Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

He's Lost Girlfriends, Even Brushing 4-5 Times Daily

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

He's Lost Girlfriends, Even Brushing 4-5 Times Daily

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Dear Tooth Doctors: I'm too embarrassed to talk to anyone else about my breath problem, so I just had to write you. I don't smoke; I brush four or five times a day, and my dentist tells me I have a very clean mouth. I've lost a lot of girlfriends because of this problem. Please help me. B.D., Scott AFB Your mouth may not be the source of your bad breath. Most bad breath is caused by compounds that are created by bacteria breaking down food particles and cells from soil tissues. Thorough brushing and flossing, including the tongue and gums, are normally the best way to remove this debris.

Since poor oral hygiene has been ruled out by your dentist, the cause of your bad breath lies elsewhere. It may be coming from your lungs. Foods such as onions, garlic, coffee, broccoli, curry and even pineapple contain sulfur compounds that enter the bloodstream during digestion. When that blood hits the lungs, some of these molecules are exhaled in vapor form. Try eliminating these foods from your diet.

To determine the source of your problem, you need a very close friend or relative to help. First, hold your breath and have your friend sniff the inside of your mouth. If it only smells when you're breathing, it's coming from your lungs. Next, close your mouth and breathe through your nose. If that air makes your friend fall over, you probably have a sinus infection.

The last source of your halitosis may be your stomach and digestive tract. You'll have to see a gastroenterologist for that problem.


Have you ever dreamt that you were riding on a train that you couldn't get off or perhaps falling through space into a giant mouth? Since Adam and Eve's first restless night of sleep, people have sought to understand dreams and how they relate to day-to-day life. Rosemary Guiley, in her new book, "Encyclopedia of Dreams," tries to explain the movies of the mind.

According to her book, the appearance of teeth in a dream can indicate hostility or defiance; hence the popular expression "baring one's teeth." While biting is clearly an aggressive act, lips and teeth can imply sensuality. Trains represent traveling through life or pre-ordained schedules that we have no control over. …

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