For about 12 years I worked as a dental pharmaceutical sales rep. My first job in the dental industry was selling oral hygiene products specifically related to breath control issues. Speaking on the phone to customers about bad breath all day long really warped my brain. I started to have nightmares about bad breath. I think it’s normal to be paranoid about bad breath occasionally though. We’ve all been there. But it can be so hard to discern if one’s own breath smells. How do you know for sure?
When I sold breath control products we went through a lot of training. Trust me I know a lot about oral malodor (bad breath). I don’t mind divulging all my insider secrets to you. Firstly, if you suspect you actually have bad breath, you need to perform this test…Simply lick your wrist, and then let it dry. Does it smell foul? If it does then you can probably assume you have bad breath. This trick was never conclusive for me. I didn’t have bad breath though, so it might still leave you wondering. It’s not fool proof. In this case, I would suggest asking a trusted friend. It might be embarrassing, but a little embarrassment with a trusted friend is always preferable. Just say, “Hey, I think I might have bead breath, and if you really care for me as a friend, then you will tell me the truth now before it negatively affects my life.”
Want to Know More Secrets For Keeping Bad Breath Away?
1) Add Citrus Fruits to Your Daily Diet. Citric Acid in citrus fruits cleans the palette and kills bacteria while stimulating the saliva flow in your mouth. All of these are positive aspects to eating citrus fruits. Japanese and Chinese restaurants are famous for giving you an orange wedge at the end of your meal. Have you ever wondered why? Asian cultures have been using this tactic for thousands of years to help battle bad breath. Citrus fruits include grapefruits, cuties, lemons, tangelos, oranges, tangerines, and limes. Limes and lemons are not the kind of fruit you chow down on at lunch, so just add a wedge to the water you drink during the day.
2) Use Alcohol Free Mouthwash. Sometimes mouthwash with alcohol will leave your mouth feeling more dry! Your mouthwash probably contains alcohol then. The alcohol is a drying agent. Its like putting astringent on your face. Astringent closes your pores and actually dries out your skin slightly. Alcohol in mouthwash has the same effect on your mouth. It will temporarily kill all the bad bacteria in your mouth, but the drying effect will allow the bacteria to come back faster than lightning! Therefore using a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol is pivotal for fresh breath. Alcohol free mouthwashes will kill all the bad bacteria, but keep your mouth moist.
3) Produce More Saliva By Sucking On Something. Dry mouth is often a cause of bad breath. If you can keep your mouth filled with saliva, you have won half the battle. Chewing gum or sucking on a breath mint can help get the salivary glands flowing. You need to be careful how many sticks of gum and breath mints you eat per day due to the sugar. Some gum and mints use Xylitol which is a sweetener dentists love since it does not promote tooth decay. But beware! Xylitol in large doses can cause you to have gas. Exchanging fowl smelling bad breath for fowl smelling gas explosions might not be a good trade off! An alternative approach (that is sugarless) is to suck on a tiny rock or marble for a few minutes each hour.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath comes many times from an accumulation of sulfur compounds in the mouth. They are actually called VSC’s or volatile sulfur compounds. When you scrape your tongue you might notice many times the yucky stuff that comes off your tongue is yellowish in color. Yes, in the mouth sulfur is yellow just like in nature. Mouthwash, brushing your teeth and tongue, tongue scraping, and flossing will all help keep these VSC’s from accumulating. Dry mouth is one of the conditions in the mouth that is perfect for VSC’s to form. Therefore keeping your mouth moist and filled with saliva is the best case scenario for keeping VSC’s from forming.
Do You Wake Up With Bad Breath?
Actually laying in a horizontal/prone position contributes to VSC’s because your body does not produce as much saliva in this horizontal position. Snoring and breathing through your mouth will contribute to a dry mouth. By morning many people who breath through their mouths while sleeping will feel parched, and we previously discussed how dry mouth contributes to bad breath.
Bad Breath Maybe Also Be Due To:
1) Smoking – Smoking tobacco can also cause dry mouth. I think we’ve ranted about dry mouth quite enough in this post, so let’s just say you need to try to quit smoking if you want better overall health as well as better oral health.
2) Diabetes – Often Diabetics will have a sweet smell to their breath that is quite unpleasant. Time to go to your MD for a check up if you suspect you might be on the borderline diabetic. Bad breath can indicate something is going wrong with your health. It might not be diabetes but you should get checked out if the suggestions in this post don’t help you.
3) Medications – Xerostomia is the technical name for dry mouth. Again, dry mouth is one of the leading side effects for many medications. Your MD can possibly prescribe you with a similar medication to avoid this heinous side effect.
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Do you have other suggestions for folks who have bad breath? Maybe a product that has worked great for you? We would love to hear about it!