All Oral Health News articles

February 2011

Children's book explains how saliva battles bad breath
February 24, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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 23, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.

Bad breath provides clue to stunning cause of one man's headaches
February 21, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
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.

Washington, DC, police will refrain from collecting bad breath for now
February 17, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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 15, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.

Medical experts recommend anti-halitosis regimen
February 9, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.

Device may make dentist visits less stressful
February 7, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
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.

Snacking can encourage halitosis
February 3, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
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.

Coated tongue may cause halitosis
February 1, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
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.

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