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Halitosis is rather unprepossessing. It’s like that friend who usually pops up at the most inconvenient time – right before a stunning proposal, a first date or even a kiss. None of us are immune to bad breath and so you’ll find, ever so often, that one friend chewing on gums for the entire day. As unappealing as bad breath is, it’s something we can work around.
Below are just a few suggestions you can implement to lessen the dreadful effects of halitosis on your social life.
For peace sake, brush and floss more often
Have you ever had the luxury of meeting someone with a sticky build-up, often yellow in color on their teeth? Or, have you ever dragged your tongue along your teeth and felt a slimy coating? Believe it or not, your acquaintance has a mineral build-up on their teeth dubbed Tartar, and you have a case of bacteria building up called plaque. In both cases, a situation is presented which can only wreak havoc in your mouth.
Yes, both cases contribute immensely to bad breath. Food stuck between the teeth is no allowance since it bears the same outcome. Brushing at least twice per day can counter the compounding of bacteria within the mouth and also halitosis. Flossing once per day will suffice, but if out of concern you decide to brush and floss more often, good health (or breath) to you…
Scrape your tongue
It tickles, I know, but scraping your tongue is just as important as brushing and flossing to eradicate bad breath. Do not allow your tongue to become infested by smelly bacteria. A toothbrush should do the trick in scraping but on occasions, you might have to use a scraper to get to the back of or behind your tongue. Using a scraper at times might prove more beneficial since it’ll remove dead cells, debris, bacteria, and food that is otherwise unreachable by a toothbrush.
Avoid foods that make your mouth reek
If you’re about to go out with friends, it’s best to avoid eating certain types of food. These delicacies might have all the ingredients needed to put a dent in your day and your breath. Do not fall prey. Onions are quite disgusting and garlic takes the cake. They might be beneficial to your health and add spice to your meals, but if you want your date to last, forget about eating them on that day. Can I eat onion and garlic then brush after? Yup, you can brush after, but that’ll not take the stench away.
According to a statement made by Richard Price, a Dentist, after ingesting onions, the substance that gives these vegetables their smell flows right into the bloodstream, commutes to the lungs and is then exhaled. Phew… Ain’t that a stinker! While you’re not encouraged to stop eating onions or garlic, you should choose when it’s convenient to do so.
Rinse your mouth
We all know how refreshing it can be to rinse with a mouthwash (at least some of us). Not only does it provide a breath of fresh air to the mouth, but it aids in combating all those nasty bacteria. When choosing a mouthwash, don’t just consider the scent, but choose one that’ll ‘kill germs that cause bad breath’.
Rinsing your mouth after a snack with water will also do a world of good since it’ll remove loose food particles.
We’re probably all aware that smoking causes cancer, but did you know that smoking contributes to bad breath?
Yup, that seemingly simple act will stain your teeth, destroy your gums, and sap everything that’s fresh and clean from your breath. To minimize or lessen the urge to smoke, use over-the-counter nicotine patches or talk to your doctor.
Ensure that your gum is healthy
If you have a case of gum disease, you might suffer from halitosis. Bacteria tend to linger at the base of your gum. This creates odor which culminates in a breath that reeks. This is terrible and might leave a lasting effect on your first date. You want to leave a lasting impression but not one that’ll probably ruin your social life.
Seek medical help
If you’ve tried all of the above, including the all-out ‘chew gums for the day challenge’, but your breath still stinks, it’s definitely time to consult a professional and get some assistance with the situation on hand. Who knows, you might be suffering from serious medical conditions.
Bad breath is not full-time, with simple and consistent measures, you should be able to rid your life of it for good.