How to get rid of bad breath - Expert Doctors tell you the way out - Refadoc

By Refadoc, Posted on : Tuesday, 29 December 2015 - 11:51 pm IST

Bad Breath is considered the single most putting off factor for potential partners. In fact, it’s a major deterrent for anyone coming in close contact with the affected individual. Fighting the condition is however, is not too difficult. All you need to do is follow some simple methods that aim at good oral hygiene and fresher smelling breath.

Accept your problem

Most often, it is observed that friends and family fail to tell the patient about his/her problem. This could be because they themselves are embarrassed to tell you or because they tried and the patient was defiant. So to begin with, it is essential that you accept you have a problem and assess its severity.

Assess the cause

Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. Before we can take measures to stop the condition, we need to find out what exactly causes halitosis. Most cases arise from dental problems involving the teeth, gums, dentures or tonsils.

However, the problem may even occur as a result of non-dental medical problems such as a post-nasal drip, infections of the respiratory tract, GERD (gastro-intestinal acid reflux disease), diabetes and diseases of the liver. Please visit the dentist or health care provider in your city to zero down on the exact cause of your problem. 

If the cause itself is not treated, your bad breath won’t go away in spite of following all other measures.

Maintain good oral hygiene

Maintaining good oral hygiene is the single most potent weapon against foul odour from the mouth. Rinse your mouth after every meal. Brush your teeth every morning and night. Floss every day in order to get rid of stuck food debris. Avoid strong smelling foods such as onion and garlic smell for a long time after being consumed. If you suffer from halitosis, it’s best to restrict the intake of these foods, at least in their raw forms.

Brush rightly

Just brushing twice a day won’t help; you need to brush using the right technique. Experts recommend brushing twice a day lasting 4 minutes each time. Divide your teeth into 4 quarters and brush each quarter for an entire minute. Do not leave out the back and chewing areas of the teeth. Lightly brush your tongue as well for a thorough cleaning experience. And do not forget to replace your toothbrush every 3 months.

Switch to an electric toothbrush

If you are usually in a rush in the mornings, you may cheat on your brushing time. Remember, a full four minutes is the key to a clean mouth. In such a case, switching to an electric toothbrush is beneficial. You can set the timer to 4 minutes and the strokes provide just the right amount of pressure for thorough cleansing.

Use a mouth rinse

Dentists advise the use of an antiseptic mouth rinse after brushing. It not only helps to kill oral bacteria but also freshens up the breath immensely. Thus you’re left with a clean mouth and minty fresh breath.

Eat clean snacks

As opposed to cookies, chips or other junk; try to snack on healthy alternatives such as celery, walnuts or carrots. They help to reduce the bad bacteria in the mouth and cleanse the breath.

Chew sugar free gum

Chewing on sugar free gum helps to stimulate the secretion of saliva and washes away the bad bacteria. Some gums contain active ingredients such as spearmint, cinnamon, xylitol or peppermint; which themselves fight the odour causing bacteria.

Keep yourself hydrated

Surprising, but true. Drinking plenty of water and other fluids (unsweetened) helps in constant secretion of saliva and keeps the mouth moist. This helps to wash away the oral bacteria.

Say NO to tobacco

Chewing or smoking tobacco is a major cause of halitosis. This is in addition to all the other ill-effects tobacco causes on the human body. So kick out this habit for good; and a fresher breath will be the least of your rewards.

Eliminate stimulants

Your daily dose of caffeine and those weekend alcohol binges may be contributing to your bad breath. These stimulants foster the growth of bad bacteria in your mouth and thus contribute to foul odour. At least try to cut down on these substances, if you can’t eliminate them completely.

Visit your dentist

You must make it a point to visit your dentist at least once every 6 months if you have any existing dental problems; and once every year, even in absence of any dental issues. By doing this, you can keep dental problems at bay and thus prevent the onset of bad breath.

At Refadoc You can find the list of most recommended dentists in your city along with their patient's feedback.

Consult your doctor

If the foul odour refuses to budge in spite of trying everything, it’s likely that you have a serious underlying problem. It could be acid reflux, sinus infection, diabetes or even renal problems. Please visit your gastroenterologist or ENT specialist to rule out any underlying health problems. Appropriate treatment of any underlying condition will automatically improve your breath.  


All our tips focus on eliminating the cause of foul odour, and not just covering it up using cosmetic or breath-freshening products. Follow our pointers and get rid of bad breath, naturally!

Written and verified by a registered medical practioner.

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  • May 22, 2016, 12:42 pm

All the experts fail to use the most direct method.

I had bad breath, I don't have bad breath.

This won't make it past the moderator, however this works best:

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  • December 14, 2016, 11:51 am



  • December 14, 2016, 11:52 am

Really Nice.

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