Bad breath or halitosis is a serious oral problem that affects more than 25% of the global population. According to a report in Medical News Today, about 1 in every 4 people you meet suffers from bad breath.
How does it develop and what can we do to prevent it? Bad breath is caused by a lot of factors; among them are poor oral hygiene, smoking habits, and mouth dehyration. Out of these three, the most common root cause for halitosis is poor hygiene.
The unpleasant smell begins to develop when you fail to brush or floss your teeth at a regular basis. The food particles stuck in your mouth are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria, who will then emit the unpleasant odor.
If you already have bad breath, what can you do to cure it? Here are steps you can take to develop a better oral hygiene and avoid halitosis:
1. Brush your teeth at a regular basis every after meal to prevent bacteria build up.
2. Since brushing does not remove all plaque in your teeth, make it a habit to floss to remove build up in between your teeth.
3. If you have dentures or retainer, always clean them regularly. Particles of food can also get stuck in your dentures or retainer and cleaning them regularly will avoid a buildup of bacteria.
4. Don’t just brush your teeth, brush your tongue as well! Most of the times, bacteria can also breed in your tongue. When brushing, lightly go over your tongue to remove unwanted food particles or build up. You can also purchase a tongue scraper.
5. Since most oral bacteria thrive in a dehydrated mouth, always drink water and fluids.
6. Some food like garlic, onion, sweets, and spicy food can also trigger unpleasant smell. Eat food like these moderately to prevent your breath from stinking.
Now that you know, start incorporating these practices to prevent contracting halitosis. As the old adage goes, prevention is better than cure.
The following medical advice was taken from the sources provided below. Please consult a licensed medical practitioner before attempting any of the procedures cited in this article.
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