How to cope with bad breath?
Approximately ¼ of the world's population suffers from bad breath. If we add the others around them, whose sense of smell also detects the unpleasant odor, the percentage of affected people increases enormously. At the root of this problem, known by the medical term "halitosis", lie different reasons. Fortunately, most of them are completely treatable.
The root of the problem:
In the oral cavity of each of us live hundreds of species of bacteria eating leftovers from our last feast, releasing a specific smell. Scientists have identified about 150 different malodorous compounds resembling rotten eggs, cabbage or algae, with which microorganisms "enrich" our breath.
Consumption of foods with a strong odor, such as garlic, onion or fish, also influances the air we breathe out. The same applies to our daily temptations - coffee, alcohol and cigarettes.
Poor oral hygiene
Every time we neglect cleaning our mouth, we leave enough remains of food to the joy of inhabiting microscopic gluttons.
Untreated caries and gingivitis, braces and badly fixed dental bridges and crowns become warehouses for food and ultimately ensure the existence of bacteria.
Sometimes bad breath is a result of diseases and infections in other parts of the body - the nose, throat, stomach, lungs, kidneys. Or it may be caused by use of medical drugs and dietary supplements.
Prevention and treatment
- It is recommended to clean our teeth, tongue and gums after each meal, using a brush and specialized toothpaste .Thus, we will not only freshen up our breath after eating food with a pungent odor, but we will also put the bacteria to a strict diet. We ourselves, however, should avoid prolonged hunger and thirst, as in such situations the production of saliva reduces and bad breath prevails.
- It is important to be persistent and diligent in the care for oral hygiene. Using toothpaste after every meal is not always possible, but that does not obstruct its effectiveness every morning and evening. It is necessary to brush the surface of the teeth, gums and tongue for at least 3 minutes. It is also good to floss the interdental spaces, where unsuspected amounts of food remnants are hiding. And for a triple effect in combating the bacteria causing halitosis, we should do a final rinse with mouthwash.
- No matter how afraid of the dentist we are, it is necessary to attend him at least twice a year for a checkup, and if we have any suspicion of a problem.
- We should never underestimate the source of bad breath, especially if the dentist cannot find it. Sometimes halitosis is a symptom of a serious disease or inflammation.