As much as bad breath is embarrassing and unpleasant, it is way too common. In fact, everyone faces bad breath after a good night’s sleep.
Over half the population struggles with bad breath and questions dentists – is bad breath curable?
The answer of course is, YES.
But before we tell you, how to cure bad breath permanently, let's figure the types of bad breath and what causes them.
Bad breath can be due to several reasons:
- Morning bad breath: all human beings, have bad breath when they wake up in the morning. The reason being, lack of saliva. Saliva, as you may know is a natural mouthwash. It keeps the bacteria from growing. But as you sleep, the constant flow of saliva stops. Which is why your mouth goes dry. Which is also why, the bacteria start to grow rapidly, resulting in bad breath, as you wake up.
- Strong smelling foods: another reason for bad breath is Onion and Garlic. These are the two, common types of bad smelling foods, which make your breath unpleasant. This category also includes, chewing tobacco and puffing cigarettes.
- Improper Hygiene: your mouth like any place, requires cleansing. Which if not done regularly, leads to the growth of bacteria. which in turn results in bad breath.
- Dehydration: water plays a huge role in all body functions. As mentioned earlier, a dry mouth causes the bacteria to multiply. And a dehydrated body, results in an extremely dry mouth.
- Diseases: diseases such as tooth decay, stomach ulcers, yeast infection in mouth, ear infection etc. are also possible causes of bad breath.
- Unhealthy eating habits: eating too much or too less, can both result in bad smelling breaths! For example, eating foods enriched with excess Sulphur, causes your breath to smell. Whereas, going on a crash diet also makes your body burn fat unhealthily, resulting in the produce of chemicals called ketones, which make your breath smell unpleasant.
However, the most common type of bad breath other than the morning breath, is bad breath coming from stomach.
Here’s How to Cure Bad Breath Coming from Stomach
People may think, your mouth is the only reason for bad breath. Little do they know that the stomach and its acids, are as much culprits.
The most common stomach problems that cause bad breath are – Reflux and ulcers.
Reflux – also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). In this condition, the stomach acid travels up to the throat, causing the chest and throat tissues to burn. This also causes damage to the teeth and ruins the environment of the mouth, entertaining bacterial growth. Which results in bad smell from your mouth.
A Permanent bad breath solution in this case, will require a proper checkup and treatment from a doctor who specializes in gastrointestinal diseases.
Here are some foods to avoid that trigger an acid reflux in your body.
Ulcers – ulcers such as H. pylori disturbs the stomach’s environment which in turn results in a foul odor in the mouth.
To cure bad breath permanently in this case, you will have to first get rid of the bacteria in your stomach. Which luckily can be gotten rid of with the help of antibiotics.
How to Cure Bad Breath – FAST
Usually things such as fixing your bad breath take time and effort. However sometimes you need an instant cure. Such as for an interview, special meet-up etc.
Here’s a list of things you can do to get rid of the foul smell from your mouth, for a good few hours, if not permanently.
- Keep your body and mouth hydrated.
- Scrape bacteria from your tongue, with a spoon or tongue tool.
- Use a mouthwash twice a day.
- Gargle with salted water.
- Rinse mouth with fresh water after every meal.
- Keep a travel brush and toothpaste for freshening your breath instantly.
- Chew a sugar-free gum.
- Pleasant smelling herbs such as cilantro, parsley or mint also help freshen breath, when on the go.
How to Keep Breath Smelling Fresh – All day Everyday
To keep your breath smelling fresh all day long, you will need to not only take care of your oral hygiene but also look after what you eat and drink.
Here are some ground rules that will help keep your breath afresh.
- Brush twice a day.
- Floss twice a day.
- Don’t forget to clean the tongue and inner walls of the cheeks.
- Rinse mouth vigorously with water after every meal.
- Avoid strong smelling foods OR immediately drink water and brush after having them.
- Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water.
Last but not the least, visit a dentist for routine dental checkups.