Many of us struggle with bad breath or simple halitosis. It can be embarrassing and even offensive to some people. Below are some instructions for bad breath and how to remedy bad breath germs.
Instructions for Patients
©2011 SQUIGLE, Inc. last revision Nov 13, 2011
These instructions are provided as a guide to patients who have been diagnosed by a physician or dentist. These Instructions are the result of many discussions with patients, physicians, and dentists. They are not rigid and unchanging. Of course, we hope they work for you. But if they don't, please contact SQUIGLE, Inc. toll-free at 1-877-718-0718 (9 am to 5 pm EST).
This is crucial: Use either SQUIGLE® Toothpaste or TOOTH BUILDER® Toothpaste exclusively. Patented SQUIGLE® and TOOTH BUILDER® are free of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) and other irritating ingredients which contribute to bad breath. SQUIGLE®'s flavor is mild to prevent irritation of delicate tissues, while TOOTH BUILDER® is flavor free. Both SQUIGLE® and TOOTH BUILDER® have 36% Xylitol--more than any other toothpaste--to prevent plaque, cavities, and halitosis better than regular toothpaste.
This is also crucial: Floss twice a day, before you brush. Use unwaxed floss. If your teeth are closely spaced, use Glide® floss.
How to tell if you have halitosis: Have another person smell your breath (you cannot tell by yourself).
Use a small headed, soft bristled brush. Apply SQUIGLE® or TOOTH BUILDER® along the full length of your toothbrush. Brush for 2 minutes. When you are done brushing, gently brush your tongue (especially the back), the inside of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth. Then rinse.
Don't use mouthwash (floss instead, as mentioned above).
Don't use candy or breath mints, especially cinnamon or spearmint.
Don't smoke or use tobacco in any form.
If you chew gum, chew an ultra high xylitol gum, such as Epic or Spry®, preferably fruit flavor (not cinnamon or spearmint).
Take a multivitamin + multimineral daily, after a meal. (Centrum® is OK). In addition, take 500 mg to 1000 mg of buffered vitamin C daily.
At the very first sign of thirst, drink a glass of water, not sweetened drinks.
Preferably, drink water frequently enough so that you don't get thirsty.
A short course of antibiotic or antifungal therapy is OK. (You will need to consult your health care provider about this.)
Get sufficient rest each night.
If your halitosis persists, visit an ear, nose and throat doctor. Get checked for infected tonsils and adenoids. If they are infected, your health care provider may recommend having them removed.