Aug 242011

Everybody has to deal with bad breath from time to time but you may be suffering from a chronic halitosis problem which refuses to go away. There are several different things you can do which will help prevent or minimise oral malodours. Some remedies will cure halitosis temporarily and others will cure it permanently. This post deals with some of the temporary measures that can be taken in order to minimise halitosis symptoms. So how to cure bad breath temporarily?

How to Cure Bad Breath Temporarily
Something that many of us can do to cure bad breath temporarily is to use some (sugar-free) xylitol chewing gums or mints on a regular basis. If we are unable to get to a bathroom where we can brush our teeth and tongue, as well as floss, then a chewing gum can often help clean our teeth to a certain level, and it is certainly better than doing nothing at all.
Xylitol chewing gums are also very good to keep the mouth moist, hence avoiding dry mouth which is one of the main causes of bad breath. It also helps minimise acidity in the mouth, and helps prevent caries.
Another popular choice are mouthwashes or oral rinses. These are also temporary remedies which can only help for a few hours at most. Make sure you always use an alcohol free mouthwash or one with a very low percentage of alcohol; this is because alcohol causes very dry mouth, which in turn exhacerbates halitosis, and also because alcohol actually enhances oral malodours (a bit like alcohol enhances the high notes in a good perfume).
Rinsing your mouth with a solution made of bicarbonate of soda or salt is also a temporary solution. Hydrogen peroxide solutions are also very popular but I would discourage you to use this chemical regularly as there are several recent studies that indicate it can seriously damage delicate structures and membranes in the mouths. There is a bit of a hype on the internet about hydrogen peroxide, when in fact it is dangerous to use on a regular basis, and its effects are acutally comparable to rinsing the mouth with just salt water, which is a much healthier option.
Like mouthwashes, gums or mints, all types of home made solutions have a very limited effect and are never going to be good at treating the actual underlying causes of the bad breath problem. Also note that if the nasty smells are a result of your sinuses being infected or any other infection present in the sinonasal cavities, or from any other area in your body for that matter (apart from the mouth), chewing gums, mints, mouthwashes or home-made solutions will do nothing to stop the malodours emmanating from the nose or the mouth.
Optimal dental hygiene is also a must if you want to keep halitosis at bay. Making sure that you brush regularly along with flossing and paying particular attention to your tongue are excellent ways to reduce the chances of your bad breath getting even worse during the day.
Having suffered from chronic bad breath for twelve years, I know what it is like to be a slave of chewing gums or mouthwashes, and I also know that they are not the answer to chronic halitosis. The question you should be asking yourself is not how to cure bad breath temporarily but how to learn the techniques, strategies and methods that will tackle the actual underlying causes of your halitosis. 
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  2 Responses to “How to Cure Bad Breath Temporarily”

  1. I definitely prefer xylitol gum as opposed to regular chewing gum for a number of reasons. Firstly I used to be a pro bodybuilder and it was said that xylitol is a healthier more natural sweetener than fructose and sucrose. Secondly, it stimulates salivary glands much more than traditional gum, which prevents bad breath and so helps when you are a bit dehydrated too.

    As mentioned in this post, it is only a temporary solution but a necessary one especially when you’re out and about and your toothbrush is all but a memory! Ps What type of salt would be most effective when rinsing?

    • Hi Ricky,

      I actually tried cooking salt and sea salt and, honestly, it does not make a difference. I think salt water rinses are good when you have been to the dentist for instance, and have had an extraction or some procedure done and you have a certain amount of bleeding. It helps prevent infections and it helps heal your wounds quicker.

      However, when it comes to chronic bad breath (of course it depends on many things, such as the origin of the bad breath, its intensity, etc) it is another temporary solution that can only help alleviate the symptoms for very short periods of time. Having said that, I totally recommend it before using peroxide because its side effects are not as bad or damaging to delicate oral tissues.

      Gargling regularly with salt water, antiseptic herbal teas or bicarbonate of soda is also a good way to help dislodge tonsil stones and clean the tonsils. Although on its own it is not enough to completely get rid of bad breath caused by tonsil stones, it helps. I will write a post on tonsil stones very soon, stay tuned!

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