Archive for April, 2009

Bad Breath Slang

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

bad breath cartoon

We all know what bad breath (halitosis) is, but do you know some of the slang phrases used to describe it? If you don’t, you’re in the right place. Now, you don’t have to blurt out that someone has bad breath; you can now use one of these phrases to keep yourself off the radar.

Some phrases that mean that someone has bad breath:

1) Melting the moustache
2) Farting topside
3) Leaking some limburger
4) Polluting the local environment
5) Exploring the limits of personal space with every exhalation
6) Dementor (from Harry Potter)
7) Farthead
8) Burning tires on their tongue

These remarks are more subtle than something like “Suzie has bad breath!” You can now be savvy in bad breath slang, so if you hear someone saying these phrases around you, it might be a good idea to pop in a piece of gum just in case.  So, if you don’t want to tell someone that he/she has bad breath directly, you have a few options. You can use these new funky phrases to other people in the hopes that someone will eventually make it apparent to the original person with offensive breath, without having the burden on your shoulders. Brilliant, isn’t it?

Lastly, don’t forget, you can always email them anonymously on our site with a virtual breath mint. A virtual breath mint is an e-mail you can send someone to let them know they have bad breath…and best of all, it’s ANONYMOUS!  Just click HERE.

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KTLA Morning News April 2009

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Dr Katz spends the morning with the KTLA team in Manhattan beach where he tests the breath of passers by. Check out the 10 minute segment for some laughs as well as some terrific information.

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A Few Surprising Causes of Bad Breath

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Brushing, flossing, and gargling may all be part of your daily oral hygiene routine, but taking these steps may not be enough if you have other issues.

Medications like antidepressants, diuretics, and aspirin can dry the mouth. With dry mouth, there is a lack of saliva, and saliva is what rinses away bacteria that make breath odor foul.

Bacteria – Some people may be prone to bad breath more than others. Bacteria exist on the tongue, and expel gases as they munch on food particles and other substances broken down from saliva. Also, they multiply at night, since the salivary glands slow down when you are sleeping. H. pylori, a type of bacteria that can cause stomach ulcers, can cause bad breath and gum disease if it finds a place to reside in your mouth.

Respiratory tract infections- While gum and tooth infections can cause bad breath, so can bronchitis, sinusitis, and even colds. RTIs break down tissue, which starts a flow of mucus and cells that feed bacteria that can emit foul odors.

Skipping breakfast– Not only does breakfast benefit your body and mind, but it helps to stimulate saliva production and scrub bacteria from the tongue (depending in what you eat, of course).

Diet- Low-carb diets can burn stored fat, thus creating toxic-smelling ketones. Foods that generate large amounts of amino acids, like dairy products and foods high in protein, can fuel the bacteria that produce bad breath. Obesity has also been linked with bad breath.

Breathing out of your mouth- When the tissues in your mouth are dry, saliva is prevented from washing away bacteria; thus, bad breath is encouraged. Major candidates for this are people who suffer from sleep apnea, asthma, and snoring.

Chronic illnesses- Breath that is chronically potent in a certain smell can signify a disease. For example, kidney failure can make your breath smell fishy, and uncontrolled diabetes can make your breath smell fruity.

Alcohol- Plain and simple, alcohol is dehydrating, and having a dry mouth encourages bad breath.


Bad Breath is the ‘Biggest Worry on Dates’

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

bad breath date

According to a survey, roughly eight out of 10 women say that bad breath is their biggest fear when going on a date.

The research showed that 78 percent of women were more likely to worry about their breath and teeth than what the person they were meeting thought of their general appearance.

A spokeswoman for Macleans, Miranda Honan, stated that “People’s impressions of us are heavily influenced by how healthy our teeth look when we smile and talk.”

“Our research shows that people make instant assumptions about your confidence and character dependent on how healthy your teeth are and how fresh your breath is.”

“If you always feel happy with your teeth you will smile, and if you smile more you will boost others’ perceptions of you. Then, in turn, other people will see you as more confident and attractive.”

Of course, in order to lessen these fears, people can take precautions like taking time out of their day to maintain good oral hygiene, including brushing their tongue, teeth, and gums, as well as flossing and rinsing.

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Sports Drinks May Erode Tooth Enamel

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Research has shown that the citric acid in sports drinks can damage teeth.

Researchers at the New York University College of Denstistry used cow teeth to come to this conclusion. They cut the teeth in half and put them in the top-selling sports drinks, and after they soaked up to 90 minutes (similar to a human sipping on drinks throughout the day), they found that the enamel of the teeth was partially eaten away. If the enamel coating is weakened, the sports drinks are more likely to leak into the bonelike material underneath the enamel, which causes teeth to soften and weaken. This condition is called erosive tooth wear, and it can lead to severe tooth damage or the loss of teeth if it is not treated.

Surprisingly enough, Dr. Mark Wolff, chairman of cariology and comprehensive care at the NYU College of Dentistry, said brushing immediately after drinking a sports beverage is likely to cause more damage than waiting a bit. This is because the softened tooth enamel is more vulnerable to the toothpaste’s abrasiveness.

Experts recommend that people should consume sports beverages in moderation, and wait at least 30 minutes before brushing their teeth, so the softened enamel has time to re-harden. It may also be a good idea for someone who consumes a lot of sports drinks to find an acid-neutralizing, re-mineralizing toothpaste to help re-harden soft tooth enamel.

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