Believe it or not, saliva is your best weapon against bad breath. That's why dry mouth, often caused by certain medications or medical conditions, leads to odor problems. By washing away food particles and bacteria, saliva helps to eliminate odor, too.
If you're wondering why your breath stinks in the morning, it's largely because saliva production slows while you sleep, allowing particles and odor to linger longer. That's where sugarless gum comes in handy, as chewing it will stimulate saliva production. Mints, on the other hand, don't usually stimulate saliva production and only temporarily mask bad odor.
Clean your teeth each and every time you eat: After you have your oral braces apply to your teeth, the first thing the orthodontist will tell you is always to make sure you brush your teeth whenever you eat. It's not to help keep those shiny little tools he gave to you sparkling for his sake, it is to help keep your gums and teeth healthy. You can't get away from food becoming stuck in the braces, but you can do something about it. Take your orthodontist's suggestions and make sure you do this each time.
Use tools: Do not have a toothbrush available? A toothpick works well to dislodge the food out from in between and around your braces. You'll just have to be cautious. You may also make use of the small brush your orthodontist gave you which looks just like a small bottle cleaner. Those are developed specifically for braces and can help you clean around your appliances better than even only brushing.
While most bad breath can be banished with simple hygienic steps, there are times when dental or medical conditions might be the culprit. Make an appointment with your dentist if an unsavory odor takes residence in your mouth.
Bad breath treatment is largely determined by it's cause, so chances are that if you don't know what is causing it, you're only getting feeble treatment results no matter what you buy.
The over the counter, off the supermarket shelf products for bad stinky breath, normally only deal with masking the stinky bad breath. Some bad breath products work by assuming all bad breath is caused by bacteria and set about killing all the bacteria in the mouth. This bad breath treatment may work for some people, but not all, as most of the sulfur producing bacteria are protected by a layer of mucous.
New bad breath centers are popping up around the United States at the rate of about one a month. Eventually, consumer advisor Christine Dumas of the American Medical Association predicts that the technology used in these specialized centers will be in every dentists office in the country.