how to fight bad breath

Every person has bad breath at some point. Bad breath (halitosis) can be cured or prevented with the proper treatment and techniques. One of the causes of bad breath is not having enough saliva in your mouth to wash away bacteria. If the mouth is dry or dry due to a particular disease such as xerostomia, odors can accumulate. Some studies show vitamin C helps increase saliva production, which can help to remove smelling bacteria. Zinc salts can also help to eliminate bad breath. If you do not brush and floss regularly, bacteria can accumulate in your teeth. Usually, the bacteria that causes bad breath hides on the back of your tongue, use a tongue scraper especially those made of metal to reduce bacteria accumulation and use it along with Antiseptic mouthwashes which kill the bacteria. 

Easy Flosser:  A new way to floss your teeth 

If you do not brush or floss your teeth regularly, the bacteria buildup between teeth forming a thin layer know as plaque that can quickly turn to tartar and, the only way to get rid of it is to have your teeth cleaned by dentists because plaque is soft enough to brush or floss but tartar is not. Most people do not like to floss because it is difficult, annoying, boring but plaque/tartar are the most common causes of bad breath. To help with the flossing session, you should use a tool like the popular Easy Flosser or similar, and if your teeth are not floss-able (too tight) then use interdental brushes. 

Some of the Causes of Bad Breath 

• Bacteria buildup between teeth and tongue
• Strong smell food
• Caries
• Gingivitis

• Smoking
• Digestive disorders
• Lung disease 

But The most common cause of bad breath or halitosis is bad oral hygiene.

6 Tips to Eliminate Bad Breath

1. Brush teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to minimize plaque formation. Remember, Don't overdo things, If you brush too hard you can wear down your teeth, making them vulnerable to decay. 


2. Rinse your mouth with a good mouthwash. It will provide extra protection by killing bacteria that cause bad breath. 


3. Bacteria tends to accumulate on the back of your tongue. It is important you clean this area with a good metal tongue scraper. They are designed specifically to apply even pressure across the surface of the tongue area. Tongue scrapers remove bacteria, food particles, and dead cells that brushing and flossing alone can not. 

4. Chewing gum stimulates saliva production in the mouth - a natural defense mechanism against plaque and acid that can cause tooth decay and bad breath. Make sure you chew sugarless gum since the bacteria in your mouth love sugar.


5. Avoid foods that sour your breath such as garlic, onions.


6. Stop tobacco. Besides causing cancer, damaging your gum, making your teeth weak, it gives you bad breath. 

If your bad breath persists, make an appointment with your dentist, they will see if your bad breath is related to a medical condition.