All Oral Care Information articles

December 2010

By - Bad Breath Expert
Milk may neutralize garlic breath, study finds

December 30, 2010 -

Recent research has suggested that drinking milk with a meal containing garlic may reduce the amount of volatile sulfur compounds that remain in the mouth and stomach.

Bad breath may be used to diagnose illnesses, experts say

December 30, 2010 -

Have halitosis? Technology currently in development may one day be able to diagnose diseases based on little more than a modified version of the breathalyzer test.

Insects' detection of mammalian bad breath helps them survive, study says

December 29, 2010 -

Recent research has shown that aphids can smell bad breath in time to avoid being eaten.

Lasers may treat one source of bad breath

December 27, 2010 -

Everyone wants to zap their bad breath away, and a relatively conservative medical procedure may let you do just that. Called laser cryptolosis, it is a treatment that eliminates a potent source of halitosis - cryptic tonsils.

Chlorine dioxide neutralizes bad breath

December 21, 2010 -

Many dental care items claim to eliminate the odors associated with halitosis, but for the most part they cannot bust the smell at its source. Of course, maintaining good oral hygiene is key to keeping breath bearable, but it isn’t everything. Specialty breath fresheners that use stabilized chlorine dioxide may bridge the gap between bearable and truly fresh.

References to bad breath date back millennia

December 20, 2010 -

Oral odor has been mentioned for centuries in historical records, philosophical tracts and even the Bible.

Dental visits are a low priority, surveys find

December 16, 2010 -

A recent survey found that one third of British women have not visited the dentist in year or more.

Cardamom may help bad breath, but is no cure

December 15, 2010 -

As the holidays approach, there are many ways to integrate cardamom and other herbs and spices into your diet, potentially muting your bad breath. Organic Authority, an online resource for naturally grown foods, recommends adding cardamom to mulled cider in order to keep halitosis at bay.

Bad breath is rarely in your head

December 15, 2010 -

At times it can be difficult to tell if you really have bad breath. You may detect an odor coming from your mouth but be unsure if what you smell is really there. Breathing into your palm is an unreliable way to check for halitosis, and asking a stranger is usually out of the question. Could it all be in your head? With a few rare exceptions, it is likely that you are not hallucinating and that you do have bad breath.

Fighting bad breath beats holding it back

December 14, 2010 -

Sometimes it’s tempting to hold your breath when you have severe halitosis, but how long can you reasonably expect to hold it? The New Zealand Herald reported that William Trubridge, a world record-holding free-diver, recently became the first human to dive to 100 meters, or 328 feet, on one breath of air, without assistance. Even professionals like Trubridge can’t hold back bad breath forever.

Neti pots may not improve post-nasal drip, bad breath

December 13, 2010 -

In winter, bad breath caused by post-nasal drip can go from moderate to extreme. Seasonal colds, flus and sinus infections may cause an increase in nasal mucus and add a tinge of halitosis to every breath you take. The neti pot, a common sinus-clearing tool, may ease the drip but is not likely to improve your bad breath.

As concerns about bad breath go, so go halimeter sales

December 13, 2010 -

When are Americans most concerned about bad breath? Is there a season in which you are the most likely to seek diagnosis and treatment for your halitosis? Industry experts say that, if halimeter sales have anything to do with it, then the holidays are when yearly concerns about bad breath reach their peak.

Halitosis can ruin a holiday flight for everyone

December 9, 2010 -

Holiday air travelers often have a choice between two evils - window or middle seat, chicken or fish, full-body scan or patdown - but when it comes to bad breath on a long flight, everyone has to suffer. A poll of AOL Lemondrop readers determined that body odor and bad breath are two of the most irritating qualities in a fellow passenger.

Study: Cavities, if not bad breath, may soon become extinct

December 9, 2010 -

Researchers at the University of Groningen have mapped the protein that allows halitosis-causing plaque to stick to teeth. Armed with such knowledge, dental professionals may soon develop products that prevent plaque, and thus cavities, from ever forming in your mouth. Bad breath will still exist, but it’s a step forward.

Bad breath can be preserved for centuries

December 8, 2010 -

Halitosis can be a problem as long as you live. Bacteria grow in the mouth, particularly when it is dry or filled with food particles, and give off sulfuric odor compounds. But it isn’t an issue after you’re gone - except in the case of Thomas Edison, who preserved his bad breath for posterity.

Gingivitis may spoil Christmas kisses

December 8, 2010 -

According to Dentistry Magazine, getting blown off under the mistletoe may mean something more than bad breath is at work. The culprit could be gum disease, which can cause halitosis and do serious oral damage.

Kids have halitosis, too

December 7, 2010 -

Bad breath certainly isn’t limited to adults, dogs and cats. Children may have halitosis for any number of reasons, the most common of which are listed below.

Wu-Tang Clan rapper tweets about bad breath

December 7, 2010 -

Rapper Dennis Coles, better known as Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, recently sent 12 messages in 10 minutes about bad breath via Twitter. His advice ranged from the common to the inadvisable to the just plain weird. Here’s the breakdown.

