Besides posing an inconvenience to others, bad breath lowers your self-esteem, confidence, and ability to associate with others.
If you are plagued with bad breath consistently, then this article will provide you with a comprehensive list of products that will provide you with a simple, easy and fast way of getting over your bad breath problem once and for all.
It`s unfortunate that halitosis is the number one reason that many people visit their dentist. Though bad breath might signify a greater underlying health problem, it is interesting to note that 80% of the foul odor is because of poor dental hygiene. More importantly, though, malodorous breath due to poor dental hygiene can be managed easily without the need of visiting your dentist.
Before we shed light on the best product for bad breath, it is essential that we first look at what causes the bad breath.
As we have seen earlier, 80% of the bacteria causing malodorous breath reside on the oral cavity, and therefore, our bad breath products focus on the cleaning of the dental structures.
These bugs on the mouth thrive on anaerobic (low oxygen) environment. For the ideal anaerobic environment, these bugs create a scum, or rather a biofilm, where they reside, and multiply faster, translating to more bad breath.
As we look at the best bad breath products in the next section, it is important that you keep this points in your mind;
- 80% of the bugs causing bad breath live in the mouth
- The bad-breath causing bacteria to thrive in a low oxygen environment
- The bugs create a low oxygen environment by creating a biofilm on the tongue
Bad Breath Products
According to dentist Maria Lopez Howell, D.D.S., an American Dental Association spokesperson, there is a biofilm of bacteria that build up on your mouth, teeth, and gums, and if not removed, it hardens to a plaque. With time, the plaque can result in an array of dental problems such as tooth decay, gingivitis, gum diseases, and periodontist, all of which contribute to bad breath.
To clear the plaque, you need to brush your teeth regularly. Toothbrushes have bristles that can get in and around the little crevices in each of your teeth for healthier dental health.
Electric toothbrushes are preferred over the regular toothbrushes because they have thinner and pointer clusters, which deliver the kind of targeted cleaning that can be quite handy for someone with braces or dental restorations.
Ensure that you gently brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and reaching every tooth surface.
Brushing is effective in loosening the bacteria, and food particles in your teeth and gums but not on your tongue.
The tongue has numerous crevices that hold plenty of odor-causing bacteria.
However, for a comprehensive and thorough clean of your tongue, you need more than just a toothbrush.
According to a study published on animated-teeth, it was determined that bacteria in the mouth caused bad breath in more than 80% of subjects evaluated with oral malodor. More than half,51%, of the fetid breath stemmed from the tongue coating, and this shows the essence of maintaining a clean tongue to fight bad breath.
A tongue scraper essential in removing the white and tainted bio-film that usually forms on the surface of the teeth.
Scraping the dorsal surface of your tongue rids the mouth the odor-causing bugs, along with their food in the dental structure.
By scrapping or scrubbing the dorsal surface of your tongue, you are ridding it of what is probably the largest refuge of odor-producing bacteria in your mouth, along with the nutrients they feed on.
Here is a step by step procedure of scraping your tongue;
- Grip the scraper firmly using one hand, and if you wish to have a firmer grip, you can hold the scraper using both of your hands
- Slowly reach the scraper at the end of your tongue, while taking care not to touch other regions
- Place it on the tongue, and gently glide or rather scrape it towards the front
- Remove it and rinse any residue collected on the scraper
- Repeat this procedure three to four times
For maximum results, scrape your teeth every time you brush your teeth, so ideally, two times per day.
A dental floss is a cord of extremely thin but robust strings or rather filament used for removing food debris and particles between in between the teeth where the bristles of the toothbrush cannot access.
The primary cause of dental problems such as gingivitis, and dental caries, all of which contribute to bad breath is because of the build-up of plaque along the teeth and gums
When choosing a dental floss, pick one that is stretchy, does not shred and has some width to allow maximum plaque removal.
Let us look at the correct way of using dental floss.
- Wound a large section of the dental floss on your middle finger, and leave an inch or two of floss, which you will work with
- Grasp the floss rigidly between your thumbs and index finger
- Slide the dental floss gently in an up-and-down motion between your teeth
- For optimal results, round the floss at the base of each tooth and ensure it reaches below the gumline. However, when reaching the gums, do not snap or exert a lot of pressure, to avoid cutting or bruising the delicate gum
- When moving from one tooth to the other, unwound the floss and use the clean sections
- When you are through with cleaning, remove the floss using a to and fro motion to bring the dental floss up and away from the teeth
Toothpaste and Mouthwashes
Toothpaste and mouthwashes are the conventional forms of fighting bad breath.
However, you should understand that these products do not address the real cause of bad breath in the mouth, but mask the problem.
Nonetheless, toothpaste and mouthwashes are handy in providing short-term bad breath relief. And when used to complement other forms of dental cleaning such as toothbrushes, and dental floss, these products can be quite effective in removing most of the odor-causing bacteria in the mouth.
When picking mouthwashes, always avoid the alcohol-based mouthwashes because they cause drying of the mouth, which can exacerbate halitosis.