Many people want to know how to treat bad breath, and often for entirely different reasons. Some people may only suffer from occasional bad breath, such as after eating garlic or when waking up in the morning. Others struggle with their bad breath constantly, no matter how often they brush their teeth, floss, or use mouthwash. How to treat bad breath varies depending on the scope of your problem, but in this article I'm going to briefly cover the basic options you have to treat bad breath.
Before I begin listing off solutions, let me attempt to give you a better understanding of the problem. The cause of virtually all cases of bad breath, no matter how severe, is sulfur. The problem often lies in the fact that as our body breaks down food in our mouth, sulfur is created. Some foods cause bigger probelms than others.
If you happen to have a tongue with a certain geographic layout (many small grooves), then you will be more prone to bad breath. This problem is often accompanied by a white coating on the tongue or a persistent sour taste in the back of the mouth. Those with these symptoms likely suffer from a case of chronic bad breath, that doesn't go away with proper oral care alone.
That is a simplification of how it works, but I hope you get the idea. Now, let's talk about what we can actually do about bad breath instead of what causes bad breath-- after all, you're here because you want to know how to TREAT bad breath... not make more of it!
Proper Oral Care to Treat Bad Breath - Something You May Not Know...
First of all, make sure that you are taking all the necesarry steps to keep your mouth a clean and healthy environment. Brush your teeth at least twice a day; once in the morning, and once at night. Floss before bed. Contrary to conventional wisdom, I actually do NOT recommend using a mouthwash.
Mouthwashes sold in most drug stores almost invariably contain heavy drying agents. While mouthwash will often give you the ILLUSION of fresh breath and a clean mouth, really all it is doing is creating a very temporary smell and taste that happens to be stronger than your bad breath -- for a few minutes! The body acts quickly to return itself to its natural state.
What's worse, the dryer your mouth is, the worse your breath will be! Dry mouth is a common symptom in chronic bad breath sufferers. I suffer from chronic bad breath myself, by the way. And while I don't normally have a dry mouth, I do notice the difference when I do use mouthwash on rare occasions. It's not good for you, and it won't help your breath -- so say no to mouthwash!
Don't Try to Mask Your Bad Breath! You Want to Know How to TREAT Bad Breath, Not Play Make Believe!
Wouldn't it be nice if we could just eat some candy and treat our bad breath that way? It may sound like a joke, but that's actually what many people basically do. I'm talking about obsessive gum and mint chewers!
The companies who market these products towards those who want to make sure their breath is fresh are doing a disservice. Our sense of taste and smell is largely intertwined; what gums and mints end up doing is masking your bad breath, having a placebo effect by instilling you with a faulty sense of confidence. Truly bad breath won't be helped much by these candies (that's truly what they are). A mint may have a strong smell of its own, but just as spraying cologne of perfume on your sweaty body won't take away your body odor, neither will that pack of wintergreen gum. At least it burns calories!
Treat Bad Breath by Attacking the Source
If you get analytical, realizing how to treat bad breath suddenly seems easy. Remember what I told you was the root cause of bad breath? Sulfur. Sulfur loves certain environments, such as a dry mouth, a grooved tongue, or a mucousy throat. Certain foods like garlic and onions can also create a little sulfur party in your mouth.
But there's also things that sulfur DOESN'T like -- things that are actually its natural enemies!
The most effective option is probably TheraBreath, a unique bad breath treatment developed by Dr. Katz, an old school dentist who specializes in treating patients who complain about their breath. I've been using TheraBreath for years, and it is the only thing that has actually worked to keep my breath fresh ALL day long with only about 30 seconds of "work" per day.
I highly recommend it.
There are actually a myriad of TheraBreath products, ranging from sprays to drops to toothpastes to rinses. Not everyone needs all of the products. What you should do is take advantage of their free trial that they've been offering lately... you only have to pay shipping and handling (six bucks I believe), and you get many different TheraBreath products to try out for yourself.
Just see if it works for you. Click the link below where it says "TheraBreath - Free Trial."
TheraBreath - Free Trial Gift
Or, if you'd rather just browse their shop yourself and pay for it, be my guest :). Here's the link to their store: TheraBreath Store
It's also available in some stores like Walgreens, by the way, but I don't recommend that you get it there because they usually only have the spray. The spray is one of my favorite TheraBreath products, but they have so much more to offer as well.
Hope I helped you learn how to treat bad breath. I struggled with worrying about my bad breath for years, and I know it's no picnic. And that's an understatement.
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