College Students Should Worry About Bad Breath

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

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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Competitive Eaters have Bad Breath to Worry About

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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Other Names for Bad Breath

December 27th, 2010

It’s a famous quote we’ve all heard. William Shakespeare’s famous line spoken by Juliet in Romeo and Juliet “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But is the same for the contrary? Does bad breath smell as sour by other names? Here are a few synonyms for bad breath:

Halitosis – a commonly used Latinate term meaning affliction. Its origin comes from Victorian times when studies into the causes of bad breath were gaining momentum.  The first recorded use of Halitosis was in 1874. J.W. Howe’s work titled The Breath and the Diseases Which Give It a Fetid Odor states “Chronic poisoning from lead, arsenic, or mercury may also be enumerated as a common cause of halitosis.” Howe lists other possible causes of halitosis which include emotional pangs, catarrh, mineral poisons and dyspepsia. Clearly, today’s causes of bad breath have changed dramatically since the late 19th century.

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Missing Breakfast Helps Cause Bad Breath

December 22nd, 2010

As you’ve been told from childhood, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In today’s busy world, it’s all too common for people to get up and run out the door to the office or school without having time to grab something to eat. But eating breakfast is very important. Your body hasn’t eaten in many hours (depending on how long you sleep) and your metabolism needs to get kicked back into gear with a meal to carry you throughout your day.

But did you know that skipping breakfast can also lead to bad breath? Chewing while eating your breakfast helps to stimulate your salivary glands, thus creating saliva to keep bad breath away and to help digest the food you are eating.

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