The Crimes We Commit Against Our Mouth
Posted: July 1, 2010The Crimes We Commit Against Our Mouth
There are many things we do that can wreak havoc on our mouths and cause really bad breath. Millions of people commit crimes against their mouths every day and don t even realize that what they are doing is very harmful to their health.
Ask yourself if you ve committed any of these big no-no s:
Using toothpaste that contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. The SLS additive is a common ingredient in most toothpastes on the market. It produces the foam when you brush your teeth. The foam actually provides no benefit other than to make you believe that your teeth are cleaner. In reality, SLS can lead to canker sores in the mouth!
Chewing gum that contains sugar. Many of us chew gum to make our breath feel more fresh, but if you are chewing gum that contains sugar, you could actually make the problem of bad breath even worse. The bacteria in your mouth feed off sugar to reproduce and create more of the smelly sulfur compounds. Even more frightening is that other bacteria can use the sugars and produce glycan glands, which causes plaque and leads to tooth decay and gum disease.
Rinsing with mouthwash that contains alcohol. Alcohol is a drying agent, which results in an increase of sulfur production in the mouth. Old-fashioned mouthwashes do NOT kill any bacteria, but only masks the problem. The companies that produce these mouthwashes use artificial flavoring and coloring that are insoluble in water, but are soluble in alcohol.
Once you understand what you re doing wrong, you re already half way to curing your bad breath and having better oral health.