All TheraBreath articles
|By Dr. Harold Katz - Bad Breath Expert|
July 27, 2011 - If you've been to the dentist lately, you may have gotten a lecture about tooth care, plaque, gum disease and bad breath. Oral healthcare professionals emphasize the importance of brushing, flossing and using specialty breath fresheners because all of the factors above are interrelated.
July 27, 2011 - Having a canker sore can be a real pain, as can suffering from dry mouth or halitosis. Fortunately for individuals who use specialty breath fresheners to beat their bad breath, treating one condition may naturally relieve the others, depending on what product you use.
July 26, 2011 - Having bad breath isn't a situation limited to humans, as almost any dog or cat owner will tell you. Halitosis doesn't originate in human-specific foods - except for pungent ones like garlic and onions - so much as it does in the bacteria found in mammalian mouths.
July 26, 2011 - You think tensions run high at your job, where coworkers' halitosis can drive you all but crazy? Consider a recent news story from New Zealand, where two municipal bus drivers came to blows over bad breath.
July 25, 2011 - When you drink green tea, are you doing your mouth any favors? Are you getting rid of bad breath? Is such a strategy any better than using oral care probiotics?
July 25, 2011 - If you've ever seen a tongue scraper in action, you may have wondered what exactly is coming off of the tongue when someone uses such a device to clean it. Among other things, halitosis-causing bacteria get removed when people use tongue scrapers.
July 25, 2011 - What do betel leaf, areca nut and slaked lime all have in common? They are all ingredients in a product called gutka, a stimulant chew used primarily in India that can cause bad breath, among many other harmful side effects.
July 25, 2011 - Kids can get bad breath just like adults do, although their odor occasionally smells unique. Is there anything different about pediatric bad breath? How often do children get it?
July 22, 2011 - The art world was rocked this week by the death of Lucian Freud, a painter, member of the Realist art movement and opinionated critic of other artists. An example: According to the Fairfield City Champion, Mr. Freud once said of the art of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, another painter and co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, that it was "the nearest painting can get to bad breath."
July 22, 2011 - It is unfortunate that when someone has bad breath, we often leap to conclusions about them. You might think that a person with halitosis has poor oral hygiene skills or terribly advanced tooth decay, not realizing that he or she might have a problem with tonsil stones or postnasal drip, something that they cannot fix very easily.
July 21, 2011 - How do dentists learn to spot oral health problems? If it's bad breath they're looking for, they probably don't require any training in order to detect it. But what about other dental conditions? What goes into learning about the diseases of the teeth and gums?
July 21, 2011 - Think halitosis isn't a deal-breaker when it comes to being in a long-term relationship? Many an advice column has printed letters from readers desperate to do something about their partner's bad breath, or to do away with the partner altogether.
July 21, 2011 - Everyone knows that garlic can give you halitosis, but what do you do when it's in every single food item around you? Is it possible to minimize bad breath even after stuffing yourself with garlic?
July 20, 2011 - Think you know what makes bad breath stink? According to a study in the Journal of Dental Research, you probably don't know the half of it.
July 20, 2011 - The American Dental Association states that one of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease is bad breath. On the strength of pronouncements like this, thousands of people get dental checkups in order to prevent the disease, as well as to do something about their halitosis.
July 19, 2011 - If you've ever shied away from someone - a coworker, a date, a friend or a family member - because of their bad breath, you were likely offended less by them than by the billions of bacteria on their tongue. After all, microbes in the mouth are responsible for an estimated 90 percent of halitosis.
July 19, 2011 - Like retainers and braces, dentures can be a source of bad breath. Far from being less likely to cause halitosis than real teeth, dentures entail a significant risk of oral odor, especially when left in overnight.
July 19, 2011 - Imagine for a moment that you don't want to get rid of your bad breath. In fact, you want to keep it, even store it so you can analyze its smell later. Individuals who want to zap halitosis often turn to specialty breath fresheners that neutralize odor compounds. What do people who want to preserve bad breath do?
July 18, 2011 - Dental appliances are big business. At least 3 million individuals in the U.S. and Canada wear braces, and countless more use retainers and mouth guards, according to Colgate. Dentures are even more common, worn by close to 37 million Americans, according to the journal Dental Economics. That means a lot of orthodontia and plenty of bad breath.
July 18, 2011 - While they may not be such a big deal in the grand scheme of things, canker sores are still a pain. They can cause unpleasant oral aching, as well as serious bad breath. Recently, a U.S. professional cyclist announced that this canker sores disappeared after he switched to veganism.
