All TheraBreath articles

August 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
Alcohol can lead to bad breath, or worse

August 26, 2011 -

There are plenty of health issues associated with excessive alcohol consumption, and while halitosis is not the worst of them, it can signal the presence of major dental problems. So say Japanese researchers from the Fukuoka Dental College's Department of General Dentistry.

Teens who fear bad breath are less likely to smoke

August 24, 2011 -

Many investigations have been conducted into the reasons that teens take up smoking, but what keeps them from trying tobacco? A study appearing in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry found that one of the factors that keeps adolescents from trying cigarettes is the idea that they lead to bad breath.

Dogs get royal treatment, even down to their bad breath!

August 23, 2011 -

You thought you had it nice... The UK Daily Mail recently reported that a Briton living in Kennington spends more than 15,000 pounds every year taking care of her six pampered English bulldogs - including special food to keep them from getting halitosis.

Halitosis hurts oral health, quality of life

August 22, 2011 -

Having halitosis doesn't just negatively affect others. It can hurt your own quality of life (QOL). Anyway, that is the conclusion of a study, recently published in the International Journal of Dental Hygiene, that followed the daily lifestyle of a man with extremely bad breath.

Great moments in bad breath history, part 2: A glance into poems, plays, novels

August 22, 2011 -

Here are some more notable mentions of halitosis, taken from poems, novels and plays, both classic and contemporary. Remember: if these excerpts make you begin to suspect that you have bad breath, trying reaching for a specialty breath freshener, a tongue scraper, an oral care probiotics kit or, at the very least, a toothbrush.

Great moments in bad breath history, part 1: A look into literature

August 19, 2011 -

So you think bad breath is too gross a subject for art and literature? Think again! In the past century, halitosis has made its appearance in loads of great books. As you read the quotes below, consider purchasing a tongue scraper or an oral care probiotics kit. As you'll see, many of the characters below (or, presumably, their creators) had limited access to effective breath fresheners.

New technology uses acoustic waves to spot bad breath

August 18, 2011 -

Plenty of devices exist to tell you whether or not you have bad breath, and new ones are being invented all the time. Consider a recent report published in the journal Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, in which researchers described the creation of a contraption that uses crystals and sound waves to pinpoint halitosis.

Bahraini police confiscate bad breath-causing chewing tobacco

August 18, 2011 -

Chewing tobacco is one of the most potent causes of halitosis, and the American Dental Association (ADA) warns that it is in no way a safe alternative to smoking. Also called "dipping," this practice can lead to a whole host of oral problems, ranging from bad breath all the way to mouth cancer. This may be one reason why police in Bahrain have been confiscating chewing tobacco left and right these days.

Traffic cop has no sense of humor about bad breath

August 17, 2011 -

When pulled over for speeding or having a busted tail light, some people try explaining themselves, sweet-talking the police officer or even squeezing out a few crocodile tears. However, those with bad breath might want to invoke their Fifth Amendment right to keep their mouth shut, or at least use a specialty breath freshener, since Al Anba reports that a traffic cop recently fined a citizen for having halitosis.

Bad breath turns off American gals and Irish lasses

August 17, 2011 -

What displeases women most about men? If you think that bad breath is one of a woman's top turn-offs, chances are you're right. A survey conducted by 98FM Radio Ireland found that women there hate the smell of halitosis.

Bad breath has more causes than you might think

August 16, 2011 -

If you find that you have bad breath, what does immediately come to mind as you try to figure out what is causing it? A smelly meal? A night sleeping with your mouth open? Cigarettes? Coffee? While these things do cause halitosis, oral odor comes from a variety of sources, many of which may not have occurred to you.

In the world of bad breath, garlic still reigns supreme

August 15, 2011 -

If you try to think of bad breath that comes from eating food, what immediately comes to mind? If you have ever eaten Italian or Greek food, it may be garlic that first pops into your brain. As far as oral odor goes, this little bulb packs quite a wallop, which is one reason why using specialty breath fresheners is so important.

Halitosis may signal scuba-related 'diver's mouth'

August 12, 2011 -

Some people who take up scuba diving find that, after a few weeks, they suffer from jaw aches and halitosis. What is going on here? And can anything be done about it, short of finding a new hobby?

Stress may worsen bad breath

August 12, 2011 -

Do you have bad breath because you're stressed, or do you get stressed because you have bad breath? Regardless of which came first, it's usually advisable to consider getting a specialty breath freshener or an oral care probiotics kit to knock out halitosis as soon as possible.

How can I check whether or not I have bad breath?

August 12, 2011 -

Comedian Demetri Martin once said that "another term for a balloon is a 'bad breath holder.'" How right he is. After all, the odds that a balloon inflated by mouth has halitosis in it are one in four, according to multiple medical studies. However, Martin also inadvertently points to one method of testing your breath to see if it is bad.

