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Tea Treats Bad Breath !
« on: 22/05/2003 19:25:28 »
DOG BREATH SUFFERERS - HERE'S THE REMEDY

Compounds found in tea can stop the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Polyphenols, chemical components of tea, prevent both the growth of bacteria responsible for bad breath and the bacteria's production of malodorous compounds, the UIC researchers found. The findings were presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C. by Christine Wu, professor of periodontics and associate dean for research at the UIC College of Dentistry, and research associate Min Zhu.

Bad breath -- or halitosis -- afflicts a large portion of the population. It is caused by foul-smelling volatile sulfur compounds, like hydrogen sulfide, produced by anaerobic bacteria that thrive in environments lacking oxygen, such as the back of the tongue and deep gum pockets.

In the laboratory study, Wu and Zhu incubated tea polyphenols with three species of bacteria associated with bad breath for 48 hours.

At concentrations ranging from 16 to 250 micrograms per milliliter, the polyphenols inhibited growth of the oral bacteria.

At even lower concentrations -- from 2.5 to 25 micrograms per milliliter -- the polyphenols hindered the enzyme that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen sulfide, cutting its production by 30 percent.

Wu said the present study complements earlier research in her laboratory showing that black tea suppresses the growth of bacteria in dental plaque and that rinsing with black tea reduces plaque formation and the production of acids that cause tooth decay.

"Besides inhibiting the growth of pathogens in the mouth, black tea and its polyphenols may benefit human oral health by suppressing the bad-smelling compounds that these pathogens produce," Wu said.

The polyphenols found in tea include chemicals called catechins and theaflavins. Catechins are found in both green and black teas, while theaflavins are found predominantly in black tea.

Black tea, an aqueous infusion of dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, is the most popular beverage worldwide, second only to water. Per capita consumption averages four fluid ounces per day.


 

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« Reply #1 on: 22/05/2003 21:40:47 »
Thats really interesting!!!

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« Reply #2 on: 24/05/2003 21:38:13 »
So is coffee good for anything at all (apart from keeping you alert)...

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« Reply #3 on: 15/07/2003 21:39:06 »
So if tea is such a popular drink, how come there are so many people around with bad breath?  Personally, I think they need to floss their teeth.  I think with older people with some gum recession, food sticks to their gumline and between their teeth and begins to rot, causing yucky breath.  And the odor of rotten food is very distinctive.  How do you tell someone to floss their teeth tactfully?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 30/07/2003 05:14:06 »
I truly have a bad breath problem and beg the help of anyone who might be a sufferer or know of ways to treat a truly honest problem. I am 18 and at least twice daily go through this regimen: floss, scrape tongue, brush with toothbrush, use sonicare electronic toothbrush, whip out my normal toothbrush again and really get my back teeth, top of mouth, tongue, and under tongue to the point I almost gag, and then polish off with peroxyl mouthwash. Whew. I have had this problem all through high school and no matter how hygienically clean my mouth should be or gums or breath mints I use, my breath is still atrocious.
I asked my dental hygienist about this and she said she has the same problems and it is from allergies and she really can't do anything about it- but she did recommend the peroxyl. I do suffer from bad allergies and notice an odor to my snot, but surely there has to be a way to treat this to at least lessen the halitosis a bit. PLEASE respond with any suggestions- I had led a life of isolation and embarrassment for too long now. I thank you in advance for any help you might be able to provide!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 30/07/2003 11:32:19 »
Sorry to hear about your problem. The obvious starting question is "do you really have bad breath ?".

I ask since a high proportion of people who are worried about bad breath have 'delusional halitosis' where the bad breath is more of a problem for them than anyone else.

If you genuinely do have bad breath then there must be a cause. I'm not sure what your dentist means by 'allergies' causing it, unless she is referring to having a persistently blocked up nose which makes you breathe through your mouth ? This causes a problem because the mouth becomes dry which stops the anti-bacterial components of saliva (antibodies, lysozyme etc) from working properly.

