Dec 14 2012

The newest test for bad breath

Everyone’s been in situations where we aren’t quite sure how our breath smells to others. Maybe you had onions at lunch, maybe you’ve got a cold or maybe you’re just not having a great smelling day.

Whatever the reason, there’s a new way to test if your breath is not at it’s best (without asking someone else!). It’s called the Topland Etiquette Checker, and at $60, it’s a small price to pay to know if your mints and mouthwash are doing their job.

Using it is easy: just breathe into the Japanese product and it will give you a number from 1 to 6. A 1means your breath is minty fresh, but a 6 means that you should probably go brush your teeth before you leave the house!

As an added bonus, the Topland Etiquette Checker can also approximate your blood alcohol level. To check it out for yourself, you can purchase the Topland Etiquette Checker here.

But even if you don’t want to try the Etiquette Checker for yourself, you still may be susceptible to bad breath, or halitosis. Here are some reasons why—and what you can do to prevent it from sticking around:

Dry Mouth – This is the most common cause of halitosis. When there’s no saliva around to help flush out the mouth, bacteria are more likely to settle down and multiply. Some simple ways to help cure dry mouth include sipping water and other sugar-free juices often, or stimulating saliva by chewing sugarless gum. To learn about other ways to battle dry mouth, call Dr. Schechter and schedule an appointment today.

Diet – This is the most straightforward reason for bad breath, with foods like onions, garlic, tobacco and alcohol leading the way to cause halitosis. There’s really no way to avoid bad breath from these culprits unless you decide to cut certain foods out of your daily routine. But if you just can’t avoid onions in your next salad, ask Dr. Schechter how to avoid halitosis that’s caused by food.

Illness – Sometimes halitosis can actually be a sign of a more serious illness, including diabetes or gastro esophageal reflux disease. But that doesn’t mean you should panic at the first sign of bad breath—there could be many other reasons as well. If you’ve got bad breath you just can’t shake, there may be an illness behind it. Call Dr. Schechter to learn more.

No matter what the cause, bad breath happens to us all. But if you treat it properly, there’s no reason you’ll have to deal with it on a regular basis. If you want more information on halitosis or ways to treat it, give us a call at (818) 880-4023 to schedule an appointment.


Jeff Schechter has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry since 1983. His passion for art is demonstrated through his creativity and attention to detail in creating beautiful smiles. He believes quality dentistry should be affordable and available.

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