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The Breath Scare

Do you refrain from close contact conversations, talk between clenched teeth with your sweetheart and muffle a hearty laugh with colleagues? You are not alone. Bad breath is a common problem faced by almost everyone at one time or the other. Typical solutions such as a mouth freshener, chewing mints or gum and popping a clove are momentary remedies to your problem, not the real solution. Poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, certain types of food, certain health conditions and habits are primary causes of bad breath.

Poor oral hygiene (not brushing and flossing properly)

Brushing and flossing cleans the food particles that remain in the mouth after eating. These particles left in the mouth can collect bacteria, which can cause bad breath. They can also rot, leaving an unpleasant odor.

Dry mouth

Saliva helps cleanse and moisten your mouth. If you have a dry mouth, dead cells accumulate on your tongue, gums and cheeks. These cells then decompose and cause odor. When we sleep it is natural for us to have a dry mouth, which is the cause of morning breath. This is more often a problem for people who sleep with their mouth open.

Food

We all know that eating certain food items like onions or garlic leave a foul smell in the mouth. It is best to avoid foods that contain these items when you have appointments or social engagements.

Health conditions

Bad breath is also associated with sinus infections, bronchitis, upper respiratory infections, uncontrolled diabetes, kidney failure and gastrointestinal problems.

Habits

Tobacco and alcohol products have their own unpleasant odor. Beside that, these products dry your mouth causing bad breath. Tobacco users are also likely to suffer from periodontal disease, a condition that affects the structures that surrounds the teeth, which is another source of bad breath. Some medications and smoking also lead to a chronic dry mouth.

Simple self-care techniques that can improve oral odor:

  1. Brush your teeth after you eat. Keep a toothbrush handy at work and while traveling.
  2. Floss at least once a day and after eating fibrous food to remove food particles and plaque between your teeth.
  3. Brush your tongue. Lightly brushing your tongue, including the back, removes dead cells, bacteria and food debris.
  4. If you wear an oral appliance denture, bridge or orthodontic appliance clean it thoroughly at least once a day.
  5. Drink plenty of water. If you suffer from dry mouth is sure to consume plenty of water and keep you mouth moist. Avoid using coffee, carbonated drinks and alcohol to moisten the mouth.
  6. Chewing gum and candy, preferably sugar free, are also a good way to stimulate saliva and keeping your mouth moist.
  7. Change your toothbrush every two or three months.
  8. Schedule regular dental checkups. Visit your dentist every six months for a general check-up of your mouth.
  9. If you have persistent bad breath that is not improved with these techniques see your dentist for a thorough dental for a thorough dental examination. Bad breath could also indicate a more serious problem.

Myth

  1. Mouth washes and breath mints can help a breath problem.

    This is not true. They only mask the problem for a few short minutes. Alcohol based mouthwashes in fact will worsen the problem because they dry out the mouth thus increasing the volatilization of breath odors.
  2. Brushing my teeth more will help eliminate my breath condition:

    This is also not true. Excessive brushing can dry one's mouth, thus increasing the halitosis problem. Excessive brushing can also damage the teeth and gums over time.

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