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How to Cure Bad Breath

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In this section, we are going to discuss how to cure bad breath and later I’ll show you how to test for bad breath. You can now easily test your own breath with the use of an inexpensive electronic gadget, the size of a mobile phone! But first:
FACT – About 75% of dentists regularly treat patients for halitosis (bad breath).FACT – About 55% of people suffer from occasional bad halitosis.FACT – About 25-35% of people suffer from chronic halitosis.

how to cure bad breathThe major source of bad breath is the top surface of the tongue. However before we discuss how to clean the tongue effectively, I am going to say one more thing:

If you are serious about having fresh breath, you MUST first of all have:

• Healthy teeth – no cavities, fillings, crowns etc trapping plaque, food and those VSC-producing bacteria.

• Healthy gums – again, no areas where plaque etc. can become trapped.

• Excellent oral hygiene. It is no use visiting your dentist to have your teeth and gums checked and treated, if you do not maintain a healthy oral hygeine regime.

Cleaning The Tongue

There are 2 ways to clean the surface of the tongue.

1) Toothbrush (The wrong Way) – you may damage the tongue.

2) Tongue Scrapers.

Tongue scrapers come in various shapes and sizes. You should place your cleaning device flush against your tongue and use slow, long strokes to remove the white coating from the back to the front. At first, it might be difficult to clean the back because you might want to gag. However, you will get used to it after a while. You should also clean from side to side. Be careful to not press down too hard because you might damage your tongue.

Dry Mouth

Having a dry mouth is bad news for bad breath. Dry mouth is caused by a number of things:

 Certain prescription medicines (blood pressure & depression)
Certain over-the-counter medicines (antihistamines)
Age (as we age our saliva production decreases)
Other (radiation therapy, Sjögren’s Syndrome)
Alcohol
Smoking

Saliva not only helps to mechanically keep our mouths clean, it also contains oxygen which helps keep anaerobic bacteria in check. less saliva = more anaerobic bacteria = more bad breath.

Tonsil Stones

If you log onto bad breath forums, you will usually find several posts about tonsil stones or tonsiloliths.
These are seen as smallish white/yellow “stones”, lying on the tonsils. If you manage to dislodge one and squeeze it between your fingers, you will be amazed at how such a small thing could smell so bad. Larger tonsilloliths can  result in bad breath

Tooth Pastes

There are many brands of tooth paste on the market and most will contain a substance called Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, (SLS) which is used as a foaming agent. It has no real benefit to users but it gives the impression of providing extra cleaning. Research has shown that SLS can cause Aphthous ulcers (Canker Sores). Also if you use a tooth paste containing SLS and gargle with a mouth wash containing cetylpyridinium chloride, the SLS will neutralize the mouth wash. You should leave the mouth wash for one hour after brushing. SLS will dry your mouth and increase the risk of bad breath!

So how to cure bad breath?

- 90% of bad breath comes from the mouth
– Most of that 90% comes from the surface of the tongue
– VSC-producing anaerobic bacteria are responsible for bad breath
– Healthy teeth and gums are an essential starting point in treating or preventing bad breath
– Tongue cleaning is absolutely essential to avoid bad breath
– Dry mouth is to be avoided at all costs
– Do not use an alcohol based mouth washes
– Do not use a tooth past containing Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

Chewing gum

Since dry mouth can increase bacterial buildup and cause or worsen bad breath, chewing sugarless gum can help with the production of saliva, and thereby help to reduce bad breath. Chewing may help particularly when the mouth is dry, or when you cannot perform oral hygiene procedures after meals (especially those meals rich in protein). This aids in provision of saliva, which washes away oral bacteria, has antibacterial properties and promotes activity that helps cleanse the mouth.

Halitophobia

About 25% of the patients seeking professional advice on bad breath suffer from a highly exaggerated concern of having bad breath, known as halitophobia. These patients are sure that they have bad breath, although many have not asked anyone for an objective opinion. Halitophobia affects the lives of 1.0% of the adult population. Unfortunately, few psychologists and health professionals have tried to come to terms with this debilitating and difficult-to-treat emotional problem.

So, how to cure Bad Breath ?

1. Visit your dentist.

Have your teeth and gums checked. Have x rays taken (bitewings). Ask your dentist to check for tonsil stones. Visit the hygienist. Have her show you how to brush & floss correctly.

2. Check the contents of your bathroom cupboard.

Make sure your tooth paste does not contain SLS. Make sure your mouth wash does not contain alcohol.

3. Start a new daily regime and clean your tongue thoroughly – using a tongue scraper.

4. Monitor your diet

Watch foods we talked about earlier: Fish, Cheese and Meat i.e. high protein foods; the list also includes onions and garlic. Moderate your alcohol intake.

5. Stop Smoking

Easy for non-smokers to say because if it were that simple, nobody would fail trying to give up cigarettes.

There we are, there are many causes, actions and remedies involved with this particular health issue: We hope this information will have shown you in some way how to cure bad breath.

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