Persistent mouth-stink has been dousing the flames of passion for millennia. Why haven’t we come up with a cure?
I’ve been in several conversations now where other members of the group have brought up our friend’s teeth, but everyone has said the same thing: They feel awkward bringing it up with him and know he’ll probably react badly.
What causes it? Why does it have to exist? Why hasn’t a clever person in America or China figured out how to kill it yet?
Modern society provides us with all sorts of breath-freshening products: toothpaste, mints, mouthwash, gum, and even weird, translucent strips that dissolve in your mouth.
All these products have one thing in common: their default flavor is mint.
When carb intake drops below 30 grams per day, the body gets rid of organic compounds, known as ketones, through the mouth, a process which can smell pretty gnar to those around you.
Researchers strongly suggest that, before you pick up your toothbrush, you should pick up a piece of fresh fruit or a bowl of vegetables.
And which gum gives you the sweetest-smelling breath?
According to a TED-Ed video narrated by professor and bad breath researcher Mel Rosenberg, all comes down to the activity of bacteria in the mouth.
While bad breath can be entertaining and comical, it is also important to discuss bad breath with your kids as well as teach them to be conscious of it. Drinking water and doing the daily routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing should help keep most children’s breath fresh.
Hydration, brushing and gum-chewing beat odor-causing bacteria.
Bad breath studies and bacteriology have gone hand in hand for a long time. That’s why today’s specialty breath fresheners offer such targeted treatments — they are the result of decades, sometimes even centuries, of research into what causes halitosis.
The biggest question I get is what causes bad breath. Truthfully, there are a lot of different causes — food, tobacco, dry mouth, alcohol, poor oral hygiene... the list is almost endless.
But truthfully, most of those are precursors to the real culprit — volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs).
Mint tells you what you may or may not already know — how effective your brushing actually is and if that leads or doesn’t lead to bad breath. Through the app, the Mint device also gives you advice based on your oral health grade and tracks your progress.
Your breath holds important clues to your oral health. Understand what’s really happening in your mouth with Mint, the first smart oral health monitor that fits in the palm of your hand. Now available in the U.S., UK, and Ireland. Mint empowers your decisions with sophisticated breath analysis and insightful data.