There are many reasons to treat bad breath or halitosis, but if you are tired of instant steps followed repeatedly and want to eradicate halitosis completely in one step, understand and digest these clues in your mind… or maybe?
Maintaining Oral Hygiene
Brush your teeth regularly . The two main causes of bad breath are bacteria and decaying food particles. There are hundreds of gaps in the oral cavity that become a “fertile” ground for bacteria and hold the remains of rotting food.
Dispense a small amount of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush (about the size of a pea), and point the brush at your gums at a 45-degree angle. Brush each deep tooth surface gently in short motions, and being careful not to press the brush too hard or injure the gums. If done correctly, brushing your teeth should only take about three minutes.
Brush and rinse your mouth with mouthwash at least twice a day, and floss between your teeth at least once a day.
Brush the rest of the mouth, including the gums and tongue, and not just the teeth.
Clean your tongue . Brushing your teeth is not enough. Because the tongue has a large surface area and is lined with textured bumps and grooves, it contains more bacteria than any other part of the mouth. By eliminating the bacteria on your tongue, it will be easier for you to get rid of bad breath.
You can buy a product such as an Orabrush or other tongue brush from the pharmacy, or you can simply use a regular soft-bristled toothbrush.
Brush the tongue from the back to the front, and clean the brush between each cleaning cycle.
If you have a sensitive gag reflex, tongue cleaning may trigger the disturbance or reflex. Read the article on how to suppress the gag reflex for some tips.
Clean between your teeth with dental floss every day . Cleaning between your teeth is as important as brushing your teeth for healthy teeth, and even more important to reduce bad breath. As with brushing your teeth, try to get used to cleaning between your teeth with dental floss.
At first, the gums may bleed when you remove the bits of food that have been stuck between your teeth and gums for a long time. However, try smelling the floss after you’ve removed the leftovers if you dare. You can identify (or “sniff”) the source of your bad breath.
Use mouthwash . Mouthwash helps moisturize the oral cavity and prevent bad breath.
Choose products that contain chlorine dioxide. Many halitosis-causing bacteria nest in the back of the tongue, the part that is too far to be cleaned with a brush or tongue cleaner. Fortunately, gargling with a mouthwash containing chlorine dioxide can help neutralize these bacteria.
Try gargling before brushing your teeth, flossing between your teeth, or brushing your tongue, and then gargling again after. With this step, you can neutralize any bacteria left behind after the mouth cleaning process is complete.
Try chewing gum. Chewing gum can treat bad breath because chewing alone encourages the mouth to produce more saliva. Some chewing gum products contain substances that fight bad breath better than others:
Cinnamon-flavored gum is usually more effective at reducing bacteria in the mouth.
Look for chewing gum products that are sweetened with xylitol (sugar will only become food for bacteria, making bad breath problems worse). Silitol is a sugar substitute that can prevent the proliferation of bacteria in the mouth.
Keep your mouth moist. A dry mouth is a bad breath. This is why breath smells better in the morning because the mouth produces less saliva during sleep. Saliva is an enemy of bad breath because it not only “swept away” bacteria and food debris, but also has antiseptic properties and enzymes that kill bacteria.
Chewing gum encourages saliva production (in addition to masking bad breath with its aroma). However, mint candy does not encourage the production of saliva.
Drink water. Clean your teeth and gargle from one side of your mouth to the other. Although it does not necessarily increase saliva production, water can rinse the oral cavity so it is good for oral conditions. Read articles on how to drink more water every day.
Dry mouth can be caused by certain medications and medical conditions. Ask your doctor about a change in medical treatment or how to treat the underlying disorder of dry mouth.
Stop smoking and chewing tobacco products. If you need another reason to break the habit, keep in mind that tobacco is notorious for causing bad breath.
Tobacco addiction can be difficult to stop. However, you can visit this helpful wikiHow page for tips and advice.
Sometimes, bad breath is an early sign of oral cancer caused by smoking or chewing tobacco. You should quit smoking and see a doctor for an evaluation of this very serious health condition.
Reduce consumption of smelly foods. The body absorbs the taste and smell of the food you eat, so that pungent-smelling foods can stick to your breath for hours after you finish eating. Try to reduce the consumption of these types of food or at least, brush your teeth after you finish eating.
