Every person has experienced bad breath, or Halitosis, at some point in their life. It always seems to appear at the most inconvenient times such as when you are out on a date, or when you have an important business meeting. It is common knowledge that you don’t always have the opportunity to brush your teeth or use mouthwash when you are away from home, so everyone knows that breath mints are the best way to temporarily get rid of their bad breath. As common and uncontrollable as bad breath can be, there are several bad habits which many people participate in which are the leading contributors to their issue which also may cause severe risks to their oral health.
It is well known that the use of tobacco products such as cigarettes not only make your breath and clothing smell horrible, they also cause cancer and many other diseases. Smoking and chewing tobacco are bad habits which guarantee that your gums will become inflamed, which means that it will be easier for plaque to build up and cause severe gum diseases.
Every adult deserves to have an alcoholic drink after a hard day of work, but excessive alcohol consumption is bad for your health, and causes bad breath. Alcoholic drinks are filled with sugar which means that your teeth are more vulnerable to decay. Excessive alcohol consumption also stuns your salivary glands, which allows bacteria to build up in your mouth causing bad breath.
It is always important to follow a routine of practicing proper oral hygiene by brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash as needed. Talk to your dentist about any concerns that you have about bad breath and how to prevent it.
You may look your best and be dressed in the most expensive of clothes, but your presence can be quite undesirable if you emanate bad breath. It certainly is not a nice feeling when people maintain more than an arm’s length while having a personal conversation with you. The reason – bad breath, medically known as halitosis.
Bad breath, or halitosis, can be attributed to various factors. While the main reason is neglect in maintaining oral hygiene, it can also be the after effects of medication or a persistent health problem. Often we floss and brush our teeth in a hurry. The leftover food particles start to decay and forms bacteria in and around the teeth crevices and below the tongue. Over time what follows is bad breath and infections.
Bad breath, if not too severe, can be handled by adopting easy remedies at home:
Everyone can relate to enjoying chewing on a stick of gum at some point in their life. It is great for freshening your breath throughout the day, or even helps some people relieve nervousness. Chewing gum has been a common topic of debate between dental professionals for nearly a century. It was once believed to cause health risks which extended beyond affecting oral health, but were eventually disproven. Many people find themselves feeling a bit confused about chewing gum with the different sources of information that are passed around.
Chewing sugar-free gum can be very beneficial to your oral health. Everyone will notice that they salivate a lot when they chew gum, which is important to regulating bad bacteria in the mouth. When your mouth is dry, bacteria will feed on the leftover carbohydrates inside your mouth, often causing damage to your teeth and negatively affecting gum tissue. Saliva helps break down sugars inside your mouth and regulate the bacteria which feeds on it.
Talk to your dentist about which types and brands of chewing gum they recommend for you.