What’s the Best Way to Bust Bad Breath?

Bad breath treatmentA first date. A crowded elevator. A job interview. There’s really no good time to find yourself grappling with bad breath. An embarrassing situation all around, the condition chronically affects millions of men, women, and children. While it is understandable to have less-than-fresh breath on occasion, such as after a big meal, bad breath that occurs frequently may actually be a cause for concern. What causes us to have unpleasant breath, and how can it be avoided altogether?

Chronic vs. Occasional Bad Breath
If you find yourself increasingly reliant on breath mints and chewing gum to mask foul smells, this could indicate one of several oral health issues. The most obvious culprit is poor oral hygiene. Ask yourself:
• Do I spend at least two minutes brushing my teeth each session, twice a day?
• Do I remember to floss at least once every day?
• Am I using anti-microbial mouthwash and cleaning my tongue?
If not, you may have located the problem. Bad hygiene allows bacteria to proliferate within your mouth, fueling growth with leftover food and debris. This results in formation of plaque, which is a smelly, sticky film that is yellow in color and clings to your teeth. Toxins produced by plaque irritate gums and make them more susceptible to developing periodontal disease, an infection. Bad breath, along with a bad taste in your mouth, is a common symptom of gum disease. Others include gum tissue that is swollen, shiny, and red, and that bleeds when you floss or brush.
The Hidden Dangers of Breath Fresheners
One problem associated with frequent use of breath freshening products is that they often contain alcohol, which dries out your mouth. In doing so, it creates a greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Some sprays and minty hard candies contain sugar, which is a no-no for teeth. If you do use these products, choose ones that contain the artificial sweetener xylitol.
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