Japan’s Stressed Salarymen Suffer Halitosis Epidemic During Recession


Does lack of cash flow produce bad breath?

As if looming unemployment were not enough to cause sleepless nights for legions of the country’s businessmen, they are now falling victim to an unfortunate side effect of work-related stress.

Ichiro Saito, a professor of dentistry at Tsurumi University, said that he has witnessed a dramatic increase in the number of people experiencing “dry mouth” syndrome and he believes that as many as 30 million of his countrymen are now afflicted.

According to Prof Saito, humans secrete around 1.5 litres of saliva every day, a response that is controlled by the nervous system. Stress – brought on by an irate boss or a missed deadline – affects the nervous system and inhibits the secretion of saliva, meaning that less naturally occurring “mouthwash” is available…

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Introducing the Bad Breath Detector

Introducing the Bad Breath Detector

It’s a bad breath detector!

If you get lucky at the local club you can quickly check yourself out with the meter and buy one of those peppermint sprays if necessary. Better still, you can hold this gadget in front of your hot date’s mouth and check to see if s/he needs to buy some mints too.

It detects the specific gases from your teeth or stomach, and shows 5 levels of mouth smell in different colors of LED display.

Video after the jump.

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