A Breathtaking Tale
Abolish Bad Breath, Not Your Smile
As I was working one day, I noticed my customers backing away as I talked about a product in which they appeared interested. As I would move forward a bit to make a point, they would move further away. It was an odd situation. After a while, I started noticing “backing up” behavior with other people in other places as well.
I commented on this to a close friend who apparently knew exactly what was causing the problem: my bad breath! Ouch! I was so embarrassed I wanted to hide. After that, I didn’t want to smile or open my mouth, much less talk to anyone and expose my “dragon breath.” What’s worse, I didn’t know what to do about it because I was already brushing my teeth at least twice daily in addition to using mouth rinse.
Bad Breath from the Inside Out
I started looking into causes of, and solutions for, my quandary. I discovered that digestive problems, as well as allergies that cause sinus drainage, can produce halitosis (i.e. bad breath). Also, bacteria in the mouth and small particles of food stuck between teeth contribute to this embarrassing problem. This prompted me to try to improve my digestion by eating healthier, avoiding pasteurized milk and cheeses (to help avoid milk allergies) and using digestive aids like Tummy Tuneup. Plus, I began using more products like breath mints, sprays, toothpastes and mouth rinses to help kill bacteria. All of this helped but the battle for pleasant breath seemed unending for me.
Throughout my several years of studying what to do for fresh breath and a healthy mouth, I found out that most major store brands of toothpaste include one or more ingredients which are not good for your teeth or your health-like fluoride. Many clinical studies link fluoride to cancer, fluorosis (which weakens bones and teeth), damage to kidneys and liver, weakening of the immune system, thyroid problems and even lower IQ levels.
This motivated me to check into natural toothpastes. I’ve used several brands over the last few years and have been particularly pleased with Tom’s of Maine, Kiss My Face, and TheraNeem because they contain xylitol. Xylitol provides benefits such as helping to keep teeth strong, reduce plaque and prevent cavities. Recent studies have even shown a 70% to 80% reduction of cavities in children whose mothers consume xylitol while nursing.
I have primarily used TheraNeem toothpaste this past year because it has been the most effective in eliminating bad breath, mouth sores and sensitive gums. And I get even better results when I use TheraNeem mouth rinse every day.
The History of Neem
Indian manuscripts dating back several hundred years tell of many medicinal and agricultural benefits of the neem tree-including healing of skin diseases, some internal remedies and acting as an effective insecticide. The US Department of Agriculture began studying neem in the early 1970s for its insect repellent and pesticide qualities. More recent studies in the United States document the effectiveness of neem as an anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent for fighting acne, head lice, scabies, rashes, cold sores and mouth infections.
The evergreen neem tree (adazirachta indica) is native to southern India and can also be found in other areas of the tropics. Neem oil is pressed from seeds of the neem tree and has a rather strong odor, something like a combination of garlic and peanuts. The seeds, leaves and bark of the neem tree are now widely used medicinally, agriculturally and in personal care products like shampoos, skin creams and toothpaste. To learn more about neem, you might want to check out http://www.discoverneem.com.
I usually feel comfortable smiling and getting up close to people these days. Besides xylitol and neem, TheraNeem products feature essential oils of peppermint and spearmint for even more breath-freshening. The mouth rinse includes aloe vera to aid in healing. Most of the ingredients in the toothpastes and mouth rinse are certified organic and all are natural. TheraNeem toothpastes are sweetened with sorbitol, xylitol and stevia and licorice, which help with flavor. Because of the bitter flavor of neem oil, it may take a little time to get used to the taste. Knowing how beneficial these products are, coupled with my need to eliminate bad breath, I was encouraged to stick with them long enough so that now I have come to truly enjoy the flavors.
Everyone wants to have good-smelling breath, feel free to smile and get close to people when having conversations. I know I do. When I smile, I feel happy. When I smile at someone else, they smile back and seem to feel better. Smiles brighten up everyone’s countenance.
In addition, my mouth and teeth are healthier now than they have been for a long time. This is especially important to me since my mother had to have dentures by the time she was 50, and another close family member lost his teeth by the time he was 35. Lack of sufficient care played a major role in both cases, but I want to keep my teeth for the rest of my life. It’s part of my plan to live happily ever after.