Breath Lightly: A Guide to Fresh Breath
It’s almost Valentine’s Day! We hope you get time to cuddle up next to your sweetie. However, there is one thing that could completely ruin your snuggle time – Bad Breath!!
Bad breath – aka halitosis – is a common oral hygiene condition in which one’s mouth emits an unpleasant odor. An estimated 80 million people suffer from chronic halitosis, which can cause embarrassment and self-consciousness.
In the society we live in, there is a product for every problem. It’s not surprising then that U.S. sales of gum, mints and breath fresheners totaled $3.7 billion in 2012.
With a surplus of bad-breath-busting products on the market, how are you supposed to choose one that will ensure a minty clean mouth?
Delta Dental of Arkansas conducted a high-level (not so high level), scientific (not very scientific), multi-person (okay, just me) experiment to help you find the best way to battle a foul-smelling mouth
•Sugar-free spearmint gum
•Original mint mouthwash
•Mints – Strong flavored mints freshened my breath in an instant but dissolved in my mouth after 20 minutes. Mints are best used as a short-term cover up in anticipation of a conversation after your morning coffee or mid-day snack.
•Sugar-free gum – Feel free to chew gum for as long as you like, but freshness only lasts about an hour and the flavoring wanes after 45 minutes. Sugar-free gum is best used to get rid of a bad taste or large food particles after eating.
•Mouthwash – I swished mint mouthwash for 30 seconds and had fresh breath for close to two hours. Mouthwash is a good choice for cleaning any particles of food left in mouth after eating or if you want extended freshness in the afternoon.
•Mint-flavored toothpaste – I brushed my teeth with mint-flavored, fluoridated toothpaste for the recommended two minutes, and the fresh taste lasted almost four hours. The toothpaste not only freshened my breath and cleaned my teeth, but also protected my teeth from the bacteria and decay that causes bad breath.
Conclusion After conducting my not-so-scientific research, it is my recommendation that only a toothbrush and toothpaste will give you the absolute freshest breath.
Unfortunately, we aren't able to shower you with roses and candy this Valentine’s Day, but hopefully our advice will help you make sure your breath is fresh and ready for all your Valentine’s Day moments.