Ever since I ran across that study linking mouthwash and diabetes, I’ve spent far more time than anyone should digging into the science of bad breath…
And I’ve had to tell Karen a couple times that no, I wasn’t researching this because of her.
If you’ve ever been around someone with “death breath” you know it can be very unpleasant for anyone close enough to breathe it in.
But how do you really know if your breath is funky?
Of course, you could ask someone. But that might be a bit embarrassing.
One way to find out for yourself is to grab a spoon. Drag it across your tongue a few times…
And then, give it a sniff.
Most of the bad breath funk will reside on your tongue, so this is one way to find out if you’re at risk, or you desperately need a mint.
Other than not brushing your teeth, the main cause of bad breath is dehydration. So make sure you’re drinking enough clean water each day. (Is there anything clean water can’t do…?)
If your bad breath comes with a sore throat, you may have tonsillitis. The same bacteria that give you bad breath are the ones that infect your tonsils. If you have persistent sore throats, time to get it checked out.
And if you’re dealing with regular bad breath issues, it may be an indication of something more serious. Liver, kidney and throat issues are all tied to bad breath.
So are stomach ulcers. So if your bad breath doesn’t respond to better brushing, flossing or a mint, it may be a sign of something else.
Xylitol-based mints are one quick way to address your bad breath, provided it’s not something more serious.
Not only is xylitol sweet and tastes good, but it works the opposite way vs. sugar when you put it in your mouth.
It actually prevents cavities, instead of feeding them.
Just be careful if you do have xylitol mints or gum around…
It’s ok for you, but it’s TOXIC for your dog. If your dog accidentally gets into your mints, get him to the vet right away.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance