Studies have shown that in some countries up to 50% of people suffer from bad breath otherwise known as halitosis. Today we will teach you how to get rid of it. Before we begin I have a few questions for you that I want to think about whilst we go through this blog: What’s your oral hygiene? How often do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? Do you smoke? Are you eating a lot of sugary foods? All of these can contribute to bad breath.
1. Maintain good oral hygiene
The worst-smelling bad breath usually comes from bacteria living in between the gums, in between the teeth, and on the turn. If you do maintain good oral hygiene, that’s fantastic. But a lot of patients tend to miss a few important steps or do a few things wrong. A lot of people tend to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste and then they end up wincing their mouths out of water or with a mouthwash. This is wrong because you will get rid of all that good flora.
A few of the things about maintaining good oral hygiene include brushing your teeth and gums at least twice a day, flossing your teeth at least once a day, cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper, using fluoride toothpaste, and most importantly having regular dental check-ups.
2. Avoid sugary foods
Remember the bacteria from tip number one? They’re the low sugary foods and when they get sugar, they go a bit nuts. When they go nuts, they start increasing the acidity in the mouth and that can contribute to things like tooth decay. Nobody wants tooth decay and bad breath. What should you do?
You need to still maintain good oral hygiene. We need to limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks and this includes things like fizzy drinks and also sparkling water as well. Lastly, limit fruit juice. Because that also contains sugar. Please remember that things like tea, coffee, and water are all fine to have. They’re generally less acidic.
Before you brush your teeth and then you’ve eaten something, make sure you leave an hour. This is so the acidity can neutralize and then brush your teeth.
3. Use mouthwash everyday
It’s especially useful to use a mouthwash. When you’re out and you’ve eaten and you don’t have a toothbrush with you to brush your teeth, you can use the mouthwash. It can neutralize those chemicals that can cause bad breath.
The next question is going to be: which mouthwash should I get? There are so many to choose from. The good news is that there’s been a number of clinical trials that have shown various ingredients in mouthwash to help with bad breath now.
4. Don’t smoke
Honestly, I think there’s no end to how bad smoking is for us. We all know it causes various different cancers, lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, and many more medical conditions. It also causes bad breathi. If you do smoke, please quit. Because the health benefits are there and on top of that you will be left with fresh breath.