How to Cure Bad Breath

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As most of us have experienced, bad breath is both annoying and disturbing for both you and the people you interact with. Let's just take a look at some of the situations in which bad breath can spell disaster:

- Job interviews
- Business meetings
- Social interaction at work
- Dating
- Any first impression

Bad breath is not just annoying and inconvenient. It can prevent you from getting a job, it can ruin your date and people will always keep their distance to you in social situations. See the problem? Of course, there are cures out there: chewing gum, mouth wash and even alcohol. However, these «cures» only work in the short term and doesn't deal with the cause of the problem. I'll get back to this later in this article.

Let's first take a look at what's causing bad breath: bacteria. The average human mouth is literally infested with bacteria: some are good for your breath, but some can cause havoc to it. These bacteria can be divided into two categories: the aerobic bacteria and the anaerobic bacteria.

The aerobic bacteria are good for your overall health and thrive in oxygen-rich environments, while the anaerobic bacteria thrive in oxygen-poor environments. Studies have shown that anaerobic bacteria are the bad guys behind almost 90 % of all bad breath problems.

The reason is quite simple. These bacteria produce waste products in your mouth known as sulfur compounds. It's these compounds that produce that foul odor known as bad breath or halitosis, as a dentist would call it.

Most of the bad breath remedies on the market today are designed to kill these anaerobic bacteria, using chemicals like:

- Oxychlorine
- Chlorine dioxide
- Zinc compounds
- Alcohol and other similar antiseptics

However, while killing off the anaerobic bacteria in your mouth, these chemicals also tend to cause dehydration in your mouth. Saliva is the body's natural defense against the very same bacteria because it is oxygen-rich and therefore makes the going tough for the bad breath bacteria. When your mouth is dehydrated by these chemicals, it can actually make the problem worse in the long term! If you really want to get rid of halitosis, you will need to control the anaerobic bacteria without dehydrating the mouth and robbing it of saliva. Ironically, this rules out most of today's remedies against bad breath.

One of the most effective, quickest and cheapest methods is to make your very own mouth wash using natural ingredients that kill off those anaerobic bacteria. Making a month's supply of this doesn't have to cost more than a dollar or two!

Another great method to get rid off those foul bacteria is to «starve» them. What I'm talking about? Those «bad breath bacteria» are feeding off small food particles in your mouth that are left behind after eating. Therefore, brushing and rinsing your teeth after every meal or snack, you will starve those little devils!

Last, but not least: changing your diet can also help fight those bacteria permanently. Caffeine, alcohol and food/drinks made with synthetic ingredients are all bad for your breath because they can lead to dehydration. Besides, coffee breath doesn't smell too good to start with.

Curing bad breath isn't just another urban legend. You can end the problem with halitosis without spending a fortune or waiting for weeks for the results to come. It's all about doing it the natural way.

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