What causes bad breath?
Why does my breath smell bad? And what causes bad breath even after brushing?
Bad breath – also known as halitosis – is a common problem that can make you feel self-conscious about speaking to people…
… or even being too close to people.
Millions of bacteria build up in our mouths and break down the tiny bits of food that get stuck between the teeth or in the pockets of the gums. This produces unpleasant-smelling volatile sulphur compounds such as hydrogen sulphide –
commonly described as smelling like rotten eggs.
How to cure bad breath
In some cases the cause of bad breath is a medical condition affecting a different part of the body, such as the kidneys or the stomach. But in about 90% of cases, the problem comes from the mouth or the throat.
About a quarter of people notice they suffer from bad breath from time to time… while 6% complain they have it permanently. Older people are likely to suffer from bad breath. And men are more likely than women to have a problem.
Dental professionals say bad breath is usually caused by inadequate oral hygiene. So now the good news:
In most cases, if you start taking the following simple steps to improve your daily health routine…
…. you can quickly start to enjoy the confidence of fresh breath!
Brush the best way
Use a gentle toothbrush with the best technique to help prevent the build-up of plaque…
Controlling the build-up of plaque – the sticky, thin film of bacteria that constantly forms on our teeth – is the key to preventing bad breath.
So brushing with a gentle toothbrush with densely-packed filaments…
… using the right technique (no hard scrubbing)…
… and a toothpaste that boosts the protective power of your saliva…
… is the best way to start to deal with bad breath.
If you prefer a manual toothbrush then the classic Curaprox CS 5460 should be your go-to toothbrush. It’s relentless on plaque… but relentlessly gentle on your teeth and gums. Each and every one of the 5,460 Curen® filaments works together to combat plaque.
Here’s our guide on using the CS 5460 with the best brushing technique.
Use the Curaprox Hydrosonic pro for fresh breath
If you’re an electric toothbrush lover and you want to enjoy a professional-cleaned feeling – it has to be the Curaprox Hydrosonic pro. The bacteria and plaque that cause bad breath are instantly flushed out as the brush head swirls around the mixture of saliva, water and toothpaste at high speed. That’s the hydrodynamic effect.
Take a look at our video guide to using Curaprox Hydrosonic toothbrushes...
Curaprox Enzycal toothpaste - with enzymes to help beat bad breath
Forget the usual harsh toothpaste ingredients… Curaprox Enzycal toothpastes only use ingredients that work naturally with your body.
This is gentle, mild, effective, fresh-tasting toothpaste – with enzymes to boost the protective power of your saliva.
The enzymes, which are also present in saliva, help to limit the growth of the bacteria that cause bad breath – and to prevent tooth decay.
Clean the interdental spaces
Use interdental brushes to help prevent gum inflammation and bad breath…
Cleaning the spaces between your teeth with interdental brushes is essential if you want to avoid bad breath.
Interdental spaces are the perfect breeding ground for a smelly accumulation of bacteria so…
Use Curaprox CPS prime interdental brushes to clean between your teeth – before or after brushing every evening. Once in and out. Done.
Easily destroy the build-up of bacteria every day… and start to enjoy noticeably fresher breath!
Please ask your dentist to help you find the right sized interdental brushes for you. Too small and the brush won’t clean optimally. Too big and they won’t fit – and they could hurt your gums.
Now read our ultimate guide to using CPS interdental brushes.
IMPORTANT: Some cases of severe bad breath are due to periodontitis – an advanced gum disease that causes pockets to develop between the gums and the teeth. The pockets fill up with colonies of bacteria, which can lead to strong halitosis. If you think you may be suffering from periodontitis, please book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Use a tongue scraper
Say goodbye to bad breath by using a tongue scraper as part of your daily oral health routine…
Gently scrape your tongue at least once a week to easily get rid of bacteria and other deposits responsible for bad breath… with Curaprox tongue scrapers. You can see – and smell – the difference from the first time you try it. And you’re always only two seconds away from fresh breath confidence.
How to clean your tongue and freshen your breath
Simply scrape from the back of the tongue to the tip of the tongue – almost without any pressure.
Our tongue scrapers – available in four colours – come in two different models:
The Curaprox CTC 201 single-bladed tongue scraper simply removes the bacteria that cause bad breath.
The Curaprox CTC 202 double-bladed tongue scraper… features two blades – one smooth, one serrated – which work together to thoroughly remove the bacteria that build up on the tongue.
Chew specialist gum
Get temporary relief from bad breath with a revolutionary enzymatic whitening chewing gum…
Curaprox Black is white chewing gum gives you lemon-minty-fresh breath.
But, in addition, the enzymes in the gum actually start a flow of saliva...
… and help to strengthen the saliva’s natural defences against the bacteria that cause bad breath.
The gum also contains activated carbon to absorb discoloured particles – so you can chew your way to fresher breath and whiter teeth!
Try Perio plus in persistent cases
For longer-term cases of bad breath, try Curaprox Perio plus Balance…
Ask your dentist about using Curaprox Perio plus Balance mouthwash. It combats bacteria by combining Chlorhexidine digluconate (CHX) – prescribed by dentists for decades… and Citrox® natural bioflavonoids extracted from bitter oranges.