Many people are trying to find a cure for bad breath. It is estimated that one in four people suffer from halitosis (the clinical name for bad breath) and as a result can be shunned by their friends, work colleagues and family. Unfortunately if you suffer from bad breath you stand a real chance of being kept ‘outside’ and as a consequence your social life and even working career can suffer drastically.

Bad Breath Caused By Oral Bacteria

Bacteria in the mouth is responsible for ninety five percent of all bad breath problems. Most of the bacteria thrives on the back of the tongue and creates a foul smell if not dealt with properly. A build up of bacteria can also be found between the teeth and around the gum line. This is generally the result of food particles becoming lodged. The food is broken down by saliva and the result is a smelly residue of partially rotting food.

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How To Get Rid Of The Bacteria

Regular brushing is the best cure for fighting the bacteria that causes bad breath. I recommend that you brush not only in the morning and at night but take your toothbrush and toothpaste to work and clean after lunch also. When brushing spend at least five minutes taking care to not only clean your teeth but also the tongue (both sides), the gums and the inside of your cheeks.

I also recommend flossing as often as possible but if you only have the opportunity to do this once then do it before you go to bed. After eight hours of sleep any food that is trapped between the teeth has plenty of time to decay. This is why many people have that terrible ‘morning breath’ smell first thing when they wake.

Some may find that during the day they are unable to make time to clean their teeth. Maybe their particular job doesn’t have the time or areas available to take time out. If this is the case then there are a few things you can do instead. After eating your lunch try eating a crunchy apple. The flesh of an apple will partially clean your teeth and dislodge some of the food particles that get stuck. Another idea is to chew sugar free gum. That will also help to dislodge food particles that can cause bad breath.

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Removing the bacteria is the only real effective way of curing bad breath. Many people try mints, chewing gum and mouth washes but generally all they are doing is masking the smell because they have not eradicated the underlying cause, bacteria.

Once you have eliminated bad breath you will hopefully start to see a difference when meeting people, both socially and in the workplace. No longer will people be eager to beat a retreat from the smell but will be more receptive and want to engage in conversation.


Written by Maria Morris