Post Nasal Drip and Nasal Sinus Congestion Will Transform a Case of ‘Normal’ Breath into BAD Breath and ‘Bad’ Breath into Horrible Breath!
Post Nasal Drip and Nasal Sinus Congestion Will Transform a Case of ‘Normal’ Breath into BAD Breath and ‘Bad’ Breath into Horrible Breath!
Bad breath is very closely related to post nasal drip, excess mucus, sinus problems, your tonsils, and tonsiloliths.
In my book “The Bad Breath Bible” I discuss how the bacteria which causes bad breath and sour/bitter/metallic tastes are anaerobic, meaning they live without oxygen. The bacteria’s goal in life is to break down the proteins in foods that we eat. However, under certain conditions, they will also start to break down the proteins found in post nasal drip.
Therefore, those people who suffer from post nasal drip, sinus problems, and other such ailments are more prone to bad breath and lousy tastes in their mouth. The anaerobic bacteria uses the post nasal drip mucus as a food source and starts to extract sulfur compounds from the amino acids that make up the proteins found in all this excess mucus.
Scientifically, the anaerobic bacteria that cause bad breath “love” the amino acids Cysteine and Methionine. These amino acids are the building blocks of the proteins that are found in post nasal drip, and can even be found in dairy foods. In fact, most people notice that when they drink too much milk or eat too much cheese, they end up with more mucous or phlegm in their throat. This is a natural reaction for many people and unfortunately, ends up causing more bad breath and a lousy taste in your mouth.
If you still have your tonsils, you may be harboring a higher number of the bacteria which can lead to an “interesting” and very often misunderstood phenomenon, called TONSILOLITHS. Literally translated, they are “tonsil stones” produced by the conglomeration of post nasal drip mucus draining down the back of the throat, and the volatile sulfur compounds created by the bacteria. These bacteria easily end up in the “nooks and crannies” of the tonsils every time one swallows. I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve heard from my patients who asked their dentist what these objects were, and more often than not the answer was ‘food particles’. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
What can you do if you suffer from post nasal drip, excess mucus, and sinus congestion? There are essentially only a few different routes that you can take:
1. Use medication and or drugs to dry up the sinuses and prevent post nasal drip mucus buildup – all the while being careful to avoid a dry mouth, a likely side-effect of virtually all antihistamines. Dry mouth is the most common initiator of bad breath because it mimics an anaerobic environment, perfect for the “bugs” to pump out volatile sulfur compounds. You should be careful about using any antihistamine too frequently – many are habit forming!
2. Use TheraBreath Nasal Sinus Formula. I recommend squeezing 3-4 drops into each nostril and then lightly inhaling to move the potent formula through the sinuses twice daily. Most people can finally experience that fresh breath and taste feeling after the formula effectively eliminates the production of sulfur compounds created by the reaction of post nasal drip and the anaerobic sulfur producing bacteria.
3. For chronic post nasal drip and sinus problems, many patients will find relief by using the HydroPulse®. This is an amazingly effective nasal-sinus irrigator, designed by an Ear Nose & Throat specialist to flush the sinuses. It works even better when you add just 2-3 drops of AktivOxigen serum into the trough before each use.
4. Minimize the amount of post nasal drip in your throat and sinuses, and eliminate the #1 side effect of excess mucus (bad breath!) by using oxygenating oral care products, such as TheraBreath, TheraBreath PLUS, AktivOxigen, PerioTherapy, and TheraBrite.
Medication and drugs MAY help prevent post nasal drip, but at what cost?
There are dozens of different over-the counter nasal decongestants and antihistamines you can use to help relieve congestion and dry up post nasal drip symptoms. Some of them are very good at what they claim but mostly they are TOO GOOD! They create an extremely dry mouth, which exacerbates bad breath. Even in cases where the dry mouth side effect is minimal, when you stop taking that medication the problem comes back, and almost always with a vengeance! This is because in some cases, your body will actually develop a resistance to any antihistamines or nasal decongestants, especially nasal sprays. You must be careful, because many sprays are habit forming – but NOT TheraBreath formulas!
