Bad breath is a lot more complicated than we think it is. Most people automatically assume that when a person’s breath stinks, the culprit is always poor hygiene. While most cases can be attributed to failure to brush and floss regularly, for some there are underlying health concerns that cause their breath to smell terrible. There are millions of people seeking treatment for bad breath which is why we see tons of products in the market that promise to get rid of the problem forever. Some work and some don’t.
To eliminate mouth malodor, you have to know what’s causing it first. It’s almost impossible to find a solution if you fail to get to the root of the problem. We can readily say that the easiest solution would be to brush and floss your teeth every after meal and clean your tongue. What if you have tooth decay or abscessed tooth? What if what you actually need is dental filling? In this case, no matter how many times you brush, your breath will smell like feces all the time. For this situation, the most effective treatment for bad breath I can recommend is going to your dentist and have the problem fixed.
If you have gone to the dentist and they told you that everything is fine, the awful smell coming from your mouth may just be caused by bacteria buildup. You can try oxygenated toothpaste and a mouthwash specifically intended to keep bad breath at bay. If commercial products do not work for you then it’s time to go back to basics.
You may not know this but baking soda has proven to be an effective treatment for bad breath for centuries. It actually works by changing the pH level in your mouth. Baking soda transforms your mouth into an environment that rejects anaerobic bacteria. These bacteria cause your breath to smell through their waste products. Baking soda is especially beneficial for people who are suffering from gingivitis (another bad breath culprit).
To use baking soda as a treatment for bad breath, put the solution on your toothpaste and start brushing as usual. After brushing, rinse your mouth with water and make sure you eliminate all baking soda from your mouth. If you don’t like this method, you can always mix the solution with your toothpaste so you’ll still have that minty taste while you brush.
You can also create a homemade mouth rinse by mixing one part peroxide with one part water and then add a pinch of baking soda and a pinch of salt.