Otherwise known as halitosis, bad breath can ruin a date, bomb a job interview and leave you feeling not so fresh. Everyone knows that staying away from garlic, popping a sugar-free breath mint and maintaining good oral hygiene can improve your chances of people coming near you, but there’s a lot you probably don’t know. To help you discern fact from fiction, here are five things you probably don’t know about bad breath:
- Dehydration Is A Major Cause: The less hydrated your mouth is, the more likely your breath is to smell. Your best bet is to drink a glass of water and brush your teeth. If you’re on the go, pop a piece of sugarless gum. This will generate more saliva, making bad breath to take a hike. Overall, make sure that you’re staying away from caffeinated, sugary and alcoholic beverages (all of which can dehydrate you), and replace them with water. You’ll notice a big difference in how close people want to get to you.
- Mouthwash Does Not Cure All: Since many mouthwashes contain alcohol, they can often cause your mouth to be dry, which you’ve already learned is a big culprit when it comes to bad breath. Next time you buy mouthwash, look for a formula with chlorine dioxide as the main ingredient, not alcohol.
- Hormones Can Effect Bad Breath: Yes ladies, that means that if it’s that time of the month, you’re more likely to be asked to pop a mint. This also means that your bad breath may be caused by something more serious, like a medical condition. Make sure you tell your doctor and dentist if you feel like your bad breath just won’t go away – you could have a more serious problem on your hands.
- You Can’t Smell Your Own Bad Breath: People are always cupping their hands and trying to smell their own breath. The problem is that people get used to their own smell. Also, bad breath doesn’t really reach the surface until you talk. Hopefully, you have honest friends and family who will tell you if you smell – because you won’t be able to notice.
- Talking Can Cause Bad Breath: It’s a good thing you can’t smell over the phone when a telemarketer calls your house, isn’t it? This goes back to the fact that a dry mouth is a stinky mouth. Whether you’re a salesman, a lawyer or just a chatty Cathy in general, make sure you’re drinking lots of water throughout the day.
Ask your dentist for more information. He/she will be more than happy to help you solve your bad breath issues and tell you if it’s something to be worried about.
Posted on: October 12th, 2010