Bad breath is caused by many factors and it is important to understand there is no universal solution for it. There are many products on the market which help with one aspect or another so finding a solution to your condition will probably require a combination of relevant products combined with a new oral hygiene regime.
Causes of bad breath
Many people suffer from gum disease without realising it. Even severe gum disease can go unnoticed. It is best to think of gum disease as incurable but in most cases it can be successfully managed. Bacteria in plaque causes infection of the gums and this in turn is the source of bad breath. Generally speaking the more severe the condition the stronger the smell. Here it is important to understand that treating the condition is far more important than masking the smell.
Everyone who believes they suffer from gum disease MUST SEE A DENTIST. The following products are relevant to this condition.
Trapped Stagnating Food
Use a small headed toothbrush such as the Sensodyne Search 3.5 to clean all areas.
Clean between the teeth with Icon Interdentals or Colgate Pro Gum Floss.
Use a good fluoride toothpaste (spit don't rinse!)
An initial campaign with Corsodyl Alcohol Free Mouthwash thereafter an antibacterial alcohol free mouthwash for on going maintenance.
This may result from poor fitting crowns, bridgework, broken and old fillings etc as well as food packing in deep pockets and around partially erupted wisdom teeth and partial dentures. Many people are often surprised by this because they believe they are cleaning their teeth properly. An oral regime as described in a-c above is required and the use of an interspace brush and tongue scraper will help with difficult to reach areas. People with this sort of problem benefit from an irrigator which may be used with a foaming mouthwash such as Colgate Peroxyl to oxygenate gums and loosen debris.
You may be experiencing a dry mouth condition. There are many causes, in particular the long term use of drugs. The reduced saliva flow can cause debris retention with a higher risk of decay and is one of the causes of bad breath. An oral hygiene regime as described in a-c above is always necessary.
Biotene is committed to offering Dry Mouth sufferers a full line of options. Their products work gently in order to not further irritate and can even help ease the symptoms of dry mouth.
Smoking, garlic and spicy foods
These causes of bad breath are more superficial and often self-inflicted! Nonetheless it is best to adopt the regime in a-c above with the addition of a breath control rinse and tongue scraper.
Throat infection/ulcers/sinus problems
All the above can cause bad breath. You may find thicker deposits forming on your tongue and you will probably be less enthusiastic about oral hygiene if you’re under the weather. Please persist with the regime a-c above. Use a tongue scraper if you can. An anti-bacterial mouthwash spray gargled will most likely ease the symptoms and freshen the breath. Most of these conditions are temporary but if they persist you must visit a dentist or your doctor.
All of the above recommendations are not intended as a substitute to visit a dentist or a doctor and this should always be your priority.