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How can you stop bad breath?

There are different ways to stop bad breath. You can use them depending on your present condition and the available resources that you have at your disposal. Let’s look at some of the simple ones.

Use a mouth rinse

If a dental problem is the cause of chronic bad breath, a mouth rinse will help you to get rid of it. But it will not cure it. The mouth rinse can only mask the bad breath. In some cases such a rinse can in fact worsen the situation because it may irritate oral tissues. In case of an emergency, you can always rinse the mouth with a mix of water and few drops of peppermint oil. If you have black or green tea, you can rinse your mouth with that because that will also help you to get rid of the bad breath. Green or black tea can eliminate the growth of bacteria in your mouth which is causing the mouth odor.

Avoid dry mouth

Dry mouth is another major reason of bad breaths and so you should try to avoid having a dry mouth. To ensure that, you will need to drink a sufficient amount of water, which is 6 to 8 glasses in a day, drinking water will help you to keep odor under control by washing away the food particles and bacteria from your mouth cavity. If you are suffering from a chronic dry mouth or if you a using any medicines that is causing the dry mouth problem, you should talk to your dentist. There are many over-the-counter saliva substitute available which can help you to keep your mouth wet.

Carrot, celery or apple

If you munch on a carrot or a stick of celery or an Apple, it will help you to get rid of bad breaths. When you eat a snack of crispy, fresh fruits and vegetables, it will increase flow of saliva in your mouth, which will wash away bacteria from your tongue, gums, and teeth. If you are hungry or on a fasting, it is more likely to have bad breath and such snacks can help you to get rid of bad breath caused by hunger or fasting. If you have an anti-stomach, you may suffer from bad breath because acids in the stomach will build up and will cause bad breath.

Go to your dentist

If you are having bad breath, it is likely that you have a dental problem and in that case, it is a wise decision to go visit your dentist. Your dentist will be able to find out what problem you have and will be able to rectify the problem. If you do not have any dental problems or the dentist finds out that the bad breath is caused by a systemic source like an infection, he will refer you to a family physician or a specialist who will be able to find a remedy for the problem.

Sugarless candy or gum

Chewing a sugarless gum or sucking on a sugarless candy will help you to avoid bad breath because they will stimulate saliva flow. The saliva is important because it can wash away food debris and bacteria that ultimately results in bad breath.

Quit smoking

If you want to eliminate bad breath, you will need to quit smoking and avoid tobacco products. Smoking directly contributes to bad breath. If you use tobacco, be careful about it because tobacco will dry out your mouth and will also leave an unpleasant smell which cannot be eliminated even after brushing.

References

1. Bad Breath Free Forever
2. “Goodbye” Bad Breath No more barriers to people
3. Oral malodour (halitosis)

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