In today’s contemporary world, every individual is too busy to take care of their health – especially oral health. This negligence can invite different diseases. One such oral health issue is “Halitosis,” also known as bad breath.
Statistically, more than 80 million people suffer from chronic halitosis. Mostly, it arises from gums and tongue. Bad breath can cause a lot of publicly embarrassing moments. Most often, even before we realize the problem, it is the people around us who encounter bad odor from our mouth.
There are very simple tips that can help to halt and fight halitosis. This will help you to maintain good oral health on an everyday basis.
- Brush and Dental Floss Regularly
Try brushing your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day for 2 to 3 minutes. Brushing helps remove plaque and food debris, but do not overdo it as brushing too hard can wear down the teeth, making them more prone to decay. If time permits, try brushing with baking soda as it reduces the mouth’s acidity preventing bacterial growth.
Dental flossing once a day is important to remove food trapped between the teeth where toothbrushes cannot reach.
- Brush or Scrape your Tongue
Scrape your tongue using a tongue scraper to remove any residue developing between the taste buds and those that remain trapped in the tongue.
In case a scrapper is unavailable, you can brush your tongue with the toothbrush.
- Use Mouth Rinse
If halitosis is caused due to a dental problem, a mouth rinse will only mask the odor and not cure it. In few cases, mouth rinse irritates oral tissues and worsens the condition.
The best way to rinse your mouth is with a mix of water and a few drops of peppermint oil. Rinsing with black or green tea is also good as it suppresses bacterial growth.
- Get Dental Check-ups Regularly
Only a dentist can assure good oral health and its maintenance. Dentists can look for the root cause of halitosis. If it is caused due to some kind of infection or any other oral disease, expert medical supervision is needed. Otherwise, the dentist will guide you to follow hygienic oral health maintenance.
- Quit Smoking or intake of Tobacco
Smoking causes bad breath. Tobacco dries out in the mouth, causing an odor that remains even after brushing. It is best to quit such habits.
- Drink Sufficient Water
Dry mouth causes halitosis. Thus, drinking sufficient water (6-8 glasses of water) is essential to wash out the bacteria and food particles causing halitosis.
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