Apart from being socially unacceptable, halitosis or bad breath is also an indicator of a host of oral problems. If you suffer from constant bad breath, it’s possible that you have an abscess or a decaying tooth, which could lead to severe infections.
A lot of people don’t realize they have bad breath unless it is pointed out to them. A simple way to check for bad breath is to lick the back of your hands and wait for a minute. If the area smells bad after the saliva has dried, it’s a clear indication of halitosis.
But don’t worry if you’ve suddenly realized that you’ve been suffering from this problem. Here are a few easy ways to get rid of bad breath.
Kick The Butt
It’s no surprise that smokers are most susceptible to halitosis. Smoking tends to dry your mouth. If your mouth is not well lubricated with saliva, it leads to an increased amount of bacteria. When there is a high accumulation of bacteria in your mouth, your breath ends up smelling bad. If you find it hard to quit smoking, you can try supplementing your nicotine intake through over the counter chewing gums and nicotine patches. These help satiate the body’s craving for nicotine, thus helping you refrain from lighting up another cigarette.
Brush More Often
Increasing the number of times you brush your teeth is the easiest way to keep bad breath at bay. If possible, carry a brush and a small tube of toothpaste to work. Make sure you brush your teeth after every meal, especially if you’ve eaten food that tends to get stuck between your teeth or has a lot of sugar.
Food particles stuck in your mouth become hotspots for bacterial growth and may also cause tooth decay. Once you’ve removed these tiny food particles, you can breathe easy and stop worrying about bad breath till your next meal.
‘Wash’ Your Mouth
If carrying around toothpaste and a toothbrush is too tedious a task, invest in a small bottle of mouthwash. Not only does mouthwash provide you with an instant dose of minty freshness, but it also helps dislodge and kill the bacteria stuck on your tongue and in between your teeth and gums.
Keep Your Mouth Moist
A dry mouth is a haven for bad breath causing bacteria. If you notice your mouth getting dry, sip on a glass of water. You could also chew some gum to stimulate your salivary glands. Don’t use gum that contains sugar as that may end up worsening your condition. Sugarless gum, especially with artificial sweeteners like Xylitol, increases the flow of saliva into your mouth and restricts the growth of bacteria.
Stop Avoiding Your Dentist
Irrespective of whether you have oral hygiene issues or not, it’s imperative that you visit your dentist at least twice a year. At Markham NS Dental Clinic, we offer comprehensive checkups that identify any dental problems that you may have. If minor problems are treated in their initial stages, they’ll never turn into something serious.
Halitosis is often a result of superficial tooth decay and a persistently dry mouth. If the cause is identified, then appropriate treatment can be prescribed to tackle your bad breath with ease.
These tips should be enough to control your halitosis, at least temporarily. If you face this problem on a regular basis, it may be because of something more serious. Make sure you have a full dental check up and diagnose the issue before it gets out of hand.