Posts Tagged ‘barbecue’

5 Things to Avoid at the Summer Barbecue to Stay Kissable

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Barbecue kissable bad breath

Barbecue season is upon us. Between the balmy temperatures, breezy summer evenings and get-togethers with friends, our backyards turn into grill hot spots. But all of this finger food brings along a new summer foul: bad breath.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice savory summertime dishes to keep your breath fresh. Wouldn’t you rather make some small adjustments and have a shot at that summer fling?

Barbecue season is upon us. Between the balmy temperatures, breezy summer evenings and get-togethers with friends, our backyards turn into grill hot spots. But all of this finger food brings along a new summer foul: bad breath.

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice savory summertime dishes to keep your breath fresh. Wouldn’t you rather make some small adjustments and have a shot at that summer fling?

Top 5 Barbecue Foods That Cause Bad Breath

Brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis is a staple, but it’s not enough to keep your breath fresh all day long. Food is just one of the many variables that can cause bad breath, and watching what you eat is a good place to start. So, here are the things to keep an eye out for during your next summer grill​ out:

1. Onions on your burger Onions contain sulfur compounds that lead to bad breath. When you eat onions, the nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream, but odors are transferred to the lungs, where they are expelled. Since the odor comes from the lungs instead of the mouth, the smell can be tricky to combat.

2. Garlic and sugar in the barbecue sauce Like onions, garlic contains sulfur compounds that enter the lungs to trigger cringe-worthy summer bad breath. Meanwhile, sugar in most barbecue sauces feeds sulfur-producing bacteria toward the back of the tongue, which grow into even stronger sulfur compounds.

3. Not flossing after eating ribs Smiling after eating ribs is like building a white brick wall with black mortar: there’s often junk stuck between teeth. Bacteria can instantly break down proteins in meat wedged between teeth to create nasty odors as well as bleeding gums. To prevent this from happening, make sure you floss after eating a rack of ribs. (more…)

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Memorial Day Sale at TheraBreath!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

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Hi there,

Memorial Day is only a week away. Along with being a three-day weekend, it’s also the unofficial start to summer and a time to break out the barbeques and sunscreen. Hot dogs and hamburgers almost always are on the Memorial Day menu and while they are delicious, they can also cause bad breath. Nitrites in hot dogs and the onions and garlic you might add into your hamburger patties for extra flavor can produce some nasty odors in your mouth – you can read more about that here.

Don’t let BBQ breath ruin your holiday! Stock up on TheraBreath’s bad-breath-busting products during our Memorial Day Sale. From now until May 26, get 15% off your order of $49 or more PLUS free shipping! All you have to do is enter coupon code AMEM4 during checkout.*

Shop now and save on all of our products – no exclusions! That means whether you just need some on-the-go products like gum or lozenges or need to stock up on oral rinse and toothpaste, you’ll save 15% and get free shipping.

Going somewhere for the long weekend? Be sure to grab our travel size oral rinses and toothpastes so you can have fresh breath wherever you are.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day!

* Offer valid on orders shipped to the US and Canada only. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer expires at 11:59pm PDT May 26, 2014.

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On Memorial Day, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers Cause Bad Breath

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means parades, beach trips and, of course, barbecues. Hamburgers and hot dogs are two staples of the holiday, something that lots of folks look forward to. But what they may not be thinking about is that franks, wieners, dogs and burgers can cause bad breath.

Believe it or not, there’s research to back this up. Lots of research.

Nitrites: Hot dogs’ hidden cause of halitosis

Plenty of ink has already been spilled about nitrites and nitrates, which are two preservatives used in hot dogs, mainly to prevent botulism. If consumed in significant quantities, these compounds increase the risk of cancer and hypertension. However, they may also lead to hot dog breath.

In an article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and, in all seriousness, titled Haldane, Hot Dogs, Halitosis and Hypoxic Vasodilation, researchers explored how eating nitrite-laden hot dogs can increase the amount of nitric oxide in your blood, causing bad breath, among other things.

A separate study appearing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has a rundown of the complete odor spectrum, good and bad, emitted by frankfurters.

And if you think that academic articles only address the link between hot dogs and halitosis, you’re oh so wrong.

Hamburgers get raked over the coals, too

A newer study, this one published in the stern-sounding journal Radiation Physics and Chemistry, took a peek at the odor-causing compounds found in “ground beef added with garlic and red wine, and irradiated with charcoal pack.” (We’re pretty sure that means “grilled.”)

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