3 Ways To Treat Chronic Bad Breath

If you are concerned about your breath, you are not alone. Researchers suggest that over 80 million people in the United States suffer from chronic bad breath. 

An acute instance of bad breath can be caused by the foods you eat or even from a full night's rest. At night, saliva production in your mouth declines, and the resulting dry-mouth state can cause bad breath. However, chronic forms of bad breath can be associated with your oral health, medications that you take or a systemic health condition. Still, 85 percent of halitosis originates inside the mouth. Here are a few ways beyond brushing and flossing that you can treat chronic bad breath:

Tongue Scraper

Oral bacteria can build up on the tongue and hide in its folds and crevices. These microbes release volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), which contribute to halitosis. In fact, 50 percent of halitosis is caused by residue on the tongue. Many people brush their tongue with their toothbrush to help reduce the number of these sulfur-emitting microorganisms. However, a toothbrush is not effective as a tongue scraper at removing the bacteria.

In one study that compared the effectiveness of a tongue scraper to that of a toothbrush, the tongue scraper reduced the number of VSCs emitted by 75 percent. However, the toothbrush only reduced them by 45 percent.

Oil Pulling

During oil pulling, an edible oil, such as sesame, coconut or olive oil, is swished around the mouth. As the oil moves over the tongue, gums, roof of the mouth, inner cheeks and teeth, it collects oral bacteria. The bacteria remain trapped in the oil and are discarded when the oil is released into a trash receptacle.

Studies show that oil pulling is as effective as chlorhexidine at eliminating the microorganisms that cause bad breath. 

Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse

Rinsing your mouth and gargling with hydrogen peroxide can help eliminate bacteria that release offensive odors. Hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen, which is fatal to anaerobic oral bacteria. However, be sure not use a concentration of hydrogen peroxide that is higher than three percent. High concentrations can cause chemical burns in your mouth.

If you suffer from bad breath, there are measures that you can take to help avoid it. In addition to things that you can do at home, it is important to visit your dentist regularly. Contact your dentist for a consultation, so he or she can assess your oral health and determine whether or not your bad breath is due to an oral health condition, such as gum disease.

To learn more, contact a family dentistry clinic like Dentistry in Streetsville