Found: Bad-breath cures that re­ally work

First For Women - - Health -

New stud­ies re­veal that pop­u­lar den­tal-care prod­ucts can cause a back­lash that makes bad breath worse over time. Here, healthy breath fresh­en­ers that work today…and to­mor­row

The sea­son of cheek kiss­ing, close talk­ing and meet­ing un­der the mistle­toe is here. But for 65 per­cent of us, all that min­gling comes with a side of self­con­scious­ness. The cul­prit? Bad breath. In a study at the Uni­ver­sity of Basel in Switzer­land, 83 per­cent of peo­ple said breath odor is a source of stress, mak­ing them feel in­se­cure and even un­will­ing to in­ter­act with oth­ers. And while many of us aim to elim­i­nate bad breath by amp­ing up our al­ready dili­gent oral-care rou­tines, that can back­fire, says Ethan Schu­man, D.M.D., founder of Schu­man Cen­ter Den­tal Aes­thet­ics in St. Louis. “Most main­stream prod­ucts that prom­ise to freshen breath don’t de­feat the bac­te­ria that cause odor. At best, they only mask odor tem­po­rar­ily, and many con­tain in­gre­di­ents that ac­tu­ally help bad bac­te­ria flour­ish.” The good news: Ex­perts have iden­ti­fied new op­tions that im­prove oral health as they freshen breath.

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