While the chewing gum or candy mints somewhat improve the situation with bad breath, this solution is short-lived. According to Brazilian scientists brushing is very important, but not the crucial part of solving the bad breath problem. What we need in order to eliminate this problem is a complete strategy.
Bad breath is caused by volatile sulfur compounds that originate from the activity of bacteria inhabited in the mouth. Their presence can cause caries, infections and many other diseases. But, according to a study published in the “Clinical Periodontology” journal, the biggest problem is the tongue.
This large area is filled with a number of cracks and holes that represent the ideal environment for the proliferation of microorganisms. It is therefore not so crazy that the Japanese scientists have concluded that the coating of the tongue have the greatest influence in the formation of volatile sulfur compounds.
It also explains why the unpleasant breath is strongest in the morning, given the fact that overnight food particles accumulate on surface of the tongue.
The first and the most important thing is to neutralize bad breath with a good hygiene of the tongue.
It can be cleaned with plastic bristles or special folds at the back of the toothbrush. Wrinkles allow more efficient mechanical removal of deposits on the tongue, as opposed to brushing which could cause further grow of the bacteria in the folds of tongue.
Also, use dental floss at least twice a day. This way you will remove food particles, which would later decompose and cause the formation of sulfur vapors inside your mouth. It is true that this is nothing new, but the fact is that just a small number of people do according to this advice.
A final tip – don’t forget to regularly hydrate your mouth! Insufficient saliva causes bacteria to begin with feeding and then they over-proliferate. As a result they will generate volatile sulfur compounds.