Bad breath (a.k.a. halitosis) is not just your typical morning breath. It’s a condition wherein your mouth releases an unpleasant odor that can cause significant embarrassment and anxiety. Statistics estimates that about 25% of the global population suffers from bad breath. It’s not a harmful condition, but it can affect your social, professional, and personal life.
Causes of bad breath
There are three leading causes of bad breath: poor oral hygiene, health, and psychosomatic. However, 85% of bad breath is caused by bad oral care. Bad breath usually happens in this process:
- Food particles stick between tooth gaps, crevices tongue papillae.
- Anaerobic bacteria feast on these food particles, releasing sulfur compounds that cause bad odor.
- Bacteria increase the acidity in your mouth, causing plaque formation which worsens bad breath.
The best way to deal with bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene. By brushing and flossing regularly, you can efficiently remove stuck food particles. Good oral practice aids in prevent harmful bacteria from accumulating in your mouth.
Mouthwash can give you fresh breath. However, most of them have strong alcohol content which can worsen dry mouth syndrome. The dry environment increases the formation of harmful bacteria in your mouth.
How can activated charcoal help with bad breath?
What’s essential when dealing with bad breath is maintaining the natural pH and microbiome of your mouth. Activated charcoal is an inert material that buffers your mouth’s natural pH, maintaining its microbiome balance.
Activated charcoal powder acts by drawing out food particles from in between tooth gaps and the surface of your tongue. The highly adsorptive surface binds these food particles on the activated charcoals surface. Flushing and eliminating food debris becomes easy. The friction also helps to gradually remove plaque from your teeth, leaving it smooth and clean.
How to use activated charcoal for bad breath
Before you start, you need to have:
- A separate toothbrush that has soft and fine bristles
- Actinera® Activated Charcoal Pearly Powder
- A glass of water for gargling
- A receptacle for spitting (it’s a messy process that can stain your clothes, countertop, and sink).
- Another toothbrush and toothpaste (in order to to help remove activated charcoal powder stains from your tongue and teeth).
The process is almost the same as with brushing your teeth.
- Moisten the toothbrush you’ll use for activated charcoal. This process will help the activated charcoal powder cling to the brush instead of falling out.
- Place a pea-sized amount of activated charcoal on the brush.
- Brush the activated charcoal all over your teeth, using a soft, circular motion. Concentrate on each tooth to remove all food debris from your teeth.
- Continue brushing for a good 2-3 minutes to give the Actinera® Activated Charcoal Pearly Powder time to do its work.
- Gargle and spit out in the receptacle. Be careful not to splash on your clothes and sink.
- Use a separate toothbrush with regular toothpaste to remove any remaining activated charcoal from your teeth and tongue.
Rinse and you’re ready for the day.You can use the Actinera® Activated Charcoal Pearly Powder twice a day to keep your breath fresh and clean. It contains kaolinite clay which helps boosts Pearly Powder’s cleaning and whitening capabilities. You can use it every other day to help maintain good oral health.
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