All Oral Health News articles

March 2011

What habit is most likely to cause bad breath?
March 24, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
The causes of halitosis are so numerous that listing them all could take a while. Primarily, bad breath comes from dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, savory foods, postnasal drip and tonsil stones. However, many of these problems are not so much preventable as treatable, usually with a specialty breath freshener. Among preventable oral issues and hygiene habits, which agent of bad breath is the most potent?

Dry mouth causes healthy problems among aging Americans
March 24, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Among the many causes of bad breath, dry mouth is fairly unique, in that even the healthiest mouth fed the least odiferous foods possible is still susceptible to it. Scientists recently explored the negative health consequences that can come from chronic dry mouth among elderly Americans.

Dry mouth, smoking are prevalent among Saudi students with halitosis
March 23, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Keeping your mouth clean and fresh can be difficult during college, no matter where one's university is located. To determine just how many collegians suffer from bad breath, and what their oral habits are, a team of researchers recently surveyed students from the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.

Scientists explain garlic breath
March 23, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Bad breath caused by garlic seems like a fairly simple process. You eat garlic; you get halitosis that smells like, what else, garlic. However, there is a lot more than that going on in a mouth afflicted by garlic breath, and researchers at the University of Minnesota recently set out to explain what causes this particular form of oral odor.

Probiotics hit halitosis hard, studies say
March 22, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
A review of scientific articles on probiotics has established that modification of the bacterial colonies in the mouth can reduce bad breath and improve dental health.

Tonsil stones have a long, dirty history
March 18, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Taking care of halitosis often means doing more than just brushing and flossing. After all, bad breath doesn't come solely from food particles and tooth decay - it can also be related to tobacco, alcohol, pungent foods, gingivitis, ulcers, postnasal drip and tonsil stones. The latter have been causing bad breath since as far back as medical history can recall.

What do the elderly know about oral health, halitosis?
March 17, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
People of all ages suffer from bad breath, but not everyone knows that it can be a sign of gum disease or tooth decay. Recent research has shown that elderly people are often unaware of the symptoms of oral decay, even when those symptoms can be detected by any reasonably endowed nose.

Scientists link tongue brushing, scraping to freshened breath
March 16, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Most people have tried brushing or scraping their tongue, but not everyone is aware of the positive effects this practice has on bad breath. With some simple instruction and a specialty breath freshening tongue scraper, a vigilant tongue-brusher can keep halitosis very much at bay.

Eucalyptus extract has debatable effects on bad breath
March 16, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
The breath-freshening benefits of eucalyptus extract have been touted for decades now, since eucalyptol - an organic compound found in the plant - is an ingredient in some products designed to treat bad breath. However, experts are divided on whether the extract works as well as some think it does to bust halitosis.

Probiotics appear in numerous studies of halitosis
March 15, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
A quick look into dental and oral health literature will confirm that probiotics are being thoroughly investigated for their effect on halitosis and oral bacteria. While this fact can be encouraging, some individuals may not be aware of what oral care probiotics are, or what they do. Here is a basic rundown of the way probiotics fight bad breath, complete with some of the newest studies out there on the subject.

What do dental health experts know about halitosis?
March 11, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Halitosis is often thought of as a purely hygienic problem. While it can put people off their lunch, bad breath can also put dental experts on their guard about certain illnesses and conditions. A recent review of healthcare literature indicates that bad breath has a number of causes, not all of them food-related.

Vaccine may relieve mice
March 10, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Modern medicine has developed vaccines for a number of bacteria- and virus-caused conditions, but currently halitosis is not one of them. However, scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have reported successfully inoculating mice against one strain of bad breath-causing bacteria.

Study: Bad breath wafts from the tongue more than the teeth
March 9, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
The bacteria that cause halitosis can live on virtually any surface in the mouth. However, some surfaces are more likely to contribute to oral odor than others. This is the conclusion of a study conducted by scientists at the Nippon Dental University in Japan.

Kids' organization addresses bad breath
March 9, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Where does bad breath come from? Why does it smell so bad? What can a person do to get rid of it? These are some of the questions that public authorities try to answer when campaigning for better oral health among children. Here are some of their responses.

Dogs, humans both have bacteria, bad breath
March 8, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Many people have heard the persistent rumor that, bad breath aside, dogs have cleaner mouths than humans. Do they, or is this statement just a rationalization we make after dogs lick their hindquarters and then out faces?

Chewing tobacco can cause bad breath, and worse
March 4, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Using smokeless tobacco - also known as chewing tobacco, plugs or dip - can lead to a range of health conditions, starting at halitosis and ending with much worse. A pair of U.S. senators recently requested that Major League Baseball (MLB) ban the use of smokeless tobacco among its players, according to MSNBC.

Curry is more likely to cause bad breath than reduce it
March 3, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
A tasty Indian meal is often worth the after-dinner halitosis that can come with it. It is widely accepted that curry and other Indian spices can cause bad breath, though some researchers used to believe the opposite.

In all its long and grimy history, tongue scraping has reduced but not fixed halitosis
March 2, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Tongue cleaners and scrapers have been around for quite some time, and while many dental health experts recommend them for patients with bad breath, the implements may not be totally effective if used without brushing or rinsing. Studies have shown that tongue scraping puts a small but noticeable dent in halitosis.

Sulfurous compounds in onions can cause bad breath, weeping
March 2, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Onions have been an ingredient in food - and a cause of bad breath - since the Stone Age, if not before. The pungent plant is a good source of nutrients and vitamins, and many people find it quite tasty. However, the odor molecules packed into an onion bulb can leave anyone who eats it with a powerful case of halitosis.

Dairy products can cause halitosis in more than one way
March 1, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Unfortunately for those who can't get enough garlic, milk can also cause bad breath.

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