7 TIPS TO PREVENT BAD BREATH
Let's try a little exercise: Begin by holding your hand (palm facing you) approximately 3 inches in front of your mouth. Now, blow a full breath into your hand. While keeping your hand in place, take a whiff of the air in front of your hand. What do you smell? Hopefully, nothing, or better yet, something pleasant. For those of you less than happy with what you're smelling right now, this post may be able to help you.
Causes of Bad Breath
Anyone at anytime can have bad breath. Halitosis, as it's formally known, stems from a variety of common sources, such as:
- Certain foods such as garlic, onions, fish, meat, chesse, etc.
- Poor general oral hygiene
- Nasal and sinus infections
- Throat infections
- Faulty dental restorations
- Periodontal disease
- Xerostomia (dry mouth)
- Other underlying health conditions.
7 Tips for Preventing Bad Breath
Now that we know what can cause bad breath, here is a list of preventative measures you can take starting today to reduce the likelihood of having bad breath:
1) Brush & Rinse (with water) after each meal: You might have to get creative if you don't want to be seen brushing your teeth at work, but this is one of the best ways to ensure that food particles do not get stuck in the pockets surrounding your teeth.
2) Floss at least once per day: Flossing is equally important as brushing. It is intended to remove food particles from between the teeth. This will, in turn, create an unfavorable environment for bacteria growth.
3) Brush your tongue: The tongue carries approximately 50% of the total bacteria in your mouth. Where there's bacteria, there's odor. Brush your tongue with toothpast for at least 10 strokes. The middle 1/3 of your tongue is most prone to bacteria growth so pay special attention to that area.
4) Chew sugarless gum: Chewing sugarless gum can increase the flow of saliva and reduce the chances you'll experience dry mouth-related bad breath. If gum isn't your thing, you can also try sugarless throat lozenges to create the same effect.
5) Drink plenty of water: Drinking water reduces the occurence of dry mouth by stimulating saliva producion. Stick to water as alcohol and caffienated drinks can lead to Xerostomia.
6) Change your toothbrush every 3-4 months: An old toothbrush is riddled with bacteria.
7) Quit smoking: This is easier said than done. However, smoking causes nicotine and tar (among other chemicals) to build up on the cheek walls, tongue, and teeth surfaces. Bad breath is nearly inevitable if you smoke.
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