Breath Fresheners

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Breath fresheners are a staple in supermarkets, mini-marts, and corner stores. Judging from the barrage of ads for them--mints, sprays, and pills--and the universal availability of breath products, bad breath is rampant. Obviously, it is a serious social concern, and it does adversely affect personal and professional relationships.

Temporary halitosis from eating strong-tasting foods is embarrassing, but chronic halitosis can be disastrous in your love life and on your job. Honestly, if you can't stand to be in the same room with someone, how can you maintain a connection? Why would you buy a product from a person with mouth odors that send you reeling?

Breath Fresheners That Work

Unfortunately, despite their widespread use, most breath fresheners just mask halitosis for maybe 10 minutes. Even then, repeated use does not really disguise halitosis; offensive breath permeates a space until it truly makes it difficult for others to breathe. The only way to deal with halitosis effectively is with a therapeutic program that is used systematically every day. A few minutes in the morning and at night is all that may be necessary to keep halitosis at bay.

Use a toothpaste that attacks and destroys the volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) that cause bad breath, floss routinely so food debris and plaque are removed from between your teeth, and follow the American Dental Association's guidelines for oral hygiene. Breath fresheners must be used frequently to have any effect at all, but quality toothpastes and dental care products are an investment that will preserve your healthy smile.

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