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Regular Brushing Cures Bad Breath

Apr 07, 2008
Chronic bad breath can be an embarrassing problem for many people, still the cure might be very simple. Brushing your teeth twice a day with toothpaste containing triclosan and cleaning your tongue surface is effective enough to help you get rid of bad breath, experts say.

Halitosis or more commonly called chronic bad breath is thought to be caused by oral bacteria, producing sulfur compounds that have a specific smell. More than 25 percent of the population suffers from bad breath, and this number may be actually higher due to the fact that many people try to hide their problem. This condition may negatively affect a person's personal life, business relationships and lead to stress and low self-esteem.

During the study that lasted for 28 days, scientists measured the levels of odor-causing bacteria in 14 adults suffering from bad breath. Peter Moses, a student at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, and colleagues found that brushing teeth twice a day with a toothbrush containing triclosan and scraping tongue surface reduced the level of oral bacteria from 400 parts-per-billion at the beginning of the experiment to about 100 parts-per-billion at the end of the study.

Triclosan is often used in production of soaps, detergents, deodorants but is not so commonly used in toothpastes. The study shows that choosing toothpaste with trisclosan may be quite effective in reducing bad breath.

Dr Mel Rosenberg, a Professor of Microbiology at Tel Aviv University in Israel says that the key to fresh breath is good oral hygiene. It is a common misconception that digestive system is to blame for bad breath. In most cases the problem comes from the mouth. And regular brushing together with cleaning of the tongue can be very helpful in dealing with bad breath.

Other useful tips to help you deal with bad breath:

  1. Thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day for not less than 2-3 minutes. Avoid brushing too hard as it can lead to increased teeth sensitivity and deterioration of the teeth. Brush outside and inside surfaces of the teeth, being especially attentive to the chewing surfaces where the most bacteria may be left.
  2. Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper You may use a small spoon or specially designed products for tongue scraping. Place the tongue scraper on the posterior part of your tongue and gently draw it forward. Try to be careful not to irritate your tongue.
  3. Flossing helps to eliminate bacteria from between the teeth where brushing can be less effective. It is recommended to use a odorless floss so that it would be easier for you to find those areas that give the odors.
  4. Drink sufficient amount of water. Most bacteria causing bad breath appears in a dry mouth so maintaining a good water balance is important.
  5. Use an alcohol-free mouth wash before sleep.