How to get rid of bad breath permanently

Bad breath can prevent an individual from going about his or her daily activities effectively by making the sufferer very insecure. This is usually a problem for the sufferer of bad breath in any social or formal gathering has it is a huge turn off for other people. The foul oral odour is usually caused by a group of anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria that breed beneath the surface of the tongue and often in the throat and tonsil area. They occur naturally in the oral environment and are essential because they assist in digestion by breaking down proteins into amino acids.

As these bacteria feast on proteins in a person’s mouth, sulfur compounds are released from the back of the tongue and throat. The bacteria excrete waste as hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and other odorous and bad tasting compounds known as volatile sulfur compounds. As long as this continues, a person’s breath will become worse and worse. Sometimes it seems like no matter how much you brush, how much gum you chew or how many mints you pop, bad breath just seems to keep coming back. Fortunately, we put together a guide on how to get rid of bad breath permanently. You’d be surprised at how easy these tips are!

Are you ready to take care of that bad breath problem? First, let’s take a look at what causes bad breath.


  1. Smoking and tobacco products – This cause is fairly obvious. Not only does smoking and tobacco chew cause bad breath but they also increase your chances of gum disease that will further affect your breath.
  2. Hygiene –Inadequate oral care causes bacterial buildup on the teeth and gums. Teeth cannot shed their surfaces the way skin can so microorganisms can easily attach to the teeth and remain there for extended periods. If they are not continuously removed by adequate brushing these bacteria develop into something called biofilm commonly known as dental plaque. When plaque is allowed to accumulate near the gum line it will harden and begin destroying teeth and gum tissues due to intense bacterial activity. This leads to gum disease such as gingivitis and periodontitis which enable proteins from bleeding gums and diseased oral tissue to fuel odour-causing bacteria. Tooth decay and poorly fitting or dirty dentures can also contribute to this problem. This obvious cause of bad breath can easily be avoided– do your best to brush, floss, and rinse your mouth out regularly.
  3. Food – Any food, in general, can cause bad breath as well. Food particles can get stuck in your teeth and cause odour. Bad breath can be exacerbated by certain foods such as onions and garlic because they contain smelly sulfur compounds while dairy meat and fish contain dense proteins which are used as a food source by the anaerobic sulfur-producing bacteria. Refined and processed sugars also provide a food source for bacteria. Coffee and juices can contribute to this problem because they are acidic and provide these bacteria with an ideal breeding environment.
  4. Dry mouth – Saliva works as a natural mouthwash. If your mouth is extremely dry, odours can start to accumulate. Dry mouth provides a perfect environment for anaerobic bacteria reproduction. Long periods of speaking, smoking, drinking alcohol, and snoring are a few common underlying causes. Most people experience foul breath in the morning due to lack of saliva production while they sleep. For healthy individuals, food odours are temporary and normal salivary flow will eliminate them within several minutes. However, those who suffer from dry mouth and lack of saliva find that even minor food odours may lead to long-term issues.
  5. Crash diets – Fasting for extended periods of time or depriving yourself of carbohydrates can cause Bad breath. The breakdown of fats-producing chemicals called ketones also results in strong mouth odour if fat is burned too quickly and unhealthily.
  6. Disease – Some cancers and metabolic diseases cause bad breath as well as gastro esophageal reflux disease. Individuals who suffer from diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, cancer, liver disease, respiratory tract infections or metabolic disorders often experience chronic foul breath due to dry mouth. Sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, postnasal drip, and polyps affect the airways and may also contribute to the problem. Other common illnesses associated with bad breath include nasal odour and tonsil stones, yeast infections of the mouth and gum disease. Certain drugs such as antidepressants, high blood pressure medications and antihistamines can factor into dry mouth because they reduce saliva production. Many dental disorders also cause bad breath.



  1. Brush your teeth after every meal: This eliminates the chance of food sticking to your teeth after a meal and causing odour. If you have the time, floss and rinse your mouth with mouthwash in addition to brushing after every meal.
  2. Go to the dentist: You shouldn’t avoid the dentist! Not only will visiting a reputable dental practitioner give you an opportunity to talk to your dentist about your breath problem but a dentist will be able to diagnose a dental condition or disease that may be causing your bad breath problem.
  3. Stay hydrated: Dry mouth as stated above is a big cause of bad breath. Be sure to drink six to eight glasses of fresh water every day to keep your mouth hydrated and odour-free. If you have excessive dry mouth and drinking lots of water doesn’t seem to help, you should see a dentist or doctor as soon as possible. Many diseases cause dry mouth and you could be dealing with a yet to be diagnosed illness.
  4. Quit smoking and reduce coffee/alcohol: This should go without saying but you really can’t take care of your bad breath problem until you take care of these unhealthy habits. Quitting smoking could almost immediately lead to improved breath. Reducing coffee and excessive amounts of alcohol especially during the day (“day drinking”) will also aid in reducing bad breath.
  5. Scrub your tongue: Bacteria that cause halitosis and bad breath tend to sit at the back of the tongue before the throat. Ever brushed your teeth after a meal and still felt like your mouth was kind of gross? You probably missed the back of your tongue. When you brush your teeth, try to gently clean the back of your tongue with a tongue scraper to get rid of those bacteria. If you don’t have time to scrub your tongue, swish some mouthwash in your mouth and try to get the back of your tongue as much as possible.
  6. Replace your toothbrush: You should absolutely be replacing your toothbrush every two months. An old toothbrush accumulates gunk and won’t clean as well with old bristles.

Maintaining good dental hygiene can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay caused by excess plaque and tartar. Practicing good teeth hygiene care at home is an important step but visiting your dentist for regular cleanings is also important. Going to the dentist is for your health and it’s an action that needs to be made a priority. Avoiding it will only lead to increased health risks further on down the road resulting in more pain and more money! You can get started by visiting the dentist today for advice and more info, visit our centre 35, Cole Street, Off Mabo Street, Ojuelegba, Surulere, Lagos. You can learn more about us on our website


Arrive Alive Diagnostics & Imaging Services (AADIS) is a wholly owned indigenous company with a vision to be the foremost in quality healthcare delivery to the people of Nigeria in a timely and affordable manner

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