Halitosis or bad breath often causes embarrassment and low self-esteem to a person. Most people, from time to time, face the issue of a foul odor from their mouths. What will be more disgusting and humiliating than the remains of food freckled across a toothy grin?
Over 25 to 30 percent of people around the world suffer from this distress. Food particles can remain in your mouth that promotes bacterial growth between teeth. There are several reasons for bad breath such as gum disease, poor oral hygiene, and dental cavities are among the most common.
Foods such as garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol, can cause bad breath.
Here what you can do to prevent bad smell:
Eat Crunchy Healthy Food
Crunch food such as apple, sugar cane, carrot, radish, has antibacterial properties. They fight against bacteria. Furthermore, the hard texture of apples, celery, carrots, can remove food caught between your teeth and rub away the bacteria that are clinging to them. You should consider crunchy health foods as nature’s toothbrush. You can eat yogurt and kefir as well.
Chew on fresh mint leaves or parsley
The mint will freshen your breath and parsley contains chlorophyll against the aforementioned sulfur compounds. Your bad breath will disappear instantly. Mint has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.
Brush and floss regularly
Brush and floss should go hand in hand. Both are essential to do for teeth protection. Brushing your teeth helps nix the plaque and bacteria on the front, back, and on the chewing surface
On the other hand, flossing dislodges anything that your toothbrush can’t get to in between the teeth
Keep your tongue clean
Oxygen-hating bacteria in your mouth are one of the main reasons for bad breath. Since they don’t like fresh air, they nestle deeper into your mouth’s surfaces, causing inflammation and bleeding of the gums, which, in turn, creates a stinky, sulphuric byproduct so one should use a tongue scraper to remove the bacteria burrowed in the fuzzy filaments of your tongue, or, in a pinch, try using a clean spoon, instead. Furthermore, gargling your throat with salt water can be helpful dislodging the bacteria.
You need to drink more water. Dehydration decreases your saliva production, which is a problem because your spit has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that keep your mouth healthy and your breath smelling good. And, on a basic level, your saliva also helps break down your food, wash it away, and lubricate your teeth to prevent food from getting stuck. If the food’s decomposing in your mouth because it wasn’t broken down or washed out, bacteria can flourish. The more food you leave behind, the more feasting for the bacteria. So you need to stay hydrated.
Use alcohol-free mouthwash
Generally, alcohol dries out your mouth, which leads to bacteria growth. If you don’t want to run to the store, you can create your own by mixing one-tablespoon baking soda with one cup of warm water and a few drops of peppermint essential oil. Baking soda is a natural antibacterial, and the peppermint oil freshens your breath in a pinch if you run out of mouthwash.
Avoid excessive use of smoking and caffeine
Last but not the least, you should give up smoking because it dries mouth that causes a bad smell. The excessive use of caffeine can also result in dryness of the mouth.