Sometimes, we feel embarrassed to open our mouth because we are afraid our bad breath may put an end to a conversation. And no amount of brushing seems to help keep away bad breath.
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath, also known as Halitosis, is caused by the bacteria building up around the gum line and back of the tongue. Bacteria can build up due to various reasons:
- Use of tobacco
- Certain foods such as garlic
- Dry mouth: When there is not enough saliva to wash away excess food particles and bacteria. It can also be due to stress or breathing through your mouth
- Certain serious medical conditions such as diabetes, liver problems or medications
- Infrequent or improper oral hygiene
- Decreased saliva production: This can lead to plaque build-up and bad breath. It could be caused by drinking alcohol, early morning problem, being hungry or dehydrated and dieting.
- If you suffer from chronic bad breath and the dentist rules out an oral problem, it is important to meet your regular doctor for a thorough evaluation.
Getting rid of Halitosis:
The best way to remove it is through regular dental checkups and by following a thorough oral routine at home. Understanding the reasons for bad breath is the first step in eliminating bad breath.
- A regular checkup every six months at your dental clinic
- Brush, floss, rinse – make it a regular routine. Ensure that you brush your tongue thoroughly, especially the back of your tongue, where most odor-causing bacteria are found.
- Use a mouthwash that is recommended by your dentist
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Limit sugary and acidic juices as well as caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Don’t forget to floss out after drinking.
- If you are prone to bad breath as soon as you wake up in the morning, then the best time for dental flossing is early morning.
- If you are dieting, remember to drink plenty of water.
- Chewing sugarless gum stimulates saliva production.
A thorough oral care routine that includes brushing twice daily and flossing everyday will help remove food particles and bacteria that cause bad breath. If the bad breath problem becomes a chronic issue, your dentist will recommend an antimicrobial rinse and further evaluations to check for medical problems. Remember; brush twice a day, floss daily, drink sufficient water and rinse with a mouthwash. You can speak with confidence and feel good with fresh breath.
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