Bad breath, what on Earth can I do?

You Can Prevent Bad Breath:

Here are 10 tips to help prevent bad breath or halitosis that can easily be added to our everyday lives:

1. Drink plenty of water

Yes, it’s that simple. Anaerobic bacteria (bacteria that don’t use or need oxygen to survive) in the mouth break down proteins and sugars into volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) that create the foul odors carried by your breath. Anaerobic bacteria love and thrive on dry conditions. By drinking water frequently, you create an unfriendly environment for these bacteria. Water also dilutes the concentration of VSCs. Consequently, the odour coming from your mouth may not be strong enough to be offensive. So drink water as often as you can.

2. Maintain a good oral hygiene

Good ORAL HYGIENE alone won’t stop bad breath, however, good oral hygiene sure helps. If you don’t already brush and floss two times a day, you should start. You need to start cleaning your tongue using a brush or tongue scraper. The back of your tongue is a resort for anaerobic bacteria. A clean pink tongue makes the living conditions unattractive for these bacteria.

3. Treat existing oral diseases

Existing oral diseases such as gum disease and candida infections may be the culprit causing your bad breath. If this is the case, you need to go see your dentist as soon as possible.

Furthermore, you should also make sure that faulty dental work isn’t negatively affecting your oral health and breath (see blog on examples of faulty work that can cause bad breath).

4. Use natural antibiotics

Nature provides us its own healing powers through herbs which have many antibiotic characteristics. Fresh Parsley, and Aloe Vera are effective in preventing bad breath.

Try chewing fresh parsley; it detoxifies your mouth and also contains abundant chlorophyll which sweetens your breath. Chewing also increases the flow of saliva which helps avoid dry mouth.

You can also make your own mouthwash by using ALOE VERA juice.. Buy diluted aloe vera juice at your local pharmacy or herbal store and mix two teaspoons of it to a tumbler of water.

5. Avoid commercial mouthwashes ESP with alcohol

Many commercial mouthwashes contain large amount of alcohol. Alcohol leads to dry mouth.

As stated before, DRY MOUTH creates the perfect condition for anaerobic bacteria to manufacture sulfur compounds — not to mention bad breath. In addition to alcohol, most commercial mouthwashes contain unnecessary ingredients such as flavoring and dyes to make them attractive to general public. This is why you see the same mouthwash in four different colors. Constant use of such mouthwashes could lead to chronic bad breath, which is a condition much harder to treat. Commercial mouthwashes have recently been linked to some other potential health hazards. Try using the ALOE VERA Mouthwash from tip #4 instead.

6. Chew sugarless gum

The chewing process increases saliva flow thus making your oral environment unattractive to anaerobic bacteria. Yes, chewing fresh parsley is good for you, but sugarless gum is much more flexible. It’s easy to pop in gum anywhere at any time. .

If you have bad breath, you shouldn’t chew gums containing SUGAR. The sugar in most gums you chew is easily broken down into VSCs by anaerobic bacteria. Only chew SUGARLESS GUM.

7. Eat crisp fruits and vegetables

By eating crisp fruits and vegetables such as apple, celery, cucumber and carrot, your mouth is naturally cleaned. Plaque and food particles between your teeth and gums are removed during this process.

You also increase your saliva flow when you eat crisp food, not to mention, fruits and vegetable are good for your health and should always be included in your regular diet.

8. Switch to tea

Everywhere you look these days there seems to be a coffee shop of some kind. If you are having bad breath concerns, maybe it’s time to switch to tea.

Coffee creates a thin coating on your tongue. This thin coating blocks the oxygen supply to the lower levels of the tongue. This is a perfect environment for anaerobic bacteria, which thrive when there is little or no oxygen. On the other hand, tea doesn’t cause this coating and some research suggest it may also fight bad breath and other health problems as covered in other blogs we have written.


9. You can make your own toothpaste

As in commercial mouth wash, commercial toothpastes contain unnecessary ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) that may negatively affect your overall oral health. (SLS is a soap additive used to cause the foaming when used that has been linked to canker sores).

Mixtures of baking soda and salt were used as toothpaste long before commercial toothpastes were invented. It still works better than many toothpastes you see in stores. Baking soda helps prevent bad breath by neutralizing acids that aid the breakdown of VSCs–the culprit behind halitosis.

How do you make toothpaste?

  • Create a mixture of baking soda and salt in a 3:1 proportion.
  • Sprinkle this mixture on a wet toothbrush and brush your teeth as you normally do.

It’s simple and uncomplicated. You should see an improvement in your breath in a matter of days or weeks. You might also see whiter teeth as well.

10. Find the exact cause and attack it

For a long-term benefit, you’ve got to find the exact cause of bad breath, and then attack the cause with a good remedy. Otherwise, you’re getting nowhere. So stop blindly searching for a bad breath remedy.

Conclusion

Don’t let your bad breath hinder your social life. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix that cures your bad breath in a few hours or days. In order to get rid of bad breath, you need to develop a plan and work at it. Be persistent, and you will eventually succeed.

Information from the journal of Periodontics and articles by Dr. Katz.

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