We have all been there before – sometimes we have been there unknowingly – where our breath isn’t exactly ‘fresh’. Bad breath is something that affects everyone now and then, but it is also something that can be prevented. Bad breath, or otherwise known as Halitosis, is a foul odour that comes from the mouth and around 25 to 30% of the world’s population are currently suffering from it. There are many causes of halitosis – some of which include dental cavities, gum disease, poor oral hygiene and a coated tongue.
Here are a few ways to prevent this from happening to you.
Hygiene is Imperative
Flossing between your teeth, brushing your teeth and gums, as well as cleaning your tongue is vital for having a fresh and clean breath. This is a daily routine and it cannot be missed. Here’s a tip – an electric toothbrush can make it easier to clean your teeth effectively.
See Your Dentist
Bad breath could also be a symptom of a far more serious problem. For example, gum disease causes halitosis from bacteria gathered in pockets at the base of the teeth. The importance of seeing your dentist in downtown Vancouver regularly is clearly seen here.
A Mouthwash is Always Effective
Rinsing your mouth out with a mouthwash that kills the germs known to cause bad breath can work quite well. This will help protect your mouth from bacteria and leave your breath nice and minty. Another suggestion is to rinse your mouth – even if it is just with water – after each meal. This will help get rid of any food particles left in your mouth.
Don’t Forget the Tongue
The tongue can become the host for bacteria, fungi and dead cells which can cause a bad odour. It is advised that you brush or scrape your tongue at least once a day. There is the option of using your toothbrush, a tongue scraper or even a spoon.
If you are currently suffering from bad breath, some green plants could help. The chlorophyll found in parsley, basil, mint and cilantro is known to neutralize odours in the mouth. If that doesn’t work, cloves, fennel seeds and aniseeds have antiseptic qualities that fight the bacteria causing bad breath.
Keep Your Mouth Moist
Tooth decay and halitosis are some of the side effects of a dry mouth. Drinking water throughout the day can solve a dry mouth. Another effective way is to suck on sugar free candy or to chew sugar free gum – this increases the amount of saliva in the mouth. Some people sleep with a humidifier in the room to moisten the air.
These are not the only ways to combat bad breath – there are many more tips and home remedies that can help. If though, despite earnest effort, you cannot get rid of your bad breath then it is best to consult your dentist or even your doctor. Remember, halitosis can be avoided and it doesn’t have to be a problem in your life if you just follow some of these simple tips.