These days, there are many remedies for bad breath and halitosis. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that unless you're careful as to which solution you choose, there's a good chance you're going to make the situation worse.
At the very least, you'll mask any odor to the point where you think you're "cured," but nobody else does. So with that word of caution in mind, let's take a look at some of solutions available to you.
The first of the remedies for bad breath and halitosis is not some super "system" or collection of expensive products, equipment, and supplies. Common sense dictates that if you have this problem, you must first examine your current oral hygiene routine.
Do you brush your teeth regularly? If you do, that may seem like a stupid question. However, I've known people who when running late in the morning would skip brushing rather than risk being late to work or school. I'm pretty sure that there are a fair number of people who don't even have that good an excuse. They only brush if and when they feel like it. Yikes!! I guess I don't need to point out that this is not one of the suggested remedies for bad breath and halitosis.
Now try this one. Do you brush adequately? I worked with a girl some years ago who bragged about the minuscule amount of time she spent brushing. She said she had so little time in the morning that she could spare just 30 seconds for her entire oral hygiene routine. That's definitely not one of the remedies for bad breath and halitosis.
In most cases, breath problems are caused by anaerobic bacteria that live in the tongue's surface and in the throat. Their function is to break down proteins, which is a normal and necessary part of the digestive process. Byproducts of the process include a variety of sulfur-based compounds which are capable of making your breath smell bad if not controlled.
When proteins brake down at a normal rate, your breath will not suffer. But sometimes, conditions occur which allow these bacteria to reproduce more quickly. The same conditions also allow the rate at which proteins are broken down to accelerate. Infrequent and/or irregular brushing will only help create conditions that allow anaerobic bacteria to flourish.
So the first and most natural of the available remedies for bad breath and halitosis is to develop and follow a regular routine of good oral hygiene. What does that mean?
The first step is to brush not just once a day, but twice a day. But don't just brush in the morning and again before bed. If at all possible, whenever you finish a meal, brush your teeth. Carry a toothbrush and toothpaste with you so that you can brush after lunch as well. Spend enough time brushing to clean all your teeth thoroughly. Brush your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth as well. I recommend a soft toothbrush in order to avoid irritating the soft tissue in your mouth.
Your toothpaste should be free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). There are a lot of horror stories floating around the Internet about SLS-induced cancer and how SLS retards the proper development of children's eyes. There are stories about how SLS gets into your brain, heart, and other organs. I've researched it myself, and I can tell you that's a bunch of bunk.
The real reason for using an SLS-free toothpaste is that toothpastes which contain SLS contribute to dry mouth. When your mouth is dry, there is less oxygen-rich saliva to help control the anaerobic bacteria. By the way, there is also some interesting research which indicates that SLS breaks down the cell walls of some soft tissue, allowing germs that cause canker sores to enter.
Another of the remedies for bad breath and halitosis is daily flossing. Here's what happens when you floss:
Not as pleasant as what we've discussed previously, but tongue scraping is another of the remedies for bad breath and halitosis that should be part of your oral hygiene routine. Don't worry... tongue scrapers are inexpensive. Use it to remove the white or yellowish coating from your tongue. This coating is a protein-rich mucous, an excellent food source for anaerobic bacteria. When you scrape, don't press down hard. With light but steady pressure, use long strokes to scrape your tongue from the base (rear) to the tip. Work your way from one side of the tongue to the other.
The remedies for bad breath and halitosis discussed above are those which cost you less in terms of money and more in terms of time. They're things you really should be doing anyway. Most people who do these things will have no trouble keeping situational and occasional bad breath under control. Morning breath can be tricky, but if you follow the steps above, you may find that you're able to control that as well.
Are you surprised that I didn't include the use of mouthwash or oral rinse in the above group?. I don't consider it one of the basics because if you're not careful in selection and use, it can cause problems. For example, using a mouthwash which contains alcohol will dry out your mouth. The mouthwash will mask and perhaps even freshen your breath temporarily. In the long run, however, it will worsen existing bad breath. Even mouthwashes that contain no alcohol whatsoever provide minimal benefits. If you need to use one for its ability to fight gingivitis or to reduce plaque, you'll probably get your money's worth. But for fighting bad breath, forget about it.
What you really need in order to eliminate bad breath, especially when it's chronic, is a family of products designed to oxygenate all the problem areas where anaerobic bacteria reside. That's right... You need to hit them where they live. That's what the TheraBreath family of products allows me to do.
For brushing, I prefer a gel that contains no SLS and which delivers an oxygen-rich compound to the tongue, gums, and even to the roof of my mouth. Rather than rinse with water after brushing, I use two capfuls of an oral rinse that delivers more of the same oxygen-rich compound to all the problem areas. It's alcohol-free and has a pleasant, minty flavor.
This particular family of products also offers sinus drops that can deliver the same oxygenated compound to places no other product can reach. If you suffer from post-nasal drip-related halitosis, these drops were created with you in mind. I'm convinced that this is the best of all the remedies for bad breath and halitosis.
Oh, one other thing... Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water washes food particles mucous from your mouth. It also helps keep your mouth from drying out.
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 the best of the remedies for bad breath and halitosis. And guess what... your family and friends will be inclined to agree.