Frequently Asked Questions
I brush my teeth constantly but I still have bad breath. What can I do?
Brushing and flossing your teeth are crucial first steps to eliminating bad breath.
Brushing and flossing remove bacteria responsible for creating odorous sulfur compounds as well as remove the food
particles that bacteria feed on.
Bacteria, however, hide not only on the teeth but also on the tongue under a layer of mucous, food, and debris.
Here they are free to once again create odorous sulfur compounds.
A tongue cleaner is extremely effective at removing this protective mucous, food, and debris layer from the
tongue exposing the offending bacteria.
The new weapons against bad breath are special toothpastes containing chlorine dioxide. The chlorine dioxide
effectively destroys bad breath particles, instead of simply covering up the odor of these particles. This means
fresher breath that lasts hours longer.
A friend told me that my breath smelled. When I tried to smell my own breath I didn't smell
anything particularly offensive.
It is almost impossible for people to determine if their own breath offends. We become accustomed to our own
odors and thus unable to tell what is offensive and what is not.
Cupping our hands over our mouths and trying to smell our breath is ineffective. This is because we often don't
produce bad breath until we talk. Talking forces out foul breath from the back of the mouth where the vast majority
of bad breath is produced.
The best way to determine if you have bad breath is to ask a trusted friend or loved one.
Someone told me that sugarless gum can help with bad breath. How is this possible?
Yes, sugarless gum can help with bad breath by stimulating saliva flow. Saliva acts as a natural mouthwash
cleansing the teeth of bacteria and the food particles that bacteria feed on. Additionally, saliva dissolves the
volatile sulfur particles which cause bad breath.
I have tried several mouthwashes but none of them seem particular effective at helping my bad
At the very best, conventional mouthwashes only temporarily mask bad breath. In most cases, the alcohol found in
mouthwashes dries out the mouth making it more hospitable to odor causing bacteria.
A new breed of mouthwashes containing chlorine dioxide is effective in treating bad breath. Instead of masking
odor, the chlorine dioxide in these mouthwashes attacks the odor causing volatile sulfur compounds at the molecular
I am a teacher and I have to talk a lot during the day. Unfortunately, it seems that the longer
I talk the more my breath smells.
This is often a common problem for people whose jobs require them to talk constantly. Lawyers, professors, and
salespeople, for example, often encounter bad breath. Talking dries the mouth making it more friendly for bacteria
which cause bad breath. The more one talks the drier the mouth becomes and the more odor causing bacteria
Drinking water can keep the mouth moist and also stimulates saliva flow. If you can't drink water a drop of
lemon placed on the tip of the tongue can stimulate saliva flow moistening the mouth and making it less hospitable
for odor causing bacteria.
For some reason I get bad breath before my menstrual period. Am I the only one who experiences
It is common for women to produce bad breath during their menstrual cycle. Hormonal changes make the gums more
hospitable to odor causing bacteria.
In addition, prior to menstruation, tiny capillaries which run through the gums become more fragile and tend to
burst releasing small quantities of blood into the gums. Bacteria feed on this blood creating odorous volatile
Every once and a while I "cough" or "hack up" these little white particles that smell like
concentrated bad breath. The things smell so bad that I am afraid there may be some underlying condition that I am
The little white particles that you are coughing up are called tonsilloliths and except for their bad smell are
not a condition to be worried about. Tonsilloliths form when mucus, bacteria, and debris condense into small
particles on the surface of the tonsils. These odorous balls of material are sometimes coughed up. Having
tonsilloliths does not automatically mean that your breath is offensive as tonsilloliths contribute very little to