If you are brushing your teeth in the morning and evening for 2 minutes with an active ingredient-infused toothpaste, yet bad breath persists there are many ways to target it. 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. Bad breath is experienced by 50% of people throughout their lifetime, making it one of the most common oral care concerns. Targeting and treating mild bad breath or halitosis is achievable from home, while persistent bad breath can point to more serious oral health issues, which only a dentist can treat.
Bad Breath Solutions
Instil A Good Oral Care Routine
While brushing can target some of the bacteria that leads to bad breath, brushing alone is not enough. A standard toothbrush cannot reach all areas of the mouth, so use a Sonic toothbrush to ensure deep-cleaning and oxygen delivery to all areas of the mouth is achieved. Flossing should be part of your daily oral care routine, and while some people find flossing difficult, a Water Flosser is a good alternative to regular flossing and can be used to easily remove bacteria and plaque, Floss at least once a day to prevent bad breath. Mouthwash is also important in preventing and treating bad breath. Use mouthwash after meals or in between brushing to prevent halitosis.
Use Active Ingredients
If you are maintaining a good 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 maintaining overall oral health. Active ingredients like Fluoride and Chloroxedidine work to protect tooth and gum health and will help prevent halitosis.
Personalised Oral Health 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 causes of 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.
Avoid Nicotine Use
Smoking is one of the major causes of bad 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 causes the mouth to dry out, often leading to gum disease, so avoiding nicotine use is one of the best ways to stop halitosis and bad breath from occurring.
Avoid Certain Foods & Drinks
Though brushing after strongly flavoured foods can help to get rid of bad breath, avoiding these foods completely, or using a mouthwash are also effective solutions. Garlic and onion, alcohol and coffee can all cause bad breath due to their effects on the body’s saliva production and digestion.
Routine Dental Appointments
While mild bad breath can be prevented and treated with at-home oral care, persistent or prolonged bad breath, tooth decay smell or rotten tooth smell may be signs of more serious oral health issues. If you are following our advice above but still experience bad breath, see your dentist. Visiting a dentist every 6 months is the only way to solve bad breath that has been caused by tooth decay or infection.
Oral Health Education
At Spotlight Oral Care, our goal is to educate you on your oral health, help you to identify your oral health goals and then achieve them by using our prescriptive oral care solutions. Your oral health needs are as individual as you, 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.