All TheraBreath articles

January 2011

By - Bad Breath Expert
One in five Germans has halitosis

January 29, 2011 - While many Americans suffer from bad breath, the citizens of other countries are not doing much better. According to the foreign news service Der Standard, one in five Germans has "mundgeruch," or halitosis.

Targeted oral therapy may reduce some bad breath

January 26, 2011 - Microbiologists in California have reported discovering a novel way to eliminate some bad breath caused by bacteria. Using a compound that targets oral bacteria, individuals with halitosis may be able to reduce oral odor and even fight cavities.

Poll finds women hate morning breath

January 26, 2011 - A survey conducted by a manufacturer of specialty breath freshening products found that two of every five women fear that a date will have bad breath.

Foods with preservatives may reduce bad breath, study finds

January 26, 2011 - It is well established that savory or pungent foods can cause halitosis. Garlic, onions, meat, fish and other savory or fatty foods can put a smelly funk on the breath, not to mention leave behind a film of particles that feeds oral bacteria. New research may have found a food product that can relieve some bad breath - preservatives.

Obesity may contribute to bad breath

January 26, 2011 - Beyond dental health and diet, what else contributes to bad breath? Your body-mass index, some researcher have said. Dental health experts at the University of Tel Aviv reported finding a link between being overweight or obese and having halitosis.

Oral probiotics may have positive effect on bad breath

January 26, 2011 - Bad breath rarely seems to go away completely. Whether it originates in the mouth, nose or gut, oral odor is often caused by undesirable and even unhealthy bacteria. An increasing number of healthcare professionals are beginning to recommend oral probiotic supplements as a way to rid the body of the microorganisms that cause halitosis.

Company handbook prohibits garlic breath, onion breath

January 26, 2011 - Co-workers with chronic halitosis can be a nightmare to deal with, particularly if they are your superior. Often, there is virtually no socially acceptable way to inform them, short of an anonymous greeting card. Possibly to remedy this very situation, one Swiss company recently banned bad breath in its employee handbook, according to the UK Daily Mail.

Japanese device checks breath for alcohol, halitosis

January 26, 2011 - Halitosis is consistently difficult to detect on one's own breath, but a new device may be able to increase the self-awareness of those with dragon breath, according to Gismodo.

Nanotubes may one day measure halitosis, research predicts

January 26, 2011 - Tiny tubes made of carbon atoms may one day deliver medications, attack cancer cells or even measure bad breath levels, according to an expert at the forefront of the budding field.

Bad breath can be caused by, and visible in, the cold

January 19, 2011 - During winter, it may not be easy to smell when you have bad breath, even though you can often see it steaming in front of you. A recent article in Slate lamented that the computer-generated steam coming out of the actors mouths in the film The Social Network was visually unbelievable. Its accuracy notwithstanding, the film highlighted a common cause of bad breath - cold weather.

E-cigarettes, nicotine may still cause bad breath

January 18, 2011 - A relatively new tobacco product on the market called the e-cigarette is often claimed to reduce nearly all the negative side effects of smoking, including cancers, lung disease and bad breath. Virtually none of these health claims have been verified. And while e-cigarettes take the smoke out of smoking, they do not remove the nicotine, which may still cause halitosis.

Bad breath may be used to diagnose illnesses, experts say

January 18, 2011 - Have halitosis? Technology currently in development may one day be able to diagnose diseases based on little more than a modified version of the breathalyzer test.

Age can cause bad breath

January 18, 2011 - While wine gets better with age, breath unfortunately tends to get worse. There are multiple causes of age-related halitosis, many of which are difficult to avoid. However, treating bad breath caused by ageing is relatively simple.

Health resource lists some causes of bad breath

January 18, 2011 - Here are the agents of bad breath that the ADA warns of, along with a few that it does not, like tonsil stones and thrush.

Breathalyzer-like device diagnoses diabetes using halitosis

January 18, 2011 - A team of Swiss scientists have developed technology that diagnoses type 1 diabetes based on little more than a puff of bad breath.

Technology may soon detect amphetamines on bad breath

January 18, 2011 - If you abuse illegal drugs, additional compounds can be found there, and technology now exists to detect them in bad breath.

