The Fight Against Bad Breath

A lot of us battle bad breath with mouthwash, toothpaste and breath strips.

Those very breath fresheners could be making your stinky breath worse.

Doing away with dragon breath takes many down all kinds of avenues, from how often they brush their teeth to the kind of chewing gum they buy.

But some of those products that are advertised as breath freshening remedies can actually have the opposite effect, and cause bad breath. Dentist, Dr. Jill Wade says, "They have millions of dollars to spend to get you to buy their products and not always is it to your benefit."

Almost all toothpastes have sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent that can dry out mouths, causing bad breath.

Dentists say you need to rinse thoroughly after brushing.

These mouthwashes donnot contain sodium chlorate, but some on the market do.

The abrasive chemical can also dry the mouth and lead to stale breath.

And many of those breath strips contain propylene glycol, used in antifreeze.

It is not enough to be harmful, but this too, can dry out the mouth.

Dr. Jill wade says oral hygiene is all about technique, not the products. "How you're brushing, when you're flossing, are you brushing your tongue? That's critical with bad breath, you have to keep your tongue as clean as possible."

Dr. Wade says breath strips are fine, they just will not last long.

Depending on the circumstance, that may be okay.

Other cause of bad breath include, certain types of food, like onions or garlic, gum disease and tobacco products.

Dentists say bad breath can usually be fixed with a tooth brush or gum scraper.


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