Got bad breath (halitosis) and don’t know how to get rid of it? Having bad breath is something millions of Americans struggle with every day. A smelly breath is a very embarrassing problem. People who have fetor oris but don’t know how to get rid of it often struggle with self-confidence issues regarding their breath. They’re afraid of talking to people because they don’t want anyone to notice the smell and be put off by it. Generally, people assume that someone whose breath smells doesn’t brush and floss their teeth enough. This is not always true however, since bad breath can have a number of different causes. Let’s have a look at a few things you can do to prevent or get rid of bad breath.
Start Brushing Your Tongue
Smelly bacteria that build up on the tongue are a common cause of ozostomia. When you look at it closely, you can see that your tongue is not flat, but consists of tiny little bumps. Food particles and bacteria tend to get stuck in between these bumps and start causing bad breath. After you finish brushing, clean your tongue, either using your toothbrush or a tooth scraper, going from the back of your tongue to the front. Also, rinsing your mouth with water after meals helps flush bacteria and food off your tongue.
If you smoke, it’s time to get rid of this bad habit. Smoking severely harms your health and makes your breath smell foul. It also damages your gums, causes teeth staining and increases your risk of oral cancer (a very dangerous cancer).
Chew Sugarless Gum
Don’t use mints in an attempt to get rid of your bad breath. Most mints are almost entirely made of sugar with just a bit of mint flavor added to them. The sugar in these mints feeds mouth bacteria that make your breath smell, meaning that mints are actually likely making your breath smell worse than before. Instead of mints use sugarless chewing gum after a meal. Gum helps keep your mouth clean by stimulating saliva production. Saliva is crucial for oral health because it cleans your teeth and gums and combats mouth bacteria.
Foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates can make your breath smell. Mouth bacteria feed on sugar and carbohydrates so the more you consume of them, the more these bacteria will thrive in your mouth and cause bad breath. Also avoid overconsumption of smelly foods such as garlic and onion. These only cause temporary bad breath though, so just avoid eating them before you go to work or a social event.
Brush and Floss Religiously
In some cases people may think they are maintaining good oral hygiene, but they actually aren’t. Make sure that you brush at least twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time and user proper brushing technique. If you don’t know how to properly brush, search online or ask your dentist. Don’t skip flossing either. You should properly floss all of your teeth every day.
If none of these tips help you get rid of your bad breath you may have a more serious oral disease that needs to be looked at by your dentist.
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