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Avoiding the “Big Bad B”: What’s the bad breath cure?

Jul 05, 2021

 

Do people lean away when you speak? Have you lost business because customers can’t bear your bad breath? Have you ever put your hand over your mouth to block a bad breath blast? Never fear. Help is at hand (or should that be “in mouth” so that you can find a bad breath cure. 

Why do I need the Bad Breath Cure?

97% of bad breath, or halitosis, is caused by anaerobic bacteria (bacteria that thrive in an oxygen-deprived environment). These charming bacterial fellows emit a foul smelling gas, as they happily digest proteins in the mouth.

Interestingly, different mouth bacteria produce different types of bad breath. 

Warning: gross-out moment ahead:  

 

Chemicals created by bacteria Type of bad breath 
Hydrogen Sulphide Rotten-egg breath
Methyl Mercaptan “Poo” breath
Dimethyl Sulphide Gasoline breath
Cadaverine Breath like a corpse
Putrescine Breath like decaying flesh
Isovaleric acid Breath like off-milk and rotten cheese

 

If you are accompanied by smells like these every time you exhale, what can you do? During the pandemic, a mask can “mask” some of these evil odours but a real solution must get to the root of the problem.

Causes of bad breath

Just as many different bacteria can take up residence in your mouth and literally create a stink, there are also many causes of bad breath. 

  • Food
    Foods with a strong flavour: onions, garlic, spicy food and some cheeses, as well as acidic beverages such as coffee can all linger on the breath as they are digested. Without proper flossing and brushing, food may get stuck in the teeth, encouraging the big bad breath bacteria. A low carbohydrate diet can also cause “ketone breath” as the body burns fat for energy, producing ketones, which give the breath a fruity acetone-like odour.

 

  • Tobacco products
    Smoking and chewing tobacco can leave smelly chemicals in the mouth, which are exhaled on the breath.

 

  • Poor dental hygiene
    If you don’t brush or floss regularly, food particles remain in the mouth and start to rot, leading to bad breath. Over time, plaque builds up in the mouth and also has an unpleasant odour. 

 

  • Health problems
    Bad breath can sometimes be a sign of more serious health problems such as diabetes, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, sinus infection or even liver or kidney disease.

 

  • Dry mouth
    Saliva helps moisten and cleanse the mouth but when the body does not produce enough saliva, bacteria thrives. Dry mouth can be caused by salivary gland problems, medications, or by breathing through the mouth.

 

  • “Morning breath”
    Most of us have woken up with breath like a chemical weapon. This is because saliva production almost stops during sleep, which allows bacteria to flourish and bad breath to take over. 

 

  • Other causes of bad breath:
    Objects stuck in the nose (usually in children), alcoholism and large doses of vitamin supplements may also cause bad breath.

 

How do you know if you have bad breath? 

Sometimes others get a blast of our bad breath before we are even aware of it. Some warning signs that we could have bad breath are:  

  • An unpleasant or sour taste
  • A change in taste
  • Dry mouth
  • Coating on the tongue.

The bad breath bacteria have attacked, where’s the bad breath cure?  

6 ways to stop bad breath

A few simple self-care techniques can banish bad breath: 

1. Choose oral care products wisely

Use oral care products without nasty chemicals such as detergents (sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureate Sulfate), alcohols, parabens or glycerin. Using oral hygiene products with detergents or alcohol can make bad breath problems even worse. Change your oral care to the Oral Botanica product range made from therapeutic essential oils. The Oral Botanica Classic mouthwash and liquid toothpaste are proven to be effective in fighting bad breath.

2. Proper oral care 

Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. This removes any food and plaque that can be used as a fuel source by the bacterial bad boys. 

3. Lemon Juice rinse 

A lemon rinse has been used for generations to cure bad breath and dry mouth. Lemon’s high acidic content prevents bacteria from growing on your tongue and gums. Just before bedtime, stir a tablespoon of lemon juice and a pinch of salt into a cup of water and use it to rinse your mouth thoroughly. 

4. Increase your saliva production 

Drink 1.5 to 2 litres of water every day and use Oral Botanica to kill the bacteria which causes acid production in the mouth.

5. Eat fibrous fruits and vegetables

One of the best ways to remove bacteria in the mouth is to eat an apple a day. This helps moisten the mouth, too.

6. Take a dietary supplement

Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin B help your body naturally eliminate excess mucus and toxins.

Oral Botanica is the safest and most effective toothpaste and mouthwash to remedy bad breath. We believe that nature has the answer and all our products are made from naturally powerful, 100 per cent organic ingredients. 

Don’t worry, we will help you win every battle with the big bad boys of mouth bacteria and bad breath, leaving your mouth fresh and healthy naturally.

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