All Oral Health News articles

July 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
Gum disease may mean more than just halitosis

July 28, 2011 - If you've been to the dentist lately, you may have gotten a lecture about tooth care, plaque, gum disease and bad breath. Oral healthcare professionals emphasize the importance of brushing, flossing and using specialty breath fresheners because all of the factors above are interrelated.

Green tea or oral care probiotics: Which is more effective?

July 26, 2011 - When you drink green tea, are you doing your mouth any favors? Are you getting rid of bad breath? Is such a strategy any better than using oral care probiotics?

Tongue scrapers can limit bad breath

July 26, 2011 - If you've ever seen a tongue scraper in action, you may have wondered what exactly is coming off of the tongue when someone uses such a device to clean it. Among other things, halitosis-causing bacteria get removed when people use tongue scrapers.

What gives kids bad breath?

July 26, 2011 - Kids can get bad breath just like adults do, although their odor occasionally smells unique. Is there anything different about pediatric bad breath? How often do children get it?

Gutka, a betel leaf concoction, can cause bad breath

July 26, 2011 - What do betel leaf, areca nut and slaked lime all have in common? They are all ingredients in a product called gutka, a stimulant chew used primarily in India that can cause bad breath, among many other harmful side effects.

Dentists use virtual reality to learn to look for bad breath-causing tooth decay

July 22, 2011 - How do dentists learn to spot oral health problems? If it's bad breath they're looking for, they probably don't require any training in order to detect it. But what about other dental conditions? What goes into learning about the diseases of the teeth and gums?

Bad breath is a miasma of funky molecules

July 21, 2011 - Think you know what makes bad breath stink? According to a study in the Journal of Dental Research, you probably don't know the half of it.

Editorial explores connection between bad breath, periodontal disease

July 21, 2011 - The American Dental Association states that one of the most common symptoms of periodontal disease is bad breath. On the strength of pronouncements like this, thousands of people get dental checkups in order to prevent the disease, as well as to do something about their halitosis.

Dentures may give halitosis-causing microbes a place to hide

July 20, 2011 - Like retainers and braces, dentures can be a source of bad breath. Far from being less likely to cause halitosis than real teeth, dentures entail a significant risk of oral odor, especially when left in overnight.

Bacteria on the tongue are bad breath factories

July 20, 2011 - If you've ever shied away from someone - a coworker, a date, a friend or a family member - because of their bad breath, you were likely offended less by them than by the billions of bacteria on their tongue. After all, microbes in the mouth are responsible for an estimated 90 percent of halitosis.

Can dental appliances cause bad breath?

July 19, 2011 - Dental appliances are big business. At least 3 million individuals in the U.S. and Canada wear braces, and countless more use retainers and mouth guards, according to Colgate. Dentures are even more common, worn by close to 37 million Americans, according to the journal Dental Economics. That means a lot of orthodontia and plenty of bad breath.

'Choose your toothpaste carefully,' bad breath experts say

July 16, 2011 - You may think that fighting halitosis is as simple as picking any toothpaste off the grocery store shelf and using it. While brushing your teeth is definitely important, what you brush with makes a big difference in the battle against bad breath.

What causes canker sores? Do they lead to bad breath?

July 14, 2011 - If you've ever had a canker sore, it was probably hard to ignore for long. These erosions on the inner membranes of the mouth typically cause pain and can lead to halitosis. What causes them? The sores themselves occur due to bacterial infections, but often an irritant or small cut is what opens the door for such microbial growth.

Mouth breathing may cause or worsen halitosis

July 14, 2011 - When you were a child, your parents may have reminded you to chew with your mouth closed, but did they ever ask you to breathe with your trap shut? If so, you know what mouth breathing is, and a recent study published in the journal Clinics confirmed that it can lead to bad breath.

Stomatitis causes bad breath, but what causes stomatitis?

July 13, 2011 - If you've had sores on the insides of your cheeks or lips, on your gums or under your tongue, you may have suffered from aphthous stomatitis, also known as canker sores. This condition can cause bad breath, and unfortunately for people with stomatitis, trying to treat the halitosis can lead to more halitosis.

Can mouthwash treat my bad breath?

July 9, 2011 - It can, and it can't. Using mouthwash is more complicated than you might think, since many common oral rinses used to combat bad breath may also inadvertently cause it. The culprit behind this particular catch-22 is the alcohol found in mouthwash.

For halitosis, antibacterial agent works just fine without detergent

July 8, 2011 - What is necessary in a mouthrinse, toothpaste or specialty breath freshener for getting rid of halitosis? A recent study found that while a common antibacterial and antifungal substance reduced oral odor when combined with a detergent, the latter wasn't necessary for sweetening breath.

Scientists analyze DNA samples from bad breath-causing bacteria

July 6, 2011 - When you think about halitosis, do you envision green fog emanating from someone's mouth, or can you almost smell that sour reek of bad breath? In either case, do you pause to think about bacteria?

Why can't science cure bad breath?

July 2, 2011 - It's an interesting halitosis-related question, considering how far science has come in terms of eradicating more pernicious problems in the U.S., like smallpox or polio. If you worry that maybe researchers have given up looking for ways to zap bad breath, you may take comfort knowing they haven't, not by a long shot.

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