Mouthwashes containing alcohol are also bad news for the same reason. They paradoxically dry out the mouth and hence promote the proliferation of the bacterial culprits.

My first suggestion would be to cut the mouthwash and to increase the amount of water you drink each day. Being dehydrated causes halitosis.

Then have a look at your diet and omit anything strongly flavoured or garlic / onion rich.

Then see how you get on.

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« Reply #6 on: 30/07/2003 15:00:03 »
Chris- thank you ever so much for responding, but I am positive that this is not "delusional halitosis." And all of your information I have heard over and over again. The problem is that I think this stems from my allergies or sinuses- meaning I do sleep with my mouth open and there might be some kind of nasty nasal drip going on. It is not coming from any food I may be eating, which does not include garlic and onion anyway. I am on Allegra and took allergy shots for years, and did not notice any difference in my breath. I am currently not using any kind of nosespray except Ocean, but in the past have used Nasonex, flonase, rhinocort etc. to no avail. Perhaps I wasn't using them as often as I should, but if anyone could suggest a good spray, I'd me very receptive to the suggestion. I only used Peroxyl, which does contain alcohol, because it was suggested by my hygienist which she used for the problem and said it was able to break up the congestion a bit. I am going to try and get a hold of Oxyfresh with zinc which does not contain alcohol and is supposedly good with breaking down sulfur compounds. Sheesh- thanks Chris, and anyone with more advice, I thank you!!
 

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« Reply #7 on: 30/07/2003 20:49:00 »
Kannie, here are a few things you could try.

For sinuses:
Dissolve one rounded teaspoon of salt in a pint of tepid distilled water.  Put some in the palm of your hand (or use a nasal syringe) and gently inhale, tipping your head back so the solution can be drawn into your throat.  Spit it out.  Do this in the morning and again at night.

For your body:
Remove sugar and sweets from your diet.  Bacteria loves to feast on residual sugar in your mouth.  Add lots of dark green veggies to your diet (parsley is great).  The chlorophyll sweetens your scent.

Do a colon cleanse.  You can buy a kit at a reputable health food store.  If your colon is not clean, the water supply to your body is similar to sewer water.

No quick fixes, just old fashioned remedies that work.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 31/07/2003 03:17:51 »
I seem to remember reading some obscure article about helicobacter and bad breath.  That's the organism that causes ulcers.  Maybe Chris might have heard of that.  If so, it's treatable with Tetracycline, I think.  You can get tested by gastroscope, but I heard there's also a breath test for helicobacter as well.  Might be another avenue to explore.  Obviously, the smell isn't coming from poor oral hygiene, so I would think the next places to look are in the lungs and the stomach.  Is your snot green or yellow?  Might be an infection causing the foul odor.  Had a patient once with a lung abscess and his breath could have been registered with the defense department as a weapon.

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« Reply #9 on: 31/07/2003 03:50:25 »
My snot is usually yellow but it has a smell to it which makes me believe it is contributing to my bad breath. Any ideas on sprays or certain methods to cut down on such nasal problems? Any more ideas? I appreciate all of your suggestions very much.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 31/07/2003 07:14:13 »
There is an attatchment that you can get for a "water-pick" that is for your sinuses. It's a bulbous,(I love that word)rubber piece that fits on the end of the water jet that allows you to completely flush the sinuses. Great for allergies. It could probably be found on the internet if not at a pharmacy. Or, you could make one like mine out of a small rubber ball and a drill.

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« Reply #11 on: 31/07/2003 17:00:13 »
Yellow snot with odor makes me think infection -- sinusitis.  You can get it cultured and the proper antibiotics prescribed.  Any doctor can do it.  Shouldn't be that difficult.  I'm at a loss to know why, with your symptoms, it hasn't been cultered already.

