Sensor detects whiff of bad breath
Being able to check your breath before you meet with that important date could help you make a good impression. If your breath is bad (halitosis), you probably will not get a second chance. One way to save the day would be if you had a breath analyzer that you could carry around with you in your pocket. Now you can.
Bad Breath Detector
A bad breath detector has finally been invented which can enable you to electronically reveal the condition of your breath. This device can help you save face by telling you whether your breath is good, or if you really could use a breath mint.
Having a portable bad breath test with you would be convenient. Many people rarely consider what their breath smells like before meeting someone. It can be a real turn-off if your breath is less than fresh.
The device works by detecting the amount of hydrogen sulfide there is in your breath. The more there is – the more your breath will offend. One thing that has prevented this device from being developed sooner was the power that was needed for it. Now researchers have found a way around it by attaching lead acetate to a three-dimensional nanofiber web.
This configuration enables the breath checker to detect small amounts of hydrogen sulfide. It reveals contact with the gas by turning from white to brown.
Reasons for Bad Breath
Instead of having to constantly check whether you have bad breath or not, it is a good idea to determine the cause of it. Chronic bad breath indicates that there are likely some underlying reasons for bad breath – other than eating a lot of onions and garlic.
The primary culprit behind halitosis is bacteria. There are many different kinds of bacteria that live in your mouth. Whenever you eat anything, the bacteria eat, too, and their waste products leave behind by-products that are rather foul-smelling. Some bacteria, the bad kind, produce an acid from the sugars and carbs you eat. This product is what erodes the enamel on your teeth.
When you have dry mouth, it is because you are not able to produce as much saliva as you need. Your saliva helps wash away the bacteria from your mouth and teeth. It helps keep it under control and also helps to strengthen your teeth by providing them with nutrients. A dry mouth gives bacteria the opportunity to grow and increase the amount of acid they produce, leading to even faster tooth decay and gum disease.
Drinking more water will usually help with this condition. Avoid drinking a lot of coffee, tea, or alcohol to help dry mouth because they are all diuretics. Some medications, and some diseases such as diabetes, chronic sinus conditions, liver or kidney problems, and more, can also cause the condition.
Lack of Good Dental Hygiene
Halitosis is often caused because you still have food particles in your mouth and on your teeth. Brushing your teeth will remove the food particles and sugar from the surface of your teeth. When you floss, it removes the food and sugar from the spaces between your teeth – and the bacteria with it. Keeping up with good dental hygiene will enable you to have better-smelling breath. This problem is the most common cause of bad breath. Developing good oral care is better than carrying around a bad breath checker because it will also help save your teeth.
Bad breath may also be evidence of having gum disease. The same bacteria that cause cavities also causes gum disease. As it damages your teeth and gums, it can cause a foul odor. Generally, if your gum disease is still in the early stages, brushing twice a day and flossing daily will remove the gum disease. More serious forms of gum disease will have to be treated by a dentist.
Avoid After-Dinner Mints
Mints can certainly help your breath to smell good for a little while, but unfortunately, they are not a good bad breath solution. The sugar in the mint will simply add to the problem, and it will not be long before your breath smells bad again. This feeds the bacteria that cause the bad breath. As an alternative, chew sugarless gum that has xylitol in it. This sweetener will not cause the bacteria in your mouth to produce acid, and it will also increase your saliva.
Get Regular Dental Checkups
Going to a dentist regularly will also help you get the bad breath treatment you need. The dentist can clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar (both hide the bad bacteria in them) that you miss and will also check to be sure you do not have cavities or gum disease.
If you live in the Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Dallas or Grapevine, TX areas, Call ToothHQ 214-731-0123 for a free consultation.