Personal trainers often hate bad breath

January 18, 2011 - Personal trainers have a lot to dislike about gym members - their vanity, their lack of commitment, their complaining - but one of the most offensive characteristics of gym clients is that they can have bad breath, according to the Phoenix New Times.

Tonsil stones can grow to unusual size, cause bad breath

January 18, 2011 - One of the many potential causes of bad breath is the tonsil stone, a collection of collagen and food matter at the back of the throat that forms a pungent ball or "stone." A French study conducted in 2007 found that approximately 6 percent of people have tonsil stones large enough to be detected on medical imaging scans.

Dental authority says halitosis may point to oral disease

January 18, 2011 - Among its health topics pages, the American Dental Association (ADA) lists "bad breath (halitosis)" as a significant oral care problem. The nationally recognized dental health organization runs through some of the conditions that bad breath indicates, and suggests treating the cause but not the symptom.

Tongue scraping reduces but can't eliminate bad breath

January 18, 2011 - Many of the bacteria that cause bad breath live where it is difficult to reach them - the tongue. Although you can vigorously brush your tongue when you brush your teeth, there is no guarantee that this will eliminate the millions of germs that live there. However, a tongue scraper can get at some, though not all, of those microorganisms responsible for your halitosis.

Emmy Rossum says co-star intentionally cultivates bad breath

January 18, 2011 - Actress Emmy Rossum recently revealed that Justin Chatwin, her co-star on the TV series "Shameless," often intentionally eats bad breath-causing foods in order to play pranks on her.

Celebrity diets may cause bad breath

January 18, 2011 - Health authorities in the UK have stated that extreme celebrity diets may not only be bad for the body but also for the breath. According to the British Dietetic Association (BDA), reducing your caloric intake to a regimen based solely on protein, cabbage or even baby food can give your breath a tinge of halitosis.

The origin and evolution of

January 18, 2011 - While bad breath has existed as long as there have been mouths to produce it and noses to detect it, the idea that it comes from specific causes and should be taken seriously is fairly recent. The word "halitosis" was coined in 1874, and dental researchers and oral health experts have been refining its causes ever since.

Bad breath-causing tonsil stones are living biofilms, scientists say

January 18, 2011 - Among the many things that can cause halitosis, tonsil stones are some of the smelliest. Found in the back of the throat, these small white granules are caused by the buildup up food particles in the folds of tonsils. Researchers have said that the bad breath-causing stones are actually made of a dense film of living things.

Smoking, chewing tobacco contribute to bad breath in many ways

January 18, 2011 - Smoker's breath, a form of halitosis caused by tobacco use, is not simply caused by the presence of smoke particles on the tongue and teeth. According to a number of hospitals, tobacco can create bad breath in a multitude of ways.

Gum manufacturer invents halitosis awareness organization

January 18, 2011 - If you didn't know that halitosis can be a serious problem, a not-so-serious television ad campaign may soon remind you. Chewing gum maker Dentyne has announced its newest marketing creation - the Safe Breath Alliance (SBA), an imaginary organization dedicated to raising awareness of bad breath.

Researchers say one bacterium responsible for most halitosis

January 11, 2011 - Biological physicists at the University of Buffalo's School of Medicine reported that a strain of bacteria that emits volatile sulfur compounds may be the cause of a significant amount of human halitosis.

EPA recommends reducing cavity- and halitosis-fighting chemical in drinking water

January 8, 2011 - Fluoride, a chemical additive in public water supplies, has been reducing tooth decay and associated bad breath for decades in the U.S. Now the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have officially suggested that it only be added to drinking water at the minimum recommended level.

Mice use halitosis like a menu, scientists discover

January 6, 2011 - Researchers from the U.S., Germany and Russia have found that mice often determine what to eat based on the halitosis and sulfuric chemicals on the breath of their peers.

Rarely, halitosis can come from scurvy

January 6, 2011 - One of the least common agents of halitosis is scurvy, a disease caused by extreme vitamin C deficiency.

Raw food diet may cause halitosis

January 5, 2011 - Switching to a raw food diet can improve heart health, decrease the risk of diabetes and cause bad breath, several natural health sources report.

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