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Bad breath (halitosis) isn’t a condition to take lightly. It can affect your confidence, your intimacy, and your ability to connect with others.
If you’re like the other 80 million Americans suffering from halitosis, you’ve probably tried everything to cure it: mints, gum and those burning store-brand mouthwashes.
So why don’t these bad breath products actually work?
Because they only mask bad breath instead of treating it.
Saliva is the body’s natural defense against odor-causing bacteria. When saliva is in short supply, bacteria can grow and multiply. Many things cause dry mouth: dehydration, smoking, stress, alcohol-based mouthwashes and over 400 medications.
Poor Oral Hygiene
No surprise here: when you don’t brush twice daily, floss once a day, and visit the dentist regularly to have your teeth cleaned, you’re inviting plaque and bacteria to start overtaking your mouth … and your breath.
Certain Food & Drink
You already know the “big 3” of bad breath: coffee, garlic and onions. But did you know? Food and drink that have a drying effect in the mouth (like vinegar and alcohol) or high-fructose foods (like sugary cereal) can kick bacteria growth into overdrive.
Nasal drip from sinus infections and colds can give the breath a “mothball-like” smell. Diabetes can give the breath a rotten fruit smell. Tonsil stones give the breath an aroma of dirty diapers.
Most people aren’t aware they have bad breath. (Because surely, if they could smell what other people smell, they would do something about it, right?) The reason for this is simple: we become immune to our own smells because we’re around them all the time.
The easiest way to find out if you have bad breath is to ask someone you trust. If you’re not comfortable with that, here are 4 other bad breath tests.
The Tongue Test
Stick out your tongue in the mirror and take a look at it. Is there a white coating on it? That gunk is stinky bacteria … bacteria that other people can smell when you talk!
The Spoon Test
Don’t believe how stinky the tongue can be? Invert a spoon and firmly scrape it down your tongue, back to front. Let the gunk you collect sit for a minute and then smell it.
The Floss Test
Get in between your back teeth with a piece of dental floss. Then smell it. Multiply that icky odor by all the teeth in your mouth and it’s easy to see why flossing is so important for fresh breath.
The Lick Test
Lick the inside of your wrist and let the saliva dry. Then smell where you licked for an idea of how fresh (or not) your breath is.
1. Clean Your Tongue: You’ve heard of brushing your tongue. But did you know? There are specially designed tools called tongue scrapers that remove 75% more odor-causing bacteria vs. brushing. Tongue cleaning is one of the simplest habits to adopt for fresher breath.
2. Pay Attention to Your Diet: What are the best foods for fresh breath? Reach for dark green and orange veggies … they get the saliva going, plus their fibrous crunch helps to remove leftover food particles from between the teeth.
Fruits rich in vitamin C are also great for the breath because they create an unfriendly environment for bacteria to grow.
You can also chew on herbs like parsley, basil or cilantro. These herbs are packed with chlorophyll, a natural deodorizer. Check out the other benefits of chlorophyll.
3. Steer Clear of Store Brand Mouthwash: Oh, the irony! Store-brand mouthwashes promise to get rid of bad breath. Instead, they actually make the problem worse.
The alcohol in these mouthwashes (often as high as 26.9 percent) kill bacteria, but in the process, the alcohol dries out the mouth, creating MORE BACTERIA.
In addition to the unpleasant sting and burn, many mouthwashes contain dyes that stain the teeth.
4. Drink More Water: We all know that water is good for us. Yet, according to a report by CBS, up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Water is needed to prevent dry mouth, a leading cause of bad breath. Check out 13 ways to sneak more water into your day.
5. Get The Ultimate Bad Breath Solution: Oxyfresh: For over 30 years, Oxyfresh has been the go-to solution for thousands of bad breath sufferers.
Our line of mouthwashes, toothpastes and tongue scrapers are USA-made, dentist recommended and guaranteed to freshen the breath for 6 hours.
What makes Oxyfresh different than store brands? Rather than masking odors artificially, Oxyfresh gets rid of bad breath completely!
And … you’ll never find alcohol, dyes, saccharin or harsh chemicals in our formulas. Only the good stuff!
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VSCs are the stinky sulfur-smelling molecules that cause bad breath and contribute to an unhealthy mouth.
Unlike store-brand products that simply mask bad breath with artificial flavors and alcohol, Oxygene® eliminates odors completely, giving you fresh breath confidence up to 6 hours.
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