Dear Dr. Ellie,
I am a 49-year-old man and I have been suffering from bad breath for years. I brush twice a day, but I still have this problem. What can I do?
Ben W. , Idaho
I am sorry to hear about your problem but you do have a solution with the right mouth rinses and Xylitol.
Bad breath is caused by bacteria grow in an acidic mouth. The more often your mouth is acidic the more bacteria will grow making your problem worse.
Obviously, the use of tobacco products, eating garlic and onions, and other similar types of foods, contribute to objectionable breath odor. Reducing or eliminating these foods will help your bad breath.
Over-the-counter mouthwashes are available, however, mouthwashes are generally cosmetic with no effect on bad breath germs. Antiseptic mouth rinses that kill these germs are usually acidic and contain alcohol. The acidity and mouth drying alcohol can be dangerous for your teeth. Often those using these mouth rinses have a dry mouth, as well as bad breath, brittle teeth and gum disease! With the drying alcohol and acidity, antiseptic rinses can leave teeth vulnerable to worse problems of enamel wear, broken fillings and sensitivity.
I hope that this helps let me know how it goes.