Freshen your breath the natural way

Introduction

Everyone does experience bad breath once in a while. But for some foul breath becomes a part of a daily struggle

In most situations, we are completely unaware of our halitosis (bad odor) and often learn it from relatives and friends

This often leads to some degree of discomfort

Wondering what you can do about it?

This article provides you an entire overview of what causes bad breath and the list of ways by which you can manage it.

You might be thinking I brush my teeth regularly, why do I have bad breath even after brushing the teeth

In that case, make sure you don’t miss these causes

Poor oral hygiene

Poor oral hygiene is just not about keeping your teeth clean it includes unhealthy eating habits too.

Frequent consumption of sugar-rich diet can also cause bad breath.

Like any part in the body, bacteria exist naturally in the mouth

They feed on these sugars turning sweet treats into sour smells

Tongue coating

Bacteria and dead cells can lodge between the papillae forming a white coat

This white coating on the tongue can also be a cause of bad breath

Ill-fitting dentures

Ill-fitting dentures can irritate the mucosa of the mouth causing mouth sores or fungal infection

Each of this can result in bad breath

Smoking

People who smoke are far more likely to suffer from a particular type of oral odor called smoker’s breath

This is because the smell of the cigarette lingers for hours in the throat and lungs

Alcohol

Excess consumption of alcohol can decrease the production of saliva (best environment for the growth of bacteria).

Diet

Foods such as onion, garlic, spicy foods, fish, and coffee can also cause a foul odor. Not just this skipping meals causes acid build up in the stomach causing bad breath.

Have you ever thought of it? Bad breath can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition like

  • Sinus infection
  • Tonsillitis
  • GERD
  • Diabetes
  • Liver or Kidney disease

Have you ever heard of the statement when there is a problem, there is a solution

Here a list of preventive measures that can help you freshen your breath

Brushing the right way

Brush using the correct technique. Place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth (covers both the teeth and gums). Brush 3 teeth at a time. Ideal brushing time (3-5 mins)

Regular dental visits

The dentist can help identify any associated condition and refer you to a physician

Professional teeth cleaning

When debris accumulates on the teeth because of improper brushing techniques, it turns into tartar

This tartar can only be removed by professional teeth cleaning performed by the dentist

Tongue cleaning

When you brush your teeth, don’t forget to clean the tongue. Prefer a plastic tongue scraper over a metallic one. This can avoid cuts or abrasions over the tongue because of improper or aggressive cleaning.

Use of an antiseptic mouthwash
Eat more of fiber snacks

Have snacks in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables (carrots, apples, pears) in between meals

This increases the flow of saliva flushing away the bacteria from the teeth, tongue, and gums

Prefer natural breath fresheners (fennel seeds, clove, mint leaves)

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