Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Don't Let Your Bad Breath Scare People Away

Whether we’re dealing with business associates, friends or a romantic partner, we all want our breath to be at its freshest, but most over-the-counter mouthwashes, gums and mints are actually ineffective at improving our breath. Only a dentist can make sure our breath is at its best.

Bad breath is a result of oral bacteria in your mouth, which can produce a bevy of different chemicals that create foul breath. The chemicals that can be produced include hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs, methyl mercaptan and sketole, which smell like feces, cadeverine, which smells like corpses, putrescine, which smells like decaying meat, and isovaleric acid, which smells like sweaty feet!

Bad breath bacteria are able to accumulate because of sustenance provided from a postnasal drip or from poor hygiene, unclean dentures and abscesses. The situation can be further exacerbated by dry mouth, which is caused by smoking, mouth breathing, fasting, stress and certain medications.

Products available over the counter cannot kill the germs or odor, but Dr. Dipika Shah can prescribe what is best for your bad breath. Treatment may include using a mouthwash containing chlorine dioxide, Rotadent Electric Toothbrush and Waterik. If you have bad breath, schedule an appointment at our office in Holmdel, NJ by calling 732-264-8180. For more information, visit

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