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This Gadget Can Test for Bad Breath!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

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So, it’s common knowledge that bad breath isn’t something that people are too fond of.  It can hurt friendships, work relationships, romances, and so on.  Allegedly, Barack Obama wakes up ‘stinky and snory’, according to his wife Michelle!

Now, in the United Kingdom, a machine that is 50 times more sensitive than the human nose exists that can supposedly get rid of halitosis – for good!  This gas chromatography machine measures and identifies the three primary types of bad breath-causing bacteria.  It doesn’t just say if someone has halitosis, but it specifically identifies the kinds of molecules that are causing the problem.  This helps dental professionals target the halitosis more precisely.  This machine was developed in Australia, and it costs around £8,000 (which is over $12,000 in America).   The machine works by having patients give a breath sample into a plastic syringe, and it usually gives results within 15 minutes. 

After diagnosing the bad breath, the dentists recommend nasal flushes, medicated mouthwash, etc., in order to banish the anaerobic bacteria causing the bad breath.  Depending on where the anaerobic bacteria is located (i.e. mouth, throat, or nose), it gives off different smells.  The tongue is usually the culprit if the bad breath is coming from the mouth, since the smell could be comng from proteins being broken down into amino acids.  In the throat, bad breath often comes from the tonsils, from certain growths that are usually formed by food debris.  Tonsil stones are not uncommon.  Through the nose, sinus infections and excess mucus (post nasal drip) often cause bad smells.

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The “Bad Breath Guru” Visits Phoenix

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

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Dr. Harold Katz, also known as the “Bad Breath Doctor or the “Bad Breath Guru“, toured the country testing people for halitosis.  When Dr. Katz tests people’s bad breath, he uses a device called the ‘halimeter’.  A score above 100 means that someone likely has halitosis.  A person who has a score under 100 means that their breath is fairly fresh.  Many people were relieved when they found out that they had low scores on the halimeter. 

Unfortunately, it’s hard for a person to smell his or her own breath.  Blowing in one’s own hand is not a way you can really test how bad your breath is.  According to Dr. Katz, he says “it’s a good way to smell your hand.”  So, how does one try to smell his or her own breath?  Dr. Katz says that if you lick the back of your hand, allow it to dry, you can smell if you have halitosis.   Allegedly, the halitosis-causing bacteria will remain on the back of your hand, thus letting you know that you might have bad breath

All in all, Phoenix passed the “Bad Breath Test“, since Dr. Katz couldn’t find anyone with dragon breath!   That means that the Phoenicians are “kissable”, just in the nick of time for Valentine’s Day. 

Source: Phoenix Metro News

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Bad Breath/Halitosis Detector – Christmas Ideas

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

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If you’re looking for a gift to give that is less than loving, why not get someone a “Halitosis Detector“?  This device measures bad breath and categorizes it into four different stages.  There are even some versions that have an alcohol meter.  All you have to do is breathe on a sensor above the screen, and the results are shown in the form of a smily face, shocked face, and so on.  The best thing about it is that you can carry it around in your pocket.  Yeah, sometimes the truth hurts, but it’s better than scaring away others and hearing about it from your boyfriend/girlfriend, friends, coworkers, and complete strangers! 

[The photo above is an example of one of the halitosis detectors sold right now.]

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Jennie Garth Takes on Bad Breath!

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Many celebrities are currently tackling unconventional causes. For instance, Daryl Hannah got arrested and chained herself to a tree while protesting everything from mountaintop coal removal mining to other causes, like the destruction of a South Los Angeles community garden. Steve-O from Jackass is protesting frog dissection in science class, and Madonna is helping out Romanian gypsies. Now, Jennie Garth is taking on bad breath, one of the most daunting tasks of all. According to sources, the former ‘Beverly Hils 90210′ and ‘Dancing With The Stars’ television star has already teamed up with an oral hygiene product line to have workshiops for children in the Los Angeles region. These workshops are supposed to encourage everyone to practice proper oral hygiene, thus keeping their teeth white, clean, and healthy, as well as maintaining fresh breath. Halitosis affects more than 50% of the population, so hopefully the workshops will prove useful! Who wants to smell dragon breath, anyway?

Source: Popeater

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Antidepressants = Dry Mouth + Bad Breath

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Reuters published an article about a study that found antidepressant use has more than doubled in the US, going from 13 million to 27 million Americans, between the years 1996 and 2005.  One of the reasons may be that more Americans are accepting the diagnosis of depression than ever before.  An increase in use, however, has not been seen among blacks.   

The researchers noticed that not only are more Americans using antidepressants, but they are also receiving more antidepressant descriptions.  According to IMS Health, more than 164 million prescriptions were written last year for antidepressants, costing people $9.6 billion in the United States.   

As with most medications, there are many negative symptoms.  These include the obvious dry mouth and bad breath, which are symptoms in most prescription drugs.  For that, patients should try out TheraBreath and ZOX Breath Mints

These drugs affect the brain chemical serotonin, and studies found that those undergoing treatment with antipsychotic medications were less likely to undergo psychotherapy.  However, the decrease in visits to therapists may be attributed to the out-of-pocket costs for visits and lower insurance coverage. 

The FDA added its strongest warning on the use of all antidepressants in children and teens, called the “black box.”   Unfortunately, clinical trials have showed the increase in suicidal thoughts/behaviors in people using antidepressants, especially children and teens.

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