Bad breath 'keeps' best in foil balloons, research suggests

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY:  Imagine for a moment that you don't want to get rid of your bad breath. In fact, you want to keep it, even store it so you can analyze its smell later. Individuals who want to zap halitosis often turn to specialty breath fresheners that neutralize odor compounds. What do people who want to preserve bad breath do?

Posted: July 20, 2011

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Imagine for a moment that you don't want to get rid of your bad breath. In fact, you want to keep it, even store it so you can analyze its smell later. Individuals who want to zap halitosis often turn to specialty breath fresheners that neutralize odor compounds. What do people who want to preserve bad breath do?

According to a report appearing in the Journal of Breath Research, they use foil balloons coated with polyethylene on the inside. Of course, these folks are almost always oral hygienists and dental researchers, and they typically have good reason to want to preserve a sample of halitosis.

You see, in order to treat bad breath effectively, you must know what its aroma is composed of. Since patients cannot always be at hand to blow a lungful of oral odor in their faces, oral health researchers sometimes use plastic syringes or balloons to keep exhalation samples until they may be analyzed.

The study found that balloons lined with polypropylene and syringes made entirely from the polymer are best for storing bad breath for later.

Research has likewise shown that getting rid of oral odor may be as simple as using a specialty tongue scraper or a bacteria-fighting rinse.

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