All Oral Care Information articles

April 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
Halitosis: What it is, who has it and what to do about it

April 28, 2011 - Taking care of your halitosis can be difficult if you don't know its causes. Given the sheer number of forms that bad breath comes in - garlic breath, morning breath, coffee breath, smoker's breath, alcohol breath and many more - it's little wonder that some people have no idea where to begin treating their oral odor. Fortunately, researchers are making inroads into the condition's causes and treatments.

Getting rid of bad breath isn't always difficult, or expensive

April 27, 2011 - While at times it may seem like effectively treating bad breath is impossible, that doesn't mean that it is. The use of a few simple oral health products - chief among them being toothbrushes, tongue scrapers and specialty breath freshening rinses - can reduce halitosis and breath-related stress at the same time, without relieving one's wallet of too much cash.

Institute says managers should manage their bad breath

April 26, 2011 - Supervising a team of employees can be a challenging endeavor, and having halitosis can make such a position twice as tough. When it comes to striking a balance between being friendly and firm, responsible and respected, bad breath can have one's workers avoiding all attempts at interpersonal communication.

UK organization uses humor to battle bad breath

April 23, 2011 - It can be easy to forget that bad breath is a common indicator of poor dental health. The most effective oral cleansing regimens, like brushing and flossing, may fall by the wayside when one's daily work or school schedule gets hectic. To encourage people to visit the dentist, a British government agency recently released a public health announcement that focuses on a Twilight-like vampire with halitosis.

Bad breath diagnoses have come a long way in a century

April 22, 2011 - If you're shy when it comes to asking your physician or dentist about halitosis, it may help to know that diagnosing bad breath used to be a much more involved - and in all likelihood, embarrassing - process than it is now.

Scientists prove the obvious: Tonsil stones smell terrible

April 21, 2011 - Bad breath almost always issues from the mouth, especially from the tongue, teeth and palate. However, from the back of the throat - a location whose inclusion in "the mouth" is up to you - a small, natural, pearl-like formation can ratchet up mild halitosis into a serious case of oral odor.

Certain diets may give bad breath a big boost

April 21, 2011 - Consuming pungent foods like garlic, onions, smoked fish or asparagus can give people a powerful case of halitosis, but ultimately the residue from these foods can be scrubbed away or rinsed out with a specialty breath freshener. Diets can get truly halitosis-inducing, though, is when they advocate skipping entire food groups.

Dental hygienists can do their part to battle bad breath

April 20, 2011 - It is hard to argue that smoking does not cause bad breath, since numerous studies have shown that it does. The American Dental Association states unequivocally that using tobacco can cause halitosis, stained teeth, gingivitis and periodontal disease. It also recommends asking a dentist for tips on how to quit.

Bad breath can practically smell like death

April 19, 2011 - Having halitosis is no picnic, particularly once you are told what your breath smells like. The most common compound scenting bad breath is hydrogen sulfide - the chemical that gives rotten eggs their unmistakable odor - but another putrid molecule, cadaverine, appears in bad breath in significant quantities as well.

Charcoal kills bad breath? Old halitosis remedy is unappetizing

April 16, 2011 - While halitosis is as prevalent as ever, its treatment has been optimized and in some cases made less unpleasant over the past century. Today, people with bad breath generally need look no further than a bottle of specialty breath freshening rinse or an oral care probiotic kit. One hundred years ago, however, things were a little different.

Kippers kick bad breath into high gear

April 15, 2011 - Certain foods and beverages are known for their ability to cause bad breath. These include garlic, onions, milk, coffee and savory meats. However, one food product that has gone into decline in the U.S. - the kipper snack - used to be on the minds and breath of countless Americans.

Dogs and humans often get bad breath for the same reason

April 15, 2011 - The myth that dogs have cleaner mouths than humans is fairly persistent, but one whiff of a canine's bad breath may be enough to convince you that it isn't true. Halitosis is caused by bacteria, among other things.

In the fight against halitosis, probiotics had a great year

April 12, 2011 - From specialty breath freshening rinses to odor-neutralizing tablets, a number of ways to knock out bad breath are available for the individuals who need them. One of the most cutting-edge methods of fighting halitosis is oral care probiotics, a system of bacterial replacement that can muscle out oral odor quite effectively.

Bad breath can undercut authority

April 9, 2011 - Having halitosis is no picnic, and having it used against you in an argument or a struggle for authority can be especially embarrassing. Many individuals with bad breath choose to use specialty breath fresheners into order to lessen their oral odor and to give others others less to comment on during a verbal debate.

What gives bad breath its smell? The chemistry of halitosis

April 8, 2011 - Apparently, few things can ruin the chemistry between two people more effectively than the chemistry of bad breath. Fortunately, scientists are working on what exactly causes halitosis, as well as which chemicals cause the odors of special kinds of halitosis.

Most mints, even kosher ones, put little more than a dent in bad breath

April 7, 2011 - Chewing a breath mint is a common way to try to get rid of halitosis, often when a toothbrush or specialty breath freshening rinse is unavailable. For those who eat kosher meals, the New York Post reports that kosher mints have recently become available, although the ability of most mints to eliminate bad breath is negligible.

Bad breath from coffee can ruin romantic moments

April 7, 2011 - Coffee is a popular beverage in the U.S., which means that coffee-related halitosis is a problem for numerous adults. Americans drink more than 146 billion cups of the stuff every year, according to the Coffee Statistics Report. This flood of java puts millions of mouths at risk for bad breath.

Aloe vera reduces bad breath?

April 6, 2011 - Plenty of natural foods and compounds are good for your oral and dental health. These include fibrous plants that can scrub away some food particles and plaque during chewing, spices that are naturally sweet-smelling, and probiotic yogurts. But using aloe vera to treat bad breath?

Milk causes bad breath in several ways

April 5, 2011 - Drinking milk is good for bone and skin health, but it rarely does breath any good. A glass of milk can cause a very distinct form of halitosis, often called "milk breath." However, beyond this common ailment, dairy products may cause bad breath through the less common route of lactose intolerance.

Probiotics may crowd out halitosis-causing bacteria

April 2, 2011 - When it comes to treating bad breath, it's almost always about the bacteria in your mouth. Most chronic halitosis comes not so much from smelly foods - though that's a common cause - as from microbes which feast on those foods. Getting rid of those microorganisms may require an oral care probiotic approach.

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