Halitosis

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  1. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Aside from Listerine, avoiding smelly food, and regular brushing and flossing, anyone know a cure/treatment for bad breath?  
    The odor mainly comes from the tongue and/or mucus in the throat, right?  Is tongue scrapping effective?  Does mouthwash make it worse?  

    Any ideas fellas?
     


  2. ken

    ken Banned by Request

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    Brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
     


  3. Leo Jay

    Leo Jay Senior member

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    I'm thinking that diet might likely have something to do with it, but that's just a guess. It may be a sign that your body is expelling toxins of some kind.
     


  4. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    For some people, tongue scraping can be very effective. I would expect a dentist to be able to suggest something specific to a particular individual.

    dan
     


  5. alaaro

    alaaro Senior member

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    Chew a lot of gum. Also, theres this mint out now called "Myntz" that claims to neutralize mouth acids. Thats the root of the problem. I have had them and they work great. http://www.myntz.com/
     


  6. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Please, please, don't chew gum when others can see it. IMO it is one of the worst habits a person can choose to have. I don't know when it happened but at some point I began reacting with extreme repulsion to gum-chewers, especially females. Listerine-type mouthwash can dry out your mouth because of the alcohol. Similarly, alcoholic drinks can do the same, and if the alcohol happens to be from Guinness, then your tongue will become a peat bog for the growth of nasty smelly bacteria. Also, almost all toothpastes include an ingredient called Sodium Lauryl (or Laureth, can't remember) Sulfate (SLS). This is a detergent that is also in your shampoo, and all the good it does is make your toothpaste foamy. However, it also dries out your mouth and may exacerbate mouth irritations. There is a toothpaste and mouthwash called Biotene. A little more expensive but it is one of the only ones that doesn't have SLS, and the mouthwash is very pleasant and doesn't burn your mouth. It promotes healthy bacteria, the kind your mouth is supposed to have. Even knowing this, I am addicted to Listerine. I brush my teeth and tongue, use Listerine, then use the Biotene mouthwash if my mouth feels dry. Usually I skip the Biotene mouthwash, though. Remember to keep well hydrated.
     


  7. alaaro

    alaaro Senior member

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    I think thats pretty darn anal. Sure, its obnoxious in certain situations, but that doesn't mean it should be written off completely.
     


  8. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    What's so anal about it? I just think people chewing their cud look ridiculous and stupid. They can do it if they want to, and I will continue to think that about them. Or, they can do it only during those times when they would feel comfortable singing along out of key to the radio, or picking their nose. I.e. in a shower, darkly tinted car, or bathroom.

    Believe me, I'm not the only one who feels this way.
     


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    That's fine, you are welcome to your opinion, but think about this: what is more ridiculous and stupid? chewing gum on occasion or using two mouthwashes everyday?

    I'm sure I am not the only person who thinks this way.
     


  10. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    i keep the same regimen of flossing, brushing teeth, gums, and tongue. then i occasionally use listerine.

    once in a while, say once a year, i'll go thru a period where i have this nasty taste in my mouth that won't go away no matter what. then it goes away after a week or two. if you have chronic halitosis, meaning you brush your teeth, etc... but still have bad breath, my guess is that it has to do with your physical health. go to the doctor and see if something else is wrong.
     


  11. j

    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    I don't know, I guess it's up to you. One is in private just before bed, the other in public where others can see. One is for reasons of health and pleasantness around others, the other is for... why do people chew gum, exactly? BTW, don't take it personally that I'm responding to your post about chewing gum by saying that people who chew gum in public look ridiculous and stupid. I would have responded the same to anyone who suggested it. (Feel free, however, to take personally that I would probably think you looked ridiculous and stupid chewing gum in public, if you care what I think. [​IMG] )
     


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    This substance has been shown to increase chances of skin cancer. lt is in our shampoos and soaps and toothpastes. Avoid using soap and shampoo. Use vinegar to wash your hair and body; it won't smell when it dries. Brush your teeth with water only.

    There are many causes of bad breath (l don't have time to explain them here) but the best way to rid yourself of bad breath is to eat a diet high in chlorophyl: eat a diet high in wheatgrass and the bad breath will go away.
     


  13. Mike

    Mike Senior member

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    I personally chew gum because I unconsciously clench my jaw. When I clench my jaw I get headaches, neck aches, and (obviously) a sore jaw. By chewing gum I find that it keeps me from clenching my jaw. I try not to chew it like a cud, which I agree is pretty disgusting, and I keep it in my mouth, with my mouth closed.

    As related to the thread, I just try to brush my teeth a few times a day, usually after eating in the morning before I go out and in the evening. As I said, I chew gum, which helps. Occasionally I'll go through that phase that matador(i believe) said he goes through. I find that those Listerine strips help for that, or a couple of Altoids, the "curiously" strong mint, helps until I can brush really well.
     


  14. justlurkingthanks

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    If the typical things don't work -- brushing tongue and the like -- a common reason is post-nasal drip (other causes exist but this is one of the more common). Physician can tell you in a snap if this is true in your case (you can have it and not realize it, except for the occasional need to clear your throat). Treat it and so will go the stank.
     


  15. Walter

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    Most of bad breath occur because of bacteria excrements between your teeth: tartar.
    Some people have more of this than others: it has to do (amongst others) with the quality of your saliva.
    So: floss,floss,floss.
    And have a professional teeth cleaning at least every 6 months.
     


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