Recent studies have shown that bad breathe is one of the most common turn-offs when interacting with other people. So it’s not surprise that most people do everything they can to avoid having bad breathe or coming in contact with someone who does. However, most people simply avoid bad breathe but don’t know much about it. They don’t know what it really is, what causes it, or even some “fun” facts about it. Learn everything you ever wanted (or didn’t!) to know about bad breathe!
You’re not immune!
Bad breathe has no allies and it does not discriminate. Both men and women between the ages of 10 and 100 can be susceptible to bad breathe. It’s very rarely talked out since it tends to be an embarrassing topic, but you are not alone if you have it!
Some Types Are Worse Than Others
Most medical professionals classify bad breathe into two smaller categories. The first is “garlic breathe” and the other is halitosis. Garlic breathe is simply a temporary stench coming from your mouth that is often created by food you have recently eaten. Onions and, of course, garlic are two of the usual suspects.
Halitosis on the other hand is a more serious, lingering issue. It usually indicates a bacterial imbalance in your mouth or stomach. Too much bacteria can lead to severe bad breathe. Contacting your dentist to be tested for halitosis is a good first step. There are solutions and treatments for halitosis.
Most People With Bad Breathe, Don’t Know!
This is a big problem and one of the many reasons that halitosis can go untreated for extended periods of time. Simply put, people with bad breathe don’t actually know they have it. You sense of smell becomes used to the way your mouth smells, no matter how bad it is. So, whether good or bad, your breathe smells normal to you. It would take an outsider to notice and inform you of this odor. Don’t be afraid to speak up! Many surveys have found the the majority of people would like to be told in an honest, upfront way if their breathe was not up to par.
Don’t Forget The Tongue!
Almost all doctors agree that the first step to reducing bad breath is to increase the cleanliness of your entire mouth. They make sure to state the entire mouth, because the tongue is the most overlooked aspect of the mouth cleaning process, but can be the biggest issue. Bacteria can live on the tongue and cause chronic bad breathe. Most dentists will suggest a tongue scraper or, at the very least, brushing your tongue when you brush your teeth. Of course mouthwash is highly recommended but try to favor a brand that offers alcohol-free mouth wash or antibacterial rinses for the best results.
Hopefully now that you know more about bad breathe you’ll be able to recognize if you or someone you know has it and how to fix the problem. Of course, you can always ask your dentist for their professional opinion and recommendations on how to avoid halitosis.
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