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What Medical Conditions Cause Bad Breath?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

In a dental office, people often pick up brochures that discuss how to get rid of bad breath.  In general, people like to know if their breath smells poorly.  Bad breath can be very unpleasant if you experience it coming from someone else’s mouth.

People often question how well their minty flavored mouthwashes work, especially since they have it everyday and may still experience bad breath.

Short-term bad breath is can be caused by having onions in a meal, which generally resolves itself when the food works its way through your system.  Mouthwash temporarily covers the smell, but the natural-occuring bacteria that causes this bad smell feeds on any left-over food in your mouth.  Also, dieting can lead to bad breath because the human body releases various chemicals in your breath when it breaks down stored protein and fat.

Some of the main medical conditions that can cause bad breath are sinusitis, respiratory infections, gastro-intestinal problems, and dry mouth (commonly caused by medications).  If you have chronic salty tastes in your mouth or moving teeth, you may have gum disease, which can lead to serious problems.  What happens is bacteria trapped around the teeth cause gum inflammation and overall inflammation, which can eventually lead to bone loss and tooth loss if left unchecked.

Foul-smelling breath caused by health issues generally won’t go away without proper care. To solve these issues permanently, one needs to get to the root of the problem and consult a professional, like a dentist.  Dentists should recognize periodontal disease and know how to treat it.

Mouthwash may help bad breath temporarily, but by doing this frequently, it can be like wearing a bandage on an open wound that never heals. If you don’t want a long-term bandage on your hand, why would you want one for your overall health?

If people offer you gum or are scared away by your bad breath all the time, you may have a bigger issue than bad breath to resolve.

Source:  Marcine Hays, Oak Park Family Dental Care

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Scientists bringing bad breath out of the closet

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Tom of “Up to your health” writes about the taboo that is bad breath. Scientists are bringing it out into the open and brainstorming to keep it out of existence. The science of bad breath – revealed.

CHICAGO – On the list of social offenses, bad breath ranks right up there with flatulence and body odor.
And while store shelves are well stocked with remedies ranging from chewing gum and mouthwash to breath strips and drops, researchers are just starting to understand the science of bad breath.

“It’s taboo,” said Patricia Lenton, a clinical researcher at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry. “You are typecast as the smelly person.”

Lenton was one of nearly 200 scientists who attended the International Conference on Breath Odor Research this week in Chicago. Attendees ranged from dentists, chemists and microbiologists to psychologists and even flavor researchers.

Their research ran the gamut from studies on the most effective natural flavors for treating bad breath — cinnamon is a good choice — to the development of an artificial nose for sniffing out oral malodor and links between exhaled air and disease.

“We want to advance the science in this field,” said Christine Wu, a researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry, who helped organize the conference.

“In dental research, bad breath is neglected because it is not a disease that will kill people,” she said in an interview. “But it’s a huge problem. Everybody suffers from bad breath at one point in their lifetime.”

For most, bad breath occurs when bacteria in the mouth breaks down proteins, producing volatile sulfur compounds that make for foul-smelling breath.

Dry mouth, tooth decay, certain prescription drugs, sinus problems, even diseases like diabetes can cause bad breath.

Most bad breath originates in the mouth, and about 90 percent of the smell comes from the tongue, Lenton said.

“It’s warm. It’s moist. It’s like a large incubator of bacteria,” she said.

Lenton said good oral care is the best weapon for routine bad breath. She recommends regular brushing and flossing, a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the back of the tongue, and a final rinse with antibacterial mouthwash.

For some, however, it is not actual bad breath that’s the problem. Lenton said anywhere from 4 to 17 percent of the people who seek treatment for breath odor are convinced they have bad breath — even though they do not.

It is a condition some refer to as halitophobia, or the fear of bad breath, and it can interfere with daily life.

“It’s an obsessive compulsive disorder,” Lenton said.

Lenton and Wu hope the conference and others like it will raise the profile of breath research.

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Extra! Extra! Man eats entire Fish Head

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

What would your breath smell like if you ate like this? Uh, like fish? Thanks to Therabreath, you never have to think about that question seriously.

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Overweight People More Likely To Have Bad Breath, Study Finds

Monday, December 17th, 2007

The health of your body directly affects the health of your mouth. Obesity is found to be linked to having bad breath.  For the bad breath cure that helps people of all shapes and sizes, turn to Therabreath, the only real solution for bad breath.

ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2007) — Now there’s another good reason to go on that diet after the holidays. Tel Aviv University researchers have published a study that finds a direct link between obesity and bad breath: the more overweight you are, the more likely your breath will smell unpleasant to those around you.

The research, led by breath expert Prof. Mel Rosenberg from the Department of Human Microbiology and The  Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, was reported in the Journal of Dental Research in October. The study also reported, for the first time, scientific evidence that links bad breath to alcohol consumption.

“The finding on alcohol and bad breath was not surprising because the anecdotal evidence was already there,” says Prof. Rosenberg. “However, the finding that correlated obesity to bad breath was unanticipated.”

A Weighty Sample

The study was done in Israel and included a sample of 88 adults of varying weights and heights. While at a clinic for a regular check-up, they were asked by graduate student Tsachi Knaan, a co-author in the study, whether he could test the odor of their breath and ask questions about their daily habits.

Prof. Rosenberg, Knaan and Prof. Danny Cohen concluded from the data that overweight patients were more likely to have foul-smelling breath. “This finding should hold for the general public,” says Prof. Rosenberg. “But we don’t have any scientific evidence as to why this is the case. That will be the next step.”

He surmises that the connection between obesity and bad breath could be caused by several factors. Obese people may have a diet that promotes the condition of dry mouth. Prof. Rosenberg also suggests that people who are obese may be less in tune with taking care of their mouths and bodies. “We have certainly opened a window of questions here,” says Prof. Rosenberg.

Halitosis of the Ancient World?

While widespread obesity is a modern invention, bad breath is not. The phenomenon goes back thousands of years.

Says Prof. Rosenberg, “I have read reports of bad breath in ancient Egypt.  In ancient Rome there was a man named Cosmos who sold breath-freshening agents.  Bad breath is frequently mentioned in Jewish scripture  The Talmud stating that if you were a ‘Cohen’ (a priest) you couldn’t perform holy duties on the Temple if your breath was bad.

“If you were a newlywed groom, you could annul a marriage if on your wedding night you discovered that your wife has bad breath. In ancient times, we learn, bad breath was considered a ‘no-no,’ as bad as having leprosy.”

Self-Examination Not a Possibility

The problem remains today. Bad breath — and the fear that you might have it — plagues millions of people because it isn’t easy for one to check one’s own breath. Indeed, nine people in the study were unaware of their bad breath.

Says Prof. Rosenberg, who co-edits the Journal of Breath Research, “I can’t go out into the world and smell everybody’s breath, and quite frankly I’ve already smelled many thousands of cases. My goal now is to give people a list of the potential factors that could lead to this condition, so they can treat themselves.” Obesity is now added to the list, which includes dry mouth, poor dental hygiene, and possibly even the morning cup of coffee.

“You should tell people in your family if they have bad breath,” says Prof. Rosenberg. “It is curable in almost all instances, and it can be a sign of disease. As for work colleagues, they might be happy for the advice, but they might not.”

And don’t be embarrassed if it happens to you, he adds. Even professors of dentistry and experts in the field of bad breath sometimes have malodorous mouths.

Tel Aviv University (2007, December 14). Overweight People More Likely To Have Bad Breath, Study Finds. ScienceDaily.

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New York Doorman Suspended for Bad Breath

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Harriette Cecilio of AHN News gives us the scoop about Jonah Seeman, whose bad case of halitosis earned him a one-day suspension from his job as a doorman. Bad breath business is serious business, especially if it directly interferes with your source of livelihood. See related news video from

New York, NY (AHN) – In Manhattan, doormen with bad breath are at risk for suspension.The 60-year-old Jonah Seeman, who has been opening doors for tenants of four-building Gracie Gardens complex on East 89th Street for 40 years, has been thrice suspended because of halitosis.The last suspension order came on Friday, prompting Seeman and the union that represents him, to file a formal complaint on the case.His employer sent him a letter on Nov. 21 saying it couldn’t tolerate his severe breath odor while on duty any more.

Seeman was naturally offended but since receiving similar notices in May and July, he has stopped eating garlic, uses mouthwash, cologne and deodorant and takes breath mints on the job.

“I just say, ‘Good morning, have a nice day, smile, feel good, don’t worry about anything,'” Seeman told CBS station WCBS-TV in New York.

The one-day suspension was without pay, a considerable loss of income for the Brooklyn resident, who supports his 81-year-old mother.

“His job, which he does well, is opening the door – not to be opening his mouth,” said Adam Reingold, an apartment resident, who was surprised by Seeman’s suspension.

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