How can I prevent Bad Breath or Halitosis?


How do you get bad breath, what is bad breath and what is Halitosis is it different? Both names are names for the same thing and often a problem for those people who are most fastidious so why bad breath if you take such care? What is the cause of bad breath, how do you get bad breath?


It is a common problem for one in four of all ages at different times. You may feel how can I cure bad breath when I already clean my teeth several times a day? It is likely that you know about bad breath and garlic go together and are a well known bad breath cause, giving some reason to avoid it. We will discuss it and other bad and breath linked problems here. Halitosis is the correct name for bad breath but by any name if you feel nothing you have eaten is giving you bad breath why do you have it? It's not even easy to tell if you have bad breath yourself and for some people the worry is unfounded. Early morning breath is ‘normal’ the cure of bad breath is no more than a freshen up and something to eat and drink and that alone is a cure for bad breath. You may be embarrassed because you may ask ‘how do I cure bad breath and check it’s gone?’


The mouth is the dominant reason for bad breath, how to cure bad breath is difficult to check without embarrassment that may make you and others feel bad. Why is it that compliments come easily but others might find it difficult to tell you even those close to you? It's likely that other people will notice you breath first and young children may say something they have heard like ‘what is bad breath?’ or ‘how can I cure bad breath?’ A very young child may ask you ‘why are bad breath smells on granddad?’


To find out whether you have bad breath, lick the inside of your wrist with the back of your tongue and wait for a few seconds until the saliva dries. If your wrist smells unpleasant, it's likely that your breath does too. I’m not sure if this is a convincing test but your dentist or dental hygienist can advise you on how to improve your oral health and even if you regularly brush your teeth and gums You need to floss or use interdental brushes in between your teeth. It is also a help to keep your tongue clean. The use of a tongue scraper does this well especially in the morning when you may have no time to floss and you are likely to have a build-up of bacterial coating on the top of the tongue.


As I have mentioned a bad breath cause may be down to other things. Halitosis or bad breath can occasionally occur following an infection or illness, or as a result of taking certain types of medication. How do you cure bad breath if you enjoy eating strongly flavoured foods such as onions and garlic and curry, as we in the UK now often do? A general bad breath cure does not seem to exist. These foods can frequently cause some bad breath, as well as smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol but most often the cause for bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene. If bacteria build up in a person's mouth, it can cause their breath to smell. At least this is a cure for bad breath that we can do something about and avoid people if we had a curry last night!


What is bad breath? What causes bad breath? Bad breath, halitosis or malodour is caused by the gasses that are released from body processes this is what we can smell. Most often from the biofilm or bacteria that breed in the mouth from bad teeth, gum disease or the bacterial biofilm left in difficult to get places such as between the teeth or in gum pockets or even in the tongue and tonsils. Improving your oral hygiene is usually enough to cure bad breath and prevent it occurring in the future.


People think that a mouthwash is the answer and it is seen by some as almost as much an essential as fluoride toothpaste, probably in response to TV and other advertising. However it has not been shown to be a ‘cure of breath’ for more than a very short time. A non-sugar chewing gum or mint probably works just as well. Indeed, some mouthwashes of the ‘antibacterial’ kind can combine with foods, staining the teeth even though they don’t help the cure for bad breath for long because they can’t get into gum and other crevices where bacteria live. Reducing the viability of the bacterial colonies in the biofilm will lead to the bad breath cure.


However, if you still have found nothing to cure bad breath after making changes to your dental hygiene routine there may be a medical cause that needs further investigation. Try not to hide the smell of your breath before visiting your dentist or GP because it will make it more difficult to find out what is causing the problem. As a dental hygienist I find the cure for bad breath goes along with no bleeding when I check the maintenance of the gums of my regular attendees. Those who have no bleeding from between their teeth even at the regular hygiene visit when the teeth are checked and polished have no worries about how to cure a bad breath. I can reassure them breath bad? No way!


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