We’ve all experienced lingering bad breath, usually after a meal with pungent foods. While brushing and flossing are the most effective ways to get rid of plaque and debris which cause bad breath, they are not always enough to neutralize bad breath odors.
While the occasional bad breath is embarrassing, it can be a daily struggle for those who struggle with halitosis, a bad breath most often caused by debris in the deep recesses of the tonsils. For both types of bad breath, the key is to find a remedy that will fight bacteria, not just odor.
Here are some more ways to get rid of bad breath, if you do not want to use hydrogen peroxide.
Using mints or gum to dispel bad breath will help alleviate the symptoms of bad breath at the surface, but for those who struggle with halitosis, this merely covers up the smell for a few moments. While it may be wise to avoid pungent foods if you know that you struggle with bad breath to begin with, it isn’t always the foods you are eating that cause the bad breath. Any food, whether pungent of not, that gets caught in a recess in the mouth or tonsils will have the chance to gather bacteria and begin to emit odor.
It is important to not over-clean and dry out the mouth when trying to eliminate bad breath. Over-drying the mouth through alcoholic mouthwashes and over-brushing can often lead to abrasions or sores that simply gather more bacteria, which only exacerbates the problem.
Hydrogen peroxide has been shown to be a safe, effective remedy for bad breath without drying out the mouth. The extra oxygen in the solution destroys bacteria by breaking down their cell walls. Because hydrogen peroxide actually kills bacteria instead of merely covering up an odor, it eliminates bad breath safely without drying out the mouth. For those who struggle with halitosis, it is especially important the bacteria be eliminated since is this hard to reach bacteria (usually found in areas unreachable by a toothbrush) that cause the odor.
When using hydrogen peroxide, be sure to dilute the solution with water (1 part hydrogen peroxide to 1 part water) so that the solution does not burn the gums. Swish well, and let the oxygen foam gently clean your teeth, gums. Gargle with the solution to eliminate hard to reach bacteria.
If you have sensitive gums, you may want to dilute your solution further, or avoid using hydrogen peroxide daily as the increased oxygen level can cause sensitive tissue to bleach and sting. If you notice bleaching of the gums or a stinging sensation, simply rinse with extra water and allow the gums sufficient time to rest before applying another solution of hydrogen peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide is a great addition to your dental hygiene regime. It is effective, and affordable, and can be used in addition to other products. Not only does it help eliminate bad breath odors, it also gently whitens your teeth and gives your overall oral health an oxygen boost. If you have experienced dry mouth or other problems from stringent mouth washes, you may want to try this easy home remedy.