Frequently Asked Questions About Bad Breath
Posted: July 2, 2010
You have concerns about bad breath, so in this article we’re going to cover some of the most frequently asked questions and hopefully provide some help with your bad breath problem! What causes bad breath? Most cases of bad breath involve a group of anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria that reside below the surface of your tongue, in your throat, and even in your tonsils. These bacteria produce odorous and bad-tasting Volatile Sulfur Compounds (aka VSCs). There are many conditions that can trigger bad breath and halitosis including dry mouth, post nasal drip, smoking, a diet high in proteins, alcohol, medications that have a dry mouth side effect, and certain illnesses. I brush regularly and gargle with mouthwash everyday, but I still have bad breath. Why? There are a number of reasons why you continue to still have bad breath. One of the most common reasons is dry mouth. You have to consistently keep your mouth moist with saliva, and you can do this by drinking water on a regular basis or eating crispy fruits and vegetables. Saliva contains oxygen, which keeps your mouth healthy and fresh. It’s also important to brush your tongue and use a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol. How can someone avoid bad breath in the morning? The one thing about bad breath in the morning is that most of the population has it! Our mouths dry out during the night and the production of those volatile sulfur compounds increase. However, it is possible to alleviate it. Our Aktiv Oxygen Tablets are designed specifically to combat morning breath. How can I tell if I have bad breath? Contrary to popular belief, you can’t breath into your hand and smell your own breath. Your body is designed so that you cannot detect your own odor this way. However, here are a few things you can do at home to test your breath: ? Wipe the top of your tongue with cotton gauze and smell that. ? Lick the back of your hand. Let it dry for 10 seconds and then smell. ? Floss between the back of your teeth and then smell the floss. ? Stand in front of a mirror and stick out your tongue as far as possible. If the very back of your tongue is white, then it may be a sign of bad breath.