Your Breath Stinks!

Has anyone ever told you that your breath stinks? Maybe, maybe not. Chances are good that someone has or someone has thought so without telling you to your face. According to the ADA, half of all people in the world have a bad breath problem. That's quite a bit of air contamination being sent out to the public.

If you fall into that category, fear not, it isn't the end of the world. The causes of bad breath can vary, but very seldomly are they beyond the help of conventional means of deodorization (yes I made that word up).

Typically bad breath causes are a result of bacteria feeding off of proteins in your mouth. The end result are odor compounds which are released. These compounds range in smell from rotten eggs, to decaying flesh to even the smell of poop.

After reading this the solution sounds pretty obvious. Control the bacteria and you'll control odor. Unfortunately, it's easier said than done.

Brushing and flossing daily will go a long way towards maintaining fresh breath. This helps to remove bacteria and food that accumulates throughout the day. In addition, drinking water and chewing sugar free gum will help to stimulate saliva and keep the mouth moist. This also helps to control bacterial growth which in return will reduce bad breath.

Other good practices are not breathing through your mouth and not talking so much. Both practices will cause air to dry your mouth out. A dry mouth is a major contributor to breath odor because it creates an ideal enviornment for microbials to grow... think of the reason why we have morning breath.

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