All TheraBreath articles

October 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
How to whiten teeth: For a start, avoid soft drinks

October 28, 2011 - To actively whiten your teeth, try using a specialty bleaching kit. Such products can be used at home, often with dramatic results. Besides actively cleaning your teeth, you can also improve their luster by avoiding tooth-staining, cavity-causing foods and beverages. For example: ask a breath expert how to whiten teeth, and they will almost certainly tell you to avoid soft drinks.

Even isolated, nicotine is still one of the proven causes of halitosis

October 28, 2011 - It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that smoking or chewing tobacco leads to bad breath, but research indicates that even when used alone, nicotine is still one of the causes of halitosis.

If you have halitosis, be on the lookout for postnasal drip symptoms

October 27, 2011 - It's not always as easy as you might think to determine what is causing your bad breath, especially if you're unfamiliar with the signs of oral bacterial growth or with postnasal drip symptoms. The latter can clue you in to the origins of your halitosis.

Chronic halitosis can become more problematic in old age

October 27, 2011 - What's the difference between chronic halitosis and run-of-the-mill bad breath? Most people regularly get oral odor, but it must be often enough - or in the worst cases, continual - in order to qualify as a chronic problem, as it does for millions of elderly Americans.

What crawled into your mouth and died? Get a bad breath remedy now!

October 26, 2011 - Occasionally, you may find that a friend, co-worker or loved one has halitosis, and not your average bad breath, either, but a really extreme case of oral odor. In this situation, it can be difficult to inform them that their mouth is offending your nasal passages, much less to suggest a bad breath remedy.

What is halitosis, and why is it so embarrassing?

October 25, 2011 - Most people have bad breath at one point or another, so why is it so humiliating when you get oral odor around co-workers, friends or people you want to impress? And for that matter, what is halitosis in the first place?

Halitosis hits half of humanity

October 22, 2011 - How many people suffer from halitosis at any one time? Estimates vary, but most dental health authorities put the number at about one-half of the population. That may sound like a lot, but almost any dentist or bad breath expert will tell you it's just about right.

Can complementary treatments get rid of bad breath?

October 22, 2011 - To get rid of bad breath, people may resort to all sorts of creative strategies, some of them effective and others just plain useless. Just where do complementary and alternative therapies (CATs) fall on the spectrum of halitosis treatment? It's hard to say with certainty, but many studies have shown that such treatments don't accomplish nearly as much as specialty breath fresheners do.

Dry mouth syndrome can leave you with bad breath

October 21, 2011 - Nearly everyone has gotten bad breath from sleeping with their mouth open ortherwise parching their palate, but for a few individuals, a dry mouth syndrome is to blame for chronic halitosis, as well as for dry eyes.

What causes dry mouth, bad breath?

October 21, 2011 - If your palate dries out and leaves you with halitosis, you might do well to consider using a specialty breath freshener. But what causes dry mouth in the first place? According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), lots of things can parch your tongue and leave you with embarrassing oral odor.

Not all toothpaste brands eliminate bad breath

October 20, 2011 - Though it is absolutely critical that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, there is no guarantee that the toothpaste brands you choose will clear up your halitosis. In fact, plenty of research suggests that many common toothpastes and toothgels can keep your teeth clean while doing virtually nothing for your bad breath.

Looking to nix your halitosis? Choose your toothpaste wisely

October 20, 2011 - What's in a toothpaste? After all, short of specialty teeth-whitening gel, most pastes beat back bad breath in more or less the same way, right? Wrong! Not only do many common toothpaste varieties fall short when it comes to halitosis, but some also may do harm to your enamel and pave the way for bacterial invasion.

Blis K12 probiotic kits keep bad breath in check

October 19, 2011 - It is not easy to control bad breath by buying conventional dental products, even when used as recommended. The problem is that common toothpastes and mouthwashes do not put much of a dent in the mouth's bacterial population. Fortunately, specialty breath freshening products like the Blis K12 Probiotic Kit can put odor-causing microbes to flight.

Throughout history, letter writers mention bad breath, halitosis

October 19, 2011 - Bad breath, halitosis and oral odor in general have been a problem since the beginning of recorded history. Not only can smelly breath cause social offense and leave people feeling isolated, but it can also signal poor dental health or bad oral hygiene. Thanks to letters sent by history's luminaries, we can see that oral odor has been putting people off for centuries.

What are tonsil stones?: A primer

October 18, 2011 - Just because you haven't heard of them doesn't mean you don't have them. Tonsil stones can make good breath turn bad virtually faster than you can say "tonsillolith" (another word for the halitosis-causing stones). But what are tonsil stones?

Get rid of bad breath before it ruins your date!

October 14, 2011 - It may come as little surprise, but many American oral care experts recommend trying to get rid of bad breath before a big date. The same principle holds true abroad, of course. A recent survey of UK Shoppers found that body odor in general, and specifically halitosis, constitutes the biggest romantic turn-off.

Humans (and lions, and bears) have chronic halitosis

October 12, 2011 - While the scientific treatment of chronic halitosis may sound new, people have been exploring the topic for thousands of years. In fact, early mentions of the condition could be quite accurate about its causes - though sometimes they were also downright weird.

Dry mouth at night is bacteria's delight

October 12, 2011 - To put an new spin on an old sailor's saying, here is an adage about oral odor. Dry mouth at night: bacteria's delight. Dry mouth at morning: halitosis! Take warning! Though it may not seem like that big of a deal, dry mouth can lead to severe halitosis, deep cavities and problematic dental issues.

Japanese mobile provider unveils bad breath-analyzing phone

October 12, 2011 - If you have trouble with bad breath and happen to live in Japan, mobile phone giant NTT DoCoMo has unveiled a device that's right up your alley. According to Engadget, the Japanese company recently debuted a phone that can tell you whether or not you have halitosis.

Dog bad breath can be a sign of dental, gastric problems

October 12, 2011 - Besides being revered as a loving, furry companion, man's best friend is known for his halitosis. This association isn't necessarily fair. For one thing, human mouths are rarely much cleaner or more fragrant than those of canines. For another, dog bad breath can be a signal that your pet needs a clinical check-up.

Canker sores in the mouth can mean halitosis on the breath

October 12, 2011 - Turn on the television, and you'll notice that many adds for mouthwash tout the benefits of alcohol-based rinses. While these products may temporarily freshen breath, they can also cause unintended side effects including gum irritation and canker sores in your mouth.

A bite of Brie cheese can blot out fresh breath

October 4, 2011 - When faced with a cool, creamy pat of Brie cheese, it can be hard to keep fresh breath in mind. After all, this French creation was once known as the King's Cheese, and for good reason. Brie offers the palate a subtle array of flavors, textures and aromas. It just happens to reliably leave halitosis in its wake, too.

Even for a duchess, Dukan diet tops the list of bad breath causes

October 4, 2011 - There are hundreds of bad breath causes out there, and people looking for the perfect body may incur halitosis as a side effect of their diet, particularly if the regimen is extreme. Kate Middleton, the UK's Duchess of Cambridge and at the moment perhaps the most famous adherent of the Dukan diet, may suffer from bad breath caused by eating so much protein, according to the International Business Times (IBT).

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