Advice on how to keep your breath smelling fresh all day.
Halitosis, more commonly called bad breath, is a main concern for many people.
Many people think their bad breath can be cured by mints, chewing gum or by using mouthwash. These are only short-term solutions and do not address the underlying problems causing bad mouth odours.
What are the causes of bad breath?
There are a wide range of causes for bad breath. These depend on your brushing habits, the food you eat and health conditions.
- Lack of brushing
Your teeth are meant to be brushed twice a day. Sometimes even more times if required. Lack of brushing also leaves food particles in the mouth which leads to bad breath. It also leads to the tongue trapping bacteria which starts to smell.
Those that are not thoroughly cleaned can be a breeding ground for bacteria and cause smells from remaining food particles.
Foods that have a tendency to cause bad breath include onions and garlic.
Tobacco products causes bad breath as it creates a foul odor. Tobacco can also cause gum diseases which contributes to bad breath.
Tooth decay is a common infection causing bad breath.
- Dry Mouth
When the mouth is dry there is less saliva and this is what cleanses the mouth. If the mouth becomes dry, this can contribute to bad breath. Certain medications can lead to dry mouth.
How can I prevent bad breath?
There are some remedies to try at home to try and prevent having bad breath. Some simple changes might be the enough to be the solution.
- Brushing and flossing. The easiest way to clean your mouth of food particles and bacteria is to brush and floss regularly. This stops bacteria lingering in the mouth which starts to smell. Keeping your oral hygiene high is the first step to keeping bad breath under control.
- Keep hydrated. This is one of the simplest steps to control bad breath. You may find that you have dry mouth when you wake up in the mornings due to a lack of hydration whilst asleep.
- Clean your tongue. Many people pay no attention to their tongue when they carry out their oral hygiene regime. Bacteria can form on your tongue which needs to be removed.
- Eating healthily. Foods can create a smell once they are ingested which causes bad breath. Foods such as onion and garlic are the most common causes of bad odor. Also, sugary and acidic foods increase the production of bacteria in the mouth which can intensify the bad odor.
When is it time to see a dentist?
If you feel like your mouth odor is more noticeable, the first thing to do is to increase your oral hygiene. Make sure regular teeth brushing is followed by flossing and mouthwash and increase the amount of water you are drinking.
If you feel that even though you have paid more attention to your cleaning regime, it may be time to talk to your dentist. There might be an underlying that can be noticed and caught early enough to start treatment.
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