All Oral Health News articles

June 2011

What makes bad breath smell?
June 16, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Eating a savory meal or smoking a cigarette can certainly make breath go from good to bad, but sometimes halitosis can seemingly come from nowhere. If bad breath is not always caused by smelly things, then what gives it its odor?

I have bad breath. What's living in my mouth?
June 15, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
If you suffer from halitosis, you're probably aware that the smell emanating from your mouth is connected to the foods you eat, the beverages you drink and the number of times you brush your teeth each day. While all of these factors are major determinants of whether your breath smells sweet or sour, they all depend on a more basic agent of odor - namely, microbes.

Moisture puts bad breath in its place
June 14, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Most dental health experts agree that, in addition to poor oral care, tooth decay and tobacco use, one of the primary causes of bad breath is a lack of moisture in the mouth. Fortunately, this problem can be fixed with little more than a glass of water, a toothbrush and a specialty breath freshening rinse.

Tea for bad breath? The jury is still out
June 9, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Though the notion has been around for a while, the idea that green tea fights bad breath has recently made a bit of a comeback. Does it work? After all, most green teas aren't marketed as freshening your breath, though plenty of other positive health effects are ascribed to them. So what's the deal? Does green tea reduce bad breath?

How do you get rid of morning breath?
June 7, 2011 - Oral Care Industry News
Waking up with a bad case of halitosis is a pretty common occurrence, prevalent enough that it has its own name - morning breath - and, depending on who you ask, its own unique smell. But regardless of how it occurs, what is the most effective way to get rid of it? A team of Brazilian researchers recently grappled with this very question.

Bad breath is occasionally a sign of throat infections
June 7, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Do you have bad breath? Join the club - most people suffer from halitosis, after all. Do you have bad breath and a sore throat? If so, you may consider talking to a healthcare professional, since a number of experts warn that oral odor can occasionally signal a throat infection.

The pH on your tongue plays a part in morning breath
June 3, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Unless you sleep with your jaws wired shut, chances are you occasionally sleep with your mouth open, which means you have probably experienced morning breath. A distinct variation on traditional halitosis, morning breath is caused by dry mouth, although new research suggests that the pH of your tongue has something to do with it.

Bad breath-causing salivary disorder may impair emotional processing
June 1, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath
Nearly all bad breath is caused by a combination of poor dental care, food particles and a dry mouth. Now, researchers are saying that a rare medical condition that affects the salivary glands and tear ducts may lead to difficulties feeling or processing emotions.

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