Get Rid of Constant Bad Breath with 7 Easy Steps
To say the least, bad breath can be very embarrassing, besides making it not too pleasant
to be talked to or kissed. Chronic bad breath (halitosis) affects more than 90 million people, and could be a sign of serious health issues. It's important to determine the cause of bad breath before you can treat it.
Cause of Bad Breath
Bad breath most likely starts in the mouth, with possible causes of:
- Food - Not brushing and cleaning food from your teeth and gums daily, will cause accumulation of bad breath bacteria and cause foul odor. Of course, certain foods, such as onions, garlic, coffee, alcohol and certain spices can also cause bad breath.
- Smoking and tobacco - It's reported that not only do tobacco products cause bad breath, but increase the risk of gum disease and oral cancer.
- Dry mouth - Saliva tends to neutralize the pH of the mouth and fights back acid, which bacteria love. Dry mouth is a cause of bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay.
- Defective old fillings - These old fillings can trap bacteria making it hard to brush away plaque (film that harbors bacteria). Regular check ups can detect failing restorations before they turn into serious problems.
- Medications - Certain medications contribute to dry mouth, resulting in bad breath.
- Poor oral hygiene - Brushing, flossing properly and cleaning your tongue are extremely important towards fresh breath. Make sure you're practicing daily proper oral hygiene by checking with your dentist or dental hygienist.
- Illness - Some cancers, diabetes, chronic reflux of stomach acids can also contribute to bad breath.
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath
Most people want a quick fix to get rid of bad breath, and for good reason. There are many bad breath solutions depending on the cause. Bad breath remedies include breath aids, chewing gum, toothpaste and mouthwash.
Some bad breath home remedies include using hydrogen peroxide or making your own toothpaste or mouthwash. Other bad breath treatments may recommend herbs to sooth your stomach. Be aware, that frequent use of hydrogen peroxide is not advised. It can cause sloughing of soft tissues.
Your dental products can help you stop bad breath or be one of the reasons for bad breath. For example, alcohol in mouthwash can dry the mouth and contribute to bad breath. Sure, it gives you that initial zap of flavor and masking of bad breath problems, but that only lasts for about two hours max, according to reports. The best mouthwash or mouth rinse, is a natural alcohol-free mouthwash.
To determine if you have bad breath, simply ask a friend, parent or loved one, such as your spouse. Don't get your feelings hurt, if they say yes. This is what you need to know to help get rid of bad breath. This is the first step. Your dentist is another good source to find out from.
If you've had a dental examination, and been told your bad breath problem is your home oral hygiene routine, then read on. Follow the simple 7 steps below, and you will soon be smooched many times over:
1. Rinse with Cleure Natural Alcohol Free Mouthwash.
2. Floss in between each tooth (yes, floss before brushing), curving it around the tooth and taking it gently under the gum tissue.
3. Brush every side of every tooth with Cleure fluoride and SLS-free toothpaste.
4. Clean your tongue with your toothbrush or tongue cleaner
5. Rinse with Cleure Alcohol Free Mouthwash
6. In-between meals chew Cleure xylitol chewing gum for bad breath. Not only will it help remove food particles and help prevent tooth decay, but it helps curb your sweet tooth.
7. Get regular dental check ups.
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