- Oral Health
Bacteria Fart: recipe for Bad Breath
Remember waking up in the wee hours of the morning to sneak into the bathroom to brush your teeth because this is the first time the dude or that chick you had been dating for a while slept over. You hope to keep them around if only you can manage to brush away that pong before they wake up.
Unfortunately, you realize his arm is draped securely around your waist and as you try to nudge it off without waking him up he draws you in closer. Apart of you basks in that feeling of security that comes with that simple gesture but then again those lazy afternoons you have been dreaming about since things started getting serious start to slip away one by one as you lay awake and watch as the dawn creeps in.
Well this is just a scenario i tried to paint to help you get the picture. However, in many cases such scenes are from movies or programs i have happened upon but beyond the screen I have encountered victims of bad breath.
Being one who believes in "do unto others what you would have them do unto you" i try to be open and let people know that a glass or bottle of water might help...albeit temporarily and I bet some of you can identify with what I am talking about.
Anyway whether you have been a victim of bad breath or know someone who is.......the problem is due to the pesky but unavoidable invisible creatures….oral bacteria. Everyone has them. The mouth being the main avenue through which we take up food into our bodies, is a constant source of readily available nutrients for these bacteria.
Bacteria are living things and just like you they need to poop just as much as they need to feed. The problem with this is the fact that your mouth acts as the dining room as well as the bathroom for them. And worse still their poop is more gaseous and foul smelling juices.
Bottom line, their mission is just to multiply and increase their numbers. Unfortunately the more they multiply the greater the amount of waste products released into the mouth meaning the more your mouth smells. Saliva acts as a natural mouth wash and rinses out these bacteria. In addition it contains compounds that kill the bacteria and mask the smell of their waste products.
The major problem however comes when we go to sleep. Due to reduced metabolism since we are not eating and the fact that talking which stimulates saliva production is nonexistent, the amount of saliva present in the mouth is reduced considerably.
On the flip side bacteria don’t sleep. Instead they continue reproducing. As reproduction takes place, so does the release of the waste compounds into the mouth. Therefore, without the complementary action of swallowing saliva, these wastes products accumulate and build up in your mouth until morning. This is the reason why even when you brush before you go to bed, you still wake up with a foul smell.
While how bad your mouth smells varies from person to person with some being lucky to smell bearably and finding immediate relief after brushing; for others it’s a cause for concern even for themselves.
Sometimes, if caught in the scenario of an arm draped over you in the morning with your potential future Mr. or Mrs, a bottle of water on your night stand might save you the agony of scheming on how to reach the bathroom before they wake up.
However while the water might offer some relief sometimes it doesn’t completely remove the underlying taste. Therefore a glass of freshly squeezed lemon….not lemonade-because lemonade has sugar and sugar is bacteria food. I am talking about the real thing…lemons! Or may be a few wedges floating in water waiting for you first light might do the trick. Bite into a few, savor that juice inside your mouth and swallow. No need to spit…its Vitamin C.
The acidity in the lemon juice takes care of the subtle tastes and smell on top of clearing you mouth of the bacteria. And I bet you can all agree that lemon taste is better than anything on top of being nutritious.
And if asked, just say you get thirsty sometimes and it avoids getting out of bed for a glass.
The alternative to this especially when you don't have any lemons nearby to chew or suck on, then drinking water is a sure way to constantly ensure that your mouth is always fresh by washing it out of the bacteria and food particles frequently.