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Few tips that can help us to avoid bad breath…

Bad breath is not a simple condition that you can easily shrug off and pretend it is not there. Halitosis, or bad breath is due to bacteria in the mouth breaking down proteins to volatile sulphur compounds that smell.

Causes of Bad Breath

– Bad breath by the food you take like onion and garlic.
– Bad breath due to smoking.
– Bad breath due to dry mouth: This means that one should keep drinking lot of water and other liquids as this helps in washing away left over food particles in the mouth, helps in stimulation of saliva and reducing conditions in which bacteria can thrive.
– Bad Breath caused by Dentures: These can cause bad breath if they are not cleaned frequently and properly.
– Bad breath caused by alcohol: It dries out the mouth reducing the saliva formation.
– Troubles with the pharynx, lungs or stomach.
– Hormones released right before the start of the menstrual cycle create a heavy concentration of sulphuric protein in saliva.
– Chronic bronchitis.
– Hunger.
– Morning breath.

How to prevent bad breath

– Brush your teeth and flossing twice a day, especially after meals that contain food and spices known to cause bad breath. Clean your tongue properly.
– Visit your dentist regularly at least twice a year. Cavities can cause bad breath too.
– Chew sugarless gum which helps stimulate saliva in the mouth.
– Avoid breath mints and mouthwashes that contain alcohol.
– Chlorophyll is a natural breath freshener and is found in leafy green vegetables like parsley.
– A few drops of peppermint or tea tree oil can be applied to the tongue or toothbrush to help freshen the breath.
– Baking soda maintains good oral health.
– Clean and replace your toothbrush regularly.
– Use mouthwash containing cetylpyridinium chloride, chlorine dioxide, sodium chlorite or zinc as they serve as an antibacterial agent.
– Eating plain yogurt for 6 weeks can sweeten your breath.
– Rinse your mouth before sleeping with a glass of water with the juice of half a lemon added.
– Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
– Avoid alcohol and caffeine.

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