Bad breath ranks on the list of social offenses among with flatulence and body odor. Most bad breath occurs when bacteria in the mouth break down proteins thus producing volatile sulfur compounds that make for foul smelling breath.
Dry mouth, tooth decay, certain prescription drugs, sinus problems and even diseases like diabetes can cause bad breath and ninety percent of the smell comes from the tongue.
With regular brushing and flossing, a tongue scraper to remove bacteria from the tongue and with antibacterial mouth wash rinsing, it is one way of alleviating the problem.
While most of the people which has the problem seek remedies ranging from chewing gums, mouth wash to breath strips and drops, researchers are just began to understand the science of bad breath. If a person has it, it’s a taboo and be typecast as the smelly person.
Nearly two hundred scientists had attended the International Conference on Breath Odor Research in Chicago. Attendees range from dentists, chemists and microbiologists to psychologists and even flavor researches.
Their research is consonant from studies on the most effective natural flavors for treating bad breath. From cinnamon which is the good choice up to the development of an artificial nose for sniffing out oral malodor and the links between exhaled air and diseases.
The conference objective is to advance the science of halitosis and fully understand it. Anywhere from four percent to seventeen percent of the people who seek treatment for breath odor are convinced that they have bad breath even though they don’t have.
It is a condition some refer to as haliphobia, or fear of bad breath, and it can interfere with daily life.