How to Get Rid of Bad BreathUnderstand the causes of bad breath, and how Scope can help you confidently beat them. If you suffer from bad breath, also known as halitosis, it’s important to identify why it happens so you can determine an effective treatment. You should visit a dentist if your condition persists.
Bad breath has many causes, including the following:
Cause #1: What you eat, or don’t eatThe cause: Certain foods, particularly garlic and onions, are notorious for creating bad breath.
The solution: Use Scope Dual-Blast mouthwash. Its revolutionary technology is specifically designed to both kill bad breath germs* and to blast away the odor-causing compounds found in garlic and onions—the kinds of foods that cause the worst type of bad breath.
*In lab tests
Cause #2: Dry mouthThe cause: When your mouth is extremely dry, there isn’t enough saliva to wash away food particles and bacteria. Over time, this excess builds up, causing not just an unpleasant smell. Both stress and breathing through your mouth can also be causes of dry mouth, and certain medications have dry mouth as a side effect. Smoking leads to dry mouth and bad breath, as well.
The solution: Stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of water (eight glasses a day are recommended). Limit caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, as both contribute to dehydration, as well as sugary and acidic juices (tomato, orange, grapefruit, etc.) that can also contribute to the problem.
Cause #3: Morning breathThe cause: Since your mouth produces less saliva while you’re sleeping, food particle bacterium multiply more quickly than they do during the day. That’s why bad breath odors are typically worse when you first wake up.
The solution: Start each day using Scope Outlast mouthwash—it’s great at killing bad breath germs and provides a long-lasting fresh feeling for up to 1.5 hours. To minimize the effects of morning breath, brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and floss daily to remove all food particles.
Cause #4: Infrequent flossingThe cause: Small particles of food that get stuck between your teeth and around your gums. These are tricky places where toothbrushes can’t quite reach. When food particles are left behind, they start to collect bacteria, which in turn causes bad breath and plaque.
The solution: Make sure flossing is a part of your everyday oral care routine. Try using Oral B Glide plus Scope Outlast Flavor Floss Picks for a smooth and comfortable flossing experience—not only will it help keep bad breath at bay, but it helps prevent gingivitis*, too.
*as part of a good oral health regimen
Cause #5: Plaque buildupThe cause: Infrequent flossing can lead to this problem. This issue is nearly universal because bacteria are constantly forming in your mouth. These bacteria use leftover food particles and saliva to grow. When excess food particles and plaque they may cause cavities and bad breath.
The solution: Gentle, daily flossing is the best way to help remove the food particles that lead to excess plaque. Try Oral-B® Glide plus Scope Outlast Flavor Floss Picks for extra comfort while you clean the tight spaces. Be sure to get under the gumline, where your toothbrush sometimes misses.
Cause #6: Tongue bacteriaThe cause: Bacterial growth on the tongue accounts for 80-90 percent of all cases of mouth-related bad breathii.
The solution: To minimize bacteria on your tongue, consider using a tongue scraper like the one featured in the Scope Outlast Minibrush. Simply hold the scraper at the back of your tongue, and bring it forward, scraping gently but firmly along the tongue as you go. Another easy fix?
Cause #7: Not knowing the factsThe cause: Almost 50% of Americans have bad breath at some point in the day, but many don’t realize it or understand its causes.
The solution: The best way to improve bad breath is to follow a thorough oral care routine. Twice-daily tooth brushing and daily flossing gives you the confidence you need. Rarely, bad breath can be a sign of a more serious medical condition, so it's important not to ignore the problem. Now that you know what can cause bad breath—and all the Scope solutions you have at your disposal—fresh breath confidence is just around the bend.
i. Versman, Dr. and Heller, Dr. (2011, August 17). 3 Surprising Teeth Stainers. Retrieved October 3, 2011 from http://periodontalhealth.blogspot.com/
ii. Baker, Lois. Dental Students Present Research at AADR National Meeting in Dallas. UBDentist (Fall 2008). p. 12