Let’s be honest - we’ve all had bad breath at one time or another. Whether it’s because you’ve just demolished a loaf of garlic bread or haven’t had a chance to brush your teeth yet, stinky breath is something that affects us all.
The culprit? Bacteria that lives in your mouth and breaks down food, proteins and skin cells. Some of these bacteria are downright smelly - especially when they release their nasty sulphur compounds.
But you (and everyone around you!) don’t have to suffer forever. There are ways to avoid bad breath. Read on to learn what causes bad breath and how to fix it.
Skipping meals and dieting
Believe it or not, skipping meals or constantly dieting can make your breath smell terrible. Who would have thought, right?
This is because your body releases ketones when breaking down fat. Ketones are water-soluble molecules that are produced by the liver. They’re formed from fatty acids when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to convert glucose into energy. Think of ketones as an alternative fuel. When your body doesn’t have enough sugar for energy, the ketones come into play.
Unfortunately, these ketones smell - bad. And the only way they can get out of your body is through your mouth. This leaves you with pretty smelly breath. How embarrassing.
How to fix it
Eat regular, healthy meals and space them at least three to four hours apart. That way, your body will produce enough glucose and energy to keep those stinky ketones at bay.
Try to eat more raw fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots and celery. These foods help produce more saliva, which cleans out any foul-smelling bacteria from your mouth.
Your tongue and throat are always covered with some kind of bacteria - 20 billion, in fact. Gross right? But don’t panic - it’s meant to be there. A certain mixture of bacteria on your tongue and mouth creates a healthy environment.
Your tongue has loads of grooves and hard to reach crevices - making it the perfect place for funky-smelling bacteria and plaque to grow.
The best way to remove bacteria and plaque from your tongue is to get it a good old fashioned clean.
Use a tongue scraper to gently scrape away any gunk that builds up. However, studies have shown that there isn’t that much proof that a tongue scraper makes much difference. That’s because most of the yucky bacteria are all the way at the back of the tongue.
Our Tongue Cleaner Tip is great for reducing bad breath. How? It cleans away the sulphur-producing bacteria that lives on the back of the tongue. Using this attachment is easy. Simply hold your head over the sink, turn the unit on, and then work the blade across your tongue, starting at the back and moving to the front. Begin with the pressure set to low, then build up to a higher setting as you feel more comfortable.
Taking a lot of medications lately? Or sleeping with your mouth open? Maybe you’re not drinking enough water. All these things lead to one thing - a dry mouth.
Xerostomia is the fancy name for dry mouth. Just like it sounds, dry mouth is when the salivary glands in your mouth don’t make enough saliva to keep your mouth wet.
So what’s the big deal? How does dry mouth cause bad breath? It turns out saliva is a pretty big deal. Without it, your breath is less than fresh. Saliva is responsible for:
Keeping the mouth moist
Neutralising acids produced by plaque
Washing away dead cells that build up on the tongue, gums and cheeks.
If these acids and dead cells aren’t washed away by your saliva, they decompose - resulting in bad breath. Ew.
There are plenty of ways to keep lubricated if your mouth is feeling dry. You can start by drinking plenty of water or non-carbonated, sugar-free drinks.
Avoid using mouthwashes that contain alcohol. Having trouble finding any? Check online for a range of alcohol-free mouthwashes.
Use a humidifier in the bedroom. This will add moisture to the air, which will reduce those stinky dry mouth symptoms that develop while you’re sleeping.
Ever noticed a sticky, colourless or pale yellow film over your teeth? That’s plaque. And if it isn’t removed properly, you’re going to have some pretty rancid breath.
Plaque occurs when saliva, food and fluids combine, forming between the teeth and along the gum line. It usually appears 4-12 hours after brushing - which is why it’s so important to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day.
If plaque isn’t removed while it’s soft, it hardens. Then you’ll need to call in the professionals - like your dentist - to remove it for you. Otherwise, you’ll suffer from bad breath forever.
Seeing your dentist regularly is essential, but a professional cleaning only keeps plaque at bay for a short time. That’s because as soon as you eat and drink, plaque starts forming all over again.
Keep a good at-home oral care routine which includes both brushing and flossing. If you find flossing to be a chore, use our GENIE1 water flosser toothbrush.
Featuring a 360° rotating head, our GENIE1 shoots water 1200 times a minute at pressures up to 110 PSI. This cleans up to 99.9% of food residue and plaque that traditional brushing and flossing can’t reach. And the 300ml water reservoir gives you up to 100 seconds of continuous use - leaving you with a cleaner and brighter smile!
Home Hygienist is an innovative company on a mission to bring convenient and effective dental products to you. Use one of the best dental hygiene practices in the comfort of your own home. Get your Home Hygienist water flosser here!
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