Are you experiencing bad breath despite brushing thoroughly twice a day? Chances are your teeth are not actually the problem. The origin of bad breath can often lie much deeper than your teeth. It can be caused by a bad diet, an unhealthy gut and an interesting aspect below.

Here are 3 main reasons for bad breath and what you can do about it.

1. Dental Hygiene

Good oral hygiene results in a mouth that looks and smells healthy. Brushing thoroughly and eating a balanced diet can help reduce decay. It is recommended that you see the dentist and hygienist once a year for a check-up.

2. Gut Health

Dental hygiene matters, but the cause of bad breath can often be in an unhealthy gut. Try to cut out bad food. Eat clean, more plant-based foods and cut sugar. You can also use a good probiotic like Trace Therapy’s own Lindros probiotic, drink Kombucha/ kefir and eat more fermented foods.

Scenar digestive, colon, liver and kidney and spinal cleansers are perfect treatments for gut health.

3. Tonsil Stones

A ring of immune tissue that encircles our entire throat are known as tonsils. Sometimes too much foreign material can get caught in the deep grooves/crypts of this area. These little white stones smell terrible and you have to get rid of them yourself, with no harm done. That done, bad breath problems disappear instantaneously.

The best test to find out whether smelly breath is caused by these little deposits is to simply run a finger or cotton bud over the tonsils and sniff it. If smells unpleasant it is time to go hunting for tonsil stones. Ear, nose and throat doctors can also remove them.

Those with a strong stomach and a love for barely watchable videos can visit YouTube to see various techniques for squeezing tonsil stones out – but be warned it is not for the faint hearted.

Basically, use a torch in one hand to view the area and get a cotton bud and rub over the area and the stones start popping out. Gargling with salt water and eating fermented foods helps to eradicate them in the future – cutting dairy is also a big bonus (go vegan:-)). 

Finally, Tongue Scraping also helps tremendously for those dairy eaters – to remove white film on back of tongue.