These bacteria commonly feed on protein which is found in the meat, fish and dairy products that you eat. As the bacteria break down the protein, they release a waste product, sulphur, which causes bad breath. The more these bacteria multiply and feed, the worse your breath will smell.
Sounds pretty disgusting, right?
Don’t worry, it’s totally normal and these naturally-occurring bacteria are actually important for digestion. Although you can never fully get rid of them, here are six ways you can try to help beat bad breath:
It can also be helpful to use a mouthwash. However, be careful not to use a mouthwash which contains alcohol, as this can make your mouth dry, potentially worsening your bad breath. Instead, use a mouthwash which contains oxygenated products such as chlorine dioxide or sodium chloride.
Alcohol and coffee have a diuretic effect, slowing down the production of saliva and creating a great environment in your mouth for odour-producing bacteria to live and feed. So it’s important to make sure you drink plenty of water to help combat the diuretic effects of these beverages. Make sure you give your teeth and tongue a good scrub before popping in to bed each night and when you get up the next day, especially after a night of drinking.
Dry mouth can also be caused by certain medications and some long-term health conditions, such as diabetes and Parkinson’s. If you’re experiencing dry mouth, it’s important to speak to your doctor and or dentist who will be able to help.
Bad breath is something most of us will experience from time to time but by following the above six tips you can help beat it. If, however, your bad breath is not going away or it’s getting worse, it’s important to speak to your dentist who will be able to help.