All Oral Health News articles

January 2011

Study finds that brushing teeth does little to reduce morning breath
January 31, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
While brushing and flossing are important ways to maintain good dental health, they may not always eliminate bad breath. A study conducted at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center determined that brushing reduces morning halitosis less than simply eating meal.

Famous smokers and bad breath
January 31, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
While heavy smoking and bad breath by themselves may not make a person famous, many famous people have gone down in history for their heavy smoking. From Castro to Cosby to Clinton to Capone, smoking cigars or cigarettes has often been an individual's trademark.

Muslim missionary explains Islamic take on bad breath
January 28, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Perhaps because religious worship is often supposed to be a time of undistracted contemplation, having bad breath in a place of worship can be problematic. Some religions either currently caution against or formerly forbade having halitosis in their houses of the holy.

The science of bad breath has come a long way
January 27, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Today, the diagnosis of bad breath can be quite scientific. Dentists and periodontists may detect halitosis by having patients breathe into a halimeter, which is a device for measuring odorous compounds in the air of the mouth and lungs. Likewise, specialty breath fresheners now exist to eliminate precisely these odors.

Tooth whitening agent said to fight halitosis may also suck calcium from tooth enamel
January 25, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
A report given at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) has suggested that a common tooth whitening compound "cures" bad breath. However, studies have shown that the agent also leaches calcium from the teeth.

Poll finds women hate morning breath
January 24, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
A survey conducted by a manufacturer of specialty breath freshening products found that two of every five women fear that a date will have bad breath.

Japanese device checks breath for alcohol, halitosis
January 24, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Halitosis is consistently difficult to detect on one's own breath, but a new device may be able to increase the self-awareness of those with dragon breath, according to Gismodo.

Nanotubes may one day measure halitosis, research predicts
January 24, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Tiny tubes made of carbon atoms may one day deliver medications, attack cancer cells or even measure bad breath levels, according to an expert at the forefront of the budding field.

Targeted oral therapy may reduce some bad breath
January 21, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Microbiologists in California have reported discovering a novel way to eliminate some bad breath caused by bacteria. Using a compound that targets oral bacteria, individuals with halitosis may be able to reduce oral odor and even fight cavities.

Foods with preservatives may reduce bad breath, study finds
January 20, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
It is well established that savory or pungent foods can cause halitosis. Garlic, onions, meat, fish and other savory or fatty foods can put a smelly funk on the breath, not to mention leave behind a film of particles that feeds oral bacteria. New research may have found a food product that can relieve some bad breath - preservatives.

Obesity may contribute to bad breath
January 20, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Beyond dental health and diet, what else contributes to bad breath? Your body-mass index, some researcher have said. Dental health experts at the University of Tel Aviv reported finding a link between being overweight or obese and having halitosis.

Tonsil stones can grow to unusual size, cause bad breath
January 11, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
One of the many potential causes of bad breath is the tonsil stone, a collection of collagen and food matter at the back of the throat that forms a pungent ball or "stone." A French study conducted in 2007 found that approximately 6 percent of people have tonsil stones large enough to be detected on medical imaging scans.

Bad breath-causing tonsil stones are living biofilms, scientists say
January 7, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Among the many things that can cause halitosis, tonsil stones are some of the smelliest. Found in the back of the throat, these small white granules are caused by the buildup up food particles in the folds of tonsils. Researchers have said that the bad breath-causing stones are actually made of a dense film of living things.

EPA recommends reducing cavity- and halitosis-fighting chemical in drinking water
January 7, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Fluoride, a chemical additive in public water supplies, has been reducing tooth decay and associated bad breath for decades in the U.S. Now the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have officially suggested that it only be added to drinking water at the minimum recommended level.

Rarely, halitosis can come from scurvy
January 5, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
One of the least common agents of halitosis is scurvy, a disease caused by extreme vitamin C deficiency.

Mice use halitosis like a menu, scientists discover
January 5, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Researchers from the U.S., Germany and Russia have found that mice often determine what to eat based on the halitosis and sulfuric chemicals on the breath of their peers.

Breathalyzer-like device diagnoses diabetes using halitosis
January 5, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
A team of Swiss scientists have developed technology that diagnoses type 1 diabetes based on little more than a puff of bad breath.

Raw food diet may cause halitosis
January 4, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Switching to a raw food diet can improve heart health, decrease the risk of diabetes and cause bad breath, several natural health sources report.

Health resource lists some causes of bad breath
January 3, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Here are the agents of bad breath that the ADA warns of, along with a few that it does not, like tonsil stones and thrush.

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