Wu-Tang Clan rapper tweets about bad breath

December 7, 2010 -

Rapper Dennis Coles, better known as Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, recently sent 12 messages in 10 minutes about bad breath via Twitter. His advice ranged from the common to the inadvisable to the just plain weird. Here’s the breakdown.

Holiday foods are likely to ruin your breath

December 6, 2010 -

Christmas is the time to celebrate friends and family, to give gifts and to get bad breath. Here is a list of a few foods and beverages that are almost guaranteed to put a bad smell in your mouth even as they leave a good taste.

Holiday foods are likely to ruin your breath

December 6, 2010 -

Christmas is the time to celebrate friends and family, to give gifts and to get bad breath. Here is a list of a few foods and beverages that are almost guaranteed to put a bad smell in your mouth even as they leave a good taste.

Survey: bad breath is biggest turn-off on a first date

December 6, 2010 -

A survey conducted by Philips Sonicare found that oral hygiene is easier in theory than in practice. It also determined that bad breath is the most common turn-off on a first date.

Survey: bad breath is biggest turn-off on a first date

December 6, 2010 -

A survey conducted by Philips Sonicare found that oral hygiene is easier in theory than in practice. It also determined that bad breath is the most common turn-off on a first date.

Social cues may indicate bad breath

December 6, 2010 -

If you are out in public and begin to suspect you have bad breath, what can you do?

Breath mints cause bad breath as often as they treat it

December 6, 2010 -

It’s easy to be pulled in by breath mints when you have bad breath. Oral odor can make you extremely self-conscious, and breath mints seem to offer an immediate cure. “Seem to” is the operative phrase, because most breath mints are ineffective.

Many mouthwashes may dry the mouth

December 6, 2010 -

People concerned about their bad breath often take recourse in a “good” mouthwash, meaning one that has a high alcohol concentration and leaves the mouth smelling minty or like cinnamon. The problem with many products marketed as bacteria-killers and breath-fresheners is that they can easily dry out your mouth.

Marijuana use can cause halitosis

December 6, 2010 -

In a recent review of Syn, a synthesized marijuana substitute that is due to be pulled from shelves in a month, The Pitch mentioned that the substance “tastes sour and smells like halitosis.” The remark is pretty apt, because smoking any sort of marijuana can give you strong, persistent bad breath.

Leslie Nielsen quotes deal with bad breath

December 3, 2010 -

Actor Leslie Nielsen, who died on November 28, had a long list of movie roles than touched on nearly everything: space travel, sinking ships, vampirism, detectives, lovers’ revenger, you name it. Here are a few quotes of his that relate to bad breath because - as the website PopMatters recently pointed out - true Nielsen fans know he could hold his breath for a long, long time.

To test breathalyzers, bad breath can be created in test tubes

December 3, 2010 -

While it’s easy enough to create bad breath in your own mouth - sleeping with your mouth open or taking a swig of alcohol can do the trick - it is more difficult to do it in a laboratory. Germany’s National Institute for Physical and Technical Sciences, however, has got it down to an art form, creating bad breath in the lab as a way to more accurately test breathalyzers.

Reality-show celebrities smell all over

December 3, 2010 -

The latest challenge on the show I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! involved bugs, stagnant water and excrement. From the look of some of the contestants, their body odor isn’t so hot, and considering the amount and kind of food they eat, they probably have very bad breath, too.

Halitosis may mimic other bodily odors

December 3, 2010 -

Often enough, bad breath is instantly recognizable as bad breath. The sour or rotten odor associated with hydrogen sulfide, a byproduct of the metabolism of oral bacteria, can quickly tip off any nose to halitosis. But occasionally, the smell of your breath can imitate other odors, potentially leading to some confusion.

Unusual causes of bad breath

December 2, 2010 -

While most people are aware of the common agents of halitosis - savory foods, smoking, sleeping with the mouth open, dry mouth - some of the rarer causes may fly under the radar. If you’ve experienced bad breath when it seems there couldn’t possibly be a reason, consider the causes below.

Unusual causes of bad breath

December 2, 2010 -

While most people are aware of the common agents of halitosis - savory foods, smoking, sleeping with the mouth open, dry mouth - some of the rarer causes may fly under the radar. If you’ve experienced bad breath when it seems there couldn’t possibly be a reason, consider the causes below.

When it comes to bad breath, songwriters don't hold back

December 2, 2010 -

Songs can say a lot. In just a few bars, musicians can cover topic like love, hate, fear, anger, envy, joy and even bad breath. Below are a few songs that famously touch on the touchy subject of halitosis.

When it comes to bad breath, songwriters don't hold back

December 2, 2010 -

Songs can say a lot. In just a few bars, musicians can cover topic like love, hate, fear, anger, envy, joy and even bad breath. Below are a few songs that famously touch on the touchy subject of halitosis.

On a date, bad breath can come from all quarters

December 2, 2010 -

The number of ways that breath can go bad during a date are staggering, and halitosis is hard to overcome when trying to make an impression.

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