Completely clean your teeth, gums and tongue at least twice a day!
That’s it. The best remedy to cure bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth every day, at least twice a day. Three times is better. Brushing your teeth removes the built up plaque, which is a nutrient for the bacteria that cause bad breath, and it removes food particles that are also nutrients for those bacteria.
Brushing along the gum line keeps your gums healthy and able to resist bacteria that love to nestle into the cracks and edges, along with food particles.
Use a soft bristle toothbrush, take at least 2 minutes to brush all your teeth, and when you brush your gums, use a gentle, circular motion that goes across the edges of the gumline.
You can get electric toothbrushes that have a built in timer that signals every thirty seconds, so that you can brush all four surfaces in the two minute timeframe!
In addition to brushing your teeth it is a really good idea to clean your tongue. A lot of odor originates on your tongue because bacteria live on the rough texture of your tongue, especially at the very back of the tongue. Most people skip cleaning their tongue, I know I used to.
The best way to do this is you can use your toothbrush or you can get a tongue scraper. You get them at any pharmacy. You want to go back as far as you can on the tongue. Now, when you do this, you want to be gentle. Just a little bit of light pressure. You want to go back as far on the tongue as you can.
The first few times you do this you may feel like coughing, or a slight gagging sensation. With practice you will be able to clean your tongue without any discomfort, and the results will be worth it.
Cleaning your tongue is really good for cleaning the bacteria off your tongue and getting rid of your bad breath.
Another important part of your oral hygiene is flossing your teeth. When you floss you are getting out all the small particles of food that are stuck in between your teeth and along your gums.
These are places that your toothbrush doesn’t get to. If you don’t get these food particles out of your mouth the bacteria that live in your mouth will gravitate to them and start to eat them and excrete the waste products and that causes bad breath.
The American Dental Association recommends that you floss, but they don’t say whether you should loss before or after brushing your teeth. I like to floss before so that when I brush my teeth and wash my mouth out all those particles will get taken away.
And the next step of good oral hygiene that you should do on a daily basis is use a mouthwash. Use an antibacterial mouthwash. These types of mouthwashes contain chemicals that remove the bacteria that cause bad breath.
A mouthwash will get into all the areas where you cannot brush or floss, and also helps clean your tongue. It’s very important that you use a mouthwash that does not contain alcohol (alcohol dries out your mouth, which encourages the bad odor producing bacteria).
Getting your teeth cleaned is not only good for your teeth, it’s good for your overall health. The American Dental Association recommends that you see your dentist every six months. When you see your dentist every six months your dentist will clean your teeth and check for tooth decay.
Tooth decay can lead to bad breath. The dentist or hygienist will also evaluate the health of your gums, and will check for indications of any oral cancer, vitamin deficiencies or even diabetes.
Getting a good cleaning every six months can help you in the fight against bad breath. Plaque and tartar can build up very quickly, if you’re not practicing good oral hygiene.
What some don’t know is that dentists are important to your overall health as well. Dentists now check your head and neck and your face. They check your lymph nodes, and they check the movement of your lower jaw joints.
You may have tried every home remedy that you can find a cure for bad breath. The easiest thing in my book, and what gives you the best results overall is to keep up with your oral hygiene and see your dentist every six months.