Suffice it to say, using over-the-counter nasal decongestants and antihistamines should NOT be an option that you pursue. Instead, I suggest using a nasal-irrigator such as the HydroPulse® to flush your sinuses free from post nasal drip mucus.
Nasal irrigation is probably the most effective method of eliminating post nasal drip and helping to control sinus infections. The HydroPulse Sinus Irrigator is an FDA registered device supported by over 37 published medical reports. The unique pulsatile irrigation of the HydroPulse helps to restore ciliary function and relieve post nasal drip. A short period of regular use can stimulate the cilia, which are the tiny hair-like fibers in the nasal sinus passages, to restore their natural protective “sweeping & cleansing” action. When you feel a sinus condition come on, or feel that you have persistent post nasal drip and excess mucus, consistent daily use for 10 days should result in a clearing of the condition. For best results, I recommend a combination of this easy-to-use home instrument with an oxygenating solution such as AktivOxigen serum.
Tips on how to stop bad breath associated with post nasal drip:
For people who don’t really have sinus problems, just “off and on” or seasonal post nasal drip, then an alternative (and better) solution might be to minimize the amount of excess mucus in the back of the throat and more importantly to make sure you neutralize the odor caused by this excess mucus.
There are three key formulas that most of my patients find extremely effective at neutralizing the odor caused by post nasal drip:
1. Nasal Sinus Drops – which are highly effective at cleaning the sinuses (a very hard to reach area) of the volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath.
2. AktivOxigen Tablets – which can be added to an unflavored oral rinse that you can actually swallow. The solution gets deeper down in the throat than just regular rinsing, and will actually help break down post nasal drip congestion and excess mucus in the throat.
3. Extinguisher Spray – an extremely popular nozzle applicator spray that is very efficient in reaching the back of the throat and tonsils. These are common problem areas for people who suffer from post nasal drip and excess mucus in the throat.
I’ve been here for the last 10 years to help patients prevent bad breath, sinus congestion, and lousy tastes, and I’ll be here for many more years to come.
Myths about Halitosis, Bad Breath
Until recently, most treatments have been generally unsuccessful in resolving bad breath conditions. Common treatments such as mouthwashes, mints, chewing gums, mouth sprays, and intestinal cleansings otherwise known as colonics, are simply inadequate. There are many websites offering “magic” breath products. Of course, these are a waste of money.
Serious, persistent, chronic bad breath is now very much treatable. Unfortunately there are many myths surrounding the causes of halitosis and its proper cure. The following are the most common misconceptions about halitosis and how to treat it. I answer these questions all the time.
Here are the most common myths:
1. Halitosis comes from the stomach.
Only in extremely rare cases does this occur. Cleansing the intestines offers no benefits in treating halitosis.
2. Halitosis comes from the lungs.
Only rarely does this occur and can be a manifestation of a serious disease.
3. Halitosis is a hereditary problem.
This is absolutely not true. Certain conditions that can contribute to a bad breath condition can be hereditary, but there is no halitosis gene that can be passed on to an offspring.
4. Mouth washes and breath mints can help a breath problem.
This is not true. They only mask the problem for a few short minutes at best. Alcohol based mouthwashes in fact will worsen the problem because they dry out the mouth thus increasing the volatilization of breath odors.
5. Internal breath fresheners can help my problem.
These do absolutely nothing for a chronic halitosis condition.
6. Brushing my teeth more will help eliminate my breath condition.
This is also not true. Excessive brushing can dry one’s mouth, thus increasing the halitosis problem. Excessive brushing can also damage the teeth and gums over time. It is very difficult to remove the specific odor causing bacteria with brushing and flossing alone, and most patients we see at our center tend to have very good oral hygiene.
7. Halitosis is caused by foods.
Foods such as onions, garlic, or cauliflower can induce certain odors but these are only transitory, and can be easily eliminated by avoiding that particular food. The odors they produce also are not of the “sulfur” type commonly seen in true halitosis conditions, and generally are not as offensive.
8. There is no treatment for halitosis.
This is absolutely not true as we have been 99% effective with thousands of patients at the Center For Breath Treatment in San Francisco. It usually takes two visits and we do treat people via telephone and product sales via the internet.
