Science has proven that getting close to others can help ease depression, increase optimism, and even lower blood pressure. When someone is self-conscious about bad breath – or halitosis – it can create a barrier that prevents the human contact that people need. This barrier is not imaginary, since odors do affect emotional responses, and bad breath can be a big turn-off. If you are unsure about your own breath, you can test it by scraping a bit of saliva from the back of your tongue onto a (clean) finger and wiping it on the back of your hand. Wait a minute, and then sniff it. That is what your breath smells like. If it is bad, do not despair. Bad breath has many causes, but it also has many cures.
Bacteria – Bacteria are microorganisms that live in the mouth, particularly on the tongue and between the teeth. Healthy bacteria help to control the proliferation of bad bacteria, but a build-up of plaque or food bits in the spaces between teeth can cause the bacteria to stagnate and stink. [Read more…]