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How To Stop Bad Breath
There is nothing like a strong waft of unbearable odor from the mouth that
can completely devastate first impression and cause ostracizing like no
other. So how do you stop smelly breath? The first step is to figure out if
you do have foul breath. Many people think they can test how their breath
smell by cupping their two hands over their mouth and nose and breathing out.
If you want to know how to stop bad breath once and for all, it could be as
simple as finding out what's causing it and then eliminating the cause. I'm
sure you are well aware that there are several treatment options on the
market. While not all of these will work for all people, many of them are
certainly based on sound science. In order to help with that common
and rampant dilemma, here is a complication of proven and effective tips
on how to stop bad breath:
Drink water. It's as simple as that. Drink lots and lots of water. Water is the
universal solvent, and is known to be one of the most simple and effective
ways of treating and prevent a number of diseases and complications, bad
breath or halitosis included.
Oral hygiene is a must. The importance of brushing and flossing your teeth
can never be stressed and reiterated too much. These two things comes
hand-in-and in preventing the development of odor problems or bad
breath. It also would help if you used a toothbrush that had a tongue
scraper, so that you can rid your tongue of the bacteria that causes bad
breath. Remember, more than half of the bacteria responsible for
halitosis or bad breath is located in your tongue, not in your teeth.
When using a mouthwash, remember to take note of its alcohol content.
Most of the time, you'll find a list of its contents and their percentages
at the back of the product, and if it is composed largely of alcohol, then
avoid it. Alcohol leads to a dry mouth and as has been said before, dry
mouth is a perfect condition for bacteria to live and thrive in.
Use breath fresheners. However, just make sure that the gums or the
breath fresheners you use contain little or no sugar at all. Bacteria
thrive in sweets, and most especially, in sugar, and even if a sweet
freshener may make your breath smell nice, it would only be temporary
and that your breath will still smell awful in the long run.
It is important to visit the dentist at least twice or thrice a year. Have
your teeth and mouth checked for any kind of oral and gum problems.
Also, ask for any products that may help in preventing the occurrence
of bad breath.
Eat more fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. The fiber and high water content
will keep you alkaline (the opposite of acidic) and will help prevent things
from becoming "stuck" and rotten. These foods will also keep your mouth
from drying out, which is another big reason for the development of bad
Drink green tea It's calming, it's slimming and it helps reduce bad breath as well. The polyphenols in green tea help slow down the growth of bacteria
on the tongue. It may not be as strong or as visibly effective as regular
mouthwash, but it is nonetheless a discreet and effective method of
controlling the bacteria.
Bad breath is shunned and hated by most people today. After all, who
would want to have a mouth and a breath that smelled like garbage?
Granted, that phrase is a hyperbole, the truth and fact still remains that
no one really wants to have bad breath, and most would die just to know
how to stop bad breath and prevent it from coming back.
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