What You Can Do About Bad Breath
What do you think is much more humiliating than having something stuck to your teeth after a meal? Most commonly known as bad breath, halitosis is not a medical emergency, but can be embarrassing and distressing nonetheless.
The foul odor in the mouth is caused by sulfur producing bacteria that breed beneath the surface of the tongue. These bacteria help in digestion of the food being consumed. They feed on the protein from the food and break them down into amino acids. During this process, sulfur is released from the back of the tongue and throat. These bacteria excrete sulfur compounds that create the odor and poor taste in the mouth.
Bad breath is an immensely embarrassing problem to have but definitely not a problem to live with. Regular dental visits coupled with proper oral hygiene practices are critical for a healthy mouth.
However, there are other home remedies that one can follow in order to maintain oral hygiene, although these will show results only if followed in conjunction with the aforementioned.
Beat Bad Breath with These Simple Tips:
Brush & Floss daily– brush your teeth regularly twice a day for 2 to 3 minutes each time. The importance of flossing after brushing cannot be reiterated more. Brushing and flossing are like two sides of a coin. If both aren’t followed one after the other, food particles tend to remain in between the teeth, hence causing a foul smell.
Clean your tongue – Invest in a good tongue cleaner/scraper in order to remove the residue of any food that has been left behind on the tongue.
Eat healthy food– What you put into your body plays an important role in shaping your overall health. Moderate your sugar intake and cut down on acidic food. We all know that foods like garlic, onion etc. cause the mouth to smell bad. Hence, consume foods that are easily digestible like fruits, vegetables, fish, and so on.
Drink water– Water is the elixir of life, drinking sufficient amounts of water is the one step that can help curb bad oral odor. When the mouth feels extremely dry, it serves as a breeding ground for the odor causing bacteria to develop. Drink water as soon as you wake up in order to make up for the time your mouth was dry during the night.
Products like sugarless gum or mouthwash can be used to eliminate bad breath. In severe cases of bad breath, a dentist may also prescribe strong toothpaste.
In most cases, bad breath is usually brought upon by individuals given the wrong oral practices. However, in some cases bad breath may be caused as a result of an underlying health condition. Hence, it is always advisable to consult a dental practitioner in order to understand the root cause of bad breath.
(Credit: Dr. Aarthy Viswanathan, specialist prosthodontist and implantologist at Aster Clinic, AJMC, Bur Dubai)