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« Reply #12 on: 02/08/2003 10:13:46 »
Hey guys, I too have this problem with mt stiky breath. But only by fluke, i found that if i only ate plain chicken brest and mixed veggs 4 to 5 times a day the problem disapeares after 3 days. If this works for anyone pls email me as i am curious.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 02/08/2003 13:09:19 »
My mum said, the amount of sleep also affect your breath.I use to have very little amount of sleeping hours and breath smells terrible in the morning. But it all changed after I had a good night sleep for up to 8~10 hours.

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« Reply #14 on: 04/08/2003 04:45:58 »
excuse me- my snot is usually white/clear with your occasional yellow booger- but nothing out of the ordinary i would say. but definitely stanky. so my questions, right to the point- how to prevent mouth breathing while sleeping, how to lessen my allergies, clear up sinuses/ and allergies with any kind of medicine or nose spray, anything! i've tried flushing with saline and stuff and that doesn't really seem to help all too much but i should wait to judge until after 2 weeks of treatment to note improvement. thank you all again for your help on this lovely matter.
 

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« Reply #15 on: 04/08/2003 16:13:18 »
If you do genuinely have an allergy problem which is causing your symptoms of a blocked up nose, as opposed to a structural problem such as nasal polyps, then a combination of a once-daily nasal steroid spray (eg fluticasone) and night time strong antihistamines (e.g. chlorpheniramine) ought to improve things. The antihistamines should be taken at night because they are sedating and that way you won't notice !

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« Reply #16 on: 07/08/2003 18:34:41 »
Here I come with more remedies from Gran.  Whenever we have bad breath we suck on whole cloves.  I actually lodge a clove between my upper lip and gum for an hour or sok.  The tea thing I had heard.  My mother's family are all Scots so we drink oodles of tea.  Of course, my gran thought that "a cuppa" was a cure for just about everything.
 

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« Reply #17 on: 06/09/2003 06:02:51 »
Do check for stomach and allergies  my son has liver disease caused by crohns colitis and his breath is so bad.    Did take him to the DDS and it was not caused by any tooth problems.   I think it is from  the colon stomach problems  He has quite a few allergies also from a very young age,  he is now 27  karen
 

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« Reply #18 on: 08/09/2003 02:41:17 »
I found a website that works.  Check out newbielink:http://freshbreath.hopto.org [nonactive]

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DOG BREATH SUFFERERS - HERE'S THE REMEDY

Compounds found in tea can stop the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Polyphenols, chemical components of tea, prevent both the growth of bacteria responsible for bad breath and the bacteria's production of malodorous compounds, the UIC researchers found. The findings were presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C. by Christine Wu, professor of periodontics and associate dean for research at the UIC College of Dentistry, and research associate Min Zhu.

Bad breath -- or halitosis -- afflicts a large portion of the population. It is caused by foul-smelling volatile sulfur compounds, like hydrogen sulfide, produced by anaerobic bacteria that thrive in environments lacking oxygen, such as the back of the tongue and deep gum pockets.

In the laboratory study, Wu and Zhu incubated tea polyphenols with three species of bacteria associated with bad breath for 48 hours.

At concentrations ranging from 16 to 250 micrograms per milliliter, the polyphenols inhibited growth of the oral bacteria.

At even lower concentrations -- from 2.5 to 25 micrograms per milliliter -- the polyphenols hindered the enzyme that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen sulfide, cutting its production by 30 percent.

Wu said the present study complements earlier research in her laboratory showing that black tea suppresses the growth of bacteria in dental plaque and that rinsing with black tea reduces plaque formation and the production of acids that cause tooth decay.

"Besides inhibiting the growth of pathogens in the mouth, black tea and its polyphenols may benefit human oral health by suppressing the bad-smelling compounds that these pathogens produce," Wu said.

The polyphenols found in tea include chemicals called catechins and theaflavins. Catechins are found in both green and black teas, while theaflavins are found predominantly in black tea.

Black tea, an aqueous infusion of dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, is the most popular beverage worldwide, second only to water. Per capita consumption averages four fluid ounces per day.

