How to get rid of Bad Breath
How to get rid of bad breath or Stop Bad Breath from Ruining Your Day – Forever? Yes it is possible. By the end of these few paragraphs you’ll be an expert in Bad Breath, its causes and its treatment.
Where does Bad Breath (or Halitosis) come from?
Unfortunately, there isn’t ONE reason for bad breath. Even if you brush your teeth and use mouthwash before bedtime, you can still wake up in the morning with stale breath. This is mainly caused by bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria have a name – Anaerobic Bacteria. As the name suggests, anaerobic means “without oxygen”. These bacteria live in your intestines, nose, throat and mouth. Why the mouth? Surely oxygen is breathed in through nose and mouth? Crazy – but true!
One good reason to brush after every meal
Because these Anaerobic Bacteria are attracted to food particles and plaque buildup between your teeth, the obvious answer is to brush regularly. After every meal. This is a great way to preventing a population explosion of bacteria in your mouth.
Diagnosing YOUR Bad Breath problem
Chances are you’re reading this article because either you have woken up in the morning with bad breath (your partner told you so!). OR even worse, you’ve noticed people avoiding you when you talk to them… Let’s call these two scenarios 1: “Not so Bad, it’s a quick fix” and 5: “Very Bad, it’s ruining my life!”. Let’s call these our Bad Breath Scale from 1 to 5:
Bad Breath on a scale of 1 to 10
- Not So Bad (or “Morning Mouth”)
- Very Bad
- Very Very Bad
- “HELP PEOPLE ARE RUNNING AWAY FROM ME” Bad
Okay. There’s a fix for any one of those scenarios. The truth is, If you Brush and Floss and Gargle with a good mouthwash more than once a day, then you’re probably good to go. Solving the problem of Morning Mouth is a question of doing the same. Go brush your teeth again, Floss (see our tips on How to floss properly) and gargle with mouthwash.
Your Lifestyle and Bad Breath
Problems 1 to 3 are usually as a result of what you ate the night before (aka Bad Morning Breath) – any foods with garlic, onions (especially raw onions) and spicy foods. Having too much Coffee. Tuna and other fish can also cause really bad breath. Unless you eat these kinds of food EVERY DAY, you should not have an issue with bad breath by brushing, flossing and gargling. Easy fix. Also, don’t forget to brush your TONGUE. Bacteria really like to live on your tongue too.
Now for the really bad breath problems: If you are a regular smoker, or have a poor oral hygiene (you brush, floss and gargle only once a day – or less) – then there’s an easy fix for that too. Stop Smoking. Yes we know you don’t want to hear that, but that will definitely help to fix the problem. Otherwise, just brush more often than a non-smoker, floss more, gargle more.
If you only brush, floss and gargle once a day or less – that’s bad oral hygiene. You should definitely do that twice a day – in the morning and in the evening before bed. Better yet, do it after every meal.
Solving the Really Really Really Bad Breath Problem
If you do everything right, and brush and floss and gargle often, and you still have bad breath, chances are you have other mouth diseases and should go and see your dentist right away. Gingivitis is a gum disease that can cause really bad breath. Rotting teeth can also be the problem. Your dentist will need to look at your mouth and advise you how to fix that.
A few tips to get rid of Bad Breath
- Remove dentures (False Teeth) at night and clean to get rid of bacteria buildup from food and beverages.
- Drink plenty of water and swish cool water around in your mouth. This is especially helpful to freshen “morning breath.”
- Brush after every meal and floss – preferably twice a day.
- Replace your toothbrush often – every two to three months.
- Arrange regular dental checkups and cleanings at your dentist.
And don’t forget, a healthy mouth results in confidence – and you’ll need that to SMILE!