Clear the Stench: How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

mouth-1559638-1280x960If your spewing out hot air with each comment you make that has people looking at you like you just commenced the next methane gas expulsion, it’s time to cure the stink, Stinky! Bad breath is a common deal breaker in dating.  You could be reciting lines of golden prose, and it wouldn’t matter.  What are some reasons for this vile condition and what are some hints and tips that we can pursue in order to cure the stench?

Causes of Bad Breath

90 percent of cases of bad breath have to do with bacteria breeding on your tongue.  The tongue is a sponge that contains hairs that trap bacteria that you create in your mouth from everything you consume. It’s the breeding platform and unless you get rid of it, the numbers will multiply and so will the stench.  Sometimes, our body uses mechanisms to alarm our senses if some physiological hardwiring is damaged.  Bad breath could be an indication of kidney or lung problems.  Most likely however, bad breath is usually caused by salivary gland complications, dry mouth, dental problems, diabetes or chronic acid reflux.  Follow these tips and strategies to rule out all other causes before consulting a doctor to see if there’s a physiological cause for your bad breath:

  1. Watch your diet. Avoid consuming and limit intake of alcohol, garlic, foods with lots of sugars, caffeine, garlic and onions.  
  2. Your tongue is where the bacteria breeds-clean well. Every time you eat, be sure to flush out all of the bacteria, paying special attention to your tongue. It is advised however, that you don’t use your tooth brush to brush your tongue first as you accumulate all the bacteria and then disperse it amongst your mouth. Invest in a tongue scraper.  Follow up with a non-alcoholic mouth wash.
  3. Baking soda. Scientifically, baking soda is a great way to add a new sense of clean to your mouth by altering the pH or acidity level.  To reach a whole new extreme of clean, switch out your toothpaste for baking soda or simply add some to your brush with your toothpaste before you brush.
  4. Never wear your dentures while your sleep.  Clean them thoroughly and wait until morning to put them back in. Use a specialized cleaner to clean them overnight.  Make sure to have them regularly checked by your dentist to make sure there are no repairs to be made- denture problems are also related to bad breath.

Dry mouth is the most common association with bad breath. Characterized by lack of saliva and sores and slits at the corners of the mouth, there are a variety of ways to treat this to improve your bad breath.  Be sure to avoid breathing through your mouth, invest in a humidifier, drink at least eight glasses of water a day and possibly considering investing in a salivary substitute.