9. Probiotics can help in eliminating my bad breath.
There is no scientific evidence to support the benefits of probiotics in the treatment of halitosis. The use and benefits of probiotics for treating a bad breath condition is very overstated and over simplified. For that reason we do not recommend the use of these products.
10. I have heard that the bacteria H. Pylori causes halitosis. Is this true?
This is absolutely false. H. Pylori is a common cause of peptic ulcers and when patients have been placed on antibiotics to eliminate the H. Pylori they sometimes find that their chronic halitosis condition improves. The reason for the improvement has nothing to do with the elimination or reduction of the H. Pylori. I may occur because the antibiotics temporarily reduce the amount of the anaerobic bacteria that are contributing to the halitosis condition. Once the antibiotic regimen is completed the bad breath always returns.
Home Cure for Bad Breath
Ever been embarrassed in a crowd because of the unpleasant odor of your breath? Or have it made your esteem a little way lower and made you hesitant to talk and socialize with others? Those are just the outward initial effects of a person that has bad breath. Scientifically, bad breath is known as halitosis.
In theory, the human saliva has a distinct smell. However, this smell will change depending on the food eaten and the bacteria that triggers strong odor in the saliva. However, the smell if the saliva itself is not the one that causes for one to have bad breath. It is the bacteria that reside in the lining of the tongue or other parts of the mouth that causes a person to have bad breath.
But where do these bacteria came from? Ironically, the bacteria are by products of the food that are eaten by people. In a simple experiment, after a food is left unconsumed in the table, it will rotten over time. The bacteria are by-products of the rotten residues of the food that people ate. Because the human saliva has a digestive agent, the process of rotting of the food residues is even made faster.
The good thing is that halitosis is not a disease or a fatal illness. It is just a hygienic condition. However, when halitosis is not addressed and intervened properly, it can lead some complications in the mouth such as gum and throat problems among others. Aside from this implication, you might also lose some friends or you may become the talk of the town.
Because halitosis is purely hygienic problem in nature, the main thing a person can do to banish or solve this is by advocating cleanliness. Regular brushing of teeth is advised and also regular cleaning of the tongue and other parts of the mouth. When bad breath was not removed or goes back after some few hours try to have this simple home based interventions.
1.) Check for broken tooth – because the main residence of the bacteria are the places in the mouth that are not often cleaned by regular brushing, it is better to have the tooth be extracted or be bonded. For complete procedures you may ask your dentist about this.
2.)Consider mouth rinse – mouth rinse is very effective mouth cleansers. They are specifically formulated to target mouth bacteria that live even to the smallest place in the mouth. There are so many brands and flavors that you can choose from in the market for this product.
3.)Drink plenty of water – Aside from this will help you get rid of toxics from inside your body, this will also help you keep the mouth wet thereby increasing production of saliva and pushing down dirty saliva down the waste deposits of the body. More water can help you flush food residue out of your mouth down to your intestines thereby lowering your chances of having bad breath.
4.) Chew gum – this is a temporary intervention. Whenever you feel that your mouth is already dry and you do not have any access to water, you may opt to chew gum instead. Cinnamon flavored gums are said to have an odor control properties which helps eliminates bad breath. You may also choose spearmint and eucalyptus flavored gums.
5.) Quit smoking – studies showed that one of the effects of smoking is bad breath. This is because some nicotine and tar can accumulate in the lining of the tongues which can cause bad odor in the mouth.
Just remember that halitosis is not particularly a disease. The main thing here is cleanliness. This will surely keep bad breath away.
Common Dental Problems Explained
Keeping a healthy mouth is very important. You will not feel good if you have a bad breath and a decayed tooth. Also, your confidence can be affected if you have some dental problems. For example, you will not feel comfortable talking around people if you have a bad breath. They might cover their mouth when you are talking with them, and that will greatly embarrass you. To keep your mouth healthy, you should visit your dentist regularly. There are some solutions as well that you can do on your own to solve your own dental problems.
Having a bad breath is one of the most common dental problems. There are several causes of bad breath, and the solution to this depends on its cause. But, generally, brushing your teeth regularly and flossing can solve this dental problem. There are some foods as well that contribute to the formation of a bad breath. Examples of such are garlic, onions and other spices. Limit your intake of these foods to avoid having a bad breath. Cutting down your smoking habit will also prevent you from having a bad breath.
