What Can Do For Your Halitosis

by Darren Wumoult

Have you ever wondered about the odor escaping from your mouth? All of us from time to time have experienced Halitosis and the embarrassment that accompanies it. There are many different causes for bad breath among them is poor oral hygiene, smoking, tooth decay and gum problems.

How many Americans do you estimate have halitosis? 25 percent? 50 percent? 75 percent? Close, over 60 percent of Americans have bad breath and more than 35 million have what is known as chronic halitosis. Not all of bad breath comes from a systemic origin some of it is due to oral care. Also, don’t be fooled by over-the-counter products, which mask bad breath odors rather than remedy the cause of the odor to begin with.

The bacterium found in the average mouth accumulates mostly on the person’s tongue towards the back and is one cause of halitosis. The anaerobic bacteria feed upon food debris and then produce Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC). Volatile Sulfur Compounds have the smell of hydrogen sulfide, which smells like rotten eggs! Bad breath odor can also come from certain foods after they are digested and this odor emanates from the lungs.

Here are some of the simple treatments for bad breath:

Daily brushing is required. How you brush your teeth is also vital and many people do not know that there is a correct brushing method that will eliminate food particles wedged between the teeth. Brushing every day can eliminate much of bad breath. Undergoing regular dental cleanings also reduce the number of bacteria residing in your mouth. The white substance often found on the back of the tongue can be removed with a tongue cleaner. Proper diet is also essential in preventing halitosis.

What else can help you with halitosis? Saliva, that common liquid which is produced by the salivary glands, also contains some natural antibiotic which help get rid of bad breath causing bacteria. If saliva production decreases, bad breath increases. Chewing gum helps in increasing the flow of saliva and this in turn decreases the incidence of halitosis. It is also essential to drink at least eight fluid ounces of water every day. Water is of utmost importance to health, besides helping to reduce bad breath

When you are in a meeting or in a public place which involves eating and drinking, and it is not possible to brush your teeth, you can easily take a drink of water, swirl it around your mouth (like after brushing) to remove any food debris or bacteria and spit it out. This is better than not doing anything!

Again chewing to stimulate saliva product is crucial and snacking onfresh vegetables instead of chips, candy, and cookies can help to prevent plaque formation.

Raw fruits and vegetables are an important source of Vitamin C, a deficiency in which can be one of the causes of bad breath. Smoking, too, destroys Vitamin C and so is doubly harmful.

Now I have tried to brush my teeth with baking soda and personally would rather smell a skunk! On the other hand the properties of baking soda are beneficial to destroying odors, hence why we put it in our refrigerators and sprinkle it on our carpets before we vacuum, and there are several brands of toothpaste on the market now that contain baking soda and are not as bad as dipping your toothbrush in the baking soda box.

The purpose of a water pik is to knock the food particles out from between the teeth, which is beneficial in fighting bad breath. You can purchase a water pik that will take batteries so that they are portable.

There are many good mouthwashes in the market, but those that contain cetylpyridinium chloride and zinc chloride are more effective than those that don’t, because these ingredients help in giving you long lasting results. Another simple remedy is hydrogen peroxide because peroxide releases oxygen whereas anaerobic bacteria live in places without oxygen.

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