Pew...The Curse of Halitosis
How does the saying go? Often a bridesmaid, never a bride. This slogan gained popularity after a hilarious ad for Listerine mouthwash back in 1924 which pictured poor Eleanor who, because of her halitosis, was never able to find love. While this phrase is rarely connected to halitosis these days, the truth is, bad breath can seriously impact how others receive you. Most people are unaware of their own mouth odor, and it is difficult to test your own breath. Exhaling into your hand or using a bad breath meter available on the internet are simply not reliable. And, like poor Eleanor, even best friends won’t tell you about your stinky scent. So how can you prevent bad breath? The best way to prevent the potential for bad breath is to eliminate the potential causes. The most common cause of mouth odor is the decomposition of food particles or other debris...Yuck! Good oral hygiene will remove plaque that entraps food particles and provides a home for bacteria. Daily brushing and flossing will go a long way to eliminating halitosis. You should also scrape your tongue while brushing your teeth. Another good way to avoid bad breath is to avoid stinky foods. Some foods such as onions, garlic, eggs and others give off their own pungent smells. Use mouthwash or even better, brush and floss after eating them. If you are still concerned about bad breath, visit your dentist for a check-up. Your dentist can help identify the specific cause of your bad breath and help make specific suggestions for solving the problem. Don't be like Eleanor, take care of your halitosis before it stinks up your romantic night or your job interview.