WebMD suggests looking and smelling your dentist floss after you use it. YUCK! I guess if this renders you unconscious or worse, you’ll know there’s a problem.
Since menopause have you noticed that your breath now requires prescription strength Tic Tacs?
In previous blogs, I’ve mentioned how menopause transforms us into severely dehydrated beings deprived of any moisture due to hormonal changes. Therefore, we’re blessed with dry skin, dry eyes, and dry lady bits. But let’s not forget one more blessing: dry mouth which can lead to oral odor. Yippee! Does the fun ever stop on this road to menopausal madness?
Maybe you don’t think this article applies to you. Hate to pop your bubble, but here’s the harsh truth. You may have breath that could peel paint and not even know it. This is a critical time when you must depend on the honesty and kindness of friends and family to let you know that your breath is capable of killing the dog. Good luck with that. Let’s face facts; your loved ones are not going to risk a menopausal meltdown by telling you.
So how do you know if you have dragon breath? Here are five tip-offs:
- You win every argument with hubby or the kids in two seconds flat.
- You sing to your grandbaby and he or she starts crying.
- When you lean over to whisper something in your best friend’s ear, she politely insists that she already knows what you’re going to say.
- Your dentist recommends rinsing with industrial strength ammonia.
- When you yawn, your teeth duck.
Okay, just one more funny joke I happened to see on the Internet:
“You know you have bad breath when the pastor prays for everybody in church and instructs you not to say amen.”
Joking aside, how do you really know if you have delightful dragon breath? WebMD suggests looking and smelling your dentist floss after you use it. YUCK! I guess if this renders you unconscious or worse, you’ll know there’s a problem.
Sorry girls, there’s just no way to get poetic about stinky mouth. “Halitosis” and other common terms just don’t seem to cut it. But don’t lose hope. There are ways to prevent this embarrassing problem:
- Once again, gug-a-lug water, my menopausal madams. As I mentioned in a previous article, drinking lots of water is also good for that pesky menopausal bloating problem and it will help with dragon breath as well.
- Chewing sugarless gum or sucking sugarless candy can also stimulate the production of saliva, which helps wash away food particles, bacteria, and keeps your mouth moist.
- Practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly.
- Stop smoking.
- Rule out other contributing factors such as diet, medications, and dental problems.
None of those sound like fun. To conquer bad breath, the ancient Greeks reputedly used home remedies like rinsing with white wine. Now, there’s a solution I could get into.