In the quest to eliminate bad breath, how far can probiotics take us?

August 11, 2011 -

Countless Americans turn to oral care probiotics products to reduce the levels of odor-causing bacteria in their mouths. After brushing and flossing, probiotics are the next line of defense against halitosis. Recently, a Canadian researcher explored the possibilities for bacterial modification in the future.

Some foods reduce bad breath, while others amplify halitosis

August 11, 2011 -

"Maybe it's the garlic I ate..." Though bad breath often stems from poor dental health, tonsil stones, periodontal disease or dry mouth, occasionally oral odor really is just a product of eating a pungent meal. But which foods cause halitosis? And are there any that reduce it?

Has the number of people with bad breath changed over time?

August 10, 2011 -

It's hard to say what ratio of Americans suffered from bad breath before the 20th century, but we do know that people in the early 1900s didn't have access to specialty breath fresheners the way we do today.

Is bad breath flammable?

August 10, 2011 -

When someone has especially strong bad breath, it is common to say that they have "dragon breath," since it can seem like their halitosis is almost strong enough to peel paint or set the room on fire. But could this ever really happen, under any conditions? Is bad breath flammable?

People with periodontal disease are more likely to have bad breath

August 9, 2011 -

Having periodontal disease is a big deal, and not just because it can cause bad breath. Numerous studies have suggested that developing this condition, which is usually the result of poor dental health, can lead to loosened and ultimately missing teeth. This is yet another reason to use specialty breath freshening rinses and tongue scrapers to keep the mouth clean.

Tongue scraping quells bad breath, scientists say

August 9, 2011 -

Plenty of people brush their teeth in the daily battle against bad breath, but did you know that adding a tongue scraper to your oral health routine can significantly reduce your oral odor? So say scientists and dentists alike. Using a specialty tongue scraper followed by a oral care probiotics rinse may sweeten your breath even further.

Five reasons to avoid having bad breath

August 9, 2011 -

You know that other people's halitosis makes you wince or flinch away, so it is only natural that you expect others to do the same when you have oral odor. This is one reason why many people go for a specialty breath freshener whenever they suspect that their breath has become none too sweet.

Is my halitosis all in my head?

August 9, 2011 -

You may occasionally suspect that you have bad breath, often because you think you can smell it in the air you exhale. But are you just imagining things? Is it likely that your halitosis is in your head, instead of in your mouth?

Which gases make bad breath bad?

August 5, 2011 -

When you smell someone's bad breath, your nose detects and your brain takes note of thousands of different compounds, most of which have little or no odor. However, it only takes a few notorious gases - or even just one, really - to give a person some seriously repulsive halitosis.

Halitosis can cripple your social life

August 5, 2011 -

Having bad breath is not just a personal issue but a social one. After all, few of us spend every day alone. We've all had the experience of smelling someone's oral odor and being repulsed by it. Unfortunately, studies indicate that there is always a 25 percent likelihood that that someone is you.

Robots can smell your bad breath too, you know

August 4, 2011 -

The singularity never seemed so close: according to numerous studies and case reports, electronic devices can detect bad breath with more accuracy than you can. Does that mean that we may one day rely on technology to alert us to halitosis? Not necessarily.

Does eating honey reduce halitosis?

August 4, 2011 -

The idea that honey can reduce halitosis is nothing new, but its foundations as a scientifically supported claim are a little shaky. Let's just say that if you have bad breath, it's probably best to stick to a a toothbrush, an AKTIV K-12 Probiotics Kit and a tongue scraper.

Fasting can cause bad breath

August 3, 2011 -

Most people are aware that eating smelly foods can cause bad breath, but did you know that avoiding food has the potential to do the same? That's right. Regardless of the reason for fasting, missing out on meals can lead to halitosis.

Alcohol-free mouthwash kills bad breath-causing gingivitis, reduces chances of pre-term labor

August 2, 2011 -

It may sound like a non sequitur, but it's grounded in science: According to a new study, expecting mothers who use alcohol-free mouthwash may treat gum disease and thereby reduce their risk of pre-term labor by as much as 75 percent. What do bad breath, alcohol-free rinses, gingivitis and early childbirth have to do with one another? More than you might think.

Cardamom may not reduce bad breath

August 1, 2011 -

People have been chewing cardamom seeds or rinsing their mouths with cardamom extract for thousands of years in the everlasting quest to get rid of bad breath, according to a report appearing in the Kathmandu University Medical Journal. But does this substance really work? It's doubtful.

How to break the bad news about bad breath

August 1, 2011 -

So many adults have halitosis - one in four, according to a study from the University of Buffalo - that you'd think we would have found some good way to tell a friend or co-workers that they have bad breath. However, virtually all advice columnists say we haven't, and for the most part that appears to be true.

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