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Can complementary treatments get rid of bad breath? October 21, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath To get rid of bad breath, people may resort to all sorts of creative strategies, some of them effective and others just plain useless. Just where do complementary and alternative therapies (CATs) fall on the spectrum of halitosis treatment? It's hard to say with certainty, but many studies have shown that such treatments don't accomplish nearly as much as specialty breath fresheners do. Click to read article
What causes dry mouth, bad breath? October 20, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath If your palate dries out and leaves you with halitosis, you might do well to consider using a specialty breath freshener. But what causes dry mouth in the first place? According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), lots of things can parch your tongue and leave you with embarrassing oral odor. Click to read article
Stress may worsen bad breath August 12, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath Do you have bad breath because you're stressed, or do you get stressed because you have bad breath? Regardless of which came first, it's usually advisable to consider getting a specialty breath freshener or an oral care probiotics kit to knock out halitosis as soon as possible. Click to read article
Is bad breath flammable? August 10, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath When someone has especially strong bad breath, it is common to say that they have "dragon breath," since it can seem like their halitosis is almost strong enough to peel paint or set the room on fire. But could this ever really happen, under any conditions? Is bad breath flammable? Click to read article
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. Click to read article
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? Click to read article
Why can't I smell my own bad breath? June 2, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath Numerous researchers have pointed to the same contradiction in the logic behind the extent of human bad breath - namely, that the majority of people suffer from halitosis, but very few know when they have it. Many individuals are also not sure what to do about it, especially when it persists. Here is a rundown of what keeps our own bad breath from us and what treats it, both immediately and over time. Click to read article
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. Click to read article
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. Click to read article
Did early humans have bad breath? April 18, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath 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. Click to read article
Giving up smoking means less bad breath, experts say April 11, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath 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. Click to read article
What do cloves do for bad breath? April 8, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath 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. Click to read article
Scientists explain garlic breath March 23, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath Bad breath caused by garlic seems like a fairly simple process. You eat garlic; you get halitosis that smells like, what else, garlic. However, there is a lot more than that going on in a mouth afflicted by garlic breath, and researchers at the University of Minnesota recently set out to explain what causes this particular form of oral odor. Click to read article
Tonsil stones have a long, dirty history March 18, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath Taking care of halitosis often means doing more than just brushing and flossing. After all, bad breath doesn't come solely from food particles and tooth decay - it can also be related to tobacco, alcohol, pungent foods, gingivitis, ulcers, postnasal drip and tonsil stones. The latter have been causing bad breath since as far back as medical history can recall. Click to read article
Halitosis-causing 'stones' are alive and growing February 23, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath One of the more unusual, though not uncommon, causes of bad breath is tonsilloliths, also known as tonsil stones. These white concretions of food particles and bacteria of the mouth are akin to pearls, in that they form slowly in the folds of living tissue. They are quite different, though, in that they are made by humans, they are masses of living things and they cause powerful halitosis. Click to read article
Experts address causes of chronic halitosis February 21, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath Bad breath that is caused by a fragrant meal or a night of sleeping with one's mouth open may not necessarily be a regular thing. Single instances of oral odor might be called, in medical parlance, "acute" bad breath. However, some forms of halitosis recur day after day. Experts say that this kind of chronic bad breath can have many sources. Click to read article
Stress can cause bad breath and vice versa February 8, 2011 - The Science of Bad Breath It can be difficult to live with chronic halitosis, which is a condition that affects a significant portion of Americans. Oral odor is frequently off-putting, isolating or embarrassing, and it can ruin anything from a date to a job interview. Unfortunately, the stress caused by bad breath can lead to more bad breath, according to the Columbian news source La Cronica del Quindio. Click to read article
