If you want to know how to get rid of bad breath, you've come to the right place. Bad breath can slow down your career advancement or even bring it to a complete halt. Socially, it will stop you dead in your tracks.
Much of what I'm about to tell you, you may already know. It doesn't matter... read it anyway. As human beings, we learn through repetition. After I get through the stuff you do know, I'm going to tell you some things that you don't know, and that's the information that's really going to show you how to get rid of bad breath.
Let's start with something I'm sure you've been told before by your parents, your dentist, or by other health practitioners. You must develop and rigorously follow a good oral hygiene routine.
You should also make scraping your tongue part of your oral hygiene routine. Use a good scraper to remove any surface coating. This mucous is an excellent food source for anaerobic bacteria. 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. Next, 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.
A few paragraphs back, I mentioned using mouthwash or an oral rinse. There are a couple of things of which you need to be aware when selecting a mouthwash or oral rinse. And if you really want to know how to get rid of bad breath, you'll pay close attention...
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 delivers a rich supply of oxygen to all the problem areas where anaerobic bacteria reside.
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.
Another important part of a good oral hygiene routine is to floss daily. A good daily flossing:
Use a good, alcohol-free mouthwash or oral rinse to kill the germs that cause gingivitis and to reduce plaque. [Notice that I didn't tell you to use it to kill germs that cause bad breath or to freshen your breath. Keep reading to find out why.]
Make sure you drink plenty of water during the day. Drinking eight or more glasses of water per day will help wash food particles and excess mucous from your mouth. It will also help prevent dry mouth, a major contributor to bad breath.
Okay, those are the things you probably already know about how to get rid of bad breath. What's really sad is that you can do all of the above, and although it's important that you do, it might not get rid of your bad breath. Here's some additional information that will show you how to get rid of bad breath permanently.
The primary cause of bad breath or halitosis is anaerobic bacteria that live within the surface of your tongue. Anaerobic means "without oxygen." Anaerobic bacteria thrive in an oxygen-free environment. Their job is to break down proteins, so they're a necessary part of the digestive process. During the process of breaking down proteins, they produce a number of sulfur-based compounds. That's where the odor comes from. Still, when the anaerobic bacteria are functioning at a normal rate, your breath will be okay, or at least manageable. It's when conditions occur which allow the bacteria to reproduce more rapidly or to break down protein at an accelerating rate, that your breath becomes horrible. Keeping these critters under control is an important "how" in how to get rid of bad breath.
When you brush your teeth, make sure you use a toothpaste that does not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or any of its cousins. SLS offers no oral health benefits whatsoever. It's function is to help certain ingredients combine and to bubble and foam, making 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 saliva, which is naturally-rich in oxygen, to help keep anaerobic bacteria under control. Using toothpaste that contains SLS will only make your breath worse.
In addition to selecting a toothpaste free of SLS, you should also select one that delivers a rich supply of oxygen to all the places where anaerobic bacteria reside.
If you follow these steps daily and choose the proper oxygen-rich oral hygiene products, I know that you're going to realize that you've discovered how to get rid of bad breath after all. The best part is your family, friends, and co-workers will think so, too!