Archive for January, 2011

Bad Breath in Fiction

Friday, January 14th, 2011

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.

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Medications and Dry Mouth

Monday, January 10th, 2011

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics more than half of all Americans take some type of prescription drug. Many drugs list dry mouth and taste disorders as side effects. A little halitosis or a slight change in the ability to taste may not be a big deal compared to ailment or disorder the medication treats, but it may be off-putting to those around you and is treatable.

Here are a few medications that are known to cause bad breath:

Triamterene – a diuretic that is often used to treat high blood pressure and edema. Another interesting side effect is that it may cause your urine to turn bright blue.

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College Students Should Worry About Bad Breath

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Winter break is almost over and soon college students will be heading back to class. Now that the school year is half over, many students have settled into dorm life, and have gotten comfortable in their routines. The lethargy of winter may have set in, and this is an especially important time for students to not let their personal hygiene suffer. Cold and the dryness of winter often lead to dry mouth, which is one of the main causes of bad breath.

To many, college is a time to party and socialize. College students are the primary demographic for pizza and beer companies – practically single-handedly keeping these food products in business. There is nothing nicer than relaxing in front of the TV with your friends, a cold one and a slice (or two or three). However, students should be aware that these products can lead to some seriously foul breath.

As we have discussed before, pizza is very rich in cheese, protein, starch, onions and garlic. All ingredients that can leave your mouth feeling less than fresh, not to mention may cause gas when digested. As if that weren’t enough to make you pop a TheraBreath Mouth Wetting Lozenge or a piece of TheraBreath’s Chewing Gum into your mouth post-pig out, the combination of beer and pizza does more to you than just make you full.

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Past Celebrities and Historical Figures with Bad Breath

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Smoking, consuming alcohol, plaque, gum disease, dry mouth, post nasal drip, and tonsil stones are just a few causes of bad breath. Given the many causes, it’s no wonder that millions of people suffer (and have suffered) from bad breath.

Here are a few high-profile people of the past with bad breath, why they had it, and what they could have done to treat it.

Clark Gable – a famous actor of the 20th century is best known for his role in Gone with the Wind and his strong halitosis.  His co-star Vivien Leigh reportedly complained often of Gable’s bad breath while on-set filming the classic Civil War movie. His foul breath came from his dentures. False teeth and dental bridges can be a source of bad breath, especially when they are not cleaned properly. Perhaps Clark should have washed his dentures in one of TheraBreath’s oral rinses for his on (and off) screen kissing scenes.

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