Fresh Breath: Bad Breath & Halitosis Treatment
A national survey of single women age 25 and up by Paramount Home Entertainment asked them to name the #1 reason they would turn down a date. The top five reasons are:
- BAD BREATH (37%)
- He lives with his parents (25%)
- He dresses poorly (8%)
- He’s a sports fanatic (5%)
- He makes less money than me (2%)
- 23% said they wouldn’t turn down a date!
For Fresher Breath, Try These Things:
- Drink more water
- Drink less alcohol (causes your mouth to dry out)
- Avoid eating fatty foods or onions and garlic
- Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day (to prevent halitosis)
- Floss your teeth daily
- Avoid medicines that dry your mouth
- Don’t skip meals
- Get your teeth cleaned professionally 2-3 times a year
How do I know if I have bad breath?
A quick way to check your breath is to lick the side of your finger, then let the saliva dry for a minute or so. Smell the spot and you’ll know what your breath smells like.
Are You Sure About YOUR Breath?
The Root of Bad Breath
From the RealAge Web Site:
If you’re brushing and flossing twice a day, but still sensing there might be a problem, try changing your diet for bad breath or halitosis treatment. Your mouth is only the porthole for bad stomach odors. Think of it as a sewer main breaking: You may smell it above ground, but the actual problem comes from underground.
Garlic, onions, cabbage, cheese, and coffee are common culprits in bad breath. So is anything your body has particular trouble digesting. As the bacteria in your stomach break down foods, they release odors into and out of your mouth.
Our Tyler, TX dentist suggests more ways to fight bad breath:
- Brush, brush, brush! Bacteria in your mouth break down food particles and create volatile sulfide compounds, which smell like rotten eggs. In addition to brushing, try a tongue scraper for a clean sweep.
- See your dentist. Cavities, gum disease, periodontal disease, dry mouth, or an abscessed tooth are just a few oral ailments that can contribute to mouth odor.
- Don’t skip meals. Not only do certain foods cause bad breath, but so does not eating.
- Stop smoking. Do we really have to explain this one?
- Sinusitis, bronchitis, respiratory infections, kidney and liver conditions, and diabetes are just a few of the medical problems that can cause bad breath.
- Nibble on fresh parsley, mint, or ginger. These are natural breath fresheners.