Drinking enough water everyday will also prevent you from having a bad breath. If your mouth is very dry, there is a great chance that you will have a smelly breath. However, by drinking six to eight glasses of water a day, you will prevent your moth from being dry, and you will prevent yourself from getting a bad breath.
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day during the morning when you wake up and before you sleep at night can prevent you from having a gum recession. Flossing regularly is another solution to this dental problem. If your gums are very sensitive, make sure that you use an ultrasoft toothbrush to prevent your gums from bleeding and from getting hurt. Moreover, visiting the dentist regularly for check-ups will help you prevent this problem. Sometimes, taking in Vitamin C supplements will help you prevent this dental problem from occurring.
Tooth decay is common not only to kids, but also to adults. If you do not want to suffer from the pain due to your decaying tooth, you should prevent your tooth from decaying as much as possible. There are several ways on how you can prevent your tooth from decaying. The first one is brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing your teeth once a day. Make sure that the toothpaste that you will be using has a fluoride content to keep your teeth strong.
Having a balanced and healthy diet is another solution for tooth decay. Eat foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Avoid eating acidic foods and drinks such as colas and sodas. Go for fruit juices and water to prevent your teeth from eroding and decaying. As usually recommended, a regular visit with the dentist can also prevent your teeth from decaying.
The main cause of the mouth sores is the virus that is present in the mouth. There are two kinds of mouth sores: the cankers and the cold sores. Normally, these mouth sores will heal in a week or two. To reduce the pain that is caused by these mouth sores, you can buy an antimicrobial rinse from a drug store. A topical anaesthetic is also available over the counter. To avoid this from occurring, you should always keep your mouth clean by brushing everyday and flossing regularly.
Bad Breath Prevention
How will you feel if your sweetheart will refuse a kiss at the end of a day? We all get up in the morning with an awful smelly bad breath. Most of us solve this problem by simply brushing their teeth, but for the rest, unlucky ten percent of the population, the smell stays all day long. In this article I will give you the short story of my bad breath problem and the solution I have found.
Actually for me, it all started with my wife. She was the first person who told me that my breath is unbearable. Thanks to her I have solved the problem and saved myself lots of unpleasant moments. Well, she is a very direct person and she simply pointed out that it’s her or the bad breath.
I was very surprised at first, but then I have started to notice the behavior of people around me. It is hard to describe you my feeling when I saw someone turning his head a way while talking to me. It was the first time I was aware of the reaction of someone to the smell. And this feeling has led me to find a solution to the smell problem.
The second cause which motivated me was that I love my wife very much, understood her suffer and would hate to loose her.
First I thought that the solution will be very complicated that I will have to go through some kind of or throat surgery procedure, to eliminate the bad breath problem. But a couple of days and a few medical opinions later I new this is not the way to cure bad breath. I have found, finally, that the answer is actually very simple.
The solution, which worked for me, was combined of two layers: tongue and gums. First your gums must be healthy. If they are swell or bleeding it will lead to a very bad breath situation and there is no need to go into details here. You could use special toothpaste if it’s a swell or dentist treatment if it’s a gum problem. Simply cure your gums. The tongue is the second ingredient. It has lots of bad breath causing bacteria. They must be removed, use any tongue cleaner you find and keep it clean.
That’s it. These two steps gave me back my life. I can kiss my wife when I come back from work. I can talk to everyone with out them turning their heads. I really feel better happier and self-confident like never before.
Bad Breath in Children
Halitosis, or what is commonly known as bad breath, is a common condition in children. It is most especially common among older children and adolescents. There are many causes but more often than not, bad breath in children is caused by bacterial activity in the mouth, the back of the throat, nose, and teeth.
The glands in your nose and throat normally produce one to two quarts of mucus a day. The mucus helps moisten and clean the nasal membranes in addition to humidifying air, trapping and clearing inhaled foreign matter and fighting infection.
Normally, the mucus is just swallowed, often unconsciously. Sometimes, however, you get that feeling of dripping from the back of your nose. This is what is called as postnasal drip, caused by either excessive or thick secretions or throat muscle and swallowing disorders.
