All Oral Health News articles

May 2011

Bad breath can signify something more
May 23, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
When is bad breath its own condition, and when does it indicate something more? It all depends on a person's physiological condition. An article at the independent news website The Faster Times provides an example.

Dentists are one of the first lines of defense against bad breath
May 23, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
It may sound obvious, but it pays to listen to your dentist. Besides being a healthcare professional that can clean, whiten and straighten your teeth, dental health workers are seasoned experts when it comes to bad breath.

Does dry mouth cause bad breath?
May 20, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Does it ever. Contrary to the way many toothpaste and chewing gum commercials may make it seem, dry mouth is one of the most common contributors to bad breath. While tooth decay, pungent food, gingivitis, postnasal drip, cigarettes and tonsil stones all certainly do their part, a dry palate is one of the most pernicious origins of oral odor, precisely because most people simply don't think about it.

Do crooked teeth equal bad breath?
May 19, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
It's a common question, but whether or not teeth are straight does not affect halitosis as much as you might think. Sure, having healthy, white, straight teeth typically indicates good oral hygiene habits, but that doesn't mean that it is impossible to avoid bad breath with teeth that aren't picket-fence straight.

Drugs often cause halitosis, among other nasty side effects
May 19, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
While taking illegal substances can lead to any number of unpleasant, dangerous or even fatal side effects, a phenomenon that often goes unremarked upon is the likelihood that drug abuse will cause bad breath.

Green tea may temporarily halt bad breath
May 18, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
A number of studies have suggested that drinking green tea as an alternative health therapy may confer a number of physical benefits, since its naturally occurring compounds reportedly neutralize everything from free radicals to bad breath.

If you think you have halitosis, you're probably not crazy
May 17, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Having bad breath is something that virtually all human beings have in common, and while this bond may be a little unpleasant, it's a decided fact. More than 20 percent of adults suffer from halitosis at any one moment, which is more than can be said of the rare - and, as yet, clinically unrecognized - olfactory reference syndrome (ORS).

The science of halitosis has come pretty far since the Civil War
May 13, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
The Civil War gave the U.S. a number of cultural institutions that survive today. Embalming was not widespread before the conflict, but the need to ship bodies home made it essential for the first time. The term "red tape," meaning bureaucratic paperwork, became popular, although it had been used before then. However, one thing the Civil War did not improve was knowledge of halitosis.

What causes bad breath?
May 13, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
While halitosis is a popular topic in lifestyle-oriented news stories, many articles focus on a particular or unusual cause of bad breath. With that in mind, below is a list of the primary origins of bad breath, listed in no particular order because many causes are interrelated.

Hay fever causes bad breath?
May 12, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
In a way, it does. One of the primary causes of halitosis is post-nasal drip, and every spring millions Americans find their throats and palates coated with mucus caused by seasonal allergies.

Lasers may treat halitosis, though obliterating it is something else entirely
May 11, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Besides being an important part of your body's immune defense against infection, your tonsils provide at least one other service, though most people would not ask for it - they create tonsil stones, which can lead to powerful bad breath.

The tongue doesn't have to be coated for breath to be bad
May 9, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Almost anyone knows that the main symptom of halitosis is the smell, which can vary in intensity and aroma but is always unpleasant. However, researchers in Brazil recently explored the idea that bad breath can be detected with the eyes, by looking for tongues with a white coating.

Probiotics can keep odor-causing bacteria at bay
May 6, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
When brushing and flossing do not put an appreciable dent in bad breath, oral care probiotics may be able to take up where these products leave off. Unlike pastes and rinses that contain microbicides, probiotics merely introduce new strains of microorganisms into the oral environment, where, with luck, they begin to replace those that cause halitosis.

Good breath and good health need not be mutually exclusive
May 5, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Many people believe that cultivating a healthier body means doing so at the expense of things like one's breath, but halitosis is not a prerequisite for good bodily health. For example, an article published in the International Business Times suggested that eating garlic is worth the oral odor, considering the health benefits.

Dentists explain why quitting smokes improves more than bad breath
May 4, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
There are any number of reasons to cut back on a nicotine habit, and among them is the halitosis that can come from cigarette use. A group of nationally renowned dental health experts recently answered several questions on the topic, saying that a reduction in bad breath is one of many benefits that may result from smoking cessation.

ADA council weighs causes, prevalence of bad breath
May 3, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
If you've ever wondered what percentage of Americans suffer from bad breath, you may be happy to know that the American Dental Association (ADA) has pondered the same exact thing and come to some surprising conclusions.

Study weighs contribution of bacteria to bad breath
May 2, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Almost everyone is aware that pungent foods can leave a bad aroma in the mouth, but did you know that bacteria can cause halitosis after even the most odorless of meals? A pair of researchers from the University of Michigan recently explored this phenomenon.

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