Fourteen Guidelines To Help You
Prevent Bad Breath
Follow these fourteen simple guidelines if you want to prevent bad
breath, or even eliminate it. With the exception of the first two, these
guidelines are presented in no particular order of importance.
- First and foremost, be certain to get regular dental checkups and treatments:
Diseased oral tissue is an excellent breeding ground for the bacteria
that cause bad breath. If the expense of dental treatment is holding you
back, consider subscribing to an affordable dental plan.
- Avoid toothpastes containing Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, or SLS:
SLS offers no oral health benefits whatsoever. Its primary function is
to act as a surfactant, allowing oil-based and water-based ingredients
to combine more readily. But it also has an important secondary
function, which is 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 a dry mouth,
which leads to bad breath and canker sores. When your mouth is
dry, there is less oxygen-rich saliva to help keep anaerobic bacteria
under control. Uncontrolled anaerobic bacteria results in bad breath.
And the surfactant property of SLS can break down the cell walls of oral
tissue, allowing canker sores to form more easily. If you want to
prevent bad breath,
use an SLS-free toothpaste.
- Watch what you eat:
The obvious items to avoid are onions and garlic, but there are other
groups which can cause bad breath. Those groups are drying agents
(alcohol, for example), foods dense in protein (such as fish), sugars,
and acids (including all coffees and some mouthwashes).
- Drink plenty of water:
Make sure you consume plenty of fluids during the day, especially
water. Doing so will help wash food particles and excess mucous from
your mouth. It will also help prevent dry mouth. This is very important,
not only because it will help you prevent bad breath, but also because
drinking a sufficient quantity of water each day is critical to your
overall well-being. For more information, read this important article:
Another Reason for Feeling Tired - Dehydration
- Avoid alcohol: Regardless of whether it's
contained in an alcoholic beverage or a mouthwash, alcohol is a
desiccant or drying agent. A dry mouth provides an excellent breeding
ground for the anaerobic bacteria which cause bad breath.
- Don't smoke:
Not only does it make you and your breath stink right from the start,
it also dries your mouth, contributing to accelerated anaerobic bacteria
reproduction and bad breath. If you really want to prevent bad breath,
you will not smoke.By the way, if you are a smoker and haven't
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- Avoid coffee:
If you have to drink it, drink it in moderate amounts only. Coffee
contains acids which cause anaerobic bacteria to reproduce more quickly.
It doesn't matter whether you drink regular or decaffeinated coffee.
Both contain high levels of acid.
- Brush your teeth daily:
Brush at least twice a day. If possible, brush your teeth after every
meal. Keep a toothbrush and other dental supplies at work.
- Floss daily:
Daily flossing removes trapped food particles which can begin to rot,
contributing to the odor problem. It also promotes healthy gums and
teeth and can even help prevent major illnesses.
- Use a tongue scraper: Make the use of a good tongue scraper
part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Scraping your tongue will
remove any surface coating, an excellent food source for anaerobic
bacteria. Use gentle, even pressure to scrape from the back of your
tongue to the front, while working from one side of your tongue to the
- Use an oxygenating toothpaste: Don't
just use it on your teeth and gums. Use a toothbrush or tongue scraper
to apply a thin coat of it to your tongue as well. If you brush with
an oxygen-rich toothpaste
and apply it to your tongue as well, you'll hit those anaerobic bacteria right where they live!
- Use an oxygenating oral rinse: An
oral rinse that's rich in oxygen
will eliminate the volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) produced by
anaerobic bacteria. It will also keep the bacteria under control. This
is one of the most effective and easiest ways to prevent bad breath.
- Use oxygenating sinus drops:
Oxygenating sinus drops are highly effective at cleansing the sinuses
of the VSCs that cause bad breath. If you still have your tonsils,
oxygenating sinus drops
will do a great job of controlling the anaerobic bacteria that dwell there.
- Finally, carry an oxygenating mouth spray with you at all times: You won't always be able to avoid the foods that cause bad breath. A good
oxygenating mouth spray
will immediately reduce those smelly VSCs and get those bacteria back under control.
A healthy mouth will help you in all your relationships and will go a long ways toward helping you prevent bad breath.