Debunking 3 of the Biggest Myths About Bad Breath
Ever had a close encounter with someone whose breath was treacherous enough to peel paint off nearby walls? We hope you have, cause if not—you’re the one with the death-inducing odor.
All jokes aside, bad breath is a terrible thing …
Think about it—if you don’t have it, you’re one garlic-heavy breadstick away from scaring both adults and small children while speaking.
Fortunately, there are a number of well-documented ways to at least temporarily kick bad breath to the curb. What’s not been thoroughly covered, though? The myths surrounding the stuff …
No worries—here at Remin Media, we’ve take it upon ourselves to clear the air (pun intended) of society’s biggest myths about bad breath.
Below, you’ll find three of the most prominent ones:
1) Mouth Wash Is a Permanent Fix
Answer honestly—are you tough enough to actually gargle Listerine antiseptic mouthwash for an entire 60 seconds? If so, though your mouth might feel permanently cured of bad breath, it’s not.
Needless to say, chewing gum and breath mints are equally ineffective as a permanent solution. Still, if you’re in need of a speedy solution before the start of an interview or date, do it to it.
2) People With Bad Breath Have Poor Dental Hygiene
The elderly, homeless and British might regularly produce crippling bad breath, but believe it or not, that by no means indicates that they have poor dental hygiene.
Brushing and flossing alone can’t cure bad breath.
Why? Well, the issue is often linked to gum disease. Don’t get us wrong—good dental hygiene can help, but it can’t cure gum disease.
3) Test Your Breath By Breathing Into Your Hand
Of the myths mentioned on this list, this is by far our favorite—it makes no sense. And before you start laughing right along with us, don’t act like you’ve never done this—you’re guilty.
Yes, there’s a chance you catch a momentous whiff of what’s keeping innocent bystanders at bay, but couldn’t it just be that your hand smells like garbage?
Use those thinking caps, people.
You’re the Professional—Keep Your Patients Informed
It’s true, right?
As a dental professional, keep your patients informed as to what truly eliminates bad breath, and what’s more of a quick-fix cover-up—they’ll thank you for it.
Until then, however, always keep a pack of gum nearby—just in case.