How to Cure Bad Breath
Bad breath or halitosis is an extremely common problem affecting between 50 and 65 percent of
the population at some point in their lives. While bad breath can be a source of embarrassment,
this doesn't need to be the case since there are ways to cure bad breath. There are numerous
products on the market that will help; your dentist is perhaps the best place to start for help in
curing your bad breath.
However, before you can cure your bad breath you need to know what's causing it. Bad breath is
caused by odor producing bacteria that live on the surfaces in your mouth. There are basically two
types (actually hundreds of different species, but to types) of bacteria...those that produce foul
odors and those that don't. The key to curing bad breath is to make our mouths less attractive to
the odor causing bacteria and more attractive to those which don't produce odors.
Consult your Dentist
The best place to start you war against bad breath is with the aid of your dentist. Your dentist has
an assortment of treatments available to them that will help eliminate your bad breath...at least for
a while. From a teeth cleaning, tongue scrapping, antibacterial mouth rinses, fixing old filings,
filling in new cavities, your dentist will help you identify and fix any oral source of your bad
One thing your dentist may do is to use a halimeter to measure just how bad your case of bad
breath is. A halimeter test is quick and easy, you simply blow through a tube and the machine
measures the amount of volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) in your breath. The more volatile sulfur
compounds measured by the machine the worse your case of bad breath. Some dentists may opt
for a completely different method of determining if you have bad breath...it's called smelling.
Products that Help
With bad breath being such a common problem for the vast majority of people, you'll find all sorts
of products claiming to `eliminate' bad breath. Not all products sold do what they claim, so it's
always prudent to take exaggerated claims with a gain of salt. There are some products you can
purchase that will help to eliminate your bad breath.
Brushing and flossing are crucial steps to eliminating bad breath, but a lot of the odor causing
bacteria is hiding within the crevices of the tongue. Cleaning your tongue with a tongue cleaner
will remove most of the bacteria that lives on your tongue. When using a tongue cleaner, it's
important to get the area near the back of the tongue as this is where the majority of odor causing
Another item to add to your arsenal is a chlorine dioxide mouthwash. Traditional mouthwash only
masks the odor of bad breath and they also tend to dry our mouth, making it more suitable for the
bacteria that cause bad breath.
The chlorine dioxide of these mouthwashes attacks the volatile sulfur compounds that are the
source of our bad breath.
Sugarless gum is another inexpensive tool for your fight against bad breath. If you find yourself in
a situation where you can't brush after a meal, chewing sugarless gum can help. The chewing
action helps cleanse the mouth and stimulate the flow of saliva. The saliva helps to cleanse the
mouth and dissolve the volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.
Bad breath, while a possible source of embarrassment, isn't something you have to live with. By
consulting your dentist and using some common sense products you can cure your bad breath.
Your fight against bad breath will be a constant battle, but one that can be overcome.
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