Although bad breath is a common condition, it can put you in an embarrassing situation. Around 80 million people across the globe suffer from bad breath, also known as chronic halitosis. While bad breath seems like a very negligible problem it is an indicator of other health problems and therefore it is recommended that you take it seriously. At times, bad breath can also become worse with the type of foods you eat or unhealthy lifestyle habits that you follow. Food items that break down in your mouth get digested and absorbed in the bloodstream and eventually are carried to the lungs from where they are given out in the breath. Bad breath sometimes also means that you might be suffering from dry mouth (xerostomia), chronic sinus infection, bronchitis, and diabetes and other liver and kidney related diseases.
So, how do you get rid of bad breath? Here are 3 effective tips that you can help you fight bad breath and keep your mouth healthy on a daily basis.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
If you’re suffering from bad breath problems, it is important that you brush and floss twice a day. Use fluoride-based toothpaste that will help you to keep your mouth clean and remove food debris and plaque. It is also important to brush your teeth before you go to bed because bacteria can grow in your mouth while you’re asleep. It is also important that you scrape your tongue to remove any residue that may be building up after you eat your meals.
Keep Your Mouth Moist
Keeping your mouth moist is another way to eliminate bad breath issues which is why you need to ensure that you drink good amount of water throughout the day. Drinking adequate amount of water will help you stay hydrated as well. You can also chew sugarless chewing gums or candies that can stimulate production of saliva in your mouth to wash away food particles and bacteria. Choose chewing gums that have xylitol are always recommended.
Watch What You Eat
Certain foods can trigger bad breath in your mouth and therefore you need to keep log of what food you eat. This will help you to narrow down certain food items that worsen your bad breath problems. Similarly, there are certain medications that also trigger mouth odour, hence it is recommended that you talk about it with your dentist. Stay away from tobacco products and avoid smoking which also leads to bad breath issues.
Indian Dental Association (IDA) recommends that you visit your dentist regularly, at least twice a year to conduct an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning and to ensure that your mouth is clean and healthy. Your dentist will also be able to help you know whether the bad breath problem is due to general health conditions or triggered due to any food item or medications.