Vegetables from the Allium family such as onions, garlic, leeks, and chives are known to have a pungent odor. Consumption of these foods or foods containing these ingredients (eg hummus or curry) can cause bad breath. However, these types of foods also have many health benefits, so instead of stopping the consumption of these types of foods, it’s a good idea to reduce them. You can also eat it when you are going to spend time alone and not meeting other people, such as when having dinner alone at home.
Keep in mind that brushing your teeth alone won’t be enough to get rid of garlic and other pungent odors. In fact, your body digests these foods and the smell is absorbed into the bloodstream and lungs, where it is expelled in the form of bad breath! If you enjoy enjoying foods rich in these ingredients, cutting back on them (without completely stopping them) may benefit your breath in the long run.
Stop or reduce consumption of coffee and alcoholic beverages. The chemicals contained in both drinks can change the “environment” of the mouth so that odor-causing bacteria are more likely to thrive.
If you can’t or don’t want to stop drinking coffee or alcoholic beverages, make sure you rinse your mouth with water or a mixture of baking soda and water (1:8) after enjoying the drink. Thirty minutes later, brush your teeth well.
Do not brush your teeth immediately after drinking coffee or alcoholic beverages (or other acidic foods and drinks) because the acidic substances in the drinks make your teeth susceptible to abrasion due to brushing your teeth.
Carbohydrate consumption. Did you know that when on a low-carb diet, you can experience bad breath known as ” ketone breath “? Basically, when the body breaks down fat instead of carbohydrates for energy, it produces ketones which are partially excreted through the mouth. Unfortunately, ketones stink and make your breath smell bad. If you’re on a strict carb diet or another type of diet that requires you to burn fat (rather than carbs), try enjoying a carbohydrate-rich snack, such as an apple or a banana.
In addition, fruits that are rich in vitamin C help you fight off harmful bacteria that can cause bad breath.
This also occurs in people who fast or experience anorexia. If you have anorexia, bad breath is one reason to stop “slimming” and starving you. Read articles on how to treat anorexia.
Knowing the Right Time to Get Medical Advice
Talk to the doctor . If you’ve been following the steps above diligently, but you still have bad breath, you may have a health issue that needs to be addressed.
Bad breath is a sign of a disturbance in the body. If the symptoms of bad breath can’t be treated by changing personal hygiene habits and eating habits, there may be an imbalance, infection, or other disorder in the body that is causing bad breath.
Watch for tonsil stones. Tonsil stones are the remains of food, mucus, and bacteria that harden like chalk and collect in the tonsils, and look like white spots. Tonsil stones are often mistaken for a throat infection (eg, strep throat), although sometimes they are too small to see in a mirror.
Tonsil stones are usually harmless, but they can cause bad breath. If you see tiny white spots on your tonsils, try wiping them gently with an ear plug (be careful not to choke on them and don’t press too hard). If the spot sticks to the earplug and turns out to be fluid or pus, you may have a tonsil infection. However, if the spot doesn’t stick together or pulls away as a white solid lump, it’s probably a tonsil stone. Kiss the spot so you know for sure.
You may also feel a metallic smell or taste in your mouth or a stifling feeling when you swallow food.
Find out if you have diabetic ketoacidosis. If you have type 2 diabetes, the disorder can prompt your body to burn fat instead of glucose to produce ketones, the chemicals that cause bad breath.
Bad breath can be caused by metformin, a drug for type 2 diabetes. If you are taking metformin, talk to your doctor about alternative treatment options.
Think of other causes of bad breath. There are a variety of diseases that can cause halitosis, including the following disorders or diseases:
Trimethylamineuria. If the body can’t break down a chemical called trimethylamine, it will be excreted in the saliva, causing bad breath. This substance will also be excreted through sweat so that the symptoms of bad breath may be accompanied by body odor.
Infections: Certain types of infections such as sinusitis and stomach infections can cause bad breath. Ask the doctor to check for foreign symptoms in the body, including this infection.
Kidney impairment or failure: In particular, a metallic or ammonia taste and odor on the breath can signal a serious kidney disorder. See a doctor to find out if you show any symptoms of this disorder.