I’ve got a bad breath problem. I’m really embarassed about it especially cause my girlfriend brought it up. I brush twice a day. I’ve been eating a lot of breath mints, but she said it’s not helping. Can you help?
Steve J.- Ft. Worth, TX
There are several things that cause bad breath. The types of food you eat can cause lingering odor. However, that is only temporary. If it is as constant as you are saying then food is probably not your issue, though it will help to make sure you are eating healthy. Make sure your diet includes a lot of raw foods and yogurt. The yogurt helps the balance of bacteria in your body.
If I’m correct, the type of problem you are facing, is bacteria related. Your mouth has around 600 bacteria at any given moment that is used to help break down the food. As the food breaks down, it releases a sulfuric gas, which causes the odor your girlfriend has mentioned.
Here are some things you can do to help. I would increase your brushing to immediately following every meal. Also, if you can afford it, getting a sonic toothbrush will help break everything down, without needing the bacteria as much. You didn’t mention flossing. That will be important. It is also useful to chew a sugar free gum, which promotes saliva production. Saliva has minerals and enzymes that help break down plaque. Finally, there is a rinse called Smart Mouth. This will prohibit the sulfur gas from forming for up to twelve hours.
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