20 Sep How to Deal with Bad Breath?
Follow these simple steps to make your mouth feel fresh and clean while keeping your gums and teeth healthy as well.
Brush and floss more often
Plaque is the sticky build up on your tooth which collects bacteria and cause bad breath. For better breath and oral hygiene, brush your teeth a minimum of two times a day and floss at least once. Overdoing it such as cleaning too hard can damage your teeth making them vulnerable to decay.
Rinse your mouth out
Besides from making your breath smell fresh, mouthwash adds extra protection by preventing and getting of bacteria. Daily rinsing with mouthwash can help stop bad breath at its source. Swishing your mouth with plain water after a meal to get rid of existing food particles in your mouth can aid in preventing bad breath.
Scrape your tongue
The coating that typically forms on the tongue can be the source of smelly bacteria. To get rid of the bacteria, food debris and dead cells, gently brush your tongue with a toothbrush or a tongue cleaner.
Avoid foods that sour your breath
Onions and garlic are prime offenders. Even brushing after consuming them doesn’t help. The substances that exude such foul smell make way into our bloodstream which travels to the lungs and when breathing out emit a bad smell. What is the best way to prevent the problem? Don’t eat them or avoid eating them before going to work or meeting friends.
Kick the tobacco habit
Apart from causing cancer, smoking cigarettes or any tobacco infused substances can lead to gum damage, surface stains on teeth and end up sourcing bad breath. You can overcome tobacco addiction by using nicotine patches or seeking medical help from medical professionals.
Skip post-dinner mints and chew gum instead
Bacteria in the mouth love sugar and use it to make acid which wears down teeth and forms lousy breath. Chew on sugarless gums, as gums stimulate saliva which is the mouth’s natural defense mechanism against plaque acids which cause bad breath and tooth decay.
Keep your gums healthy
Gum diseases source bad breath; bacteria accumulate in pockets at the base of the teeth which in turn create an odor. If you have gum issues, seek immediate medical help to treat them.
Moisten your mouth
You can get tooth decay and bad breath if your mouth fails to produce a minimum amount of saliva. If your mouth is dry, drink ample amounts of water to moisture it or chew sugarless gum or sugar-free candy.
See your doctor
In case bad breath continues despite best efforts to tackle it, make an appointment with your doctor to check if the problem is related to any medical condition.