All Oral Health News articles
|By Dr. Harold Katz - Bad Breath Expert|
April 28, 2011 -
Though bad breath is typically thought of as being emitted by the tongue, teeth, gums, palate and throat, plenty of research suggests that it can also come from a fairly unexpected place - the nose.
April 26, 2011 -
Consider bad breath and its causes - gingivitis, tooth decay, pungent foods, smoking, alcohol use and periodontitis - and you might think that research into the complexities of halitosis has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century or so. On the other hand, you could believe that many key factors behind oral odor were discovered ages ago. In either case, you'd be right.
April 25, 2011 -
Chronic bad breath can be serious enough, or last long enough, to make people wonder if they will ever be able to get rid of it. Certain cases of oral odor can seem impervious to treatment. Fortunately, no case of halitosis is invulnerable, which is what gives dental experts the latitude to suggests simple ways to get rid of foul breath.
April 25, 2011 -
Any dental health professional will tell you that taking good care of your mouth and minimizing halitosis means brushing your teeth at least twice a day. However, something that may not come up during a routine dental cleaning is that fact that certain chemicals in standard toothpastes can aggravate cold sores.
April 22, 2011 -
Innovations in dental care, like oral care probiotics and odor-neutralizing specialty breath rinses, can lead to drastic reductions in bad breath. However, not all new products are guaranteed to. Recently, news organizations announced the development of a new class of mouthwash that may help keep teeth cleaner.
April 20, 2011 -
Eliminating bad breath is about much more than simply avoiding or brushing away pungent food. On the contrary, using specialty breath freshening product after even the harshest-smelling meal is likely to neutralize the odors associated with halitosis. Besides, the odiferous enemy isn't food. According to a group of Japanese scientists, it's certain strains of bacteria.
April 19, 2011 -
The chemistry of halitosis may seem complicated, but in the end it all boils down to a few simple, smelly molecules. Volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), which are substances excreted by oral bacteria, make up the bulk of oral odor. However, other compounds can tinge one's mouth with bad breath.
April 18, 2011 -
While many Americans tend to think of bad breath as little more than a chronic odor of the mouth, oral hygienists, bacteriologists and microbiologists around the world often see halitosis as a complex web of interdependent variables, all of which rest on one thing - bacteria. Bad breath is caused by microorganisms. Microbes have been on this Earth for far longer than humans have. Therefore, it's a reasonably safe bet that halitosis has existed for all of human history.
April 15, 2011 -
Unfortunately for bacteria, some bad breath treatments use alcohol or antimicrobial chemicals in an attempt to kill all the microorganisms in the mouth. Unfortunately for humans, such treatments rarely work as well as we'd like.
April 14, 2011 -
Waking up with bad breath is a common problem, and many individuals have difficulty determining what to do about it. According to an article in the University Daily Kansan, morning breath is caused by the multiplication of anaerobic bacteria in the mouth.
April 12, 2011 -
Certain varieties of halitosis - like coffee breath, garlic breath, onion breath and morning breath - can be scrubbed at least partially away. However, one dental health expert in California recently wrote that some bad breath requires more power than a toothbrush can offer.
April 12, 2011 -
Sometimes, brushing and flossing don't quite seem to cut it, and bad breath recurs even after a twice-daily scrubbing. Many people in this situation go out and buy alcohol-based mouthwashes, which are often flavored with mint or cinnamon. These rinses may mute halitosis for a little while, but one expert told the UK Daily Mail that over time traditional mouthwashes can actually cause bad breath.
April 11, 2011 -
It may be little surprise that healthcare professionals routinely recommend that individuals who smoke make an attempt to quit, but some people may be interested to know much research has gone into the association between bad breath and tobacco use. Multiple studies have made a connection between the two, and while the numbers vary, overall it's clear that smoking makes halitosis go from bad to worse.
April 8, 2011 -
Mix cloves and halitosis, and what do you get? The short answer, according to a recent study, is a slight reduction in microbial growth in the mouth. However, the mechanism of action of clove extract is antibiotic, and a growing body of medical literature suggests that probiotics may be the more effective way to beat back bad breath.
April 7, 2011 -
With so many studies coming out about the importance of avoiding bad breath and keeping one's mouth clean, many experts are saying that effective oral care is crucial as a preventive measure. One recent study indicated that poor dental health may indicate a higher risk of breast cancer.
April 5, 2011 -
Dental braces are quite common among teens and adults in the U.S., as is something that these orthodontic appliances can cause - bad breath. A recent study by dentists and periodontists in Turkey found that metal dental hardware can give rise to halitosis, even among people who typically have good breath to begin with.
April 4, 2011 -
Accounting for the effect bad breath has on one's life can be tough, especially since much of the embarrassment caused by halitosis can seem unquantifiable. However, researchers have created a scale that can put a number on oral odor's effect on a person's life.
April 1, 2011 -
Common treatments for bad breath, toothpaste, gum and mouthwashes, often contain dyes, which give them their bright colors. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will convene a panel of healthcare experts to determine whether or not these dyes are linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to HealthDay News.