TODAY | April 29, 2013
>>> series, how to deal. and today we're talking about one topic that nobody wants to talk about especially if you have it, it's called bad breath .
>> what causes it and how do you prevent it? here to put us to halitosis test is dr. suzanne cohen.
>> hello, dr. suzanne cohen.
>> all right. we're ready, love.
>> myth or fact, not all adults have bad breath .
>> i'm going it say myth.
>> everybody does.
>> this is correct. everyone has bad breath every day. everyone wakes up with some form of morning breath , right?
>> some is worse than others.
>> that's right.
>> you didn't think it through, hoda.
>> and some breath it becomes stale throughout the day, hence coffee breath.
>> this is about three million americans suffer from severe bad breath every second of every day.
>> every second of every day?
>> that's a myth.
>> that's a myth.
>> the number is actually 30 million.
>> 30 million, not three million.
>> i thought it was 32 million.
>> it's devastating. it's bad.
>> while they're brushing their teeth, they sthil still have bad breath ?
>> okay. myth or fact, bad breath comes from the stomach?
>> i'm going to say that's fact.
>> at least 90% of all bad breath comes from millions of germs, they naturally exist in our mouth. they eat protein particles and from that they produce a foul-smelling sulfur gas. that's bad breath .
>> from your mouth.
>> it's from your mouth.
>> that's why i love this, i like to come to work every day because i learn something.
>> and hoda thinks she knows everything.
>> myth or fact, eating a high protein , low-carb diet contributes to having bad breath .
>> and we talked about, it's protein plus germs equals bad breath . so the more protein you put into your mouth throughout the course of the day, the more bad breath you're going to have.
>> the worst bad breath is people who don't eat.
>> vegetable vegetarians --
>> people who are really, really thin? bad breath .
>> you need one of them all the time when you're around them.
>> myth or fact, bad breath can be a sign of other diseases.
>> that's true.
>> you're both correct. foul odors that comes are actually --
>> they're coming from the lungs, like liver disease , kidney disease . breathing them out.
>> this our tie-braker, we're ready.
>> chewing on mint leaves , parsley and cinnamon sticks can prevent bad breath .
>> they can help freshen breath but can't do anything to prevent bad breath .
>> alcohol in a germ-killing mouthwash is the best way to fight bad breath .
>> it is a myth. because alcohol drys out the mouth killing germs actually you know, they repop late very quickly. but there are mouthwashes out there that can eliminate and even prevent bad breath .
>> which ones?
>> say one so people can come away with one.
>> you want me to say one?
>> smart mouth, mouthwash can provide 12 hours of fresh breath.