Bad breath: what really helps?
Anyone who suffers from bad breath knows these problems:
- You become uncertain when dealing with others.
- One no longer dares to get close to others.
- One fears that the others smell the bad breath.
- Pay attention to signs, whether the others "it" notice.
- Especially you suffer in intimate situations, if you want to get very close to his partner.
But there are also cases in which people falsely believe that they have bad breath.
Here are the answers and much more information:
What helps against bad breath? Information for download
Bad breath? Do the self-test!
Sometimes you are not sure if you have bad breath or not. Of course you can ask others. But that’s often not easy. There is a simple self-test that will allow you to check if you have bad breath or not:
- Extend your tongue far out and lick a few times vigorously over your wrist.
- Wait a minute and let the saliva dry.
- Then you smell the wrist .
Where does bad breath come from??
About one in four Europeans suffers from bad breath (halitosis or halitosis) and not everyone notices it themselves. Often the others draw attention to this – but unfortunately not always: Bad breath is considered a taboo topic.
Only 20% are metabolically and disease-related
Of course, some foods and beverages may cause bad breath, such as Garlic, alcohol or cigarettes. But that’s mostly temporary, less the problem.
Liver disease, kidney damage, diabetes and chronic lung infections can sometimes cause a characteristic odor of the breath. Even suppurating sinuses and tonsils can lead to bad breath. In some cases an acidified stomach is the cause – e.g. if you suffer from chronic stress. In all these cases, it is advisable to consult a specialist. But before you do that, you should go to the dentist because:
Over 80% of the cause of bad breath in the mouth and throat
- In plaque, if the teeth are not cleaned regularly.
- In interdental spaces that are not easy to clean.
- In the tartar, if this is not removed regularly.
- In gum pockets (especially in periodontal disease)
- On the back of the tongue
- In carious areas of the teeth ("holes")
- On poorly cleaned dentures
Normally, the saliva transports a large part of the bad-smelling substances. If not enough saliva flows (for example, in certain diseases, when taking certain medications or while sleeping), the bad breath will increase. This is one of the reasons why you sometimes have a bad taste in your mouth when you wake up in the morning.
What you can do yourself against bad breath
Regularly brush your teeth thoroughly – by hand or better electrically. As a result, a large part of the plaque is removed. Best two times a day. In any case, before going to bed.
Clean the interdental spaces at least once a day. For the molars, it is best to use a so-called interdental brush (interdental brush).
Let us advise you which brush is best for you. We also like to show you how to use them effectively.
Let us show you how to do it right.
Coverings on the back of the tongue can very badly cause bad breath. But hardly anyone brushes his tongue regularly. There are special brushes or scrapers for it. You should get such a tool.
Take regular fluids – preferably pure water. This will wash away some of the foul-smelling sulfur compounds and fatty acids and give you a better mouthfeel.
It also makes you more alert and fitter!
In between, you can also chew gum – but only those without sugar and with xylitol respectively. xylitol. Chewing gums are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. But they remove at least part of the soft plaque and they stimulate salivation.
But beware: too many chewing gums can be laxative because of the sweeteners they contain.
There are mouthwashes and there are mouthwashes. Mouthwashes only cover the bad breath and do not last long. Mouthwash solutions have a disinfectant effect: they eliminate a part of the odor-causing bacteria. However, not every mouthwash solution is equally well suited.
Please ask us: We are happy to advise you which product is best for you.
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