Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dragon Breath

Ok, can we talk about breath?
Why is it in the past year or so I have met so many people that have bad breath.
I even have some close friends where I'm talking have breath that could kill a horse.
These are regular people that take pretty good care of themselves and lead a pretty normal life.
I'm not talking the kind of breath like you had too much garlic or ate a bad combo of foods. I'm talking you haven't been going to the dentist lately and or not taking good care of your mouth. The kind of breath that I think when you have it, you don't realize how bad it is until somebody tells you because you just get use to it. I don't know, but I've have had to either grin and bare some really bad breath moments or duck and avoid an oncoming kiss or hug because of it.
I know gum disease is common and certain meds, even just getting older can be the cause of this issue.
I can't imagine most of these people don't even realize they smell. But you would think, especially if you have a spouse or other loved one they would tell you. 
I at least brush my teeth twice a day with my Sonicare, scrape my tongue and use mouthwash each time.
I can't say my breath is always as minty fresh, but I sure am conscious of my oral hygiene.
Actually hubby and I have a pact when either one of us has some type of bad odor, be it oral or body we let each other know. (of course, in the best possible way)
And, yes we've had to do that on occasion.

I'm just saying, why do people neglect their personal needs.

This is not a typical post for me but I guess I'm all over the board on what I post about anyways. huh?


Bob said...

Plain and simple: They don't floss...that's number one. Two: They don't brush three times a day. Three: They don't rinse with mouthwash. Pigs.

ChiTown Girl said...

You're so right, it could be a medical thing. Gum disease, or even some kind of gastro-intestinal thing. I know that being on a no-carb diet also causes horrid breath. It seems today, SO many people are doing the no-carb thing, so maybe that's part of it?

I've just recently learned about something called tonsil stones (because I'm about 95% certain my son has them!) which can also cause people to have bad breath. No amount of brushing, flossing, or mouthwash is going to help if there is an underlying medical reason for the odor.

Strange but not a stranger said...

I agree with other comments that there could be an underlying medical condition or lack of dental hygiene. Calling people pigs though is a bit ugly, but to each his own.

I recently started using a new mouth rinse called something like 12 Hour Fresh Breath and I think it works pretty well. Maybe I need to ask my friends. :)

Bob said...

This from Delta Dental:

"Although brushing cleans the front, back and biting surfaces of teeth, the bristles of a toothbrush don't reach between teeth. This can leave food particles and bacteria between them, creating a sticky mixture called plaque. Plaque is the primary cause of tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath

Unfortunately, research shows many people are not finishing the job of cleaning their teeth. The American Dental Hygienists Association reports that 55 percent of the people who floss do it every day - meaning that even among the faithful flossers, 45 percent don't floss every day. Women tend to floss more than men and people over age 50 floss more than children and young adults."

Simply put, food left between teeth overnight stinks and transforms into plaque.

La Roo said...

Bob, Chitown Girl, Strange, - The thing is that I just wish people would take better care of themselves. Not only for their personal health but just being aware how your bodily odors affect other people. It's just not pleasant to be near people like this.
Sad thing is, I don't think they are even aware.

La Roo said...

Ironically as I was writing this last comment one of those no named people was over and hubby just lent them our truck for the day.
I avoided the typical friendship hug.