Tips to Cure Bad Breath

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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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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Great hub, thanks. Brushing and flossing after each meals is also good idea. Apple eating is good too if brushing is not available in time of need.

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jshaiju 6 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Vladimir Uhri, thanks for the comment. People in India use a combination of betel leaves, lime and areca nut after meals as a way to reduce bad breath.

Alexs Parson 6 years ago

The problem with bad breath is sufferers think of it one condition but in fact it’s due to many non-serious health conditions working together and bad breath or halitosis is its outcome. The frustrating part is the health conditions are not harmful to you at all but its effects will make you a social outcast. It’s normal for people with bad breath to not even know they have it while at the same time nobody will tell you that you have it or how bad it is because it embarrasses them and you. If you want to know if you have bad breath go to HomeBadBreathTest if you know you have bad breath go to another site that’s very helpful is Oraltech Labs these sites pretty much saved my life as my bad breath made my life unliveable. So follow their advice and you can kick bad breath to the curb and get on with your life with clean fresh oral health. Best Wishes J.T NY

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