Tips to Cure Bad Breath
Reasons for Bad Breath
You may not believe that almost 25% of the world population suffers from bad breath in varying degrees. It is also the third most reason for visit to the dentist after tooth decay and periodontal disease. People with bad breath find it difficult to interact with others and isolate themselves in a cocoon that cause immense stress and lead to depression. It negatively affects their self esteem, personal, social and business relationships. It may even lead to marital discord.
Our mouth contains millions of bacteria like fusobacterium and actinomyces which act on the protein in food particles and putrify them. This leads to formation of offensive gases like hydrogen sulphide, cadaverine, puterscine, skatole which give out the bad odor. Tongue is considered to harbor large quantities of the above mentioned bacteria, mostly the interior part where they remain almost unaffected by the usual activities. A normal mouth contains more than 600 types of bacteria. Most of these produce foul odor when they break down proteins in the food particles into amino acids.
In some cases oral lesions caused by Herpes Simplex and HPV can lead to bad breath. Chronic liver failure, cancer, diabetes mellitus also can contribute to bad breath.
Home Remedies for Bad Breath
How to Diagnose Bad Breath
The simple and best way to diagnose bad breath is to seek the help of a close friend or trusted family member rather than a self diagnosis. The popular method of licking the back of the hand and smelling it after it dries can lead to overestimation and is discouraged by the experts. In case of chronic bad breath, tests like gas chromatography, halimeter etc are resorted to determine the types of bacteria present in the mouth.
Tips for Bad Breath Cure
Instances of severe bad breath were observed in those with bad oral hygiene. Daily brushing, tongue cleaning, flossing etc and periodic visit to dentists is necessary in maintaining proper oral hygiene. Cleaning the surface of tongue using a tongue cleaner or tongue scraper helps in clearing the biofilm formed on the surface.
Intake of fresh fruits and vegetables with enough roughage is recommended.
Gargling with a mouthwash before going to bed helps in reducing bad breath. Chewing gum after meals helps in production of saliva which removes the oral bacteria. Cinnamon sticks, fennel seeds, fresh parsley etc are some harmless folk alternatives to chewing gum.
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