Are You Making Any of These Big Bad Breath Blunders?
Posted: June 25, 2010Are You Making Any of These 3 Big Bad Breath Blunders?
Bad breath is something that can affect all aspects of your life, whether it's romantic, professional, or personal relationships with friends and family. You feel very self-conscious, embarrassed, and you tend to shy away from getting close to people. You think that you have good oral hygiene and you may even brush, floss, and gargle with mouthwash everyday, but nothing seems to work to get rid of your bad breath. What do you do?
Let's take a look at the 3 biggest blunders when it comes to bad breath:
1. Brushing only your teeth and not cleaning your tongue. Your tongue harvests a great deal of bacteria that causes bad breath. You can use your toothbrush to brush your tongue, but we recommend our new anti-gag tongue cleaner. When you scrape your tongue, you have to remove the mucus layer first. Next, you apply the toothpaste to the back of your tongue. Our oxygenating toothpaste penetrates beneath the surface of the tongue where the bacteria live.
2. Using an alcohol-based mouthwash. Contrary to popular belief, most mouthwashes on the market these days DO NOT work. It may make your breath seem fresher, but all it does is mask the issue temporarily. In fact, alcohol can lead to more serious health issues like oral sores or even oral cancer. To get rid of bad breath, you have to eliminate the volatile sulfur compounds created by anaerobic bacteria. The only safe way to do to do this is to oxidize them away.
3. Blaming bad breath on indigestion. Bad breath Does NOT come from your digestive system. There is no open tube that connects the large intestine, small intestine, and stomach to your esophagus and out of your mouth. Bad breath is caused by the anaerobic bacteria which generally live below the surface of the tongue. The bacteria break down proteins in the food you eat, and these proteins are made of amino acids. When the bacteria come into contact with these compounds, they release odorous and bad tasting sulfur compounds.