Bad Breath in Fiction

For many, bad breath is a part of daily life – but it doesn’t have to be if you are using TheraBreath products! Unfortunately, not everyone knows that TheraBreath stops bad breath, and our toothpastes and mouthwashes haven’t always been around.

Writers throughout history have made references to halitosis. It’s no surprise as bad breath can be caused by dry mouth, dental decay, tonsil stones, gum disease, diet and more.  Here are a few noteworthy pieces of literature that make mention of foul breath.

Canterbury Tales – written over 650 years ago, author Geoffrey Chaucer created a character called the summoner whose breath is notably foul, along with the rest of his demeanor. Even back in the 14th century, Chaucer new some of the causes of bad breath. The summoner has halitosis because “he loved garlic, onions and leeks, and for to drink wine as red as blood. “ Diet has long been a cause of stinky breath, especially aromatic foods like onions and garlic. The alcohol in wine can lead to dry mouth, making the summoner’s mouth a prime breeding ground for bad breath.

Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare definitely agreed that bad breath can put a damper on intimate relationships. Benedick: “Only foul words; and thereupon I will kiss thee.” Beatrice: “Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; therefore I will depart unkiss’d.” Like most singles, Beatrice found bad breath to be a huge turn off.

Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes also addresses how bad breath can make someone less attractive. When Altisidora tries to flirt with Don Quixote, his main reason for turning her away is clear. “Altisidora has more presumption than beauty, and is more bold than modest; and, besides that she is not very healthy – she has a certain faded breath which will not let you near her for a moment.” Quixote is correct, breath with a foul odor can be a symptom of other, more serious health issues.

The Ministry of Fear – Jumping ahead a few centuries to the current day, Graham Greene’s protagonist, Rowe finds himself in a smelly situation. A stranger keeps “blowing the stale smell of carious teeth enthusiastically in Rowe’s direction. Rowe wished he could get away…In the taxi with the windows shut it wasn’t easy for another to enjoy it. The smell of dental decay was very strong.” Too bad Rowe didn’t have a ZOX Mints or TheraBreath Mouth Wetting Lozenges to offer his odd companion.

The Talisman – authors Stephen King and Peter Straub give their evil character Heck Bast some seriously evil breath. “Such was the run of Jack’s thoughts when hard fingers suddenly grasped the back of his neck at the pressure-points below the ears and lifted him out of his chair. He was turned around into a cloud of foul breath and treat – if that was the word – to the sterile moonscape of Heck Bast’s face.” If Bast’s breath is deep down, he should try an oral probiotic.

Misery – another of Stephen King’s novels. In this story the main character Paul Sheldon wakes up receiving mouth to mouth resuscitation from Annie Wilkes, who later turns out to be his captor and biggest fan. “When the lips were pulled back he smelled his warder for the first time, smelled her on the outrush of breath she had force into him…a dreadful mixed stench of vanilla cookies and chocolate ice cream and chicken gravy and peanut-butter fudge.” It must be all of the sugar causing tooth decay that gives Annie her life-saving, yet offensive breath.

Bad breath is often used to depict an evil or unattractive character – definitely not something anyone wants to be associated with. Make sure your breath is pleasant and kissable by shopping TheraBreath’s product line today.

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One Response to “Bad Breath in Fiction”

  1. Glendale Dentist Says:

    We don’t choose to have a bad breath but having it for a longer period of time is our option, in fact, it was the result of our laziness and unconscious mind. This product will surely helps you to make out of it.

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