- Practice consistent, proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly is fundamental to your dental health, and helps combat bad breath. Generally it is recommended to brush and floss 2 to 3 times a day. (Too often and you may harm tooth enamel and even create an environment more prone to bad breath!) Flossing is especially helpful as it removes food particles that will emit a distinctive foul odor as they decompose between the teeth.
- Avoid alcohol-heavy mouthwash. Most main-stream mouthwashes feature a large amount of alcohol which dries out the mouth. When a mouth is dry, it is predisposed to having bad breath.
- Drink plenty of water. Again, a hydrated mouth is a healthy mouth. Your mouth requires hydration in order to operate correctly and combat bad breath causing bacteria.
- Kick your hygiene up a notch. If standard toothbrushes and floss aren’t getting the job done, invest in Hydrofloss Oral Irrigation System and a sonic toothbrush. The oral irrigator is especially effective and should not be confused with a simple Water Pik. Like the basic Water Pik, Hydrofloss devices shoot water through tooth crevices, but in additional these devices also push the water molecules through magnetic fields, producing ionized water molecules that profoundly interrupt the mechanism bacteria and tarter use for adhering to the mouth. It’s hands down one of the most effective devices for combating bad breath and gum disease currently available.
- Visit your dentist regularly. A dental professional not only provides effective cleaning, but they can also help you combat gum disease, another major contributor to bad breath.
Fight back against smelly foods. If you love garlic, onions or spicy foods, you need to be prepared to combat food-based bad breath. A bad breath pill will not only give your mouth a minty flavor, but when you swallow the pill, the ingredients will combat the smells that are generated as the food is broken down and often escape through the mouth.
Don’t smoke and limit coffee. Smoking and caffeine will dry the mouth making it more susceptible to smelling bad. Smoking also introduces tar, nicotine and chemicals and these particles lodge between teeth, in various nooks and crannies and in soft oral tissues, resulting in an unattractive smell. If you do smoke and cannot bring yourself to quit, invest in a product like Smoker’s Breath Aide, which will restore your mouth and even combat nicotine cravings.
Check for dry mouth. Chronic dry mouth (xerostamia) is a common symptom of aging and a variety of medications, and it can lead to can lead to chronic halitosis. Saliva is a vital part of a healthy mouth and initiates the breakdown of food. Without appropriate amounts of salvia, food particles linger and release unpleasant odors. If you suspect you are experiencing xerostamia, look into dry mouth treatments from reputable companies like SalivaSure, OraMoist, Salese, BreathRx and Dentiva.
Irrigate your sinuses. If you have sinusitis or allergies, it is likely contributing to your bad breath. Post nasal drip travels across the bad of the throat, living a biofilm where bad-breath inducing bacteria thrives. A sinus irrigator and saline wash will flush out the mucus, reducing post nasal drip and the resulting biofilm. Partner a sinus irrigator with a tongue scrapper for the best results.
See a specialist. When all else fails, it may be time to see a specialist. There a number of illnesses and genetic factors that could be coming into play that only a professional can detect and treat.
About the Author: Dr. Anthony Dailley has been practicing dentistry since 1981 and conducts research pertaining to bad breath remedies and treatments at the California Pacific Lab. He has a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University and a dental degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Dr Dailley specializes in curing bad breath and founded the Center for Breath Treatment as well as NovaBay Pharmaceutical, a publicly held biopharmaceutical company.