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Bad Breath in Fiction

Friday, January 14th, 2011

For many, bad breath is a part of daily life – but it doesn’t have to be if you are using TheraBreath products! Unfortunately, not everyone knows that TheraBreath stops bad breath, and our toothpastes and mouthwashes haven’t always been around.

Writers throughout history have made references to halitosis. It’s no surprise as bad breath can be caused by dry mouth, dental decay, tonsil stones, gum disease, diet and more.  Here are a few noteworthy pieces of literature that make mention of foul breath.

Canterbury Tales – written over 650 years ago, author Geoffrey Chaucer created a character called the summoner whose breath is notably foul, along with the rest of his demeanor. Even back in the 14th century, Chaucer new some of the causes of bad breath. The summoner has halitosis because “he loved garlic, onions and leeks, and for to drink wine as red as blood. “ Diet has long been a cause of stinky breath, especially aromatic foods like onions and garlic. The alcohol in wine can lead to dry mouth, making the summoner’s mouth a prime breeding ground for bad breath.

Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare definitely agreed that bad breath can put a damper on intimate relationships. Benedick: “Only foul words; and thereupon I will kiss thee.” Beatrice: “Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; therefore I will depart unkiss’d.” Like most singles, Beatrice found bad breath to be a huge turn off.


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