Chronic bad breath can be serious enough, or last long enough, to make people wonder if they will ever be able to get rid of it. Certain cases of oral odor can seem impervious to treatment. Fortunately, no case of halitosis is invulnerable, which is what gives dental experts the latitude to suggests simple ways to get rid of foul breath.
Recently, the newspaper USA Today published the recommendations of several oral health professionals for keeping bad breath at a minimum. Carolyn Taggart-Burns, who is the spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry, told the news source that keeping the mouth moist is a good start.
She said that drinking a few glasses of water each day can prevent dry mouth, which in turn prevents anaerobic oral bacteria from getting the dry environment they need to grow.
Other experts recommended scraping one's tongue each day and chewing sugarless gum, although the news organization recognized that most gums can only mask oral odor. The newspaper concluded by making the same suggestion as the American Dental Association - in times of severe halitosis, ask your dentist about using a specialty breath freshening rinse.
While alcohol-based mouthwashes can dry the mouth out and prolong the problem, mouth-moistening rinses and oral care probiotics kill bacteria and neutralize their odors at the same time.