How to treat Halitosis!

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, affects between 35 and 45 percent of people in the United States, according to the Bad Breath Institute. Approximately 80 million Americans have chronic halitosis, though almost everyone will experience bad breath at some point in their lives—if not every morning when they wake up.

The Mayo Clinic indicates bad breath is caused by a number of factors, not just poor hygiene. Mouth infections, nose and throat issues, dry mouth, medications, tobacco products, and certain foods can all contribute to a serious case of halitosis.

Some Cancers and metabolic disorders and acid reflux disease may also contribute.

TOP 10 Wost Remedies for Bad Breath:

Excessive Mouthwash use…this can produce sloughing , bad smelling tissue that is worse than your breath.

Breath Mints…long lasting sugar candies subject your teeth to acid attacks and increase your risk of cavities.

Mint Chew Tobacco…smokeless tobacco causes gums to receed and increases the chance of losing the bone and fibers that hold your teeth in place and cause oral cancer.

Brushing with Cleanser…It is poisonous and dangerous.  Apparently people do this?

Using Mouth rinses with Alcohol: dries out the gum tissue and only masks bad breath. It does not deal with the cause.

Tongue Piercing…allows you to harbor more bacteria on your tongue where sulfur compounds and bad breath lives.

Treating bad breath

Once you know you have an issue with bad breath, the next step is learning how to combat the problem.  Assuming halitosis is caused by poor hygiene or the breakdown of certain food particles, standard rules apply for taking care of the situation.

  • Always brush your teeth after you eat to prevent bacteria from breaking down food remnants
  • Floss at least once a day to remove food particles from between teeth
  • Brush your tongue to remove a buildup of bacteria (especially important for people with dry mouth and tobacco users)
  • Avoid sticky, sugary foods and other potent ingredients (garlic, onions, etc.)
  • Avoid coffee and soda drinks
  • Change your toothbrush regularly to keep bristles doing their job
  • Visit the dentist regularly (1-2 times a year)
  • Keep your mouth moist; drink plenty of water

But bad breath isn’t just reserved for people who aren’t daily brushers. Anyone can have bad breath at any time. Some Natural Remedies include:

  • Sip green tea throughout the day (had antibacterial compounds)
  • Add a cinnamon stick to your beverage (contains bad-breath-fighting essential oils)
  • Chew mint, parsley, basil, or cilantro for an immediate odor mask
  • Eat fruits high in vitamin C (mouth bacteria cannot thrive in a vitamin C-rich environment)
  • Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables to naturally clean teeth

Chronic bad breath that does not improve with good hygiene and diet practices may be the result of an underlying medical condition and should be evaluated by a physician.