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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

PREVENTING AND FIXING BAD BREATH (HALITOSIS)


Many people have bad breath without even realizing it. This can cripple your likelihood of enjoying a healthy social life, finding a significant other, and even advancement in your career. Halitosis or bad breath is mostly a result of poor hygiene and is completely treatable. It is quite easy to prevent and fix bad breath with the following guidelines.

Brush your teeth and scrape your tongue first thing every morning, and also after each time you take a nap. Foul-smelling bacteria have had a chance to take over your mouth while you slept, and are most likely causing yucky "morning breath." Tongue scrapers can be found in most health food stores, and also in drug stores and convenience stores as they become more popular.

After you brush your teeth and scrape your tongue, rinse your mouth thoroughly and gargle with fresh, cool water. This is a very important step, one that many people overlook. Nobody likes to smell your breath when it's laden with dirty, used toothpaste scum.

Drink plenty of water - Insuring that you drink plenty of water throughout the day can help to control bad breath (halitosis). This can be an especially important consideration for those people who suffer from xerostomia (chronically dry mouths).

If you allow yourself to become dehydrated your body will try to conserve moisture by reducing its production of saliva. Saliva has a cleansing and diluting effect on the bacteria and bacterial waste products that cause bad breath. A reduction in the amount of saliva in your mouth can make it harder for you to control odors associated with your breath.

Rinse your mouth with water often - Rinsing with water can mitigate bad breath problems for brief periods of time. Rinsing will both dilute and partially remove the bacterial waste products that are the cause of breath odors.

Stimulate your mouth's flow of saliva - You can help to minimize bad breath odors by stimulating your body's flow of saliva. This is because saliva has a cleansing and diluting effect on the bacteria and bacterial waste products that cause bad breath.

One way to stimulate salivary flow is to chew on something. Doing so will trick your body in to thinking that it is getting a meal. And in preparation for digesting this meal your body will increase its production of saliva.

Chewing gum, cloves, breath mints, or lozenges can also be used to stimulate salivary flow. If you elect to use one of these products make sure it is sugar-free since sweets will promote the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay.

After you eat or drink anything (besides water), thoroughly rinse your mouth and gargle with water. Use this practice without fail, day and night, and you will keep abreast of nasty bacteria buildup in your mouth, which cause bad breath. Run your tongue along the surfaces of your teeth throughout the day, and if you ever notice any plaque buildup, brush your teeth again and rinse thoroughly with water, making sure that you feel your teeth, not plaque buildup, which is a contributing factor in bad breath.

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5 comments:

DorothyL said...

Greta post Lily....bad breathe is like one of those hush words...noone wants to talk about it.
It is part of the human function and everything you have advised is very good information.

A lot of what a person eats also contributes to bad breathe and if they smoke of course.

No one seems to notice their own body odors as they are use to them...so it is a difficult thing to tell someone they have bad breathe or body odor.

People must be responsible for what they represent in regards to hygiene:)

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Lil said...

Dearest Dorothy,


Thanks for your comments, I agree with you people must be responsible for what they represent in regards to hygiene.

Since you are the first commenter at this post, sooner or later, I will attach your Links below this post. Congratulations!

Big hugss from Lil to my dearest Dorothy

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Guest said...

Yeah plaque build up is definitely a major cause of bad breath. Especially when you remember it's a build up of decaying foods. I used to get it bad until i started cleaning my teeth thoroughly with an orall irrigator and plaque remover. I found one at http://www.plaqueremover.net but search online you're bound to find one.

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Jacob said...

Seems that most people who suffer from bad breath, or chronic bad breath at least, do know that they do because chronic bad breath sort of leaves a "taste" in the mouth. Many of the tips that you listed will indeed help a bad breath problem, particularly regularly cleaning the mouth and drinking a lot of water.

It's unfortunate that some people were blessed with mouths that aren't very hospitable to bacteria, while others have to brush their teeth 20 times a day! But such is life, eh?

Jacob (Chronic Bad Breath Cure

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Jacob said...

Many great tips here. Bad breath is such a big problem for many people, so thanks for this info!

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