The consensus among those who endeavor to treat the problem of chronic halitosis is that bread breath can in different cases be attributed to different causes. One that is particularly intractable without medical intervention, however, is the phenomenon of tonsil tones – smelly nodules which form on the tonsils.
I have written about tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths here previously, and those posts remain in the “top ten most-hit” category (post1, post2) up to the present. Therefore, I thought this article timely and pertinent:
A New York doctor pioneers a remedy to zap bad breath with a laser
Sadeta Velovic’s breath stunk.
It was so bad, people moved away from her when she spoke. Her own mother complained about the rotten stench. Even Velovic, herself, could smell the foul odor upon waking in the morning.
“Nobody wanted to be near that smell,” recalls the 40-year-old Ridgewood, Queens, resident, who works in building maintenance. “I felt so bad, but I didn’t know what to do. I kept going to doctors, but they didn’t help…”
Anyone who’s ever had an abcessed tooth and the resultant root canal knows the misery it can bring. It hurts like hell, and it stinks, both literally and figuratively. A rotten tooth literally stinks of putrefaction and decay, to the core. And paying $1000 for a root canal out of pocket, followed by another $1750 for the crown because you don’t have dental insurance, stinks too.
What stinks even more is when health care specialists go at their profession with the first and foremost goal of getting filthy, stinking rich on you. This stench amplifies when they botch a procedure. Which they do, more often than many people realize.
But what stinks most of all is the maggot who creates a codified system for health professionals, designed to facilitate their rise into the ranks of the rich and leisurely, with virtually no regard to the suffering engendered by the obscenely high cost of health care for young and old alike, in the United States.
Mind you, that’s just my opinion. This guy could be a saint, and I could be the bad guy here. Read it and decide for yourself.
Posted in Ass-inine, Figurative Stench, halitosis, Stinky occupations, Stinky People, Stinky practices
Tagged America, dentist, dentistry, expensive, health care, health insurance, high cost, medicine, poor, poverty, rich, sickness, U.S., United States, wealth
CNN.com/Living has posted a list, via careerbuilder.com, of 20 “offbeat jobs.” Several of these jobs involve stench in one form or another, and therefore interest us here at Things That Stink:
Breath odor evaluator
Job description: Sniff morning breath, coffee-breath, garlic breath, etc. Rate breath. Stinky subject then uses breath freshening product, odor-evaluator sniffs breath again and rates it a second time.
Flatulence smell-reduction underwear maker
Job description: Fashion special undies with built in filters to capture various noxious butt-gases (hydrogen sulfide, most notably). Worn by people with gastrointestinal problems.
Job description: Sniff dog’s breath in order to evaluate effect of dog’s diet on his chops-stench. Ratings: 1-10 (10 being worst) with additional categories of sweaty, salty, musty, fungal or decaying.
Job description: Pretty much self-explanatory. But I betcha they find some nasty shit, both literally and figuratively, inside those stinky little booths.
See the entire list at CNN.com
Posted in Crappers (restrooms), emissions, flatulence, halitosis, Just Disgusting, Miasma, Stink Interdiction, Stinky Animals, Stinky Food, Stinky occupations, Stinky People, Stinky practices, Wind
Tagged dirty jobs, dog breath, foul, halitosis, odor, smell, stench, stink
Official blurb: “This bad breath meter measures the four escalating stages of unfreshness.”
Uncle Stinky’s Blurb: Happy face = happy breath; frowney face = buttbreath
It can be purchased at restorationhardware.com, for $10.99 USD
But we love it.
“The Stinking Rose” restaurant, with two locations in California, is devoted exclusively to that ubiquitous and pungent member of the lily family. Next time I’m in San Francisco (it’s been years), I might just check it out.
Probably not the best choice for a first date, though.
Posted in emissions, halitosis, Historical Stench, Stinky Food
Tagged bad breath, beverly hills, california, food, garlic, halitosis, lily, odor, restaurant, San Francisco, stinking rose, stinks, vegetable
Site stats indicate an overwhelming interest in my earlier post about the odoriferous oral phenomenon of “tonsilloliths,” more commonly known as “tonsil stones,” so as a public service, I’ll direct you to a site specifically devoted to the subject–
Posted in halitosis, Stinky People, Stinky substances
Tagged bad breath, extraction, halitosis, nugget, oral, problem, removal, stone, throat, tonsillolith. tonsil stone, tonsils
Here is a page with a collection of anecdotes from piercing technicians, about their stinkiest customers. Truly disgusting. So bad, in fact, that I’m not even gonna post a sample story here. This is the kind of thing that a certain friend of mine might start reading, and then yell, in an agonized voice:
THERE IS NO GOD!
Posted in Bodily Fluids, halitosis, Miasma, Stinky occupations, Stinky People, The Unwashed Masses, TOXIC
Tagged body piercing, cheese, clitoral, cottage cheese, dirty, ear wax, filthy, genital warts, gonorrhea, menstruation, navel, penile, period, Piercing, scrotal, scrotum, smegma, STD, unclean, unwashed, yeast infection
Quickcare.org describes how methamphetamine causes halitosis–
How does methamphetamine cause bad breath?
Methamphetamines increase the acid content of stomach fluids and saliva. The acid damages the teeth, which can lead to bad breath. It also decreases the amount of saliva in the mouth. Dry mouth can cause bad breath.
How else can methamphetamine cause bad breath? Meth users tend to grind their teeth and they also crave sugar. Grinding the teeth and eating excessive sweets leads to very poor condition of the teeth. Bad teeth tend to equal bad breath.
Can methamphetamine cause bad breath in other ways? It mainly causes bad breath by damaging the teeth. However, it is harmful to the whole body, and as it affects the internal organs, it can cause bad breath due to problems in the digestive tract as well.
Which leads us to the Green Day tune, “Geek Stink Breath”–
GEEK STINK BREATH
I’m on a mission
I made my decision
To lead a path of self destruction
A slow progression
Killing my complexion
And it’s rotting out my teeth
I’m on a roll
No self control
I’m blowing off steam with methamphetamine
Don’t know what I want
That’s all that I’ve got
And I’m picking scabs off my face
Posted in halitosis, Pop Culture Stench, Stinky People
Tagged addiction, bad breath, crack, crackhead, crystal meth, death, decay, denstistry, dentist, drugs, geek, Geek Stink Breath, Green Day, greenday, halitosis, health, hygiene, junkie, meth, meth lab, Methamphetamine, oral, smell, stink, teeth, tooth decay, user
A “tonsillolith,” commonly referred to as a “tonsil stone,” is a nodule that forms in back of the mouth, in the fissures of the tonsils. They are believed to be a composite of bacteria, particles of food, and deceased white blood cells. Analysis has disclosed high levels of sulfur, thus they usually have a pungent odor, which has been described by some as “concentrated” or “condensed halitosis.” When crushed, they are said to exude an odor like rotten eggs.
While a definite nuisance, tonsil stones are not known to be medically harmful. As for being socially damaging – well, that’s a whole different ball of…halitosis. I had a professor in college whose breath could be smelled across the room, and there was much discussion among the student body as to what was responsible for his chronic butt-breath. In retrospect, I now wonder if he might have been afflicted with tonsil stones.
Posted in halitosis, Stinky People, Stinky substances
Tagged bad breath, calculus, dentist, dentistry, extraction, halitosis, hygiene, mouth, nodule, oral, palatine tonsils, stone, Tonsil stone, tonsillolith, tonsils