for Listerine Antiseptic,
Ladies Home Journal, 1950s)
worry about bad breath to the tune of ten billion dollars a year
of profits to gum, mint and mouthwash manufacturers, nearly all
of it wasted.
the old Listerine commercial notwithstanding, not even mouthwashes
really help bad breath beyond a minute or two
in fact, alcohol and hydrogen peroxide can actually worsen the conditions.
Baking soda makes your mouth more alkaline
exactly the wrong direction, because acidity actually decreases
bad gums and teeth can have some affect, most bad breath comes from
food and plaque coating the back of your tongue. What can you do?
Suppressing the gag reflex, grasp your tongue with a washcloth and
use a toothbrush or tongue scraper on it for 2-3 minutes twice a
Mom Was Wrong
causes tooth decay? Decaying food acting as a bacteria sanctuary.
But forget what your mom told you.
most candy and soft drinks are not that bad
the sugar quickly washes off the tooth surface. Ironically, many
healthy snacks can be the most deadly: Sticky dried
fruit is particular bad because it molders on and between teeth;
so do carbohydrates like bagels, crackers, pretzels, and dry cereals.
Instead, go with fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, popcorn,
nuts, chips, and unsweetened peanut butter.