PHOENIX - The four common causes of bad breath, or halitosis, are:
-- Poor dental hygiene
-- Illnesses and diseases like respiratory tract infections, bronchitis or gum disease
-- Dry mouth that allows bacteria to reproduce -- this includes smoking, drinking alcohol and sleeping with your mouth open
"Well it seemed very clear to me when you eat onion and garlic," bad breath expert Jacqui Rosshandler said, "you brush your teeth; you chew gum, it doesn’t really do anything because the bad breath is coming from your stomach. So, just attacking it in your mouth doesn’t really do enough. So, I wanted to create something that would work internally to provide fresh breath after eating pungent foods like that."
Rosshandler created a product that is part mint and part capsule called EatWhatever, 2 Steps to Kissable Breath.
"I found a vegan gel cap manufacturer," she said. "Most gel caps are made out of pork or beef but these are made out of seaweed and sort of created a breath freshener that you can swallow."
Rosshandler also said if you’re ever in a bind and on a date, there are two foods that will help kissable breath: "Parsley was very potent at fighting bad breath internally; peppermint oil has also been used for generations to freshen breath."
Her company also sells WoofMints for dogs.