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How to beat bad breath?

How to beat bad breath?

Bad breath is usually experienced by all of us at one or another occasion and leaves us in embarrassing situation. But why do we get bad breath? Bad breath is very common if you eat spicy food or garlic or onion. This condition of bad breath is known as halitosis in medical terminology. Let us first try to understand some causes for bad breath and then we will dive deeper into how we can beat bad breath!

Causes of Bad breath

–          Poor Oral Hygiene

The unpleasant odour in your mouth could be originating from production of sulphur because of decaying food particles. It is advisable to regularly brush your teeth. Especially rinse your mouth after every meal to ensure there are no food particles remaining inside.

–          Skipping meals or staying hungry for long duration

Eating food produces saliva which fights off bacteria from the mouth and also flushes away the bad odour. So if you skip meals, you are giving invitation to more bacteria in your mouth which would ultimately lead to bad odour. Never skip meals and eat your food at regular time.

–          Smoking

Smoking has many disadvantages, one of them being bad odour too. Smoking not only leaves a bad smoke smell in your mouth but also affects digestion, generating sourness in stomach & mouth.

–          Age & Hormonal changes

Though not very common but stress, age and hormonal changes could also be the reason behind bad breath.

–          Dryness in mouth

This could be a medical condition originating from less production of saliva in your mouth. Less saliva means higher chances of bacteria in your mouth and thereby higher chances of bad breath. Consult your dentist.

–          Indication of a serious Medical condition

If none of the above reasons are the reasons behind your bad breath, then it would be a good idea to consult a doctor, as this bad breath could be your body’s indication towards a serious medical condition. Probable causes could be bacterial infections, kidney failure, diabetes, or even a liver malfunction.

10 quick tips to beat bad breath!!

Tip # 1. Brush your teeth regularly

You should brush your teeth after every meal and floss daily to avoid any food particles from remaining in your mouth. Ideally you should brush after every meal but it may or not be practically possible, so ensure rinsing your mouth thoroughly after every meal.

Tip #2. Brush your tongue

Sometimes food or bacteria remain stuck on the tongue too, so to avoid this, you should brush or scrape your tongue regularly.

Tip #3. Drink large quantity of water

Water has many benefits. You should drink plenty of water to allow flushing of food particles and bacteria from your mouth as well as your body.

Tip #4. Mouthwash regularly

If it is not possible to brush your teeth frequently or atleast after every meal, you should carry a mouthwash and keep using it at intervals to avoid any germ build up in your mouth.

Tip #5. Avoid smoking

Smoking leaves a bad smell in the mouth which usually does not go away even with brushing or eating mint. It is better to avoid smoking and enjoy a good breath. It isn’t good for your overall health either.

Tip #6. Addicted to mint – go sugarless

If you are addicted to having mint or chewing gums at regular intervals then better choose sugarless gums as a sugar gum will boost the bacteria growth in your mouth. Gums otherwise can help in generating saliva in the mouth and help rinse away the bacteria.

Tip #7. Fibre rich food

Include more fibre rich food in your routine, this allows for higher saliva production. Foods containing vitamin C help the body to fight bacteria. Do not stay hungry for a long time.

Tip #8. Include Herbs in diet

Some herbs have been found to help increase saliva production and reduce bacterial growth. You can include these in your daily diets, such as cardamom, spearmint, coriander, eucalyptus and rosemary.

Tip #9. Reduce intake of high sulphur content food

Avoid foods having high sulphur content as high sulphur content will act as a boost for bad breath. Avoid eating onion or garlic especially.

Tip #10. Consult your dentist regularly

You should visit your dentist once in 6 months for regular check-up and cleaning.