Lets see what Merriam-Webster has to say:
: a condition of having fetid breath”
Uhhhhh? Let’s see what my good friend Wiki has to say about the matter at hand.
“Halitosis, or most commonly bad breath are terms used to describe noticeably unpleasant odors exhaled in breathing – whether the smell is from an oral source due to bacteria or otherwise.”
[Source] Ding ding! We have a winner!
Lately I have been noticing as I have been “dieting” ( I have quotes because I want to talk about that in another post) my breath has been kickin’. I would not have an issue with this unless someone else mentioned it. And they did.
The thing is I brush my teeth on the regular. I have never left my house with un-brushed teeth. Its like being naked. Gross.
So why the issue?
Basically when we diet or lower the intake of food, our smart/ starving bodies burn fat by a process called Ketosis.
Ketones- any orgo people out there?
This process also occurs when you lower the amount of carbohydrates you eat. So our bodies burn fat to get the needed energy. Now here is the stinky party, our bodies can burn all types of fat but acetone ( yes I know the structure of this). So, acetone is secreted through our bodies as waste in the from of urine and in our breath.
- Stick with your normal brushing 2x a day, flossing and mouthwash routine.
- I have started brushing my tongue as well but I keep gagging as I do this. Its not very fun.
- I also drink plenty of water all day to keep my mouth hydrated.
Now I would never ask anyone if they have had this problem, but do you have a friend or a friend who may have dealt with an issue similar to mine?
If so, what other solutions have they discovered for this rather stinky problem?