Keys to Loving Relationships – Controlled Breath?
Controlled breath for kissing is a mouthwash ad – right? Morning bad breath never happens in the movies, but it does in real life. Here’s the deal – everyone experiences oral malodor or bad breath sometime during the day. It’s often transient, due to bacterial accumulation overnight, eating odor-producing foods, or dry mouth.
Causes of Bad Breath
Eating onions, garlic, or spices and drinking coffee or alcohol can give you bad breath. One of the keys to loving relationships is to be aware of bad breath and deal with it. Controlled breath means practicing good oral hygiene.
If you’re dehydrated or have a dry mouth due to medications, you might experience bad breath. New research shows that stress will also trigger bad breath. Tooth decay and gum diseases have their own distinct smells and you don’t need to be a dentist to diagnose dental disease. Bad breath from oral disease is there all the time and only covered up for short periods with the usual mints and rinses.
Reports show that 40% of the population suffers from chronic bad breath and half of this group experiences severe problems. Again, controlled breath means paying attention and keeping your teeth brushed, especially when imbibing with breath-altering foods.
Kissability, or controlled breath (fresh breath), is often an important social factor. It’s important as we go through life, on career and social levels, where people find themselves close enough to smell each other’s breath. Even our elders living in nursing homes want fresh breath as much as teenagers. Talking comfortably with others requires fresh breath. Those with bad breath, either young or old, are shunned by others and left out of social gatherings.
The odor of bad breath comes from volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) that are released with the breakdown of food particles, saliva, blood, epithelial cells and bacteria. In gum disease, the smell comes from dead and dying cells releasing VSC with distinct, unpleasant odors.
Three Steps To Controlled Breath
First – start cleaning between your teeth. Cleaning between your teeth means flossing, but research tells us, people don’t floss, and those who do aren’t very good at it. Easier ways to clean between your teeth are with wooden sticks, plastic picks, or oral irrigation. All these are as effective as string flossing, and easier to do.
Second – Clean the tongue. Bacteria accumulate on the tongue and, as these bacteria die, they release VSC that contribute to bad breath. The tongue is the largest source of VSC in the mouth. Scrape it, brush it, use a spoon, or even a washcloth to remove the bacteria every day.
Third – Use xylitol several times each day. Xylitol is a natural sugar that controls bad breath by reducing bacterial levels in the mouth. Both short- and long-term research studies show a 50% reduction in bacterial plaque on the teeth when xylitol was added to the diet 3-5 times daily. Chewing gums and candies sweetened only with xylitol were the most effective, while products combining xylitol with other sweeteners such as sorbitol and mannitol were not nearly as effective. Xylitol interferes with acid production by the bacteria and with communication between bacteria essential for biofilm formation.
One of the keys to loving relationships, and especially with that one person you’re especially close to, practice controlled breath techniques, which start with an awareness of the causal factors, proper dental hygiene, and a handy supply of mints, gum, and other sweeteners.