Dealing with Halitosis

Halitosis, or bad breath, can be a huge problem. It is embarrassing and can impact your social life immensely. No wonder, so many products line the shelves in stores offering a solution for it. Here are some measures you can take to avoid having bad breath.

Drink plenty of water during the day. A dry mouth causes tooth decay and bad breath.

Avoid sugary mints and candies. If you must have a candy of some sort, stick to sugarless mints or chewing gum, which stimulates the production of saliva and keeps your mouth from becoming dry.

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Food that gets stuck between teeth can contribute to bad breath so it is important to remove them. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes, applying gentle pressure. Brushing aggressively can damage the enamel of the teeth and hurt the gums.

Use a scraper to remove the white coating that develops on the tongue, which hosts the foul-smelling bacteria in your mouth. Tongue scrapers are specifically designed to reach the area of the tongue that a toothbrush can’t reach or clean as effectively.

Brush after meals especially if you are going to be around social settings. In a pinch, an antibacterial mouth wash rinse will work great for short term. If neither is possible, rinse with water after meals.

Cut the habit of smoking, it stains the teeth, damages gum tissue and fouls your breath. Smoking also increases your chances of both mouth and lung cancers.

Be careful when eating garlic and onions because they foul the breath. Even if you brush your teeth after eating them, volatile substances found in them still make its way to your bloodstream causing the bad smell when you breathe. Avoid eating them before any social occasions.

Tooth decay and gum diseases cause bad breath. If you aren’t aware of any visible causes, make it a point to check with your doctor. Visit your dentist regularly to have your teeth, gums and tongue checked for any condition that might be causing your bad breath.

There are some conditions that cause bad breath because of substances emanating from your lungs as you exhale. Your dentist or other health care professional can give you more information.

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