Causes and Treatments for Bad Breath

Bad breath or Halitosis is the medical term used for the foul odor that comes from the mouth.  If you are suffering from bad breath, you should know that you are not the only one who is experiencing this embarrassing issue.  The majority of bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene. There is no doubt that poor hygiene cause bad breath, but sometimes it can be more complicated. This is the reason why it is vital to understand the cause of the complication before treating the problem. Whatever may be the reason, the best way to start eliminating bad breath is to brush your teeth two or more times in a day and flossing regularly is very important. Most common causes and treatments of bad breaths are mentioned below.

Food: The best remedy to avoid bad breath is avoiding spices like garlic and onion. That doesn’t mean that you should be eating tasteless food, but maintain a habit of brushing and flossing your teeth after eating. This may not be possible for you to do it always, so you can use chewing gums instead. You should chew gum immediately after having dinner, it will help you in getting rid of smell and your mouth will remain fresh. Make sure that you have a sugar free gum.

Bacteria inside your mouth: Presence of bacteria in mouth is common. This bacterium may also be the reason why you sense a smell from your mouth in when you wake up in the morning.  Another reason is due to the mouth drying out during the night when you are sleeping.  This allows the bacteria time to work on the food remaining in your mouth. During daytime it is necessary to keep the mouth wet or moist whole time as this will wash the bacteria away.  It is necessary to get rid of bacteria by brushing your teeth at least for five minutes, flossing and scraping tongue.

Smoking: Even after having a perfect oral hygiene, majority of smokers have a horrible breath. The reason is, cigarette contains dirty odor creating substances, nicotine and tar. The only solution to fix this problem is to quit smoking. This may be not easy for some people but you have to do this if you really want to get rid of bad breath. Just imagine, can you live with bad breath throughout your life? Do you want to hide your mouth or turn your face away while talking to someone because of bad breath? I am sure your answer would be NO, then you need to take action and help yourself by eliminating bad breath completely. 

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