Kicking Bad Breath

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Thursday, March 22 2007 Mar 22, 2007 Thursday, March 22, 2007 9:18:29 AM CDT March 22, 2007 in News
If you had bad breath would you reach for mints or breath strips?I'd probably just brush my teeth.Well researchers say those things, including brushing your teeth could be causing your bad breath.That's next in your health.Many people battle bad breath with mouthwash and toothpaste, even breath strips...But as nbc's meredith land shows us in today's health, those very breath fresheners could be making your bad breath worse.Doing away with dragon breath. "i brush my teeth multiple times per day and if i don't have access to that i chew gum.""gum. Eclipse gum is my favorite." Takes many down all kinds of avenues. "if i had sugarless gum, i would chew that but also a listerine breath strip." "i like orbitz gum." Meredith landbut some of those products that are advertised as breath freshening remedies can actually have the opposite effect and causing bad breath." "they have millions of dollars to spend to get you to buy their products and not always is it to your benefit," siad dentist dr. Jill wade Almost all toothpastes have sodium lauryl sulfate , a foaming agent that can dry out mouths, causing bad breath. Dentists say rinse thoroughly after brushing. These mouthwashes don't contain sodium chlorate , but some on the market do. The abrasive chemical can also dry the mouth, causing stale breath. And many of those breath strips contain propylene glycol , used in antifreeze! 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," said ? Dr. Wade says breath strips are fine, they just won't last long. And depending on the circumstance, that may be okay. "they're really tasty and guys love them!"

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