Dealing with Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Ah yes, bad breath, that thing we all try to avoid yet have to deal with frequently, whether that be from ourselves or from other people. It’s a constant issue and something that, for many, can create a great deal of anxiety as people furiously brush their teeth every day.

Hydration Nation

A good way to deal with bad breath is simply by staying hydrated throughout the day. Halitosis can be a result of having an overly dry mouth, this can be a problem because it means your mouth is not creating enough saliva to properly wash away excess food and bacteria. 

Gum Up!

Chewing sugar-free gum is also a good way to conquer the bad breath issue. As these often have refreshing flavours such as mint, they’ll be able to make your breath smell as though you’ve recently brushed your teeth properly. Much like drinking water, chewing gum also encourages saliva production making your mouth more efficient at getting rid of leftover food particles and bacteria. 

Some Foods are Smellier Than Others

It’s a known fact that certain foods can make your breath smell way worse than others. Coffee is probably the biggest culprit, with many modern offices being plagued by the dreaded “coffee breath” that results from everyone’s favourite caffeine delivery system. Garlic and onions are also known creators of bad breath while alcohol is known to have a similar effect. 

Zinc-ing Around

As it turns out, an easy way to reduce bad breath is to simply eat food that has a higher amount of zinc. That’s right, those that suffer from chronic halitosis usually also have zinc deficiencies as well, with zinc being a natural antimicrobial that reduces the smelly bacteria that chooses to live in your mouth. And, because you’re no doubt trying to figure out which foods have a high zinc count, we’ll just tell you here and now.

Oysters, beef, firm tofu, pumpkin seeds, lentils and low-fat yogurt all have big zinc counts and can be considered if you’re struggling with bad breath. 

Stop Smoking

Smoking in addition to causing a whole host of other problems, also plays a part in causing some distinctly bad breath. Not so much from the bacteria, but from the smoke itself, which leaves some pretty smelly particles in the mouth well after the cigarette is done. Smoking is also a known cause of other issues like gum disease and dry mouth, both of which contribute to poor dental health. 

Good Dental Hygiene

Did you really think we were going to do this entire blog without addressing the big elephant in the room? Bad breath, along with a whole host of other dental issues can be traced back most of the time to poor dental hygiene. Brushing and flossing fundamental to making sure your breath is fresh and your teeth and gums are healthy. 

That’s it for bad breath. Though we’d also advise seeing your local Riverview emergency dentist regularly and getting a check-up to make sure you can see problems before they occur.