Women's Health: TACKLING BAD BREATH
Post by on Monday, July 26, 2021
Occasional bad breath is usually due to bacteria, certain foods or a dry mouth.To fight bad breath:
?Brush and floss after you eat. Good dental hygiene is the best way to prevent odor.
?Brush your tongue. Giving your tongue, including the back of your tongue, a gentle brushing removes dead cells, bacteria and food debris.
? Chew sugar-free gum. The action stimulates flow of saliva to prevent dry mouth and to wash away food particles and bacteria.
?Rinse your mouth with water. Periodically rinse your mouth with warm water or saline to help keep it clean.
?Don’t smoke. Smoking dries out your mouth and causes its own unpleasant mouth odor.
?Rinse your mouth thoroughly after consuming odor-causing foods. The most likely offenders are garlic, onions, fish, milk, eggs etc.
?Carry mouthwash or breath mints. Not all mouthwashes fight bacteria, but they disguise bad breath. The strong oils in peppermint, spearmint and winter-green also cover up odor.
?When bad breath doesn’t respond to self-care, ask your dentist to check for gum disease or poor-fitting dental work or see your doctor for a possible medical cause.