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Bad Breath

Breathe Test Kits Are Here To Stay

Do you worry about your breath every time you go to meet someone special? Have you ever smelled your breath by cupping your palm over your mouth and nose? Does it give out a foul odor every time you do it? Your answer may be positive or negative, but sometimes these basic ways may not be precise and may give you a wrong notion about your oral health.

Researchers have discovered the best solution to this problem by coming out with the Instant Breath Test or on a lighter note the ‘Okay to Kiss” test (the name given to signify its importance or meaning), which is small enough to carry anywhere and can fit even in your pocket. This test is useful in identifying bacteria present in the mouth giving out a signal to improve oral hygiene.
Recent studies show that it is not only the Gram-negative bacteria, the type that make the proteins present in the mouth to collapse, but also the Gram-positive bacteria that add to the cause and when paired together produce enzymes that eat the glycoproteins present in the mouth causing them to get ruined and in turn emitting bad smell. This action from the enzymes in the mouth became the main source of learning for the instant breath test or the ‘Okay to Kiss’ test.

The ‘Okay To Kiss’ or Instant Breath Test will be a useful tool in the hands of the owner considering it importance. It is small in size, can be easily thrown away and can even fit into a purse or pocket. This test only requires a touch of saliva on to the strip which if turns blue shows that there is gram-positive bacteria present in the mouth because of the enzymes present causing bad breath.
After extensive research, scientists formulated the new and innovative breath test, where they were able to cultivate bacteria from saliva samples on a biofilm which proved that there are two different types of bacteria. This was seen with the help of disparities in color from the gram-negative bacteria to the gram-positive bacteria. This biofilm consists of two layers, the top layer and the bottom layer.

Besides its function being of a social nature these tests could also be a reminder to one to upgrade his oral hygiene and in turn persuading him to enhance healthy habits like brushing of the teeth, gargling, dental flossing and also visiting the dentist to check on cavities.
These tests, also known as Biomarkers, are the source of common analytical kits that exists today like the kit used to detect pregnancy or the one to monitor diabetes. These biomarkers or tests done on saliva are very useful in diagnosing severe illnesses like ulcers, asthma and cancer. It may seem a little foolish to check one’s breath but many people, today, use this breath test to satisfy their inhibitions.

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8 Remedies for Bad Breath

by admin on September 17, 2008

Bad breath or Halitosis as it is medically known can be an embarrassing condition to contend with. It affects your rappo with colleagues or classmates.

There are plenty of causes of bad breath . The most effective way to prevent bad breath is by maintaining good oral hygiene by following the 10 Commandments of Good Oral Health. However, it should be noted that there can be extra-oral sources of bad breath and these underlying causes must be dealt with for the successful treatment of Halitosis.

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I will discuss the 8 remedies of bad breath which should help in curing your bad breath.

  • As clichéd or repetitive it might sound, a large percentage of the U.S population do not brush 2 times a day in a correct way. So, learn brushing the right way and do it regularly.
  • Tooth Decay is an important causative agent of Halitosis and should be treated immediately. There are various treatments for tooth decay including fillings and Root Canal Treatment (RCT).
  • Dry Mouth (Xerostomia) reduces the saliva which is a natural mouthwash leading to bad breath. There are many possible causes of Xerostomia and people affected by Xerostomia should get this condition rectified to treat Halitosis. Generally, drinking lots of water and chewing sugar-free gum is helpful.
  • Quit Smoking and Chewing tobacco as smoking and tobacco products accumulate in the oral cavity emitting foul smell.
  • Using a mouthwash effectively reduces the bad breath but it may not treat the underlying cause.
  • Rinse your mouth after every meal and drink as this reduces the amount of food debris and sugars that bacteria thrive on.
  • Make sure you are not a victim of delusional Halitosis or Halitophobia which simply means you do not have Halitosis yet.
  • In case, you are concerned after having bad breath when hungry, it’s normal and will go away when you eat something.

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7 Top Causes of Bad Breath

September 7, 2008

Halitosis which is commonly referred as BAD BREATH affects a substantial number of people in all countries. The causes range widely but 85-90% of all the causes originate from the mouth itself. The seven most common causes of bad breath are: 1. Accumulation of Food Debris: The most common cause for bad breath is the […]

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