Do not overlook bad breath

Do not overlook bad breath

The problem and condition of having bad breath is known as halitosis. With this condition, unpleasant odors are exhaled in breathing. There are numerous causes of halitosis or bad breath. Amongst these, the bacteria on the tongue are the most common. When the tongue is not kept clean regularly, halitosis might be the result. Other bacteria in the oral cavity can also cause bad breath. Gum disease or periodontal disease is also among the factors which can cause bad breath.

If you are suffering from chronic bad breath then you should visit the physician or doctor’s office immediately because there may be a serious cause for this condition. The following are some points which can effectively eliminate or significantly reduce the problem of bad breath.

·         Brushing and flossing the teeth regularly and properly, twice a day, particularly after every meal is a very effective method to prevent bad breath. The tongue should also be cleaned by the toothbrush or a tongue cleaner, while brushing. The tongue has tiny hair-like fibers which can trap food particles and bacteria and can cause halitosis. By cleaning the tongue properly and regularly, these food particles and bacteria can be prevented from accumulating on the tongue.

·         Frequent and regular dental check-ups with the dentist are very important in order to prevent any dental disease or condition. At the dental check-up, the dentist can diagnose a condition or disease when it is in its initial stages and when it can be treated very easily and effectively. A regular dental check-up should be once every six months, or as instructed by the dental expert.

·         Another measure to prevent bad breath is to get the treatment done for any disease or condition immediately it is diagnosed. This particularly includes treatments for tooth decay, gum abscess, abscessed teeth etc. When a dental disease or condition has been diagnosed, you should not wait for the condition to get worse to start the treatment.

·         Chewing parsley after meals is also a good practice to prevent bad breath. Parsley naturally contains a breath freshener which eliminates the bad odor of the mouth.

·         Smoking has the potential to cause periodontal disease and halitosis. Steps should be taken to quit smoking if you want to eliminate the problem of bad breath.

·         Food items which cause bad breath should be avoided; these include onions, garlic, cabbage, coffee, certain spices, etc.

 


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