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Bad Breath Slang

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

bad breath cartoon

We all know what bad breath (halitosis) is, but do you know some of the slang phrases used to describe it? If you don’t, you’re in the right place. Now, you don’t have to blurt out that someone has bad breath; you can now use one of these phrases to keep yourself off the radar.

Some phrases that mean that someone has bad breath:

1) Melting the moustache
2) Farting topside
3) Leaking some limburger
4) Polluting the local environment
5) Exploring the limits of personal space with every exhalation
6) Dementor (from Harry Potter)
7) Farthead
8) Burning tires on their tongue

These remarks are more subtle than something like “Suzie has bad breath!” You can now be savvy in bad breath slang, so if you hear someone saying these phrases around you, it might be a good idea to pop in a piece of gum just in case.  So, if you don’t want to tell someone that he/she has bad breath directly, you have a few options. You can use these new funky phrases to other people in the hopes that someone will eventually make it apparent to the original person with offensive breath, without having the burden on your shoulders. Brilliant, isn’t it?

Lastly, don’t forget, you can always email them anonymously on our site with a virtual breath mint. A virtual breath mint is an e-mail you can send someone to let them know they have bad breath…and best of all, it’s ANONYMOUS!  Just click HERE.

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Dry Mouth Causes Bad Breath

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Saliva is a very important part of oral health. With regards to the topic at hand, saliva provides 3 important functions:

  1. Provides enzymes to help with digestion of food
  2. Provides a method to stabilize pH (keep the acid levels in check)
  3. Provides high levels of oxygen in order to keep oral tissues healthy and fresh.

If you suffer from dry mouth (Xerostomia) symptoms, you naturally have less saliva. In turn, less saliva means less oxygen. If there is less oxygen available in the oral environment you have an anaerobic environment, which is perfect for these sulfur-producing bacteria. In essence, the bacteria are now capable of making high levels of sulfur gases, which in turn make the breath and taste worse.

It is also true that some tongue formations are also more conducive to dry mouth than others. Generally, the rougher one’s tongue, the more likely they are to have a bad breath problem. This is connected to the belief by some that bad breath can be an inherited trait. Truthfully, one cannot inherit the bacteria of bad breath, but one can inherit a specific shape (geography) of tongue, just as one would inherit a parent’s eye color, hair color, height, and ear shape.

Tongue Image

In the graphic on this page, one sees a deep groove going down the middle of the tongue; this is known as a “fissured” tongue and it may lead to a great deal of the anaerobic bacteria breeding at the bottom of this fissure, because oxygen cannot get to the bottom of the fissure (another reason why tongue scraping without oxidizing products is a waste of time).

Some people may have a condition known as “hairy tongue,” which again describes the fibers that make up the tongue (papillae), being slightly longer than the norm. The longer the papillae, the more rough the appearance of the tongue and of course the better to trap the sulfur producing bacteria.

Once the tongue becomes very dry, or if the tongue becomes irritated by extra hard scraping or brushing, the outer layer becomes very sensitive. One prevalent condition among older people is “burning tongue syndrome”. It is common among both sexes, but slightly higher among women. That fact has caused some scientists to believe that there is a hormonal component to “burning tongue syndrome.” Many patients who are diabetic may notice a burning of the tongue once they become thirsty. It is important, when one has these types of symptoms, to stay away from oral rinses that may burn or make your mouth dry. The resulting pain is indescribably painful according to many of my patients.

The standard recommendation for burning tongue syndrome and dry mouth is the following:

(among patients we have treated)

  • Stop using oral products which make your mouth dry and/or contain sodium lauryl sulfate (see list of oral products at “Oral Products That Create Halitosis”).
  • Stop drinking citrus juices (tomato, orange, grapefruit, etc.).
  • Avoid coffee.
  • Do not smoke.
  • See your physician regarding possibility of diabetes or thyroid problems.

“One who tries the following in their daily oral hygiene can drastically improve their oral health and decrease the occurrence of bad breath.”

