Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Halitosis--remember that?

I remember when some smart ad person substituted halitosis for "bad breath" and made it sound like a serious medical condition.

Well, it is--sort of. Serious in that 80 million people have it all the time.

Nico Guers, DDS, a prof at the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Dentistry, says bad breath results from a coating of bacteria that emits a bad smell.

These bacteria can get all over the mouth surfaces and even come up from the throat, esophagus, stomach and lung air.

They feed on food particles in your mouth.

Brushing twice a day can keep this film from collecting. Brushing and flossing is also a good idea (yes, flossing, don't believe everything you read about how it's useless).

You should also visit the dentist regularly--gum disease in pockets can also emit an even poop-like odor.

Ew.

Diet changes can also fight bad breath. Garlic and onions are well known to make your breath smelly. Diets high in protein and sugar--likewise.

Morning breath is a common form of bad breath--and people with dry mouth tend to get it.

The American Dental Association recommends chewing sugarless gum and brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.

I use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash--it's cheap and no one has convinced me that it's bad for me.

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