“Would you like a mint?”
Bad breath tends to be a social taboo. It’s such a sensitive subject that you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by telling them they have bad breath. Also known as halitosis, bad breath can have a number of causes. Here are five ways you can treat it which are far more effective than popping a mint!
1. Practice good oral hygiene
The strong smells which can sour breath often have their roots in the activities of bacteria. When bacteria are allowed to collect in the mouth, they produce lots of different foul odors. Daily brushing and flossing are essential. Scraping your tongue and using non-alcoholic mouthwashes can help keep bacteria levels down.
2. Stay hydrated
A dry mouth allows those smelly germs to flourish! It also makes bad smells stronger. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and chew sugar-free gum to encourage saliva production.
3. See your doctor about stomach problems
Bad breath can be caused by gastric issues. Stomach problems can result in increased acid production near the mouth. Ask your doctor for help in managing gastric problems such as acid reflux.
4. Avoid strong-smelling foods
Coffee, garlic, onions, and dairy contain potent compounds, which smell or encourage the growth of smelly bacteria. These compounds stick tenaciously in the mouth and some are even circulated in your blood, which means the smells come out in the air you breathe out.
5. Don’t skip out on proper dental care
Bad breath can be the result of some serious oral disease. Gum disease and cavities involve the decay of normal tissue by the action of harmful bacteria. This can result in some serious bad smells!