Daily Oral Regimen for Those who Have Burning Tongue Syndrome or Dry Mouth:

  • Coat tongue twice daily with toothgel and let sit on tongue for 90 seconds.
  • Rinse with 1-2 capfuls of oral rinse for 90 seconds.
  • Drink 8 glasses of water per day.
  • Take Vitamin C on a daily basis as recommended on label.
  • Mints and oxygenating tablets can also be helpful.

Tonsils and Tonsilloliths:

(Those white-yellow stones that get stuck in your throat).

These bacteria can breed very easily in the back of the throat, and especially the tonsils, if you still have them. One important fact to remember: the bacteria never start off in the throat or tonsils. They only get there because the bugs originate on the back of the tongue which contacts the throat & tonsils every time you swallow. When someone has post nasal drip or allergies, it is possible to form little “white globs” scientifically known as tonsilloliths. They are a combination of sulfur compounds (produced by the bacteria) and mucous (from post nasal drip). Their smell is very strong! Do not attempt to pick them out yourself; you’ll cause a lot of bleeding. Many dentists and physicians don’t know what they are. They are not food particles, and it is not the sign of infection. Do not have a tonsillectomy for this reason because you will still have bad breath due to the fact that the bacteria is still on the back of your tongue. If you no longer have your tonsils, a similar reaction takes place if you have had a history of sore throats your throat is much rougher.

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Now is the time to come clean — October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Sponsored annually by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA), National Dental Hygiene Month (NDHM) is a month-long observance of the importance of proper oral hygiene. Observed in October, with a specific theme chosen by ADHA, participating communities are given the chance to recognize the contributions of dental hygienists towards community outreach efforts. The 2007 topic is a continuation of the four-year theme “A Healthy Smile Lasts a Lifetime.” The focus for this year will be on Adolescent and Teenage Oral Health. Possible topics to be discussed include:

  • Smoking
  • Piercing
  • Breath mints
  • Deleterious effects of carbonated and sugared drinks
  • Nutrition
  • Mouth guards/sports
  • Eating disorders


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‘Fitness Phone’ helps users stay healthy, avoid bad breath

Monday, October 8th, 2007

More about the bad breath phone from

Updated: 6:11 a.m. PT Oct 3, 2007

TOKYO – Worried that you’re not getting enough exercise or that you’ve eaten way too much garlic? A Japanese firm has come up with a phone that can help.

Japan’s largest cell phone carrier NTT DoCoMo unveiled this week a “Fitness Phone,” designed to help the user stay healthy — and avoid bad breath.

The handheld phone, equipped with various devices that can measure your pulse or the amount of steps you’ve taken in a day, dispenses heath advice after you’ve punched in statistics such as gender, age and weight.

TechWatch: Phat fat phone
TechWatch: Phat fat phone

And you can also exhale into the phone and it will tell you whether its time to reach for the breath mints.

“Our primary target groups would be fat-fighting middle-aged businessmen and young women on diets,” said Kentaro Endo, a spokesman for NTT DoCoMo.

A recent government survey found that on average, Japanese men in their 40s were fatter than they were 12 years ago, mainly due to lack of exercise, while women in the same age group were slimmer because they were more health conscious.

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Introducing … the Japanese Fitness Phone (for bad breath too!)

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Martha Edwards writes about the first “bad breath phone” in AOL body. They really do think of everything these days.

Posted: Oct 4th 2007 6:33PM by Martha Edwards

The Japanese always seem to be at the forefront of technology, so it’s no surprise that they’ve devised some ways to incorporate fitness into gadgets we use every day. Take the Japanese Fitness Phone, for example — it’s a phone that can measure your heart rate, act as a pedometer by counting your steps, and dish out fitness and nutrition advice.Guess what else it can do? I can tell you if you have bad breath. Just breath into it and it will tell you whether you’re a-ok for that business meeting or whether you need gum or a mint pronto.

The fitness phone is aimed at the middle-aged working men of Japan — and it’s sure to be a hit since men in Japan have been getting larger over the last few years.

What do you think of weight loss and technology — A good combination or no?