From Bad Breath to Fresh and Minty Breath
Bad breath is medically known as “halitosis” and even though people with bad breath think they will never be able to get rid of the condition, there are several ways to make that breath fresh and minty.
Many people are extremely frustrated about their bad breath condition. No matter what they do, the bad breath doesn’t seem to go away.
First of all, pay attention to your dental health. Your bad breath condition might be caused by a superficial problem, and not by an underlying health condition. That is, the bad breath may be the result of improper dental hygiene.
Therefore, start brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, use a mouthwash which does not contain alcohol and see if the situation changes. Mouthwashes containing alcohol usually dry the mouth excessively, and as you might know the dry mouth syndrome can easily bring about the bad breath complication.
Next, bad breath might be caused by some prescription medication you must take, or by the food you consume (especially if you are during a diet). Bad breath is the direct result of the accumulation of bacteria in your mouth, and these bacteria cause inflammation.
The next step is that because of this inflammation, there are some bad smelling gasses and odors created.
Several medical studies have pointed out that in more than 80% of the cases, bad breath is caused by oral health complications. Gum disease, dental cavities, dirty dentures or cracked fillings can be all underlying sources of the problem.
Some important tips to remember:
You need to drink plenty of water. By staying hydrated, and continuously drinking pure water you are actually flushing away from your system all the problematic bacteria. Under all circumstances, avoid the sugary drinks, and instead try drinking milk from time to time because it can help deodorizing your mouth.
Give up on coffee, if possible. When you drink coffee regularly, your teeth will get stained, but coffee will also make some deposits on the back of your tongue- and this also might be the source of the bad breath problem.
Smoking – it doesn’t even have to be mentioned, because everybody knows what smoking can do to your health and breath. Smokers generally will get a very bad breath from smoking. Consider giving up or switching to the less harmful electronic cigarette.
Mints – if you choose the no sugar mints, these are good for freshening up your breath for half an hour. However, by no means will these mints do away with the harmful bacteria, so you really need to treat the problem, from its roots first. Make sure to avoid sugary mints.
Sugarless gum – try to chew on a sugarless gum right after you have eaten. The gum will help increasing the saliva flow, which is extremely important for fighting off those bacteria harnessing in your mouth.
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