Bad breath is the cause of many troubles, especially if others point out this deficiency. Often, a person does not even suspect that his breath is not very fresh and that people are simply unpleasant to be near him. Bad breath can indicate the presence of various diseases, and in order to get rid of it, you need to visit a specialist. Most of the time, though, by following some simple rules, you can easily avoid awkward situations in the future when someone suddenly offers a mint politely.
Causes of bad breath
Bad breath is called halitosis. Halitosis can be temporary or permanent, depending on the state of health.
The main cause of bad breath is a slowdown in the production of saliva, which leads to the appearance of dead cells on the tongue, which smell unpleasant during decomposition, so in the morning almost all people (9 out of 10 people) have halitosis. Also, bad breath can appear during long travel, when a person does not drink enough water.
In general, a bad smell often comes from the tongue, however, the process of decomposition of dead cells can also occur in other areas of the oral cavity, for example, in the teeth, between which food debris gets stuck, which begins to decompose over time. If you do not brush your teeth for a long time, bacteria accumulate on the teeth, which can also cause a very specific odor from the mouth.
Food and smoking are also common causes of bad breath, and harsh diets and fasting can lead to halitosis.
Oral infections such as tooth decay, periodontitis or stomatitis also affect the freshness of the breath.
There are also a number of medical reasons that cause unpleasant odor: the use of certain types of drugs, liver and kidney disease, diabetes, gastrointestinal reflux, etc.
The smell of acetone from the mouth
The reason for the odor of acetone from the mouth is ketones, a by-product of fat metabolism that is produced in the body during fasting, lack of carbohydrates or diabetes.
Ketones can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis. In this case, you need to urgently seek help from a specialist.
How to test for bad breath yourself
Better to play it safe and check for an unpleasant odor yourself. Language is its main source, so it should be checked first.
If the tongue is pink and without plaque, then this is a good sign, but white and with deposits is not very good. You need to scrape off a little plaque from the tongue with the tip of a spoon, let it dry completely, and then sniff.
There is another way to test the freshness of your breath: you need to lick the back of your hand, let the saliva dry, and then sniff the surface.
How to eliminate bad breath
Halitosis occurs for various reasons. Sometimes a timely visit to a doctor helps to solve this problem. Unfortunately, all methods to combat this problem are temporary, so the procedures must be repeated constantly in order to rid yourself and others of bad breath.
Drink water often. If saliva is constantly produced in the mouth, the chances of halitosis are significantly reduced.
When brushing your teeth, do not forget to use a special tongue scraper to remove plaque from it. If done regularly, bad breath can be significantly reduced.
Flossing in your hygiene routine will help get rid of food debris that gets stuck between your teeth, and while your tongue is a major source of odor, flossing also plays a role.
If it is not possible to brush your teeth immediately after eating, then instead of chewing gum or mint candy, it is better to use a mouthwash. It is necessary to rinse your mouth for 30 seconds, and then do not eat or smoke for half an hour after rinsing.
How to remove bad breath with food
Green tea has strong antibacterial properties that help to temporarily reduce unpleasant odors.
Cinnamon contains essential oils that kill many bacteria. You can add a cinnamon stick to your morning tea or porridge.
Certain fruits and crispy vegetables also contribute to fresh breath. Help to cope with unpleasant odors: apples, celery, carrots, berries, oranges and melons.
For a while, the seeds give fresh breath: anise, cardamom, fennel, dill and parsley.
How to get rid of the smell of onions and garlic
Onions and garlic are inevitable and very healthy ingredients that make the dish tastier and healthier. However, it is after eating onions and garlic that a specific smell from the mouth appears.
Apples, lemon juice, green tea, and milk can help with bad breath.
How to eliminate the smell of alcohol and fumes
Unfortunately, it is not easy to get rid of the obsessive smell of alcohol, and no method is 100% effective. However, you can try brushing your teeth thoroughly, drinking a cup of black coffee, or chewing coffee beans, gum, or activated charcoal 10–20 tablets (by weight).