Medications can cause bad breath December 22, 2010 - The Science of Bad Breath An unfortunate side effect of a number of medications is halitosis. Compared to the disease or disorder that a drug treats, a little bad breath might not seem like such a big deal. However, the odor that some prescription and over-the-counter drugs cause can be quite off-putting to others. Click to read article
Dry mouth: What causes this common agent of bad breath? December 14, 2010 - The Science of Bad Breath Commercials for mouthwash and toothpaste often depict their products cleaning away food residue and eliminating bad breath. Similarly, breath mint advertisements may promise to relieve the odors associated with coffee or garlic, easing tension during close or awkward social situations. What they rarely add is that one of the most common causes of halitosis, or dry mouth, has very little to do with food or beverages at all. Click to read article
Flossing may fight halitosis December 1, 2010 - Oral Care Industry News Brushing the teeth two or even three times a day is not always enough to prevent bad breath from taking up residence in the mouth. According to two dentists from the Reno Gazette Journal, flossing may make a big difference in freshening breath and keeping teeth clean. Click to read article
Garlic is good for health, bad for breath November 29, 2010 - The Science of Bad Breath According to Organic Authority, an online resource for information on produce, garlic can have a number of health effects, whether eaten in food or taken as a nutritional supplement. It potentially keeps colds and infections from worsening, may improve blood sugar levels and assuredly prevents scurvy with its high vitamin C content. It also causes noxious bad breath. Click to read article
Bad breath often a complication of pregnancy November 22, 2010 - The Science of Bad Breath There are many times when bad breath compounds an already difficult or stressful situation. Whether handling a first date, giving a job interview or waiting in line at the department of motor vehicles, having halitosis can make a tough situation feel twice as tough. Hence a recent rundown by the Daily Monitorís Connie Nankya of the origins of pregnancy-related bad breath. Click to read article
Bad breath often a complication of pregnancy November 22, 2010 - Oral Care Industry News There are many times when bad breath compounds an already difficult or stressful situation. Whether handling a first date, giving a job interview or waiting in line at the department of motor vehicles, having halitosis can make a tough situation feel twice as tough. Hence a recent rundown by the Daily Monitorís Connie Nankya of the origins of pregnancy-related bad breath. Click to read article
Study recommends wider use of probiotics November 4, 2010 - The Science of Bad Breath Evidence continues to mount suggesting that probiotics may play a large role in oral health. Studies have found that this treatment may prevent the growth of bacteria that has been shown to cause bad breath, gum disease and cavities. Increasing intake of the beneficial microbes may help individuals significantly improve the condition of their mouths. Click to read article
Diet may limit the effects of gingivitis October 27, 2010 - The Science of Bad Breath Gingivitis is one of the most common oral health problems in America. If left untreated, it can progress and result in tooth loss and bone and joint damage in the jaw. However, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health recently found that polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), such as omega-3s, may be one way that individuals can avoid the condition. Click to read article
Seniors are at higher risk of bad breath October 7, 2010 - The Science of Bad Breath The aging process brings with it many changes. Seniors often report benefits to their golden years. They may no longer have to work and can spend more time with their grandchildren and other family members. This free time often allows older individuals to pursue hobbies and other interests that there never seemed to be enough time for in their younger days. Click to read article
Interest in probiotics continues to grow September 20, 2010 - The Science of Bad Breath Many oral health providers are beginning to see possible benefits from the use of probiotics to treat conditions like bad breath and gingivitis. It is believed that applying benign microbes to the oral cavity may help reduce the number of odor-causing bacteria. The idea is gaining traction, as a number of groups are reporting positive results from the use of probiotics. Click to read article
Studies find oral health benefit to probiotics September 17, 2010 - The Science of Bad Breath There has been a lot said and written about probiotics in recent years. Studies have shown that they may play an important role in supporting the health of many systems of the body. Most of this research has focused on areas like digestive health. However, the oral health community is starting to get on board with probiotics, which may provide protection against gum disease and bad breath. Click to read article
Many people practice poor oral health September 15, 2010 - The Science of Bad Breath With the fast paced nature of today's world it may seem like there is little time for practicing good oral health habits. After coming home from work, putting together dinner and getting the kids off to bed, it is easy to overlook the importance of things like brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash. However, experts warn that failure to do so could result in conditions like cavities, gingivitis and bad breath. Click to read article