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February 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
TV hosts discuss bad breath on The Talk

February 25, 2011 - It can be difficult to think of a discreet way to tell a friend, co-worker or family member that they have bad breath. For some reason, many people in that situation have difficulty balancing honesty with tact. Based on a recently posted clip from CBS, TV personality Sharon Osborne does not appear to have this problem.

Spicy foods can leave breath with more than a hint of halitosis

February 25, 2011 - Hot sauce, curry, spices and hot food can really give a meal a kick, but afterward you may end up suffering from hours of halitosis, indigestion and heartburn.

Yoga exercises involve huffing bad breath in and out, in and out

February 24, 2011 - Many yoga disciplines teach breathing methods designed to induce a state of calm or focus in the breather, but these techniques may have an unforeseen side effect. In an enclosed space, deep breathing can recirculate odor molecules from halitosis throughout the room.

Not all rinses get rid of bad breath

February 23, 2011 - Rinses designed to combat bad breath are not what they used to be. While today specialty breath fresheners exist to knock out halitosis immediately, the history of mouthwashes and rinses is littered with ideas that, in retrospect, sound eccentric.

Peanut butter breath has little to recommend it

February 23, 2011 - Bad breath caused by peanut butter is instantly recognizable, and if you have it, you're likely to instantly put friends and co-workers off their lunch. However, peanut butter breath is not likely to disappear any time soon. More than 90 percent of Americans have eaten a jar of the halitosis-causing paste in the past year, according to the National Peanut Board's Consumer Attitudes Tracking Study.

Halitosis could be a big problem in space

February 22, 2011 - Every country has restrictions that it places on applicants to its spaceflight programs, and these occasionally include halitosis.

Justin Bieber eats nachos, courts bad breath

February 18, 2011 - Going to the movies can be an enjoyable way to spend an evening and an efficient way to get halitosis. At the recent premier of a film documenting his life, recording artists Justin Bieber was spotted buying nachos and a Slush Puppy beverage, according to Ok! Magazine.

Garlic in abundance can leave breath smelling terrible

February 18, 2011 - Even in the smallest amounts, garlic can leave the pungent smell of halitosis on the breath. In large amounts, its odor can be overpowering. This year, the 12th Annual South Cariboo Garlic Festival promises to offer the bulb in abundance.

Stuck in an elevator with bad breath

February 17, 2011 - Whether you're alone or stuck next to someone else on a long elevator ride, halitosis can be tough to take. Enclosed spaces naturally encourage the nose to detect bad breath, since very little air is being recirculated.

Etiquette experts lay out how to break the news of bad breath

February 17, 2011 - It's a rare day when a stranger will tell you that you have bad breath. It may be uncommon because it is so difficult to do. In spite of, or even because of, that difficulty, etiquette experts recommend telling someone when they have halitosis - albeit in a gentle way.

Marlon Wayans discusses bad breath in interview

February 16, 2011 - In a recent appearance on the Fox News Channel, comedian Marlon Wayans discussed the effects of bad breath with the hosts of the network's morning wake-up show, Fox and Friends.

Cartoon highlights foods that commonly cause bad breath

February 16, 2011 - Spongebob Squarepants, a cartoon that has addressed everything from swearing to weightlifting to ninja-fighting, is no stranger to the topic of halitosis. An episode that originally aired on Nickelodeon in 2000 dealt with bad breath and the consequences of eating aromatic foods.

Bad breath is rampant in the U.S.

February 15, 2011 - Estimates may vary, but it is hard to argue with the simple truth - millions of Americans have halitosis. Up to 90 million people in the U.S. have bad breath, according to CNN.

Old anecdotes address bad breath with humor

February 15, 2011 - Having bad breath can make a person the subject of scorn or the butt of jokes. No wonder that so many ancient and Victorian anecdotes concern themselves with halitosis.

Bad breath may sour chances of promotion, survey says

February 15, 2011 - Having halitosis at work can put employees in a difficult spot. How do you tell a co-worker or your boss that they have bad breath? What if you have it yourself? What can that do to your career? According to nearly half of those surveyed by the British Dental Association (BDA), having bad breath can lower your odds of getting a promotion.

Children's TV science show explains bad breath

February 15, 2011 - It can be easy to lose a sense of proportion when thinking about the causes of halitosis. While oral odor is tangible - or smellable - enough, its causes go largely unseen on the tongue and in the throat. Fortunately, an online video clip taken from the children's educational program Beakman's World puts bad breath in perspective.

