In Search of that Elusive
Bad Breath Cure

So you're looking for a bad breath cure, are you? Let's think about this for a minute. How do you define the word, cure?

What you are looking for is probably a medicine you can take, or something you can do just one time and never suffer from breath problems again. If that's what you're thinking, then I have some bad news for you...

There is no cure for bad breath.

Keep in mind that the primary cause in most cases of mouth odor is anaerobic bacteria that live within the surface of the tongue and deep in the throat. These bacteria break down proteins and are a necessary part of the digestive process. A bad breath cure would have to eliminate these bacteria, and that's just not something you want to do. That's the bad news.

The good news is that there are daily treatments available for use at home that are so effective, you'll have the same result as if you had, in fact, been completely cured.

To start getting the same results you might expect from a bad breath cure, you should develop and follow a good oral hygiene routine.

The first thing you should do is brush your teeth at least twice a day. Don't just brush your teeth when you get up in the morning and before going to bed. If possible, brush after every meal. Keep a toothbrush and toothpaste at work and brush after lunch.

Use a toothpaste that does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. SLS offers no oral health benefits whatsoever. Its main purpose is to bubble and foam to make you think that something spectacular is happening in your mouth.

The truth is that toothpastes which contain SLS contribute to dry mouth. When your mouth is dry, there is less oxygen-rich saliva to help keep anaerobic bacteria under control. Products containing SLS will give you pretty much the exact opposite of what you would expect from a bad breath cure.

Another important part of a good oral hygiene routine is to floss daily. A good daily flossing:

  • Removes trapped food particles which can begin to rot, contributing to the odor problem.
  • Promotes healthy gums and teeth. Diseased gums and decayed teeth contribute to breath odors.
  • Helps prevent major illnesses. Diseased gums provide easy entry points into the bloodstream for bacteria and germs.

You should also make scraping your tongue part of your routine. Use a tongue scraper to remove any surface coating. This mucous is an excellent food source for the bacteria that cause bad breath.

There's no need to press down hard. Just apply a steady pressure, using long strokes from the base of the tongue to the tip. Work your way from one side of the tongue to the other. Use the tongue scraper to apply a thin coat of oxygenating toothpaste. Leaving the toothpaste on for up to 90 seconds introduces Oxygen to the deeper levels of the tongue where anaerobic bacteria thrive.

You might think that the next step is to use mouthwash or an oral rinse. A couple of problems arise with this. If you use a mouthwash which contains alcohol, you will be contributing to dry mouth. Although the mouthwash may freshen your breath briefly, in the long run, it will worsen existing bad breath. Even if you use an alcohol-free mouthwash, the benefit is minimal. You don't get much value for your dollar. What you really need is an oral rinse that oxygenates all the problem areas where anaerobic bacteria reside.

Make sure you drink plenty of water during the day. Doing so will help wash food particles and excess mucous from your mouth. It will also help prevent dry mouth.

If you follow these steps daily and use a good SLS-free toothpaste and oxygen-rich oral rinse combination, I know that you're going to feel like you've found that elusive bad breath cure after all. The best part is your family and friends will think so, too!