Archive for September, 2012

How Sure are You that Your Breath Doesn’t Smell?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Do you smell bad? It’s a rotten question, but it’s something everyone should ask themselves before they discover people have been trying to tell them about their halitosis or body odor for years. By the time you start smelling your own bad breath, chances are other people have been noticing it for a while. This is because it takes longer for you to notice the scents of your own body, since you’re so used to smelling it all the time.

If you do discover that you have halitosis, the next step is to determine what is causing it. While you may think you know everything that leads to bad breath, you’re probably wrong. There are many surprising things that can cause oral odor, and it’s important for you to determine which of them are wreaking havoc on your mouth.

Like it spicy? Use alcohol-free mouthwash

Are you a fan of spicy foods flavored with curry and other hot ingredients?  According to Prevention Magazine, if you are then you may be experiencing halitosis as a result. The worst part is the odor caused by these foods may last a long time.

“When digested, these foods produce several stinky sulfur-containing gases. Most of these byproducts are metabolized in the intestines and liver, but some, such as allyl methyl sulfide, are absorbed into the bloodstream and released through your lungs and pores, an effect that can last for a few hours or more,” said Debra Jaliman, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, quoted by the news source.


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Find out if you have Halitosis before Someone else tells you

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Does anyone in your family have bad breath? Why not turn it into a game? That’s what the Thompson family recently did, the stars of the reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which airs on TLC. The show follows a southern family and their precocious beauty queen daughter as they engage in such activities as mud wrestling and dumpster diving.

On a recent episode, the family decided to play a game revolving around halitosis, according to the Wall Street Journal. The game, called “guess whose breath” involved a family member being blindfolded, and everyone taking turns breathing into their face. In the end, everyone ended up laughing hysterically over the fact that the entire family appears to suffer from horrendous bad breath.

While having your family members smell your breath is one way to determine whether you have halitosis, there are certainly easier (and less disgusting) ways to tell if someone has oral odor.

Know your breath

The smells of our own bodies tend to blend in with all of the smells around us, which means that it’s likely that other people will notice if you have halitosis before you do. This is why it’s important to use alcohol-free mouthwashes, practice proper oral hygiene techniques and know how to test your breath so you can avoid the embarrassment of having someone tell you that your breath smells.¬† (more…)

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Product tells You if Your Breath is less than Fresh

Friday, September 14th, 2012

So here’s the scenario: You’re out on a first date, the end of the night is approaching and the time has come for a good night kiss. Suddenly, you remember all of that garlic you had on your pasta or the onions on your pizza, and you become worried that you might have bad breath. Surveys have shown that halitosis is one of the main romantic turn-offs, and if you have strong oral odor you may find yourself without an invitation for a second date.

Luckily, there are many things that can help cure this problem before it ruins your night, such as alcohol-free mouthwash and specialty breath fresheners. Also, there is a new tool that may help you evaluate the state of your breath during your date. Now available on the market is a portable “bad breath tester” that can be carried in a purse or backpack and can inform you of an impending danger.

Rating bad breath

The small device has holes on the top that you can breathe into. A digital screen will then give you a reading of zero to four, depending on the severity of your halitosis. According to the Daily Mail, the tool costs about 20 British pounds, which equals about $32 in the U.S.


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Canker Sores are more likely to cause Halitosis than Stomach Ulcers

Monday, September 10th, 2012

The science of halitosis is constantly evolving. Things that were once considered the main causes of bad breath have often fallen by the wayside, as research has proven them to have little or no connection to oral odor. Consider this situation: You have two kinds of ulcers – aphthous ulcers (also known as canker sores) and a stomach ulcer. Which one is causing your bad breath?

It’s tempting to immediately choose the stomach ulcer, and for many years, oral health experts did just that. They knew that most halitosis comes from odor-causing bacteria (which is true), so they assumed that bad breath came from the stomach and digestive tract.

Today, though, we know that this simply isn’t true. In fact, a new study published in the Journal of Breath Research confirms as much.

Stomach ulcers hurt (but don’t stink)

Scientists from three different health centers in the Netherlands set out to see whether the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers – a nasty little beast called Heliobacter pylori – can also emit enough volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) to make breath smell bad.

It can’t.

As the Dutch team noted, “the concentrations of the VSCs in stomach air were in nearly all cases below the thresholds of objectionability of the various VSCs, indicating that halitosis does not originate in the stomach.” Hence, stomach ulcers can’t cause oral odor.

“Halitosis,” the authors added, “nearly always originates within the oral cavity and seldom or never within the stomach.”


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Survey: Bad Breath Remedies are a Basic Need in the Boudoir

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Say you’re curious about what gets people revved up in the bedroom, but you’re too afraid to ask around. (And who wouldn’t be? How do you get that conversation started?) While you’re at it, you also want to know what the biggest turn-offs are. Well, you can relax, because a New Zealand-based company has done the legwork for you. They surveyed more than a thousand Kiwis and found that – for ladies, at least – the number-one sin a partner can commit is skipping out on bad breath remedies.

Poll puts halitosis at the top of most women’s lists

Conducted by an adult products merchant, the survey queried 1,500 New Zealanders about their biggest turn-ons and turn-offs in bed.

Unsurprisingly, women overwhelmingly said that halitosis is the worst boudoir-based offence imaginable.


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