Happy Fresh Breath Day!

6 Aug

Prevent halitosis with a daily swig of ACT mouth wash

Today’s special day is all about fresh breath and the prevention of halitosis.  Most people think that halitosis is caused by poor dental health such as gum disease and tooth decay.  90% of the time, that’s true, which is why it’s so important to brush your teeth, floss, and rinse with mouthwash each and every day.  What you may not know is that bad breath can also be caused by your diet.  Diets like the Atkins which are low in carbs, but high in protein cause your body to burn stored fat instead of carbohydrates.

General structure of a ketone

Fat in the body breaks down into fatty acids and glycerol.  Fatty acids then convert into compounds called ketones.  Ketones are organic compounds containing a carbonyl group (C=O) which are known for being smelly and are excreted from the body through urine or breath.  Generally this is OK because your body uses both ketones AND glucose as a source of energy.  However, dieting and certain medical conditions like diabetes can deplete your glucose reserves and force your body to use ketones as its primary source of energy.  It’s this case when the ketones in your breath become noticeable and cause halitosis.  Of course, if you reach this point, halitosis may be the least of your concerns.  The excessive use of ketones as energy stores can actually lower the pH of your body and can cause diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life threatening disorder, even if you have not been previously diagnosed with diabetes!

So in short, brush your teeth and eat healthy so you can enjoy fresh breath all year long!

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