There are more than 80 million people suffering from chronic halitosis, or bad breath. In most cases, its origin is the tongue and gums.
Bad breath can be very embarrassing, but it is a common condition and there are several ways to fight it. Following these tips can help you fight bad breath and keep your mouth healthy every day.
Brush your teeth twice a day.
Brush teeth for two to three minutes at least twice a day to remove plaque and leftover food. It is very important to brush your teeth before going to sleep. You can try an additional brushing with sodium bicarbonate to reduce the acidity of the mouth and hinder the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath.
Flossing will remove food scraps from between the teeth that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. If you do not remove food leftovers, the bacteria will begin to feed on them, which causes bad breath.
Brush or scratch your tongue
To eliminate any residue that may accumulate between the taste buds and the folds of the tongue, invest in an economic tool called tongue scraper, which is available in pharmacies. If you do not have a tongue scraper, you can use your toothbrush to brush it.
Use a mouthwash
Keep in mind that if chronic breath is caused by a dental problem, mouthwash will only hide the odor, it will not be a cure. In some cases, mouthwashes can worsen a bad breath problem by irritating the tissue of the mouth. To cool your mouth in an emergency, try rinsing your mouth with a mixture of water and a few drops of mint oil. Or rinse your mouth with black or green tea: According to a University of Illinois study in Chicago, rinsing your mouth with black or green tea inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath.
Visit the dentist
The best way to ensure good oral hygiene is to visit the dentist on a regular basis. If you suffer from chronic bad breath, you should first visit the dentist to rule out any dental problems. And if your dentist thinks the cause of the problem is a systemic (internal) source, such as an infection, you could refer it to your family doctor or a specialist to help you solve the problem.
Stop smoking and avoid using tobacco products
If you ever needed another reason to stop smoking, here is a very simple: smoking contributes to having bad breath. Tobacco tends to dry the mouth and leave an unpleasant odor that remains even after brushing teeth.
Drink plenty of fluids
Make sure you take enough water (six to eight 8 glasses) every day to avoid dry mouth. Drinking water helps keep the scent under control because it helps to entrain the food particles and bacteria, which are the main cause of bad breath. If you suffer from chronic dry mouth or take medicines that make your mouth dry, talk to your dentist to recommend a non-prescription saliva substitute.
Eat a piece of sugar-free candy or chew sugar-free gum
If you have a dry mouth, try sucking a piece of sugar-free candy or chew sugar-free gum to stimulate the flow of saliva. Saliva will help to carry away food scraps and bacteria that cause bad breath.
Chew a carrot, celery stalk or an apple
Fresh, crispy fruit and vegetable snacks increase the flow of saliva between meals and help pull bacteria away from teeth, tongue and gums, which can cause bad breath. These snacks can also help reduce bad breath caused by hunger or fasting. An empty stomach, because of sautéing meals, can cause bad breath as it builds up stomach acids.
The parsley gives your dish something more than a decorative green touch: it also helps the breath, as it contains chlorophyll, known as deodorant of the breath. So lift that corsage off your plate and chew it well. Or put several handfuls in a juicer and drink the juice when you need to freshen your breath.