Does your bad breath stop you from approaching people especially strangers? In medical terms bad breath is also called halitosis and contrary to what you may think, it’s quite a common problem and many people suffer from it. It’s just that you rarely approach people in close proximity and hence you don’t get to find out whether they have bad breath or not.
Just like the senses of hearing, sight, touch and taste, the sense of smell is extremely important to us. Different smells can immediately alter our mood. Hence, a bad smell coming from your mouth can immediately put off the person you’re talking to or trying to impress, whether it is for romantic purposes, for social interaction or for a business deal. In fact, bad breath can be considered highly unprofessional. Do you know that bad breath is known to have ruined relationships? What further exacerbates the tragedy is that it is so easily avoidable. Anyway, we are all aware of the fact that it can wreck havoc with our many aspects of life. Let us see how you can get rid of bad breath or halitosis forever.
- Keep yourself hydrated: A dry mouth normally is a good source of bad breath. Drink water whenever you get an opportunity and definitely before feeling dehydrated. If you are feeling dry in the mouth, it means you need to drink water. Mind you, it has to be water, your dehydration is best countered by drinking water rather than a juice or a cold drink. In fact cold drinks are known to cause further dehydration and worse, tooth decay.
- Avoid eating too many sweets: You may get bad breath after you have had your fair share of sweets whether they are chocolates or any other sweets. Even if you cannot avoid them, rinse your mouth properly and if possible, quickly brush them.
- Floss your teeth before going to bed and definitely after having non-vegetarian food: Small chunks of food get trapped between your teeth and they begin to rot if you don’t take them out. The best way to take them out is by flossing. This is especially more important when you have had a non-vegetarian food because when meat rots, it produces a very foul smell. Flossing before going to bed should be done anyway no matter what sort of food you have had because for the whole night you will be sleeping with your mouth shut creating ideal conditions for germs to fester and cause bad breath.
- Eat raw vegetables as much as possible: Eating raw vegetables not just keeps your teeth cleaned and polished, they are also good for your stomach (you need to find out if you have some bad reaction to particular raw vegetables). Spicy and oily foods upset your stomach and even if your teeth are clean, you will have bad breath due to your stomach problem.
- Take care of what medicines you are having: If you regularly have medicines even they can give you bad breath. Sometimes you have clean teeth and no problem in stomach and still you have bad breath. If that is the case, find out if your medications are giving you halitosis.
- Keep your tongue clean: Many brushes these days come with a tongue cleaner – make use of it. Lots of germs get deposited on your tongue and then they give rise to bad breath. Initially when you start cleaning your tongue you may feel that “chokey” feeling, but don’t worry. Gradually you will get used to it.
- Don’t miss your dentist appointment: Understandably visiting a dentist can be a scary and sometimes even a painful experience, but if you don’t miss your appointments, it shouldn’t have to be that way. It becomes scary and painful when you are too late and the harm is already done. If your teeth are healthy (whether they have bad breath or not) even a simple cleaning and scrubbing would do the job.
Getting rid of bad breath forever primarily involves keeping your mouth clean as well as your stomach healthy because these are the sources from where halitosis originates often.