There are numerous causes of halitosis and some of them are temporary, while others are of a more permanent nature. In order to reduce the effects of bad breath or mouth odor, one needs to properly identify the causes that lead to halitosis in the first place and, implicitly, a solution to these causes.
In most of the cases, however, the causes are strictly related to food; that is either various types of nutrients (such as garlic, onion, pimento, mutton, etc.) or food that is stuck in your teeth for a few days in a row. In such instances, bacteria that lead to bad breath develop rapidly. Proper mouth hygiene should keep these situations under control, but if you don’t brush regularly and correctly, you may experience halitosis every now and then.
There are also other situations (stomach and lung conditions or diseases, xerostomia (i.e. dry mouth), etc.) when halitosis may occur. If this is the case, you need to consult a doctor to fight the root of the problem. Tobacco (either smoked or chewed) may also lead to halitosis.
Here are the first things you can do to reduce bad breath. Remember that these solutions don’t exclude setting up an appointment to your physician.
- Brush regularly, at least twice a day to keep the effects under control.
- Use dental floss each time after brushing to remove any piece of food from your teeth.
- Reduce the amount of coffee and alcohol to avoid the possibility of xerostomia.
- Reduce smoking and chew sugar free chewing gum, without exaggerating.
- 5. Use menthol-based mouth sprays; even if this only a temporary solution, it can help you in many embarrassing social contexts.
- Wash your mouth with a solution made of one part of water and one part of hydrogen peroxide. Such a mouth rinse will kill most of the bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath.
- Don’t use alcohol-based mouth washes; they may seem useful in the first place, but the alcohol in the formula will only make things worse in the long run and make your mouth drier.
- See your dentist regularly to ensure you haven’t developed gum recession, which can ultimately lead to bad breath.