September 09, 2019

Bad breath: What to know

5 Remedies to prevent Bad breath

Bad breath is usually very embarrassing, causing anxiety but bad breath can be solved relatively. you can develop bad breath even if you brush and floss on a regular basis, funny enough bad breath is caused by the gums and tongue and not the teeth. 

The medical term for bad breath is known as halitosis, this is usually caused by poor dental hygiene, it affects an estimated 25 percent of people. Bad breath is a common problem that can cause significant psychological distress. There are a number of potential causes and treatments available. Anyone can suffer from bad breath.

Causes of Bad breath 

πŸ‘‰ Dry mouth: Saliva naturally cleans the mouth, If the mouth is naturally dry or dry due to a specific disease, such as xerostomia, odors can build up.

πŸ‘‰ Bad dental hygiene: Most people's mouth do not smell fresh when they wake up from bed. This is normal, If you brush your teeth before going to bed, the early morning smelly mouth will not be too bad, in fact in some people it doesn't smell at all. That's why good oral hygiene is one of the best way to cure bad breath. 

Brushing and flossing ensure the removal of small particles of food that can build up and slowly break down, producing odor. A film of bacteria called plaque builds up if brushing is not regular. 

This plaque can irritate the gums and cause inflammation between the teeth and gums called periodontitis. Dentures that are not cleaned regularly or properly can also harbor bacteria that cause halitosis.

πŸ‘‰ Diet: Food particles which get stuck in the teeth can cause mouth odour, foods such as garlic, onions, canned fish such as sardine, peanut butter, coffee, dairy products like cheese e.t.c. when this foods get digested their breakdown products are carried by the blood to the lungs and hereby affects the breath.

πŸ‘‰ Bad lifestyle habit: such as Smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol can cause bad breath. Tobacco, which is the most common constituent of a cigarette causes bad breath they also increase the chances of gum disease and this causes bad breath.

πŸ‘‰ Pregnancy: Being pregnant does not cause bad breath, but the nausea and morning sickness occurring during pregnancy may cause bad breath. In addition, hormonal changes, dehydration, and eating different foods due to cravings may also contribute to bad breath during pregnancy.

πŸ‘‰ Drugs: some certain medications can dry up the saliva and cause mouth odour Other drugs can produce odors as they breakdown and release chemicals in the breath.most individuals who take vitamin supplements are also prone to bad breath.

πŸ‘‰ Health problems: blocked nose, infections, pneumonia, sore throat and other throat infections, the common cold influenza (flu),  thrush, bronchitis,  diabetes,  acid reflux (gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD), lactose intolerance, other stomach or digestion problems, and some liver diseases or kidney diseases may be associated with bad breath.

How to find out if you have bad breath.

1.) Get a close friend of yours who is truthful and honest to check it out for you,you can simply do this by opening your mouth wide open. 

2.) Another way of discovering if you have bad breath can be checked through licking your wrist, then once the saliva gets dried up,if the area were you licked smells awful then you are likely to have bad breath. You can try this out! 

What should I do to Prevent Bad breath?

πŸ‘‰ Brushing regularly: This is the most important way to get rid of mouth odour. You have to brush at least twice daily, (you also have to make sure that you brush with a fluoride containing toothpaste) either in the morning and at night.

Replace your tooth brush every two to three months,change and replace everythingthat goes into your mouth such as your toothbrush, dentures .e.t.c. it helps to prevent the build up of bacteria from being transferred back to the mouth. 

Brush after every meal and floss preferably twice in a day. Bacteria, food, and dead cells commonly build up on the tongue, especially in smokers or those with a particularly dry mouth. A tongue scraper can sometimes be useful.

πŸ‘‰ Drinking plenty of water: especially when you wake up it helps to freshen morning breath. If you wear dentures, remove them at night and clean to get rid of bacterial buildup from food and drink.avoid alcohol and tobacco they both dehydrate the mouth,get a mint chewing gum or sweet preferably sugar free it helps in stimulating the production of saliva 

πŸ‘‰ Diet: Avoid onions, garlic, and spicy food. Sugary foods are also linked to bad breath. Reduce coffee and alcohol consumption. Eating a breakfast that includes rough foods such as uncooked vegetables, fruits, nuts, juice e. t.c. can help clean the back of the tongue.

If breath odor persists despite controlling these factors, it is recommended that an individual visits a doctor for further tests to rule out other conditions. Your dentist may also recommend a toothpaste that contains an antibacterial agent to kill the bacteria that cause plaque buildup.

Remember Health Is Wealth 

Written By:  Okpah Marvelous 

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