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Bust bad breath - and the myths

Take the mystery out of bad breath.

05 Aug 2011

According to a survey commissioned by the British Dental Association, one in five people say that oral odour is the most unattractive feature a person can have. Bad breath is bad. But worse, are the common myths we believe surrounding it. Read on to discover more about a subject that’s not often spoken about, yet so often amidst our conversations!
Myth 1: Only foods like garlic and onions cause bad breath
Although certain foods, especially ones like garlic and onions that contain pungent oils, can contribute to bad breath (because their oils are carried to your lungs and out through your mouth), most of the cause originates from accumulated bacterial plaques and food coating the back of the tongue.
Myth 2: I can tell when I have bad breath
It's a common myth that it's possible to smell one's own breath by holding your hand over your nose and mouth, yet it’s practically impossible to know how your breath smells to others. There are two reasons for this.  First, your nose and your mouth are not separate, but are connected by a passage way in the back of your throat.  Second, your nose tends to filter out your own smells. If you’re not bold enough to ask a friend for their opinion on your breath, rub a cotton swab over the surface of your tongue at the back.  After waiting for the sample to dry, smell it to get an idea of how your breath smells to others.
Myth 3: You can eliminate bad breath just by brushing and flossing. 
This seems like it might be true, but in many cases, people do not floss or brush correctly.  Usually, people brush their teeth too fast, and leave food particles or bacteria on tooth or tongue surfaces.  Many people ignore brushing or scraping the tongue, so while brushing teeth can help, cleaning the tongue can be even more effective in removing bad breath causes. 
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