First and foremost, 99% of bad breath (halitosis) problems cause from poor oral hygiene and from habits – such as tobacco smoking, excessive coffee drinking or eating spicy foods.
So if you want to get rid of bad breath forever and want to regain your self-confidence you need to take actions to change your day-to-day lifestyle. But do not panic! when you start this change, you will regret why you haven’t started before.
However if you have some dental problems such as gum disease, cavities, dry mouth or other health problems then it is time to go see the doctor!
Also note that there is no single product or solution for bad breath – so do not waste your time and money on those breath mints or chewing gums – they are only temporary solutions – the key to eliminating bad breath is to maintain good oral health. So keep reading!
Now here is the main secret reason for your bad breath — bacteria!
A single mouth can be home to more than 6 billion bacteria, an impressive number when compared to nearly 8 billion total human population of earth.
Those billions of oral bacteria live in diverse communities, where they go about the business of life: being born, working, feeding, defecating, mating, and dying – yes, all this is happening right now in your mouth. And like most urban areas, your mouth has safe neighborhoods and scary ones. Some of the communities are comprised of pathogenic bacteria that cause decay, gum inflammation, tooth loss and mouth odor.
So the whole idea to eliminate bad breath is to reduce and keep under control of those bacteria in your mouth.
Here is a list of actions you need to take to reduce bacteria in your mouth and say bye bye to bad breath!
- Brush your teeth but more importantly brush your tongue
Right, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day (even more if necessary) but more importantly you need to brush your tongue too! This is especially true if you are smoking often, drinking coffee or skipping meals as such habits cause dry-mouth/dry-tongue causing a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. So brush your tongue gently. I suggest you use a tongue scraper – it really helps!
- Use an oral irrigator
Brushing the teeth and tongue is a must however no matter how long you brush there are always areas you can not clean. Brushing only cleans around 60 percent of the surface of the tooth. Oral irrigator which is a handheld device that rapidly pulses a small jet of water into your mouth, to flush out the bad bacteria, which can go deeper than a brush or floss string can reach. I suggest using portable irrigators as they are handy for travel/space. However countertop irrigators are best for families.
- Water, Water and WATER!
Drink plenty of water! Saliva plays a very important role in keeping your mouth clean. Without water, bacteria thrive. Your mouth naturally dries out while you sleep, which is why breath is typically worse in the morning.
Prevent dry mouth by keeping your body hydrated. Drinking water (not caffeinated or sugary drinks) throughout the day will help encourage saliva production and will help you keep bacteria under control.
- Control your eating and drinking habits
You should be clever enough not to eat your awesome French cheese or have a quick smoke before kissing your spouse! As mentioned most of the bad breath cases arise from wrong habits. Try to control those habits (smoking, eating strong spicy foods, drinking excessive coffee, skipping meals etc.) especially when you are social!
- Use natural home remedies
Since ancient times several natural remedies have been used to freshen breath and to eliminate bad breath. Most remedies take less than 5 minutes to create and use. I have created a special post about how to make your own home remedies for halitosis. So make use of these home remedies for bad breath – you will love them.
To sum up, if you want to get rid of bad breath once and for all, focus on your oral hygiene and control bacteria growth in your mouth. Applying the methods above and changing a few habits can boost your energy level and self-confidence back again!