How do you know if you’re one of those people who have bad breath all the time? After knowing, how do you deal with it? These are very crucial questions we intend to focus on today.
As it turns out, getting rid of bad breath is not difficult. There are some dentist-recommended methods for effectively treating halitosis.
According to a recent study conducted by Korean scientists, halitosis or bad breath can be easily treated by increasing oral fluids, decreasing the amount of tongue plaque, regular scaling, and removal of dental plaque.
The analysis found that oral fluid rate, glucose levels in the oral cavity, and tongue coating have significant correlations with halitosis. Lack of hydration, consumption of certain foods, and even an increase in caffeine and alcohol consumption can cause your breath to stink. Consistent bad breath can be a sign of gum disease.
Here are some tips for dealing with halitosis:
Brush your teeth at least twice per day, preferably after each meal.
Flossing: Flossing removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth. Brushing only cleans about 60% of the tooth’s surface.
Clean your dentures: Everything that goes into your mouth, including dentures, bridges, and mouth guards, should be cleaned daily. Cleaning keeps bacteria from accumulating and being transferred back into the mouth. Changing your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months is also recommended for the same reasons.
Brush your tongue: Bacteria, food, and dead cells commonly accumulate on the tongue, especially in smokers or those who have a dry mouth. A tongue scraper can be useful at times.
Drink plenty of water to avoid dry mouth. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking, both of which dehydrate the mouth. Chewing gum or sucking on a sugar-free sweet can help stimulate saliva production. A doctor may prescribe medication to stimulate the flow of saliva if the mouth is chronically dry.
Avoid onions, garlic, and spicy foods in your diet. Sugary foods are also associated with bad breath. Reduce your intake of coffee and alcohol.
If the odor persists despite controlling these factors, you should see a doctor for additional testing to rule out other conditions.