When you are in the company of someone with mouth odour or bad breath, it can be really bad. Imagine you are halfway through an amazing dinner date, and you lean over the table to say something charming and she is hit with a wall of bad breath. Often, during situations like this your success or failure comes down to a few small details. In those moments, it no longer matters that you suited up and combed your hair, because you ignored the small details of hygiene.
Interestingly, many people who have bad breath do not realise they do. The origins of bad breath are not mysterious. Hundreds of bacteria live in our mouths and some of them on the tongue or below the gum-line, or in pockets created by gum disease between gums and teeth for example, create sulphurous smells.
According to the Academy of General Dentistry, in more than 90% of cases, the odour originates in the mouth, throat, and tonsils. Although this is something everyone experiences at one time or another, if your case does not improve after brushing, flossing, and rinsing the mouth with an alcohol free mouthwash, it may be chronic.
There are many possible causes of bad breath and they include: Food particles from stinky foods like garlic and onions; Smoking; Respiratory Infections; Acid Reflux; Poor Oral Hygiene.
Ways to get rid of bad mouth breath
Brush more often
Brush your teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once. If you are concerned about your breath do both a little more often. Do not overdo things though. If you brush too hard you can wear down your teeth, making them vulnerable to decay.
Chew sugarless gum that contains xylitol
Chewing gum increases salivary flow and helps remove some bacteria and stains, but you want to make it is sugar-free so you are not feeding the bacteria in your mouth and contributing to bad breath. Opt for a brand that contains the sweetener xylitol, which is antibacterial. It helps fight cavities and bacteria while improving the health of your teeth and gums
Clean your tongue
Cleaning your tongue can effectively decrease halitosis-causing compounds. These compounds form on your tongue and in your mouth when bacteria and amino acids combine, emitting an unpleasant sulfur-like smell. So cleaning your tongue regularly is important in fighting halitosis
Use a Mouthwash
Use a mouthwash after every meal. It helps reduce plaque, gingivitis and freshens breath. Mouthwash alone is not an effective remedy but should be used in addition to regular brushing.
Besides causing cancer, smoking can damage your gums, stain your teeth, and give you bad breath.
Visit your dentist regularly
If your bad breath is not going away and you have tried all of the above, you need to see your dentist. You could be dealing with something more serious.
Snack on apples or any other healthy foods
The hard texture of apples, celery, carrots and others, can remove food caught between your teeth and rub away bacteria that sit on them, creating that “sweater” feeling when you run your tongue over your teeth. Hard, crunchy foods act like a natural toothbrush.