How to beat bad breath

How to beat bad breath

Halitosis, or bad breath, is not just an embarrassing but trivial problem – it can be an indicator of an underlying health problem that needs to be resolved.

The most common cause of bad breath is simply poor oral hygiene. Excess food particles that remain in your mouth provide an ideal habitat for bacteria to multiply. As the bacteria break down the food in your mouth they release a foul-smelling odor.

This can often be resolved by ensuring you brush your teeth thoroughly for a minimum of two minutes at least twice a day and by flossing and using mouthwash regularly. If the problem persists, try brushing after lunch and also by cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper, as the tongue can also harbor bacteria.

Bad breath can also be caused by gum disease, a build-up of plaque or tooth decay. See your dentist and oral hygienist if bad breath persists despite good oral hygiene.

Bad breath can also be caused by fad diets, particularly low-carb/high protein regimes.

In rare cases, bad breath can be caused by a gastrointestinal disorder such as a stomach infection. If nothing seems to shift your bad breath, see a family doctor for a referral to a specialist.

Remember, it’s your life, your future, Your Health First.