- 1. Practice consistent, proper oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing regularly is fundamental to your dental health, and helps combat bad breath. Generally it is recommended to brush and floss 2 to 3 times a day. (Too often and you may harm tooth enamel and even create an environment more prone to bad breath!) Flossing is especially helpful as it removes food particles that will emit a distinctive foul odor as they decompose between the teeth.
- 2. Avoid alcohol-heavy mouthwash. Most main-stream mouthwashes feature a large amount of alcohol which dries out the mouth. When a mouth is dry, it is predisposed to having bad breath.
- Drink plenty of water. Again, a hydrated mouth is a healthy mouth. Your mouth requires hydration in order to operate correctly and combat bad breath causing bacteria.
- Kick your hygiene up a notch. If standard toothbrushes and floss aren’t getting the job done, invest in Hydrofloss Oral Irrigation System and a sonic toothbrush. The oral irrigator is especially effective and should not be confused with a simple Water Pik. Like the basic Water Pik, Hydrofloss devices shoot water through tooth crevices, but in additional these devices also push the water molecules through magnetic fields, producing ionized water molecules that profoundly interrupt the mechanism bacteria and tarter use for adhering to the mouth. It’s hands down one of the most effective devices for combating bad breath and gum disease currently available.
- Visit your dentist regularly. A dental professional not only provides effective cleaning, but they can also help you combat gum disease, another major contributor to bad breath.
- Fight back against smelly foods. If you love garlic, onions or spicy foods, you need to be prepared to combat food-based bad breath. A bad breath pill like BreathGemz will not only give your mouth a minty flavor, but when you swallow the pill, the ingredients will combat the smells that are generated as the food is broken down and often escape through the mouth.
- Don’t smoke and limit coffee. Smoking and caffeine will dry the mouth making it more susceptible to smelling bad. Smoking also introduces tar, nicotine and chemicals and these particles lodge between teeth, in various nooks and crannies and in soft oral tissues, resulting in an unattractive smell. If you do smoke and cannot bring yourself to quit, invest in a product like Smoker’s Breath Aide, which will restore your mouth and even combat nicotine cravings.
- Check for dry mouth. Chronic dry mouth (xerostamia) is a common symptom of aging and a variety of medications, and it can lead to can lead to chronic halitosis. Saliva is a vital part of a healthy mouth and initiates the breakdown of food. Without appropriate amounts of salvia, food particles linger and release unpleasant odors. If you suspect you are experiencing xerostamia, look into dry mouth treatments from reputable companies like SalivaSure, OraMoist, Salese, BreathRx and Dentiva.
- Irrigate your sinuses. If you have sinusitis or allergies, it is likely contributing to your bad breath. Post nasal drip travels across the bad of the throat, living a biofilm where bad-breath inducing bacteria thrives. A sinus irrigator and saline wash will flush out the mucus, reducing post nasal drip and the resulting biofilm. Partner a sinus irrigator with a tongue scrapper for the best results.
- See a specialist. When all else fails, it may be time to see a specialist. There a number of illnesses and genetic factors that could be coming into play that only a professional can detect and treat. You can start by calling The Center for Breath Treatment’s halitosis clinic for a free consultation.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
As a halitosis specialist at the Center for Breath Treatment with more than 15 years in the field, I have been asked to endorse a number of bad breath products. Most of these products were ineffective. They tend to focus on superficial "cover up" techniques and almost never use true science to address the condition’s root cause. Many of these products operate under the assumption that all bad breath can be treated the same, which is simply not true.
As a point of principal, I turn these ineffective, one-size-fits-all products away. I have spent the last 15 years carefully testing and selecting products that I know will work for my patients. I cannot risk my professional reputation on a product that makes promises it cannot deliver. Likewise, I have also turned down the opportunity to produce our own branded products because of the inherent conflict of interest it would create. I’m not interested in becoming a marketer for my own line of products. I would rather continue to use the best products available and focus on helping my patients and treating their halitosis with a 99% success rate.
Needless to say, it is rare that I find an innovative, effective bad breath product that genuinely excites me. That is why I am so pleased to announce that I have agreed to be the official dental spokesperson for BreathGemz bad breath pills. Manufactured by Gemz Brands USA, and also endorsed by both Larry King and his wife, Shawn King, BreathGemz are a completely unique approach to food-related bad breath. The capsule is made up of two parts. The pill features a proprietary Instamint coating that dissolves quickly in the mouth, delivering a fresh, minty flavor and sensation. After 60 seconds, the Instamint will have fully dissolved and you then swallow the pill, which contains all-natural ingredients that neutralize the offensive odors that are produced during food decomposition. These odors are unpleasant and often escape through one’s breath. BreathGemz not only address the immediate smell of the food on the breath (even garlic, onions and spicy foods), but it also counters the smells that are produced when these foods are broken down.
The bottom line: BreathGemz are are innovative, unique, all-natural, scientifically proven, easy to use and highly effective. For these reasons, I highly recommend them to individuals who worry about food-related bad breath.
As a halitosis specialist, I understand the psychological impact that bad breath can have on one’s self confidence and well-being. If you love garlic, but hate worrying about your breath, I enthusiastically recommend BreathGemz. However, if you suffer from severe, non-food related halitosis, this product alone won’t be able to solve your problem completely. You may need to address other biological factors such as biofilm bacteria, sinus issues and even taste bud shape and size. If you suspect that your bad breath is more than just what you ate, I recommend you visit the Center for Breath Treatment, our specialized clinic located in the San Francisco bay area. If you cannot make it to San Francisco, I also offer free phone consultations.
About the Author: Dr. Anthony Dailley has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years and conducts research pertaining to bad breath treatments and remedies at the California Pacific Lab. Dr. Dailley holds a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University as well as a dental degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. Dr Dailley specializes in curing chronic bad breath and founded the nationally acclaimed Center for Breath Treatment.