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How to Treat Bad Breath

How to treat bad breath? First by recognizing that having bad breath can be an unpleasant experience we've all probably been through at least a few times

Some people seem more prone to it than others.The reason might be how effective their daily oral hygiene really is.

If people turn the other way while you're talking, or if you're offered mints more frequently than you think is normal, they might be telling you something indirectly - you might be a victim of bad breath.


The most common cause of bad breath (halitosis) is an accumulation of food particles and the anaerobic bacteria in the mouth that feed on these particles.

The bacteria produce volatile sulfur compounds as a byproduct of metabolizing the food particles in the mouth.

These odorous waste products are the proximate cause of the majority of cases of simple bad breath.

How to Treat Bad Breath - Steps To Take

Fortunately, most cases of simple bad breath caused by buildups of bacteria and decaying food debris can be prevented and even corrected fairly easily.

You can take a number of steps to treat your bad breath, and we'll itemize those steps below.In the end, however, most of the steps you should take to treat bad breath boil down to following a good daily oral hygiene routine.

Treat Bad Breath by Following These Steps

  • Minimize the amount of food particles available to serve as a food supply for the anaerobic bacteria inhabiting your mouth
  • Minimize the bacteria population within your mouth
  • Alter the environments within your mouth to give the bacteria fewer locations in which they are able to thrive
  • Alter the environments in which the bacteria are able to survive to make them less hospitable
  • Use products that help to neutralize the malodorous volatile sulfur compounds produced by the bacteria that remain.

Obviously, most of these steps involve cleansing your mouth thoroughly after you eat.

Tiny particles of food will inevitably remain in your mouth after you finish your meal. This "dinner debris" ends up trapped and lodged between your teeth, where it will ultimately combine with bacteria and become plaque if you don't remove it.

Food particles are also part of the coating found on the rear part of your tongue.These locations - the spaces between your teeth and the surface of the back of your tongue - are also the precise locations where the bacteria responsible for bad breath are able to thrive.

Trapped food particles and oral bacteria are unavoidable, but you can get rid of a significant amount of the food by simply brushing and flossing after your meal.And, gently brushing your tongue can eliminate even more food and bacteria.

On the other hand, failing to brush and floss properly on a regular basis will ensure that the bacteria in your mouth have a steady, ongoing supply of food.Their breeding grounds - the spaces between your teeth and the back of your tongue - will become even more hospitable, and the bacteria inside your mouth will thrive.

Some of the oral bacteria that produce the metabolic byproducts that cause bad breath live within the plaque that builds up on and around the teeth, both above and below the gum line.Brushing and flossing thoroughly is also required to remove this plaque.

If the plaque is allowed to remain in place, you'll not only have bad breath, you'll be drastically increasing your chances of gum disease.

How to treat bad breath is question of persistence. Brushing and flossing thoroughly and effectively is particularly important after you eat meat and other foods that contain high amounts of protein.

Once again, the volatile sulfur compounds that are responsible for your bad breath are waste byproducts produced by oral bacteria as they digest or metabolize the proteins in the food particles in your mouth.

This means that a vegetarian diet, composed primarily of fruits and vegetables, may lead to fewer problems with bad breath - at least with respect to the simple bad breath that is associated with food debris and bacteria in your mouth.

Conclusions on How to Treat Bad Breath

Bad breath isn't just unpleasant, it's embarrassing. And it's far too common for something that can be dealt with so easily.

Follow the steps detailed above and you'll be on the road to sweeter-smelling breath very quickly.

While you're at it, visit your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning to remove accumulated plaque and an examination to rule out periodontal disease.

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