July 18, 2011 - You may have noticed that, unlike specialty breath freshening products, many common breath mints look alike, from their packaging down to the shape and taste of the mint itself. Well, the companies that make these little tablets are well aware of this, and they have gone to court over the similarities at least once.
July 15, 2011 - You may think that fighting halitosis is as simple as picking any toothpaste off the grocery store shelf and using it. While brushing your teeth is definitely important, what you brush with makes a big difference in the battle against bad breath.
July 15, 2011 - Well, not exactly. But in some cases, robots and automatons can be used to simulate the dental and oral problems of humans, like bad breath. Consider the case of Hanako, the Japanese dental training dummy.
July 15, 2011 - Urban legends, old wives' tales and myths surround nearly everything, and bad breath is hardly an exception. The amount of information (and misinformation) out there about halitosis is nearly unfathomable, so occasionally it helps to take look in a book, as they say on Reading Rainbow.
July 14, 2011 - Imagine for a moment that you have bad breath, and that it's hurting your marriage. Would you do something about it, and if so, what might you try? In the medieval period, married couples thought about this problem, too, and they did the best they could to overcome it.
July 14, 2011 - Some people argue that before the modern era's exploding market for halitosis-treating products, the concept of bad breath didn't exist as we know it today. Essentially, such people say, with cleanliness came the notion of dirtiness. If this were so, the history of bad breath-related products would be a relatively short one. But it isn't. The evolution of halitosis treatment stretches back for millennia.
July 13, 2011 - If you've ever had a canker sore, it was probably hard to ignore for long. These erosions on the inner membranes of the mouth typically cause pain and can lead to halitosis. What causes them? The sores themselves occur due to bacterial infections, but often an irritant or small cut is what opens the door for such microbial growth.
July 13, 2011 - When you were a child, your parents may have reminded you to chew with your mouth closed, but did they ever ask you to breathe with your trap shut? If so, you know what mouth breathing is, and a recent study published in the journal Clinics confirmed that it can lead to bad breath.
July 12, 2011 - If you've had sores on the insides of your cheeks or lips, on your gums or under your tongue, you may have suffered from aphthous stomatitis, also known as canker sores. This condition can cause bad breath, and unfortunately for people with stomatitis, trying to treat the halitosis can lead to more halitosis.
July 11, 2011 - A dry mouth is a well known cause of bad breath, which is one reason why many people choose to brush their teeth and rinse their mouths regularly. However, an ingredient in some oral health products may lead consumers to unwittingly trade parched palates for a more painful plight.
July 11, 2011 - Most of the time, when someone around you has bad breath, you become aware of it fairly quickly. The amount of airborne volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) needed to alert your nose to halitosis if fairly small. What about the amount of VSCs needed to classify bad breath in the lab?
July 8, 2011 - It can, and it can't. Using mouthwash is more complicated than you might think, since many common oral rinses used to combat bad breath may also inadvertently cause it. The culprit behind this particular catch-22 is the alcohol found in mouthwash.
July 7, 2011 - What is necessary in a mouthrinse, toothpaste or specialty breath freshener for getting rid of halitosis? A recent study found that while a common antibacterial and antifungal substance reduced oral odor when combined with a detergent, the latter wasn't necessary for sweetening breath.
July 7, 2011 - Use a typical toothpaste to treat your bad breath, and you may find that it foams pleasantly in your mouth. While this bubbling action can be entertaining and encouraging, it may be a sign that the tooth-cleaning product you use has the potential to give you canker sores.
July 5, 2011 - When you think about halitosis, do you envision green fog emanating from someone's mouth, or can you almost smell that sour reek of bad breath? In either case, do you pause to think about bacteria?
July 5, 2011 - Getting halitosis under control is something that some people will go to extreme lengths to achieve, even if it means abandoning tongue scrapers and oral care probiotics, which are proven to treat bad breath, for alternative remedies.
July 5, 2011 - Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a series of cigarette package warning labels that list cancer, addiction, lung damage and death as potential side effects of smoking. Bad breath is not mentioned, although it may be implied in at least one of the labels' photos.
July 1, 2011 - It's an interesting halitosis-related question, considering how far science has come in terms of eradicating more pernicious problems in the U.S., like smallpox or polio. If you worry that maybe researchers have given up looking for ways to zap bad breath, you may take comfort knowing they haven't, not by a long shot.
July 1, 2011 - Having halitosis is no joke, and it has been used in more than one criminal case as one of a suspect's identifying characteristics. This is true of former mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who was recently captured in Santa Monica, California, after 16 years on the lam.