The Best Bad Breath Busters | Getting Rid of Halitosis
Curing Bad Breath
Have you ever been on your way to a first date or job interview and you're feeling pretty good?
You have a nice outfit on, your hair is done just right, and everything seems to be going well.
But then, you get a whiff of something. And you can feel it.
Is that your breath? Did you forget to brush your teeth or use mouthwash before you left? What was the last thing you ate?
Is there anything you can do or any way to cure bad breath?
Let's take a look.
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Want to check and see if you have bad breath?
An excellent way to tell if you have bad breath is to breathe into a brown paper bag or lick the back of a metal spoon and then sniff.
You can also check the color of your tongue in a mirror -- if it’s pink, you’re probably good. Of course, we all have those honest friends who will just come out and tell us.
So what are the best ways to combat bad breath?
To tackle this question properly, it may be helpful to first find out why some people’s breath gets to be smelling so bad at times.
Bad breath (also medically known as Halitosis) forms from the overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth -- especially on the tongue.
When your breathe is feeling particularly smelly, if you stick your tongue out in the mirror it probably will appear yellow or white.
That’s bad bacteria that has formed from dry mouth and the mouth not producing enough saliva.
While bacteria is the main culprit of bad breath, there are other factors that can assist in less than appealing breath.
These factors include the following:
- Foods Recently Eaten: Have you eaten garlic or onions recently? Click here to check out a list of other foods that do not benefit your breath.
- Dental Issues: Has your dentist mentioned gum disease to you? If so, this could be a definite reason.
- Poor Oral Hygiene: If you're regularly skipping brush and flossing your teeth there is a good chance you will have bad breath.
- Tobacco and Smoking: On top of many other health risks, chewing tobacco and smoking can lead to stinky breath.
- Dry Mouth (Xerostomia): Saliva plays a major role in flushing out the mouth, reducing acids, and eliminating bacteria. If you are diagnosed with Xerostomia, the lack of saliva will lead to an increase in decomposing cells in your mouth which leads to bad breath.
While some of these are 100% in your control, if you are diagnosed with gum disease or dry mouth are you just condemned to a life of bad breath?
Let's bust out the bad breath solutions.
We do not expect you to forever give up onions or to skip on that morning cup of coffee.
So what can you do?
One option is chewing mint gum.
Chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands and will rid your mouth of the nasty breath smell.
If you’re not a gum person, a tongue cleaner works just as well since the tongue is where the bacteria is forming in the first place.
Even if you feel your breathe isn’t bad, a tongue cleaner is a good idea as you don’t want bacteria lingering in your mouth for dental health reasons. Also, a tongue cleaner can even help your food taste better by eliminating the existing bacteria and dead cells!
What about other options like breathe strips you ask?
Upon first tossing a strip like the Listerine ones in your mouth, the mint flavor feels like it really is overpowering your bad breathe.
The problems is that once dissolved, these strips use alcohol to dissolve and thus dry out the mouth even more.
Even if you pop a few breathe strips in a row, you might notice your mouth feeling smelly and dry still later on.
So what is the secret number one way to get rid of bad breath?
It's not that secret at all!
Practice good dental hygiene.
Here are the two steps you need to take if you truly want to tell bad breath to pack its bags and take a hike!
- Brush your teeth two times a day
- Floss your teeth ones a day
Does it seem too simple? Try for yourself.
Who are you gonna call?
Our exceptional dentists are experts at helping your mouth reach the cleanest and healthiest it has ever been.
If you live in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area and would like to meet with our doctors, click the link below and we will make sure your mouth is feeling good and smelling good, too!