 

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Visit newbielink:http://freshbreath.hopto.org [nonactive]

quote:
Originally posted by NakedScientist

DOG BREATH SUFFERERS - HERE'S THE REMEDY

Compounds found in tea can stop the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Polyphenols, chemical components of tea, prevent both the growth of bacteria responsible for bad breath and the bacteria's production of malodorous compounds, the UIC researchers found. The findings were presented today at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C. by Christine Wu, professor of periodontics and associate dean for research at the UIC College of Dentistry, and research associate Min Zhu.

Bad breath -- or halitosis -- afflicts a large portion of the population. It is caused by foul-smelling volatile sulfur compounds, like hydrogen sulfide, produced by anaerobic bacteria that thrive in environments lacking oxygen, such as the back of the tongue and deep gum pockets.

In the laboratory study, Wu and Zhu incubated tea polyphenols with three species of bacteria associated with bad breath for 48 hours.

At concentrations ranging from 16 to 250 micrograms per milliliter, the polyphenols inhibited growth of the oral bacteria.

At even lower concentrations -- from 2.5 to 25 micrograms per milliliter -- the polyphenols hindered the enzyme that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen sulfide, cutting its production by 30 percent.

Wu said the present study complements earlier research in her laboratory showing that black tea suppresses the growth of bacteria in dental plaque and that rinsing with black tea reduces plaque formation and the production of acids that cause tooth decay.

"Besides inhibiting the growth of pathogens in the mouth, black tea and its polyphenols may benefit human oral health by suppressing the bad-smelling compounds that these pathogens produce," Wu said.

The polyphenols found in tea include chemicals called catechins and theaflavins. Catechins are found in both green and black teas, while theaflavins are found predominantly in black tea.

Black tea, an aqueous infusion of dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, is the most popular beverage worldwide, second only to water. Per capita consumption averages four fluid ounces per day.

 

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« Reply #20 on: 10/09/2003 16:19:17 »
OK, I do have allergies. I went to my doctor and got a CAT scan and all this business to check out my sinuses which we learned are "underdeveloped." He basically just said if I wanted surgery, I could, but I don't really know if that would help my breath problem.

All I know is that my breath is still awful regardless of anything I do. Please help me with anything that might've helped you. I've read almost every possible literature out there, been utilizing therabreath mouth wash, I know it is definitely not a hygiene problem. And my breath smells like farts- it is disgusting and I am so disgraced and embarrassed but there is nothing I can do.

Please again, everyone, help me in any way that you can.
 

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« Reply #21 on: 10/09/2003 16:51:40 »
dear kannie, i too suffer from halitosis and its such a massive problem to me. i have to chew gum most of the time.

for me, it turns out that my breath goes bad once i've eaten something. i use dentel ph mouthwash which works for a while but the effect wears off and my breath goes bad.

can anyone reccomend some natural mouth freshners like parsley??
which green vegetables should i be looking at to eat?

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« Reply #22 on: 11/09/2003 00:06:01 »
Hi stb,

Welcome to the forum.  Looks like black tea works well, but it might stain your teeth like coffee and cigarettes do.  I switched from coffee to green tea sweetened with stevia (4 to 5 cups a day), and think my breath stays fresher (no one's complained or moved away from me when I talk).  You also get the benefits of antioxidants from green tea.
 

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« Reply #23 on: 11/09/2003 00:34:22 »
Breath as I understand, comes from the lungs and wafts the stomache into the mix. If there is continuous bad breath, could it be a stomache ailment? I've known people with ulcers that had "fart" breath and drainage into the stomache from allergies would be an affect. Maybe soothing the stomache would calm the breath. Check your diet and keep tabs on what goes in. It could be an acidic reaction to what is being consumed. I've also had, what I call "empty breath". If you're not eating enough / regularly enough, it can funk up your exhales.

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« Reply #24 on: 11/09/2003 16:23:07 »
if i was too make black tea, i suppose i shoud'nt use sugar?

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