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A Cure for Halitosis Is Here

Is there a definitive cure for halitosis?

For some people, eliminating bad breath is just a matter of instituting a good oral hygiene regimen. 

For others, halitosis is a persistent condition that affects many areas of their lives.

You've learned a lot about halitosis in the articles on these web pages. 

We've talked about major causes and some ways to fight them.

  • How many people do you know who don't brush their teeth? The American Association of Periodontology (AAP) tells us that 94% of Americans insist they brush their teeth every day, yet in another poll only 50% of Americans admit to receiving regular oral care. Of those who do brush, the question remains whether they brush long enough. And few people realize how important daily flossing is; it removes food particles, which not only prevents tooth decay but also reduces halitosis.
  • By the way, the AAP also polled Americans about the one characteristic they most disliked about their coworkers, and almost a third of them stated it was bad breath! So a cure for halitosis is most needed.
  • We've talked about the whitish coating that many people accumulate on the back of the tongue. This is a sludge of saliva and mucous that becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. It is, in fact, the same substance as plaque, and it contains food particles and dead skin cells from other parts of your mouth.
  • This whitish coating so persistently causes bad breath because it breeds bacteria in an environment virtually deprived of oxygen -technically known as "anaerobic." Even though it's no thicker than one to two tenths of a millimeter - think how thin that is! - it acts like a little self-contained brewery for volatile sulfur compounds. With every breath you exhale, you blow out foul-smelling VSC's that your friends and family can notice.
  • It is unfortunately true that the thicker the whitish coating is, the more noxious it is. Scientists have proved that there are more anaerobic bacteria in thicker coatings. If you work on getting rid of this coating, then you will lessen the odor that comes out of your mouth. You may have noticed that when you floss, the odor of halitosis increases more when you're dredging out the goo stuck in the back teeth.
  • Foods contribute to bad breath in a major way. Garlic and onions have high sulfur content. It can be pastrami or salami or some other food that contains a lot of garlic. Foods or beverages that contain alcohol or those with a high acidic content will affect the quality of breath.
  • Some medications allow yeast - also known as candidia or thrush - to flourish. Or they can cause dry mouth, a condition known as xerostoma.
  • Lifestyle choices that include smoking and drinking create the perfect atmosphere for bacterial growth. The smoking dries out your mouth, and the alcohol feeds the bacteria.
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes and chronic sinus conditions go hand-in-hand with breath problems.
  • Stress contributes to gastrointestinal upsets, which in turn contribute to halitosis. Unfortunately, pockets of gas in your stomach can rise up and be exhaled through the mouth.

Cure for Halitosis

Now that we've identified the major contributors to halitosis, let's identify some sugestions for cure for halitosis.  Once you've undertaken a good oral hygiene regimen, with regular and thorough brushing and flossing, try some of the following important steps for a cure for halitosis:

  • Try an instrument such as an Orabrush to clean your mouth thoroughly. For many people, the only way to eliminate the whitish coating, which is impervious to many types of rinses, is to literally scrape it off. The Orabrush is designed with soft bristles so that you can brush your tongue vigorously without hurting it, and the tool has a little scraper to direct all the gunk to a place where you can finally rinse it off and spit it out. You can YouTube the Orabrush, or Like it on Facebook!
  • Decrease the amount of food particles that are available to these bacteria. That means you must brush throughout the day, and do so vigilantly. Be certain to utilize tooth picks and dental floss to dislodge the tiniest food particles. The smallest crumbs might not be noticeable to you, but microscopic bacteria will have a feast.
  • Work on eliminating the bacteria that are present in your mouth. Remember that of all the causes we identified above, drinking plenty of water alleviates or ameliorates many of them. You can rinse away food particles, keep your saliva flowing, relieve dry mouth if you've taken medication or smoked a cigarette, and aid your digestion with plenty of water. If you have a sinus infection, drinking water will thin out the bacteria-laden mucus that accumulates in your mouth.
  • Remember to rinse your mouth thoroughly, and try a few options besides traditional mouth washes. On another page we mentioned the benefits of chewing cardamom as a temporal cure for halitosis. When you're at a restaurant, chew on that little sprig of parsley from the side of your plate when your meal is over.  And don't forget the mouth rinse of 50:50 water to hydrogen peroxide. Rinse for at least thirty seconds, and then spit.


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