Are there really bad breath solutions?

If you are someone cursed with bad breath, then you know how embarrassing it can be to speak closely to others whether it privately on a date, or publicly at a party or event where it is difficult to be heard by others. The good news is that you are not alone with your problem, and in fact there are many solutions, many of which you can implement in the privacy of your own home.

What is the cause of bad breath?

There are two causes of bad breath: Poor dental hygiene and and the food you eat.
When you eat foods that have pungent odor (like garlic), they are eventually broken down and absorbed into the blood stream which are carried into the lungs. Brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash after eating foods like garlic or onion only cover up the odors temporarily. You cannot completely rid your stinky breath until the food has passed through your bloodstream.

If consistent bad breath (clinically called halitosis) is something you suffer from, then most likely it is a result of poor dental care. If you are not brushing and flossing regularly, particles that remain in your teeth promote bacterial growth in your gum line, and tongue causing the foul odor. Persistent bad breath (halitosis) can be a warning sign of gum disease, so it should be taken very seriously.

Top 5 Bad Breath Treatments:

1. Fight bad breath on the front lines by brushing and flossing twice a day. You can not only reverse the effects of bad breath, but also stop it from happening in the future simply by taking an extra 30 seconds every morning and night to floss.

2. Brush once a day with baking soda to lower the acidity of the mouth making more difficult for bacteria to grow.

3. Visit your dentist at least twice a year to get your teeth professionally cleaned. Additionally your dentist can recommend products specific to your case.

4. Drink 6-8 glasses of water every day. Simply drinking more water is a simple and effective way to help your mouth produce the saliva needed to wash away bacteria producing particles.

5. Quit smoking/ chewing tobacco. Smoking reduces the amount of saliva produced which results in a build up of particles in the mouth.

If these methods do not help your halitosis, or if your condition worsens, it is important to seek the advice of a licensed dentist, or physician. Bad breath can be an indicator of more serious conditions and should not be taken lightly.

Including a spouse or close friend in your efforts to find a bad breath remedy is important, as sometimes you are unable to determine if your condition is improving or if you are becoming accustomed to your odor.