One of the most common causes of bad breath in children is postnasal drip. The excessive secretions leading to postnasal drip disorders may be due to allergies, recurrent colds or chronic sinus infections.
Dentition is the process of growing new teeth, something that obviously occurs most often in children. Now, one of the number one causes of bad breath in children is a problem that occurs during dentition. Improper oral hygiene could lead to cavities, which can cause bad breath in children. It may also cause inflamed gums or gingivitis. Food particles may get trapped in the gaps between teeth, allowing volatile sulfur producing bacteria to set in.
Breathing through the Mouth
Congestion of the nose due to allergies or enlarged adenoids could lead a child to breathe through his mouth instead of his nose. Some parents are not aware but this actually leads to bad breath in children. Breathing through the mouth could cause the mouth to become dry. The saliva, which has disinfectant effect against mouth bacteria, cannot do its job properly and wash away food particles from the mouth.
There are also other conditions that may lead to dry mouth causing bad breath in children. Taking certain medications may cause dry mouth.
Foreign Body in the Nasal Passages
Children love to stick things to where they’re not supposed to. Thus, you have a child who has somehow gotten it in mind to stick a piece of marble in his nose. Besides the obvious harm this could do to the child, this kind of object blocking the nasal passages could also cause bad breath in children.
You will typically recognize that there is a problem if you notice a green discharge from one nostril. Usually, most infections would cause drainage from both sides of the nose. A discharge from only one nostril means there is something inside the other passage, blocking drainage.
Getting to Know Bad Breath Products for Dogs
If you think you are the only one suffering from bad breath, you may want to think again. Although bad breath is a condition common to human, your dog may also have the same fate. Incredible as it may sound; your dogs are also at risk of having bad breath.
But, you don’t have to worry that much. There are now lots of bad breath products for dogs available for your dog’s needs. In fact, most of these are products for home remedy; saving you from visiting the vets too often just to restore your dog’s pleasant breath.
Now, there are lots of home remedies for your dog’s bad breath. And since people have different interpretation of bad breath remedy for dogs, it is up to you to decide which one will best suit your pet dogs. The following are some remedies to try to keep your doggy’s breath always pleasant;
Perhaps you won’t believe this, but some of your dog’s toys are not just designed to help you in training it. Some of these are also effective in cleaning the teeth of your dogs. Dental chews are among them. These are usually designed to massage the gums of your dogs as well as clean its teeth, removing plaques and food particles in between. Greenies and Nylabone are two of the most popular brands when it comes to doggy dental chews. You may want to watch out though, because most dental chews are not meant for dog with stronger chews.
Dental sticks are also great for your dogs. This is also designed to massage the gums and get rid of food particles and plaque between the teeth. You can fill the sticks with treats to make your dog happy while keeping yourself satisfied at keeping your dog’s breath pleasant.
If your dog likes bone for playing, it is fine because bones can actually help keep your dog’s teeth clean. However, you should be aware that giving your doggy some cooked bones is not a good idea at all. Why? It is because cooked bones can crack while they are playing with them and can cause serious injury to your dogs especially in the mouth. Instead, give your dogs some raw bone to play with.
If human needs plenty of water to keep anaerobic bacteria at bay, well so are your dogs. You need to provide your dogs with lots of water to keep its mouth moist and its mouth free from food particles. You also have to make sure that your dog’s water are always clean; thus, you can be sure that no food particle or bacteria will get back to your pet’s mouth. Or you can buy oxygenating solution meant for dogs; by mixing this to the water, you can be sure that bacteria are destroyed and your dog’s breath fresh.
If you need brushing to keep your mouth and teeth clean, so are your dogs. There are brushes especially designed for your dogs. Just make sure that you brush your doggy’s breath properly and regularly and you can be rest assured that no visit to the vets is necessary.
Aside from these home remedies and bad breath products for dogs, you can also keep your pet’s breath fresh by choosing what it eats. Experts advise that you give your dogs some mixture of dry dog foods and canned ones. You can also consult your vets for guides on how to keep your dog’s breath pleasant all the time.
