Halitosis aka Bad Breath
Unfortunately we have all experienced at one time or another or been a victim of catching a whiff of bad breath. We’ve all been there and no matter how many of us have shared this ‘lovely’ experience, it does not make it any less embarrassing.
So here are some important tips to help reduce the risk .
Our mouth is covered with bacteria, especially at the back of the tongue, with the most common cause of bad breath due to not brushing or flossing well enough particularly at the back of the tongue where we often miss to brush.
When we don’t brush properly food particles tend to set up camp on our tongue, between the teeth and on our gums allowing bacteria that is already in your mouth to begin to break down those particles releasing chemicals that have a potent smell. Plaque on your teeth can also build up and if not removed through regular brushing will give off an odor that affects your breath.
Tooth decay, periodontal disease or mouth sores including recently extracted teeth can also be the cause to having bad breath. Other causes such as dry mouth or wearing dentures that don’t get cleaned enough can cause bad odors. Infections in the throat or lungs, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diet, medications, digestive system and other systemic issues can also be the culprit to smelly breath.
The best way to combat bad breath is to maintain a good oral hygiene regime. This will help to limit the amount of plaque build up from our food as well as reduce the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Keep on top of it by using floss as well as brushing your teeth and tongue (especially towards the back where most of the bacteria lives) at least twice a day and it will reduce bad breath.
If you wear dentures, take them out at night and brush them thoroughly with a denture cleanser before putting them back in the next morning.
Chewing sugar-free gum helps stimulate salivary flow if you are a sufferer of dry mouth.
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