Have you ever tried to kiss your loved one and he or she placed his or her hands between his or her lips and yours? It was not because he or she didn’t want you to kiss him or her. It is due to the reason that he or she did not want to smell the bad odor coming from your mouth. Aside from brushing and flossing after every meal, what are other ways to combat bad breath?
Before taking a look at other remedies, it is important to explore other causes of bad breath. Certain foods, as well as tobacco use, dry mouth (xerostomia), and periodontal issues can all be offenders.
Many people drink coffee. Some for the taste, some for the caffeine properties which they appreciate in keeping them awake (a stimulant), or the beautiful aroma as they awake in the morning. Here’s a thought, as you wake with the dreaded morning breath, you add a cup or two of coffee. This also causes dehydration and that leads to diminished saliva flow. Less saliva often means increased breath odor and not for the better. Before you banish your morning cup of coffee for good, here are some suggestions to help you give halitosis the heave-ho.
While you are thinking about the dry mouth that is caused by caffeine, another source of dehydration is alcohol consumption. Ever consider why you get thirsty after you have a drink or two? That is because you are drying up the saliva that is trying to battle the bacteria that wants to bring a halt to any romantic plans you are thinking about. Through the consumption of alcohol, your breath is on the decline. To aid in this dilemma, have some sugarless gum on hand and drink water. Remember the gum creates a chewing action, which stimulates saliva.
Daily brushing, tongue cleaning, flossing and a thorough rinsing should be an unavoidable part of your routine. Ideally this should be done after every meal or even every time you have eaten anything. Once again, eating proper foods helps in fighting bad breath. A diet which is rich in fruits and vegetables will help produce acid as also fiber which will prevent bad breath.
As you look at the oral hygiene products in the market, you may feel beleaguered by the number of choices available at fighting bad breath. However, most of these products usually do not kill the bacteria found on the back of the tongue. If the bad breath has a systemic origin, the products will do very little to help solve bad breath. The most they can do is make the breath smell a little better for only a limited time by hiding the odors instead of killing the bacteria. One exception to this rule are mouthwashes with zinc chloride or those prescribed by the dentist.
Hydrogen peroxide is an efficient rinse because it introduces oxygen that kill bacteria thriving in an anaerobic environment, thus effectively killing them. If you do not have hydrogen peroxide, you can use plain water as it can help in loosening up particles wedged between the gums and the teeth. Left inside the mouth on the tongue, these bacteria can multiply very fast and cause bad breath.
The Western American diet is also an important factor to be considered in dealing with the problem of halitosis. A low calorie diet has always had a favorable impact on the breath, while a high calorie diet may have an adverse affect on your breath. Next time, if your physician prescribes you a low-fat diet for weight loss, you are also blessed with the added benefit of decreasing the problem of bad breath. Interestingly enough, it comes free of cost.
Often, when you are eating out, especially in fine dining restaurants, the meal will be garnished with parsley which not only looks good, but also has a beneficial effect on your breath. It contains stuff which helps fight bad odor. So the next time don’t disregard the parsley or throw it away, but eat it after your food as a mouth freshener.
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