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Science Takes Bad Breath Studies to Some Weird, Wild Places

Monday, March 19th, 2012

In the quest to keep bad breath at bay, halitosis experts can (and have) tried all sorts of experiments to see what neutralizes odor-causing bacteria. In fact, all sorts of researchers and experts of every stripe – including chemists, bacteriologists, allergists, psychologists and even…martial arts masters? – are prey to bad breath, so why shouldn’t they take a swipe at eliminating it?

For example, I recently appeared on QVC UK to discuss the inception of my research into the connection between microbes, dry mouth and halitosis. The person who pointed me in the right direction was my daughter, who was 13 years old at the time. She said that her friends kept offering her breath mints and gum after athletic practice, and she knew (smart girl!) that they were tactfully telling her that she had bad breath.

Today, I hear this complaint in breath clinics all the time. The origin of this kind of bad breath is bacteria, since microorganisms are what release the sulfur-based molecules that give halitosis its bad scent. However, I knew there was an underlying problem, and eventually it occurred to me: dry mouth.

Whether or not you’re an athlete, you’ve probably suffered from this problem before. Lots of things can dry out your mouth. Physical activity parches your tongue and palate due to all the panting it requires. But just think of all the other situations that can leave your mouth dry: anxiety, fear of public speaking, mouth-breathing, talking for extended periods of time, smoking, sleeping with your mouth open, using an alcohol-based mouthwash, breathing cold or dry winter air, even having Sjogren’s syndrome, which is a fairly rare autoimmune condition that leaves the eyes and mouth chronically dry. (You might recall that tennis star Venus Williams recently announced that she’s been diagnosed with it.)

The solution is to use a product that can moisten the mouth, oxygenate the tongue, rinse away bacteria and freshen breath all at once. The History Channel recently called such specialty products a “modern marvel” as part of a special, odor-themed episode of the show of the same name. My daughter’s been using these products for years, and she no longer gets offered free gum and mints, that’s for sure!

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Your Dry Mouth and Bad Breath Might be Linked

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

The winter season brings with it many things: time with family, the spirit of giving, cold weather and dry mouth. Yes it’s true. The cold and sometimes dry weather can cause dry mouth (if you don’t have it already). Here are some articles that discuss bad breath and even offer some explanations and solutions.

Let’s back up a little and talk about dry mouth in general. Most people experience bad breath or morning breath from sleeping. This is because many tend to sleep with their mouths open or even snore, making your mouth dry while you sleep. But for others, dry mouth syndrome can be blamed for chronic halitosis and also dry eyes.

This can be due to Sjogren’s syndrome which is an autoimmune disease. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that people that have Sjogren’s have dryness is both their eyes and mouth because their immune systems attack their salivary glands and can also lead to hindered tear production and even arthritis. While you might not know anyone with this syndrome, it really is more common than people think.

Earlier this year famous tennis player Venus Williams publicly announced that she has Sjogren’s. She has dry mouth syndrome and it took doctors years before her halitosis, dry mouth and dry eyes were diagnosed. Williams is one of 4 million Americans who have this disease. Interestingly, the NIH stated that nine out of ten people with halitosis due to dry mouth syndrome are women. To treat this condition, lip balm and artificial saliva can be helpful and staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water is good advice regardless of who you are. Sucking on lozenges or any type of hard candy can be helpful in keeping one’s mouth moist throughout the day – just be sure to stay away from candy that has sugar as it can cause more problems such as tooth decay while trying to help with oral dryness. Gargling with an alcohol-free mouthwash can also be helpful, even to those that only experience morning breath.

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Venus Williams announces she has dry mouth-causing autoimmune disorder

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Dry mouth is one of the prime causes of bad breath, but not everyone has control over the moisture level of their palate. Besides being caused by smoking, aerobic exercise, heavy panting, anxiety or mouth breathing, a dry tongue may also be the result of Sjogren’s syndrome. Fortunately, TheraBreath makes a specialty product that can address bad breath caused by an arid palate.

An autoimmune disorder, Sjogren’s syndrome recently made headlines in the world of tennis. Venus Williams, widely considered to be one of the best female tennis players of all time, pointed to the condition as the reason for her late withdrawal from the U.S. Open Tournament.

The 31-year-old winner of two Open titles noted that she was relieved to finally have a diagnosis for her previously unexplained symptoms, which included exhaustion, joint pain, dry mouth, swollen fingers and itchy eyes, according to the Chicago  Tribune.

These are, in fact, some of the most common indicators of Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition that has previously received little media attention.

What causes this disease? Well, it is not a “disease” in the strict sense, since it is not caused by bacteria, viruses or other pathogens. Instead, says the Mayo Clinic, Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune reaction, in which the body attacks some of its own cells, starting with the glands  responsible for keeping the eyes wet and the mouth moist.

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