A foul odour emanating from the mouth can be quite an awful situation. The unpleasant reek in your mouth often strikes when people aren't properly taking care of their oral health. A simple brushing and flossing routine can keep bad breath at bay. Read on to know how to get rid of bad breath easily to avoid embarrassing situations.
Experts suggest that our tongue microscopically is filled with millions of filaments that trap tiny food particles and bacteria, which can lead to bad breath. Some common triggers of bad breath are:
The chances of bad breath due to an underlying disease are very low.
A clean tongue goes a long way in warding off bad breath. Brushing should be the first thing every morning, and also after every time you take a nap. Doctors advise to use a tongue scraper as a daily regimen after brushing. The key is to do it gently and to rinse your mouth thoroughly afterwards to remove dead cells, food particles and bacteria from the tongue. Foul-smelling bacteria have a chance to take over your mouth while you are sleeping which is the main cause of stinky breath.
It is very important that after every single meal one rinses and flosses so that the germs, bacteria, and plaque around the teeth and inside the mouth are killed.
After you brush your teeth and scrape your tongue, this is a very important step, one that many people may overlook. Nobody likes to smell your breath when it's laden with toothpaste scum. Rinse your mouth properly with cool and fresh water to keep your mouth fresh.
Experts recommend that drinking a half lemon mixed with warm water will help in stimulating saliva which controls odour-causing enzymes.
Saliva is your best weapon against bad breath as it washes away food particles and bacteria’s further eliminating bad odour. Chewing gum mechanically washes bacteria out as it makes you salivate, and the more saliva you have in your mouth the fewer bacteria you have.
On other hand, doctors suggest that mints should not be preferred to gum. This is because mints usually don't stimulate saliva production but on the contrary they temporarily mask bad odour.
While most bad breath can be banished with these simple hygienic steps, there are times when dental or medical conditions might be the culprit. Rockland Hospital’s maxillofacial surgeon Dr Dhirendra Shrivastav would say that even educated people lack awareness about oral hygiene. “They come to a doctor only when they have pain,” he says.
So before your condition becomes worse, make an appointment with your dentist to ward off the unsavoury odour residing in your mouth.
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