How to tackle bad breath

How to tackle bad breathWe’ve all had it at some point, or unfortunately, experienced it from someone else: bad breath.

Luckily, bad breath, or halitosis, is one of those things that can be cleared up with some key tips, information and good oral hygiene. Below are some tips on how you can have the freshest breath and avoid that embarrassing moment where someone offers you a breath mint!

Stay hydrated! While we are supposed to drink eight glasses of water a day for our health, staying hydrated is also important to staving off bad breath. Saliva inhibits the growth of bacteria, helps to cleanse the mouth and rids it of odour-causing food particles. Keep in mind, dry mouth can also be caused by certain medications and alcohol consumption, so besides drinking lots of water, try chewing a piece of sugar-free gum or a hard candy, to promote saliva production

Watch what you eat! Certain pungent foods like garlic and onions, as well as certain spices such as curry, can give you bead breath. This is because they release their odours for up to 72 hours after they are consumed. After digestion, the proteins in these foods circulate in the bloodstream, get carried into your lungs and expelled through your breath until they exit your system, so you may want to save that curry dinner for the weekend!

Brush and floss regularly! Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every snack and meal, but if you can’t do that, make sure to brush your teeth, gums and tongue at least twice a day. This is important to removing any remaining food particles that if left behind turn into bacteria and can cause tooth decay and bad breath. In between meals, drink water or chew sugar-free gum until your next brushing.

Bad breath and health problems: If you are experiencing chronic bad breath and none of the above tips work for you, your bad breath could be a sign of a serious medical condition such as diabetes or kidney disease. Please consult your medical doctor if this is the case for you.