Got halitosis? Trying to cover up your bad breath by chewing gum or constantly popping mints? One in four people have bad breath and good dental hygiene should help you clear up your embarrassing case of halitosis.
Most cases of halitosis are caused by poor dental hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth daily, especially after every meal, pieces of food get stuck in between your teeth and gums and even on your tongue that decays and creates foul odors. Your dirty mouth is a battle field where bacteria can grow and has the potential to turn into gum disease, which also cause bad breath. Certain foods and drinks can cause bad breath. Garlic, onions, cheese, orange juice, soda, diet soda included.
Once these foods and drinks have been digested, their oils get into your bloodstream, which are then carried into your lungs. This odor is then released through your breath. Bad breath can also be caused by:
dry mouth, smoking, chronic diseases, malnutrition,respiratory conditions including your mouth, nose and throat.
Fighting bad breath will not happen over night and there are steps you can take to help you avoid this problem.
- Drinking lots of water will keep your mouth moist and clean.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat.
- Be sure to get your dental checkups and cleaning at least twice a year.
- Brush and floss after every meal. Brush for at least 2 – 3 minutes, in a circular motion.
- Invest in a tongue scrapper. Gently scrap from the back of your tongue to the front. That’s where the build up of bacteria festers. You might get disgusted with the gunk that comes off of your tongue.
- Avoid foods and beverages that you know cause bad breath. Drinking alcohol can cause this problem also.
- Eat or chew sugarless candy or gum to stimulate saliva production. This helps wash away any food particles and the build up of bacteria.
If you still feel like you have bad breath after trying these tips, make an appointment to see your dentist or health care provider.