Halitosis is inevitable, which is one reason why TheraBreath offers such a wide array of breath freshening products. With so many specialty items available, like toothpastes, alcohol-free mouthwashes, mints, lozenges, tongue scrapers, tooth-whitening kits and probiotics, there’s little excuse for suffering through bad breath.
Of course, getting oral odor is unavoidable. With so many bacteria living on your tongue, cheeks and palate, bad breath is a fact of life. What matters is how you deal with it.
At times, it can seem like your mouth goes from fresh to foul faster than you can say “Robin Redbreast’s bad breath” three times. (It’s a tongue twister. Try it.) Are some people more prone to halitosis? Do people of certain health backgrounds or body types get bad breath quicker or more chronically than others? They sure do.
Some folks get more halitosis based on their habits or personal hygiene. So, for example, someone who brushes their teeth once per day is almost certainly more likely to have a stinky mouth than someone who scrubs their teeth two or three times daily. Individuals with an unenthusiastic oral care routine – one that skips the floss, tongue scraper and mouthwash – have themselves to blame for their oral odor. Similarly, people who smoke, drink heavily or eat pungent foods will naturally have bad breath.
Likewise, using an inferior breath product can allow the mouth to develop halitosis more often. For example, alcohol-based mouthwashes can dry out the palate, leaving you more likely to have bad breath, rather than less. This is why TheraBreath recommends using its specialty breath fresheners, since they are specially formulated to neutralize odor and eliminate bacteria.
Beyond the oral care decisions that affect your mouth, broader lifestyle factors can influence your chances of getting bad breath. To wit: In a fairly recent study, a team of scientists found that overweight adults are more likely to have halitosis.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Human Microbiology and The Maurice and Gabriela Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine tested 88 adults for halitosis, and found that having a high body mass index put them at a greater risk for oral odor. However, the team could not say why this was so.
It is possible that simply eating more boosts the likelihood of halitosis. After all, 90 percent of bad breath starts in the mouth, usually when oral microbes digest food particles and give off bad smells.
Regardless of what causes their risk for bad breath to be higher, the 68 percent of American adults who are overweight or obese may want to take heed and consider investing in specialty breath freshening products.