Bad Breath – ”May I have a coffee please”

Bad breath- pass the coffee

How coffee could cure bad breath! Compounds found in coffee beans prevent the release of bacteria responsible for halitosis, according to a study carried out byTelAvivUniversity.  Reports from the Daily Mail and Daily Express note the work of Professor Mel Rosenberg, who has spent two decades studying the diagnosis and treatment of halitosis, and who is the inventor of the range of  Dentyl  mouthwash products. He claims that while coffee has always carried a reputation for causing bad breath, tests involving the addition of black coffee to bacteria-laden saliva resulted in a reduction of odour causing gases by up to 90 per cent.

Scientists say extract of coffee beans can prevent the build-up of bacteria in the mouth.

Professor Mel Rosenberg, of Tel Aviv University, said: “Everybody thinks coffee causes bad breath and it’s often true, because coffee becomes potent when mixed with milk and can ferment into smelly substances. But contrary to our expectations, we found some components in coffee that actually inhibit bad breath.”The discovery could lead to a new type of mouthwash. Purified coffee extract could be added to the mixture to prevent bacteria forming, instead of simply masking the smell with a mint flavour.

This is the opposite to what we have always thought  So maybe that is the way to prevent bad breath ? Maybe Anti bacterial agents are the way forward with this and other gum problems for the future.-Ira Miller

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Just a spoon full of sugar

For many years it has been recommended that sugar free sweets are preferred to sugar containing sweets (candy). This was thought be better from the point of view of calorie intake and sugar which promotes tooth decay.Research by Professor Brand in Amsterdam has shown that this may be a false healthy image.

Sugar free may not necessarily mean tooth friendly. Sugar free candy contains citric and malic acid, which is used to create a fresh/sour taste. This is apart from the artificial sweeteners which themselves have a health concern. eg . Aspartame and saccharin.

While eating the candy the acid dissolves in saliva creating an acid environment, which promotes tooth decay. This appears to be a bigger problem with candy, which stays in the mouth for long periods such as chewing gum, lollipops and ‘boiled sweets’

It is therefore best to find  ‘non acidic sugar free ‘ candy.

In conclusion sugar free candy is healthier than sugar candy, but it is best to be aware of the dental and general health risks of the alternative.

Everything in moderation.

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