How to fight bad breath?

How to fight bad breath?

It is estimated that one in four people suffer from bad breath on a regular basis. Bad breath, or halitosis, is the third most common reason for visiting a dentist, after cavities and gum disease. It is caused by sulfur-producing bacteria that usually live on the tongue and in the throat. Halitosis can be a sign of a more severe disease, such as gum disease (periodontitis). It can also be caused by other factors such as dry mouth, certain foods, and tobacco.

How can we fight bad breath? There’s no permanent cure for bad breath, but there are techniques to reduce it. It’s important to drink plenty of water and avoid dehydration to promote saliva and prevent dry mouth. Good oral hygiene is also essential, including brushing twice a day and flossing regularly, to avoid developing gum disease and contributing to halitosis. If you wear dentures, it’s important to remove them every night and clean them properly so as not to encourage the build-up of bacteria and fungi by leaving food particles behind. Gentle tongue cleaning is also recommended. A variety of brushes and tongue scrapers are available over the counter, but your regular toothbrush is sufficient to remove bacteria from the tongue and reduce bad breath in the mouth.

If you notice that bad breath remains the same despite all these suggestions, it may be a symptom of a health condition such as a respiratory infection, diabetes or gastrointestinal problem. Consult your dentist for a complete mouth examination and to identify the cause of your halitosis so that it can be better treated.

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