath is caused by dry mouth, although new research suggests that the pH of your tongue has something to do with it.
June 3, 2011 - Almost everyone is familiar with the situation, if only from seeing it in movies. A child uses foul language; a mother makes them wash their mouth out with soap. This begs the question, why don't we clean our mouths with soap instead of toothpaste? Can soap treat bad breath?
June 2, 2011 - Numerous researchers have pointed to the same contradiction in the logic behind the extent of human bad breath - namely, that the majority of people suffer from halitosis, but very few know when they have it. Many individuals are also not sure what to do about it, especially when it persists. Here is a rundown of what keeps our own bad breath from us and what treats it, both immediately and over time.
June 1, 2011 - Nearly all bad breath is caused by a combination of poor dental care, food particles and a dry mouth. Now, researchers are saying that a rare medical condition that affects the salivary glands and tear ducts may lead to difficulties feeling or processing emotions.
June 1, 2011 - Having bad breath often means using a toothbrush, dental floss, a tongue scraper or a specialty breath freshening product to knock out anaerobic bacteria. However, seasoned fighters occasionally use - or at least joke about using - halitosis to knock out their opponents.