Know the Different Bad Breath Home Remedy
Bad breath or halitosis is probably the most shameful oral condition a person may have. This dental condition will even alter your professional life, even your very personal being. It is therefore important to have it treated as soon as you discover that you have it in your mouth. And if you really feel bad in unveiling this very intimate hygienic condition, you can simply go for the bad breath home remedy formulated for those that have it but not willing to share it even to oral professionals. But before the treatment, you have to ensure that you really have it by doing the following revealing tips:
1.) Prove to yourself that you really have bad breath to prevent from overreacting or overdoing your oral hygiene. Lick your wrist and have it dried in about five seconds. Then smell it. How does it smell to you? How it smells is just the same as how your breath smells to other people.
2.) If you have a bad breath, it is now time to know how bad it is. Get a metal or silver spoon and scrape the back part of your tongue. By the way, that part of your tongue is the posterior and the front part is the anterior. The posterior is where the halitosis bacteria thrive. Smell the residue that is left into the spoon after scraping. How does it smell to you this time? If it is worse than you think, too bad, you have a chronic bad breath!
Now that you know what level of bad breath you will be dealing with, here are the list of useful home remedies you can use to treat yourself in the comfort of your home:
1.) Improving your oral hygienic method. This time, it’s not enough for you to toothbrush alone; you also need to use mouthwash and deodorizer. Do this regularly and properly.
2.) You also have to brush your tongue, starting on the back and going outwards.
3.) When you eat dairy foods, meats, and fish, make sure you brush your teeth. Or at least, gurgle mouthwash if a toothbrush is not available.
4.) Drink a lot of fluids with the exemption of coffee and alcohol as these beverages can even aggravate your oral condition.
5.) Eat fibrous foods. These types of foods are very safe for your oral condition.
6.) Have your breath tested on your kids or nieces and nephews. They will surely not mind after all by being creative on how to do it. One of the most effective ways is by making fun of it or just comparing your smells. Or if even kids make you think you will look a fool in testing your breath odor, you can use the above mentioned procedures to track your improvement.
If you are satisfied with how you are doing, don’t be settled and go back to your slack oral hygiene practices. Continue practicing what you have already learned and you will surely be more than happy to know that the chronic bad breath you once experience is totally gone. It will even be more satisfying to know that no one knew you went over it in the sanctuaries of your home.
Therefore, no one will even believe that you once have it because you never officially admitted it.
Don’t Get Addicted To Teeth Whitening
Most people want their teeth appears white all the time. Whiter teeth could bring positive impact in every person every time you smile. There are people who are obsessed to teeth whitening and they are not aware that it could give harm to their teeth someday. Don’t be a victim of bleachorexia! The over-bleaching of teeth or the obsession with bleaching is called bleachorexia and it could affect you dental health if you are suffering from this disorder. In fact, many people who became addicted to teeth whitening and bleaching suffered from multiple oral health concerns!
Among the warning signs of this disorder would be that a person seems to think that their already-white teeth isn’t white enough. So they frequently implement do-it-yourself bleaching and whitening. In the end, this caused teeth sensitivity, receding gums and loss of enamel that could decreases strength of teeth. It could also cause deterioration on your teeth. Many teeth whitening products are available today and most people are obsessed to whiten their teeth even at home without consulting to their dentist. The fact in teeth whitening obsession is that; it could totally ruin your teeth because of too much bleaching or too much using of teeth whitening products.
Bleaching your teeth could remove stains. However, bear in mind that drinking tea, coffee, sodas and smoking could stain your teeth. To avoid teeth staining avoid smoking and drinking these beverages that could cause stain on your teeth. Actually, teeth whitening rely on chemicals that could whiten your teeth like bleaching that contains peroxide agents. Mostly, teeth whitener that contains peroxide agent is best in yellow colored teeth. However this is not effective in people with dark and brown stain on their teeth especially if fluoride and antibiotics discolored their teeth.
You could do different whitening procedures that could impress people when your smile like visiting to your dentist to make an appointment for teeth whitening. This is often called in-office teeth bleaching. Your dentist applies protective gel that shield or protect your gum. After applying a gel to your gum, your dentist then applies a bleaching agent to your teeth and uses special light for fast whitening results on your teeth.
