How to reduce bad breath


Portrait of a young woman holding her nose because of a bad smell.

Portrait of a young woman holding her nose because of a bad smell.

Bad breath, or halitosis, happens to everyone at times.Not everyone who has bad breath is aware that they have the problem. People’s odd reactions when you open your mouth to speak are a clue but there are ways to confirm your suspicions. The origins of bad breath are not mysterious: dental cavities, gum disease, poor oral hygiene, coated tongue are among the most common.  Illness and tooth decay can also be a factor in bad breath. Having amazing-smelling, kissable breath is easier than you think. You can prevent bad breath by developing good oral health habits and making changes in your diet and lifestyle.Do the following to get fresh breath:

* Brushing your teeth with baking soda once a week will help neutralize the bacteria that cause bad breath. Using your regular toothbrush, simply sprinkle a pinch of baking soda on the bristles, then brush as usual. Baking soda neutralizes the acids that build up on the backs of your teeth, and beneath your tongue.

* Not only your mom will be proud, greens promote a more alkaline environment, so the bad-breath-causing acid in your body balances out. So, don’t forget your veggies.

* Scrape the tongue with a spoon or tongue scraper. Kill the bad bugs by applying a safe, organic antibacteria on the tongue after scraping.

* Brush after every meal and floss, preferably twice a day.

* Chew a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds. Their antiseptic qualities help fight halitosis-causing bacteria.

* Dehydration also causes bad breath. Increase your intake of water. Keep sipping water all day rather than lug it down only after meals. It will keep your mouth clean and odor-free.

*Mouthwash is another way to deal with the immediate effects of bad breath.Avoid using a chlorhexidine-containing mouthwash long-term as this can stain your teeth. Try not to use mouthwashes containing alcohol. Alcoholic-based mouthwashes may be a factor in developing certain mouth cancers.

* Replace your toothbrush every two or three months.

* The hard texture of apples, celery, carrots, etc. can remove food caught between your teeth and rub away bacteria that sit on them.

* Green juice contains low levels of acid, while coffee contains high amounts, which can lead to bad breath.

* A tobacco habit can also lead to gum disease, which among other more serious things, causes bad breath.

Smoking stains your teeth and can irritate your gums. Stopping smoking will help you maintain a healthier mouth.

* If you notice a bad taste in your mouth that doesn’t seem associated with the taste of food you’ve eaten, this may require additional treatment. Be aware that bad breath can be a sign of throat infections like strep throat.

* If you wear dentures, remove them at night and clean to get rid of bacterial buildup from food and drink.

* Apply flavored lipgloss. This isn’t going to turn your garlic breath into the most amazing-smelling breath ever, but it will help mask the odor until you get the chance to brush and floss your teeth.

*  Especially if your bad breath isn’t going away and you’ve tried all of the above,  get a complete physical check-up.

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