Bad breath (also called halitosis) is a common problem. There are many ways to mask bad breath, but it is best to eliminate the cause. How to prevent halitosis?
Brush your teeth regularly and thoroughly. This must be done at least twice a day, because the main cause of bad breath is the accumulation of a large number of bacteria in the form of plaque on the teeth. The procedure cannot take less than two minutes. Do not forget to clean your tongue as well, as most of the harmful bacteria accumulate on it, especially on the back. A special spoon will help you to remove white plaque from the tongue. For the first time, a gag reflex may appear, but over time you will get used to it, and the procedure will cease to be unpleasant.
A common cause of bad breath is a decrease in the amount of saliva secreted. To avoid this, drink plenty of fluids and chew sugar-free gum often. It not only promotes mechanical cleaning of teeth, but also stimulates salivation. Saliva is the main enemy of halitosis, as it has a bactericidal effect and washes away food debris from the teeth.
Monitor the general condition of the oral cavity. Caries and periodontal diseases also often lead to the appearance of an unpleasant odor. Undergo a preventive examination by a dentist at least twice a year and treat all diseases in a timely manner.
Eat foods that help eliminate bad breath. These include apples and bananas. Especially these fruits will help those who follow a low-carb diet, as ketones can appear in the mouth, which smell very unpleasant. But cheese, garlic, onions, coffee, on the contrary, make the breath less fresh, and after using them it is imperative to brush your teeth.
If you experience persistent bad breath, consult your doctor. Many diseases of the gastrointestinal tract lead to halitosis: stomach, liver, gallbladder and other abdominal organs. The treatment started on time will eliminate both the cause and the effect of the bad smell, that is, it will restore your health and fresh breath.