Most Popular Ways to Get Rid of Bad Breath

By: peterhutch

Many rumors circulate from time to time about the cause of chronic bad breath, or halitosis. Does it emanate from the mouth or actually from somewhere in the gastrointestinal tract? You can almost rule out the theory of bad breath(BB) coming from places other than the mouth. The esophagus is collapsed normally and air can only escape in the form of the occasional burp! If your mouth and teeth are healthy (unhealthy or infected gums and teeth would be an immediate cause of bad breath) you should first check the dorsum, or that area on the back of the tongue.

Chronic bad breath is most often caused by bacteria or gum disease. There are some clinics that can perform specialized testing to determine which strain of bacteria is causing the bad breath and then prescribe a personalized treatment. Chronic halitosis can also be caused by certain drugs and medical conditions. If you have a case of bad breath that just won't quit, have a dental exam as well as a physical.

Bad breath often strikes when people aren't properly taking care of their oral health. The odor is usually caused by decaying food particles and bacteria in your mouth. That's why brushing and flossing your teeth is so important, but don't forget to gently brush your tongue to get rid of even more bacteria.

The best way to keep bad breath in check is to floss and brush after every meal. Be sure to also brush your entire tongue, all the way toward the back of your mouth, which is often the source of really smelly breath. But what do you do when you're miles from the safety of your own bathroom and absent the proper tools to halt your halitosis? Well, don't give up. Here are a few suggestions if you're out and about.

One of the easiest ways for a quick fix to your breath would be to keep some parsley handy. The green leafy herb that so many people use for garnish actually has a very productive purpose. Chewing on a sprig of parsley helps to absorb the substances that create the lack of freshness in your mouth, and as a bonus has several vitamins that your body could use anyway.

You also want to drink plenty of water. It's especially important to brush and floss at night, when production of saliva slows down causing 'dry mouth.' Buy a tongue-scraper and use it in combination with brushing your tongue. Sugarless gum also does an excellent job of cleaning out the crevices where bacteria like to breed

Brushing your teeth is fine, but for those hard to reach places where bacteria grow over-night, mouth wash is the way to get to do it. Gargle for at least 30 seconds in the morning, making sure to get as far down your throat as possible. Rinse with water afterwards to make sure all of the junk is flushed out.

Poor oral hygiene leads to bad breath because when you leave food particles in your mouth, these pieces of food can rot and start to smell. The food particles may begin to collect bacteria, which can be smelly, too. Plus, by not brushing your teeth regularly, plaque (a sticky, colorless film) builds up on your teeth. Plaque is a great place for bacteria to live and yet another reason why breath can turn foul.

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