We do not recommend the use of medication for bad breath unless you have been advised by a dentist or doctor. Caffeine and alcohol, foods like onion and garlic, gum disease or tooth decay can all cause bad breath, also known as oral malodour or halitosis. Targeting and treating mild bad breath or halitosis is achievable from home without medication by integrating a good daily oral care routine and by using prescriptive, clinically proven oral care solutions. Persistent bad breath can point to more serious oral health issues, which only a dentist can treat. Never self-medicate when looking to treat bad breath. Simple changes in lifestyle can help to prevent and alleviate halitosis, and if more serious attention is needed to solve bad breath a dentist will treat the cause of bad breath professionally.
Bad Breath Prevention
Instill A Good Oral Care Routine
Maintaining an effective daily oral care routine is one of the best ways to prevent bad breath. Poor oral hygiene can cause bacteria that builds up in the mouth to react with food, producing an unpleasant smelling gas which we recognise as bad breath. Use a Sonic Toothbrush morning and night to ensure effective, deep-cleaning of the teeth and gums is achieved. A Sonic Toothbrush uses high-frequency brush strokes to deliver oxygen to every area of the mouth which will help prevent bacteria that cause bad breath from building up.
You can try our Our Bad Breath collection, including toothpaste for gum health, foaming mouthwash or even our water flosser.
Flossing is also an essential part of every daily oral care routine and is vital when combating bad breath. If you struggle to floss, use a Water Flosser which will easily remove bacteria and plaque. Floss at least once a day to prevent bad breath. Using an active ingredient, alcohol-free mouthwash after meals or in between brushing can also help to prevent halitosis.
Use Active Ingredients
If you are maintaining a regular oral care routine but do not use formulations that include active ingredients, bad breath can occur. Active ingredients play a vital role in preventing bad breath and halitosis while helping to maintain overall oral health. Active ingredients like Fluoride and Chlorhexidine work to protect tooth and gum health and will help actively combat halitosis. While active ingredients are essential in targeting bad breath, it is also important that your oral care formulations do not contain any additional, unnecessary, or unsafe ingredients. Never use oral care solutions that contain sulphates, microbeads, palm oils, parabens, triclosan, DEA or SLS which can harm both your oral health and overall health.
Prescriptive Oral Care Solutions
Everyone’s oral care needs and concerns are individual, so never settle for generic oral care solutions. When treating bad breath, choose oral care solutions that are tailor-made to combat the bacteria that cause bad breath. The more prescriptive your oral care solutions are, the better results you will see in your oral health. Brushing alone cannot prevent bad breath and self-prescribed medication is not a solution for bad breath.
Avoid Nicotine Use
Smoking is one of the major causes of bad breath or smoker's breath, so despite brushing your teeth daily, bad breath may still occur. The only way to stop bad breath from nicotine use is to stop smoking. Smoking causes the mouth to dry out and affects saliva production which can often lead to gum disease and bad breath. Avoiding nicotine use is one of the best ways to stop halitosis and bad breath from occurring.
Avoid Certain Foods & Drinks
Though brushing teeth and gums or using mouthwash after eating strongly flavoured foods can help to combat bad breath, avoiding these foods completely is the only way to stop bad breath occurring from these foods. Garlic and onion, alcohol and coffee, citrus fruits, and tinned fish can all cause bad breath due to their effects on the body’s saliva production and digestion.
Regular Dental Check Ups
If you experience persistent or prolonged bad breath despite maintaining a good daily oral care routine, bad breath, halitosis, tooth decay smell or rotten tooth smell may be signs of more serious oral health issues. Only a dentist can diagnose and treat these more serious conditions, so visiting a dentist every 6 months is essential.
Oral Health Education
Understanding your oral care starts with education. The more educated you are about oral health issues, the more prepared you can be when it comes to solving those issues. At Spotlight Oral Care, our goal is to educate you on your oral health, help you to identify your oral health goals, and then actively help you to achieve them by using our prescriptive oral care solutions. Your oral health concerns and goals are as individual as you are, so don’t settle for a one-size-fits-all oral care routine. Our clean, clinically proven, active ingredient-infused formulations have been created specifically to treat your oral care concerns and we are on hand to make sure you get the most from your smile.