Do you have bad breath? Since this malady affects each and everyone at some point, the odds are good that you do. Getting rid of bad breath does not have to be impossible, but it demands a conscious effort and multi faceted approach.
Make a dentist appointment. Bad breath is caused by bacteria in your mouth that have grown unrestricted. While some bacteria are vital for healthy digestion, an overgrowth leads to the buildup of tartar along the gum line and also infections below that line. This leads to sulfuric compounds building up at high levels, causing the objectionable smell in the breath of the person. During a routine dentist’s visit, you enjoy the services of a dental hygienist whose instruments can remove the build up of tartar and the sulfuric compounds.
Discuss the use of toothbrush and toothpaste with your dentist. Not all toothbrushes are created equal, and while some dental patients may hold on to their toothbrushes for way longer than they should, others use hard brushes when instead they would benefit much more from the softer ones. Your dentist can make a good recommendation for a toothbrush and also toothpaste that fits your needs.
Floss your teeth after eating. Small food particles that remain trapped between the teeth lead to the objectionable smell as they are being broken down by the bacteria in your mouth. Remove the food particles after meals, and you will remove the nutrient source from the bacteria. This removal curtails bacterial reproduction, and this, of course, greatly limits the amount of bacterial waste smells that comes from your mouth.
Brush your teeth after eating. For the same reason as you should floss after eating, the brushing helps to remove the bacteria that might have built up in your mouth since you last brushed your teeth, probably in the morning. This also allows you to remove bacterial buildup from your tongue and the soft tissues in the mouth.
Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper or a spoon. Very gently scrape the tongue from the back toward the front. The whitish substances you see are bacteria. Do this frequently, and you will remove a major source of malodorous scents.
Stay hydrated. A dry mouth contributes to the growth of odor causing bacteria while sufficient spittle actually washes them away. Make sure that you drink enough water. It is said that when you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated and, by extension, have lost a battle to the bacteria in your mouth.
Avoid sugar candy, and gum that contains sugar. Instead, opt for sugar free lozenges, sugar free gum, and sugar-free breath mints to sweeten your breath in between brushings. Of course, this only truly helps if you maintain a strict after meal brushing regimen.
For healthy individuals, these are the secrets to maintaining sweet breath, a healthy mouth, and actively curtail the incidents of bad breath they may experience. Other than watching what you eat and accepting that garlic will give you temporary bad breath, no matter how often you brush, you will be free from the fear of this social stigma.