No one wants to be embarrassed or humiliated. This is the reason why people do all they can to look their best and “smell” really nice all the time especially when they would be attending an event. The sad story here is this: no matter how much some people try, they just cannot get rid of that odour oozing out of their mouths. Some people know they have got “smelly” mouths and try not to avoid much talk when in the midst of people. Sadly, others don’t and so they just keep chatting away unknowingly embarrassing themselves and ruining the atmosphere for those around them. No one wants to be around people with bad breath, or do you?
Halitosis, which is the medical term for bad breath, is usually as a result of the gradual accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria cause inflammation in the mouth and are responsible for the mouth giving off terrible odours. For those that think brushing the mouth first thing in the morning and last thing at night is a mere “white man’s routine”, think again. When you do not brush or have dental floss as often as possible, bacteria will build up on the bits of food remaining in the mouth and between the teeth. The breath produced by the mouth will smell as a result of the chemical compounds released by these bacteria.
Experts have said that the food we eat strongly affects our breath. The breakdown of food starts in the mouth. After food has been digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, they end up being transported to the lungs and “released” as breath. If foods having strong odours like garlic are eaten, the best you can do is to mask the smell for a while. This is because the odour cannot be done away with totally until the foods have passed through the body.
Just before you start fretting, if your mouth gives off bad odours when you wake up in the morning or after eating a strong smelling food, you don’t have much to worry about as long as the odour leaves when you wash your mouth. However, if the odour remains even after you have brushed and flossed your teeth or rinsed your mouth probably with a mouthwash or sucked on mints, then I guess you do have something to deal with.
Bad breath can be caused by smoking, consuming certain foods and even drinks like onions, garlic, alcohol, coffee etc. Gum disease, bad oral hygiene, a white or yellow coating on the tongue, dry mouth infections, and in some cases, intestinal disorders and lactose intolerance are also responsible for mouth odours
If you are suffering from having a bad breath, you can be rest assured that it can be dealt with. You can actually eliminate bad breath. You can use natural remedies or simply act on the following instructions:
- If you are a smoker or if you chew tobacco-based products, then you need to stop that immediately.
- Drink plenty of water. The essence of this is to ensure that the mouth is kept in a moist state. It is also alright to chew any sugarless substance in order to arouse the production of saliva which will wash food particles away including bacteria.
- Practice good oral hygiene. Brushing twice a day is not an option if you intend to get rid of bad breath. When you do brush, make sure you apply the brush on the tongue especially the back of the tongue properly. This will decrease the bacteria, fungi and dead cells which are responsible for odour
- Most importantly, visit your dentist no less than twice a year. Your dentist is professionally equipped to detect and treat problems in your mouth which may be the cause of bad mouth odour.
You might not be suffering from bad breath now but practicing the above listed steps can help you a great deal in preventing having bad breath. Please note that if you notice your gum bleeding, treat it immediately. If you do not do so, you will soon start having bad breath.
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