If you want at home bleaching, your dentist will provide you kit on how to do it at the comfort of your home. A customized mouthguard is provided for you to use. However, you need a frequent visit to your dentist to check if the mouthguard securely fits. You could also use whitening toothpaste at home. Whitening toothpaste has fluoride that helps you whiten your teeth. However the whitening effect takes time.
Having white teeth could give you beautiful smile. However, make sure that the process is right. Too much using of products that contain teeth whitening could harm your teeth instead of giving you beautiful smile. Choose your kind of teeth whitening agent that could give you the best results. Consult your dentist about the best products to be used when you want your teeth to be whitened at home.
Don’t be obsessed of teeth whitening. Avoid too much using of teeth whitening agent so that your teeth will be protected. Remember that too much using of any products or even too much eating of food could ruin our health. There is nothing better than normal usage of any product for teeth whitening. Have a great smile by using the right amount of teeth whitening.
Could A Novel Toothbrush Topper Knock Out Bad Breath?
You’re so used to that minty, fresh taste of toothpaste kick-starting you awake every morning that you just can’t dream of doing away with it. Well, you don’t have to… just make sure you brush with something else added to your toothbrush, and you might find you’ve kissed bad breath goodbye!
Please Pass the Salt
Would you believe that something as simple as salt and pepper on your brush goes a long way in preventing and checking bad breath? The combination gets rid of bacteria build-up in the mouth and promises you cleaner, fresher breath. So get those pepper and salt shakers off your dining table and into your bathrooms.
And how does this unlikely pair prevent bad breath? Pepper is a strong anti-bacterial agent. Salt too, for that matter. In addition, salt helps tighten the gums around the base of the teeth, which discourages gum disease, a problem that typically starts when food particles get trapped in these crevices and start putrefying. Put salt and pepper together and you have a winning combo for your teeth! So shake them on and brush away bad breath.
The director of the Environmental Dental Association has an even better solution – equal measures of salt and baking soda. Wash out your toothbrush with a 1:1 solution of peroxide and water, dip it into the powder and brush away. You might grimace at the taste, but you’ll smile when you smell your breath.
Tend to That Tongue
What also makes a huge difference to some peoples’ bad breath — and can even make it disappear — is to clean your tongue every day, maybe twice a day. Research on oral hygiene has identified a coated tongue as one of the key areas that contribute to bad breath. So get yourself a good tongue cleaner – no, don’t use your toothbrush – and get to work.
When using one, be sure to clean from the inside out, from the throat area toward the lips. Bring it down firmly without pressing the flesh too hard (a good tongue cleaner will help prevent the gag effect). What your cleaner or scraper should do is remove the gooey stuff accumulated on the tongue without irritation or harm.
For many people, a copper tongue cleaner works best. It’s firm and doesn’t rust. And it soon gets rid of days of bad eating and drinking and the resulting deposits on your tongue. Who would have ever thought a clean tongue would be so important? Well, try it and see. Pay attention to the part at the very back, where the greatest number of odor-causing bacteria is found. If your bad breath stems from all that stuff on your tongue, it’s very possible to get rid of it!
Wash Out Your Mouth (But Not with Soap)
What also helps many people is mouthwash, as long as you don’t make the mistake of buying the kind with alcohol, which can worsen bad breath.
You could make an herbal, all-natural mouthwash at home with a cup of water and a drop of peppermint oil. Or, try water in which mint leaves have been steeped for 10 minutes. Or use a light infusion of green tea, which has been shown to have a potent effect on bad breath.
Keep it Simple
So remember your brush-teeth, scrape-tongue routine and you’re on the right track to fresher breath. Just remember, when you brush your teeth, use a soft toothbrush and angle it slightly when you brush the area between the teeth and the gums. Push the toothbrush upwards to get rid of any food particles trapped there. Even better, use a powerful oral irrigator, and don’t forget to floss, because any food trapped between your teeth is bound to putrefy — not the effect you were going for.
Too simple? But who says bad breath is always complicated? Granted, sometimes the causes run much deeper. But for many people, all it takes are a few extra nods toward hygiene, and you’re all set to smell like a rose every time you open your mouth!