All Oral Health News articles

February 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
Essential oils do little to snuff the smell of morning breath

February 25, 2011 - Occasionally, a news story or alternative health website may suggest using essential oils to mitigate bad breath. While these compounds often smell fresh or pleasant on their own, they ultimately offer little in the way of halitosis treatment.

Tongue scraping reduces but does not eliminate halitosis

February 25, 2011 - Many of the microbes that contribute to bad breath live on the tongue. Because the surface of this muscle is pebbled with tiny ridges and taste buds, it provides a deceptively large area for bacteria to live on, particularly since the root of the tongue extends far back into the throat. Scraping the tongue may help reduce halitosis, but a scraper can't reach everywhere.

Children's book explains how saliva battles bad breath

February 25, 2011 - Though it may not always seem like it, the mouth's saliva performs a number of critical functions, one of which is keeping bad breath at bay. A dry mouth is a common, and commonly overlooked cause of halitosis, as a popular children's book explains.

Halitosis-causing 'stones' are alive and growing

February 24, 2011 - One of the more unusual, though not uncommon, causes of bad breath is tonsilloliths, also known as tonsil stones. These white concretions of food particles and bacteria of the mouth are akin to pearls, in that they form slowly in the folds of living tissue. They are quite different, though, in that they are made by humans, they are masses of living things and they cause powerful halitosis.

Asthma relief may involve a dose of halitosis

February 23, 2011 - Individuals with asthma often use inhalers as a way to prevent or treat inflammation of the lung passages, and during an asthma attack the idea of bad breath is a secondary consideration. However, day-to-day life using inhaled corticosteroids can involve some halitosis.

Mouthpieces, oral hardware can cause bad breath

February 22, 2011 - Whether it's braces, dentures, a sports mouthpiece or a retainer, oral hardware can be more than just uncomfortable. Left uncleaned, it can cause halitosis and gum disease.

Bad breath provides clue to stunning cause of one man's headaches

February 22, 2011 - Halitosis can be caused by a number of medical conditions, some of them mild, others more serious. These can include sinusitis, gingivitis, tooth decay, periodontitis and tonsil stones. However, in the rarest of cases, injuries to the mouth or head may also cause bad breath. One man in south China provides a case in point.

Experts address causes of chronic halitosis

February 22, 2011 - Bad breath that is caused by a fragrant meal or a night of sleeping with one's mouth open may not necessarily be a regular thing. Single instances of oral odor might be called, in medical parlance, "acute" bad breath. However, some forms of halitosis recur day after day. Experts say that this kind of chronic bad breath can have many sources.

Washington, DC, police will refrain from collecting bad breath for now

February 18, 2011 - The breathalyzer has had a long and storied career as the roadside collector of bad breath. Now, prosecutors and police in Washington, DC, have declared that they will not be using the device for the next several months due to problems with its accuracy.

Pediatrician discusses childhood halitosis

February 16, 2011 - Children can develop bad breath from a wealth of sources. Lewis First, a pediatrician at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen, recently listed a few of them for NBC 5 News.

New study says cinnamon-based antimicrobial does little to relieve bad breath

February 15, 2011 - While certain gum brands may claim to eliminate halitosis-causing bacteria, these claims must be understood in the light of exactly how much bacteria they ultimately do away with. To that end, a recent study analyzed the effectiveness of a cinnamon-based agent in killing oral microbes.

Scientists consider vaccinating for halitosis

February 15, 2011 - One of the more serious causes of bad breath, periodontitis, is essentially an advanced form of gum disease. While typical gingivitis may be treated with basic oral care, periodontal disease can cause serious inflammation, tooth loss and halitosis. Recently, a group of researchers proposed treating the ailment with a vaccine.

Tea may reduce, but not eliminate, bad breath

February 15, 2011 - Scientists at the University of Illinois, Chicago have reported that drinking small amounts of green or black tea may help relieve bad breath. The catches are that the tea cannot be sweetened and it only reduces the odors that cause halitosis by one-third.

Whether it's individual halitosis or public health funds, tonsils can be a problem

February 15, 2011 - Besides pain and discomfort, inflamed or infected tonsils can cause bad breath. However, a study from the University of Michigan has indicated that the routine removal and examination of these glands may not be cost effective.

Medical experts recommend anti-halitosis regimen

February 15, 2011 - The causes of halitosis can be numerous and may even intensify one another. That is why many healthcare professionals suggest addressing each cause in turn, while neutralizing the effect - oral odor - as well.

Snacking can encourage halitosis

February 15, 2011 - Bad breath can be caused by consuming smelly foods or beverages like onion, garlic or coffee. Fortunately, these odors may be rinsed away with a specialty breath freshener. However, the majority of adults not only don't clean their teeth after snacking but also snack many times each day.

Stress can cause bad breath and vice versa

February 15, 2011 - It can be difficult to live with chronic halitosis, which is a condition that affects a significant portion of Americans. Oral odor is frequently off-putting, isolating or embarrassing, and it can ruin anything from a date to a job interview. Unfortunately, the stress caused by bad breath can lead to more bad breath, according to the Columbian news source La Cronica del Quindio.

Device may make dentist visits less stressful

February 8, 2011 - Individuals who suffer from bad breath because they fear the loud, sharp tools wielded by the dentist may soon have relief as researchers have been working to make the dentist office feel less threatening.

Probiotics may treat more than bad breath

February 4, 2011 - For decades, probiotics have been used to increase the amount of "good" bacteria in the intestines of those with digestive problems. Today, the treatment may be used to treat everything from cavities to thrush to halitosis, according to a recent medical report.

Tooth whitening agent said to fight halitosis may also suck calcium from tooth enamel

February 2, 2011 - 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.

Muslim missionary explains Islamic take on bad breath

February 2, 2011 - 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.

Study finds that brushing teeth does little to reduce morning breath

February 2, 2011 - 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.

Coated tongue may cause halitosis

February 2, 2011 - While halitosis isn't exactly visible, it has a few hallmarks that are. If one's tongue is coated with a white, yellow or brown substance, bad breath may be likely.

Famous smokers and bad breath

February 2, 2011 - 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.

The science of bad breath has come a long way

February 2, 2011 - 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.

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