Bad breath – How to prevent or treat it?

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Published on May 22, 2015 by HWC Team

Bad breath? Tips that help you get rid off   

Bad breath also known as halitosis is a state where a person experiences oral malodor. This is caused due to some bacteria that break proteins in food.

The bacteria will digest protein leading to the formation of volatile sulfur compounds, which causes malodor. In order to stop bacteria from producing sulfur compounds in the mouth, a good oral hygiene is required.

What causes Halitosis?

Halitosis can occur due to various health disorders such as gum diseases and tooth decay. Few foods such as garlic and onion also cause Halitosis. Other habits such as skipping meals, starvation and fasting can leads to bad breathe and lower the production of saliva.

Saliva production avoids the formation of bacteria in the mouth. In most cases, halitosis is caused due to mouth problems but not due to throat, ears, nose and digestive system problems.

Is good oral hygiene required?

Good oral hygiene plays a vital role in curing halitosis. Maintaining good oral health through oral hygiene can be attained through regular dental visits including professional cleaning, and checkups. And, brushing your teeth and tongue with a fluoride toothpaste twice each day and using interdental cleaners and floss between your teeth can also help you get rid of halitosis. Moreover, removing dentures at night, soaking them in anti-bacterial solution and cleaning them properly before using helps you to keep oral healthy.

How can you prevent Halitosis?

Halitosis can be prevented by:

  • Not having foods such as caffeine and alcohol that causes bad breath
  • Consuming foods that are rich in vitamin C and vegetables that include carrots and celery
  • Drinking water and chewing sugarless gums or lozenges
  • Using tongue scrappers to clean the tongue from bacteria
  • Not taking breath mints and mouthwashes that contains alcohol
  • Adding few drops of tea tree oil or peppermint on your toothbrush or tongue
  • Drinking green tea
  • Using mouth washes that consists of cetylpyridium chloride, Zinc gluconate, chlorhexidine, chlorine dioxide and essential oils

Few more things that prevents Halitosis include

  • Knocking out smoking because it increases the chances of Halitosis by building bacteria in the mouth, leading to the formation of plaque
  • Stop taking caffeine, if possible; if not wash your mouth with clean water soon after drinking

These tips will definitely help you keep bad breath at bay.

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