Bad breath develops in the mouth
Bad breath is a common side effect of anyone who doesn’t take care of their oral health. Where bad breath comes from and how it can be (mostly) avoided.
The bacteria that contributes to bad breath include Treponema denticola and Porphyromonas gingivalis. Millions of this type of bacteria colonize in our mouths and degrade food residues stuck between our teeth or in the gum pockets. In this decay process, volatile sulphur compounds are produced, which we perceive as unpleasant – bad breath.
Symptoms of inadequate oral hygiene
Of course the cause can sometimes be food or a stomach illness. In about 90 per cent of all cases however the cause of bad breath and halitosis lies in the mouth or throat. Six per cent of people complain of bad breath permanently every fourth person notices it occasionally. Older people are statistically more frequently affected than the young, men more often than women.
Good oral hygiene is the best treatment for bad breath
It is rarely talked about, but dental professionals say it clearly: to them bad breath is usually a symptom of bad or inadequate oral hygiene. A special mouthwash does not necessarily help to combat it but plaque control will really help prevent bad breath.
Brush your teeth properly, clean the interdental spaces properly and free the tongue of bacteria coating. The tools for this: a soft toothbrush, an interdental brush for molars and side teeth, dental floss for the front teeth and a tongue scraper.
Scraping or chewing helps
Tongue scrapers in particular are additional helpers that have been available for some time to those people who despite interdental treatment with brushes and floss suffer permanently from bad breath.
Tongue scrapers remove the bacteria that have settled on the back of the tongue especially the rough part. A tongue scraper such as the CURAPROX CTC with one or two scraping edges works purely mechanically and is easy to use and helps the blood flow to the tongue.
Even chewing sugar free gum helps. The decisive factor in the fight against bad breath is less the peppermint flavour, but rather the chewing, which stimulates saliva flow. Saliva washes away bacteria and food particles.