People are very sensitive to the fact that they might have bad breath. You know others who suffer from it and you promise yourself that will never be you. You’ll never be that person who is completely unaware they are going around breathing that smell on people.
Well, good news. If you take proper and correct care of your oral health, you can breath on anyone you like, with the confidence and assurance that you are not ‘one of them.
Brushing and flossing are two of the most vital and necessary elements in fighting bad breath. Essentially, bad breath is caused by bacteria that live on your teeth and gums. These bacteria feast on food particles left on our teeth, creating sulfur compounds which give breath its foul odor.
When you brush and floss regularly, you remove the bacteria and the food particles they feast on. Now, they can no longer create volatile sulfur compounds. Unfortunately, many people do not brush long enough to remove bacteria from their teeth. It takes 2-3 minutes to brush all tooth surfaces yet most people spend less than a minute brushing their teeth.
Regrettably and even worse, fewer people take the time to floss. This allows for odor producing bacteria to grow rampantly in the spaces between your teeth. Brushing without flossing is like washing only 70% of your body when you bathe – the other 30% remains dirty.