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Diets, Bad Breath and Jerry Seinfeld

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

1421738_56683347Jerry Seinfeld might’ve been the star of the award-winning sitcom “Seinfeld,” but he may also know a thing or two about bad breath. When asked which character on the show had the worst oral odor, Jerry responded that some of women he had “dated” on the show had breath that could rival the stench of “the beast.” During intimate scenes when he would get up close to them, the comedian claimed he could notice which actresses had not eaten that day. He explained that this is because when someone has bad breath, often he or she has skipped a meal. Of the actresses who played his girlfriends, most were concerned about their weight, and during the day they wouldn’t eat. Come show time, their mouths produced quite the stink.

True, when people miss meals or are hungry, they tend to come down with halitosis, or bad breath. A major reason is that saliva production decreases in the mouth during this time. When we are chewing foods, saliva acts as a cleanser that rinses out stray bits of food and anaerobic bacteria that contain stinky sulfur compounds. However, as the muscles in the mouth relax while we are not eating, bacteria accumulates, triggering foul breath.  (more…)

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Since All Diets Cause Bad Breath, Not Everyone is a Good Judge of Halitosis

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhy are some people so sensitive to halitosis, while others seem to be almost immune to the smell of bad breath? There are several reasons, including basic physical factors like a hypersensitive nose or the presence of an unfamiliar or especially strong scent. But, overall, we can chalk up insensitivity to bad breath to the fact that all diets, not matter how veggie-heavy, appear to cause halitosis.

This means that virtually everyone gets bad breath, which then makes it harder for their noses to pick up on the smell of other peoples’ oral funk.

It’s true — and a new study appearing in the European Journal of Nutrition has confirmed it. Author Jukka Meurman, of the University of Helsinki, began by considering the idea that certain diets are more likely to give you funky breath. After all, if specific foods like garlic or asparagus can give you halitosis, then why not whole dietary regimens?

However, Meurman found that there’s hardly one style of eating that causes oral odor. Instead, all diets seem to.

He did note that “fermentable carbohydrates…should be avoided in cases with bad breath,” since carbs may encourage bacteria to multiply. But overall, he could not point his finger at just one offending diet: “No controlled studies exist on the effect of dietary regimens on halitosis, which in effect is mostly due to putrescence in deep periodontal pockets or tonsillar crypts.”

He’s certainly right there. Most bad breath starts in the mouth as a result of gum disease, tonsil stones or a dry tongue.

Now, that’s not to say that food doesn’t cause bad breath. It does. Rather, Meurman found that all diets (instead a particular one) eventually lead to halitosis.

Consider a diet that’s dairy-heavy. Would you expect it to give you bad breath? (After all, certain cheeses are quite stinky, and milk seems to reliably lead to funky mouth odor.) Well, if you said yes, you’d be right: Dairy can quickly ferment in your mouth, leading to the production of volatile sulfur compounds, the molecules that give halitosis its nasty reek.

That doesn’t mean that milk is without its dental benefits. Not only does dairy contain calcium, a mineral needed for bone hardness, but it is also the breeding ground for Lactobacillus salivarius K12, the microbe used in specialty oral care probiotics to banish other, odor-causing bacteria.

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Crash Diet Including a Tongue Patch

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

There is a 30-day diet that is making headlines in Los Angeles. FoxNews.com reported on the new “Tongue Patch” diet has been done to sixty seven patients and counting. Plastic surgeon Dr. Nikolas Chugay is using a FDA approved material to place a patch on his patient’s tongue for thirty days. This patch makes chewing extremely difficult and painful, leading the patients to only drink liquids for the thirty days that the patch is in place.

Dr. Chugay sells his recommended liquid beverage for $200 for a month’s supply. Patients that receive the tongue patch get the supply for free.

According to Dr. Chugay, the patients that have undergone the procedure are only experiencing minimal side effects, that main one being irritation and in which case the patch is removed a week early.

Results are typically a loss of fifteen to thirty pounds in a month. Those are some large numbers, but it is to be expected on a completely liquid diet.

This diet mostly likely won’t have lasting results. However, Dr. Chugay’s office does follow-up with patients for five to six months to help them how to eat right, exercise and deal with stress.

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Bad Breath on a Talk Show

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Recently, E! TV’s website posted a short clip of an episode of the Dr. Oz show where Dr. Oz smells a woman’s breath and clearly taken aback by it. While it is a funny scene, and no doubt embarrassing for the woman, Dr. Oz does state that bad breath may be a warning sign of something else and is no laughing matter. It is definitely true that bad breath is not something to be ignored; it may be a symptom of one or more of the following conditions:

Dry mouth and gum disease are often linked to bad breath. This is because the volatile sulfur producing compounds in our mouth that cause bad breath thrive in a dry, anaerobic environment. When our mouths are full of healthy, oxygen-rich saliva, then it is harder for the bacteria to thrive and create bad breath. The best way to avoid dry mouth is to use oral care products that don’t contain alcohol (you may want to check your ingredient labels) and to keep hydrated, drinking plenty of water throughout the day. None of TheraBreath’s products contain alcohol of any sort and are ideal for maintain fresh breath.

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Competitive Eaters have Bad Breath to Worry About

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

As we have discussed in other articles and posts, diet definitely can have an impact on your breath. Savory, fatty foods and those that are high in protein can often lead to bad breath. The consumption of these foods can leave your mouth coated in grease, food particles and foul-smelling odor molecules.

Pizza and hot dogs are two delicious foods that can often result in bad breath, if the proper oral care products are not used. Now imagine trying to each 68 hot dogs in ten minutes. That is exactly what American Joey Chestnut did in 2009 in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Competition, beating out the long standing, six time champ Takeru Kobayashi. Quickly engorging on that many protein-packed hot dogs full of carbohydrates and scrap meat will definitely not do your breath (or your digestive system) any favors.

Foods rich in protein often result in bad breath as they release ketones and ammonia when the protein molecules are broken down. These bad smelling particles travel in the bloodstream, into the lungs where they are exhaled as foul smelling odor.  It is safe to assume that eating 68 hot dogs in ten minutes doesn’t lend itself to chewing thoroughly. This also makes it harder on your digestive system to break down the proteins.

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