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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bad Breath And How You Can Control It

Bad breath (unpleasant-smelling breath) affects a number of people globally. Some people realize this and make conscious efforts to avoid it, while others don't even realize it until it is brought to their notice. Many feel that brushing, flossing, or probably using a mouthwash, will cure the problem. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone.

How Can You Control Bad Breath?

We've tried to list down a few everyday habits that you can adopt to control bad breath naturally.

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Brush and floss after eating anything, or at least twice a day. Brush for two minutes each and also brush your tongue, inner cheeks, and the palate (top) of your mouth to remove bacteria and food particles.

2. Clean Your Tongue

The coating that normally rests on the tongue may harbor foul-smelling bacteria. To get rid of this smell brush your tongue with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers are an essential tool in proper oral health care and a must in your kit.

3. Avoid Foods That Sour Your Breath

Onions and garlic are the prime offenders. The only way to avoid the problem is to avoid eating onions and garlic, especially before social or work occasions when you're concerned about your breath. If you do, make sure to have some mint post that.

4. Avoid Smoking

Bad breath is just one of many reasons to not smoke. Smoking damages gum tissue, stains teeth, and increases your risk of oral cancer. It's smell stays in your breath, and very often, also in your clothes. Avoid smoking to avoid bad breath.

5. Rinse Your Mouth

Rinse your mouth with a mouth wash as this helps in clearing your breath and helps in adding an extra protection by reducing plaque-causing bacteria. Rinsing with plain water also helps freshen up your breath.

6. Skip After-Dinner Mints And Chew Gum Instead

Mints and candies promote bacteria growth. Opt for sugar-free gum instead. Gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defense mechanism against tooth decay and bad breath.

7. Keep Your Gums Healthy

Gum disease is a common cause of bad breath. Bacteria accumulate in pockets at the base of your teeth, creating bad odours. If you have gum disease, your dentist may recommend getting treated from a periodontist, who specializes in treating gum disease.

8. Be Alert To Dry Mouth

Lack of saliva or a dry mouth promotes tooth decay and causes bad breath. If your mouth is dry, drink a lot of water during the day. Chew sugarless gum or its substitute as these help in stimulating saliva. Dry mouth is also a side effect of certain medications. Consult your dentist/doctor if the problem becomes chronic.

9. See Your Doctor

If your bad breath continues despite your best efforts, see a doctor. Bad breath can also be a symptom of medical conditions such as a sinus infection, lung infections, postnasal drip from allergies, liver or kidney diseases, or diabetes.

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