Different foods can cause bad breath, particularly in excess

February 15, 2011 - To help convey the power of varieties of oral odor like garlic breath or onion breath, below are a few records selected from the International Federation of Competitive Eating, along with explanations of how each food causes bad breath.

Halitosis contains volatile gases

February 15, 2011 - When you have bad breath, the odor that comes from your mouth and nose is not just the smell of undigested food or dead cells. It is not only the smell of mucus or post-nasal drip, either. Much of the odor of halitosis comes from volatile gases produced by microbes in your mouth.

Pentagon once planned 'halitosis bomb'

February 15, 2011 - It sounds like the stuff of fiction, but for several years it was slated to be a cold, hard, smelly fact. Research conducted in 1994 at the Air Force's Wright Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, indicates that at one point, the U.S. Armed Forces were considering a "halitosis bomb," a form of non-lethal weaponry that would cause unmistakable bad breath in those exposed to it.

Columnist advises inquirer on breaking the news of bad breath

February 15, 2011 - It is not always easy to tell some that they have bad breath. In many cases, social boundaries can make it feel nearly impossible, particularly when it is a stranger who is afflicted. However, even telling a loved one can be difficult. The Charlotte Observer's advice column Ask Amy recently told a wife how to break it to her husband that he has halitosis.

Bad breath can make a Valentine's Day date take a nosedive

February 12, 2011 - Rarely is it as important to eliminate bad breath as it is on Valentine's Day. Other than getting caught under the mistletoe, there is hardly another holiday tradition as kiss-oriented as going on a date on February 14. While fresh breath may not make you the world's best kisser, halitosis could make you seem like the worst.

Reality show demonstrates that sweets can lead to halitosis

February 5, 2011 - It is common knowledge that certain savory or pungent foods can cause bad breath. Coffee, onions, garlic, leeks and certain meats can leave an odor in the mouth that rigorous brushing may not remedy. However, even sweet foods can contribute to bad breath, as an episode of the reality television show Flavor of Love demonstrated.

In the Talmud, bad breath is a major no-no

February 4, 2011 - Oral health experts at Tel Aviv University have said that the Talmud considers halitosis a "major disability." This Jewish text records the discussions of ancient rabbis concerning social interactions, ethics and Jewish customs, as well as later discussions about those discussions. Evidently, they expelled plenty of breath decrying bad breath.

Woman's bad breath astonishes Dr. Oz

February 2, 2011 - On a new television show on the Oprah Winfrey Network, one woman's chronic bad breath shocked even neurosurgeon and television host Dr. Oz, as seen in a video clip posted by E! Online.

Halitosis-causing oral bacteria can be hard to reach, eliminate

February 2, 2011 - Most bad breath is caused by oral microbes, but these flora are not necessarily easy to get rid of. Even after using common mouthwash, they may quickly reappear and begin creating oral odor all over again.

Periodontist suggests ways to check for bad breath

February 2, 2011 - Because the mouth and nasal passages are connected to one another, it can be difficult to notice when you have bad breath. To overcome this situation, a dental health expert on NY1 News recommended several methods for detecting halitosis.

Mickey Rourke reportedly has bad breath

February 2, 2011 - You thought you had it bad at work. MSN New Zealand reports that crew members who work with actor Mickey Rourke admit to having to hold their breath around him because his is so bad. Along with strong body odor, Rourke evidently has very bad breath.

Bad breath can appear at a young age

February 2, 2011 - While halitosis is often associated with aging, that doesn't mean you can't have it as a child. A parenting advice column in the Queensland Courier Mail has recommended monitoring a child's oral health habits and being wary of bad breath-causing illnesses.

Chemists pinpoint compounds that give cigar breath its smell

February 2, 2011 - One of the more pungent varieties of smoking-related halitosis is cigar breath, which many people may be able to recognize immediately. Recently, a group of chemists identified the chemicals that give this species of bad breath its particular funk.

Chewing gum: bad breath cure or cause?

February 2, 2011 - While many chewing gum brands guarantee fresher breath and sometimes even cleaner teeth, few products live up to this promise. For the most part, chewing gum merely gives halitosis-causing oral bacteria something to chew on themselves.

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