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Editorial

Get Rid of bad Breath

  • PublishedJanuary 4, 2012

Bad breath can be embarrassing. The fear of bad breath is something so many can relate to. In a world of meetings, dates and gossip, talking is inevitable and bad breath scare is justified.

BASIC BAD BREATHE FACTS…

Almost all cases of bad breath originate from the mouth. Food particles in between your teeth and gums rot and collect bacteria to form the bad odour. These bacteria are naturally occurring and are located in the throat and tongue. They assist in human digestion of proteins commonly found in mucus, blood and broken-down tissue in the mouth. Nonetheless, in certain conditions these bacteria start to break down proteins at a very high rate. The amino acids in the protein contain sulphur that causes bad breath. The medical term for chronic bad breath is Halitosis.

WHAT CAUSES BAD BREATH?

The everyday food: Foods like garlic, onions, meat, fish and cheese give off bad breath.

Dry mouth or Xerostamia: A condition caused by significant reduction of saliva caused either by continual breathing through the mouth, salivary gland problems or medications.

Tobacco smoking: Tar and nicotine substances found in tobacco are a great contributor. Smoking also dries out the mouth and causes gum disease.

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS…

Practice oral hygiene: Apart from brushing and flossing after meals it is advisable to invest in a mouth wash and have regular dental check ups.

Take fluids: Increase your fluid intake. Take the recommended eight glasses per day; also include natural juices in your diet.

Be brave and quit: There are no benefits to smoking. Get the right support system and quit

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