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8 Guaranteed ways to cure bad breath

Dr. Lala .A.

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Imagine talking to someone, and they offer you a gum or mint. Or people maintain a distance while talking to you. To avoid such embarrassing situations it is very important to know some ways to fix bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by a host of problems e.g inflammation of your gum, infections in your mouth, foods with strong odors, gastritis (GERD), or poor brushing with left over food particles.
Simple ways to combating bad breath are highlighted below;

1. Brush and Floss Your Teeth Regularly
Usually, plaque collected on teeth is responsible for bad breath. Many bacteria and food debris get stuck to this sticky buildup and lead to the foul smelling breath. Brush your teeth regularly to avoid these. It is recommended to brush them at least twice a day and to floss at least once daily.

2. Use a Mouth Wash
Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash can help to kill the bad bacteria which cause foul smelling breath. Make sure to select antibacterial mouth wash. Another good option is to rinse your mouth with water after every meal. Take a mouthful of water and swish it around to wash away food debris and you will feel fresh afterwards.
If mouth wash is not available, you can substitute with baking soda or lemon juice. Just add a teaspoon of baking soda or lemon juice in a cup of water and your mouth wash is ready. You can also brush your teeth with baking soda.

3. Keep Your Tongue Clean
A very good way on how to fix bad breath is to keep the tongue clean. A thick coating on tongue (usually made up of food particles, dead cells and bacteria) can harbor bacteria and lead to bad breath. To solve this problem, clean your tongue with a tongue scrapper or you can just use your tooth brush.

4. Drink Plenty Water
The simplest way to fix bad breath is to drink plenty of water. When you don’t drink enough water your mouth can get dry. This dryness favours bacteria growth since there is less moisture and saliva to wash them off. There are some medical conditions and drugs that cause dryness of the mouth. Whatever the reason is, drinking enough water and keeping yourself well hydrated can be very helpful to fix bad breath.

5. Chew Sugar Free Gum
If you need an instant fix for mouth odor, chew some sugar free gum. Chewing will increase the production of saliva and the bad smell producing bacteria will get washed away. Food articles stuck in teeth also get stuck to the gum and you can get rid of them easily. Many gums have pleasant flavors like mint and these can mask the smell of bad breath. Though it is not a substitute for proper brushing, which is recommended in this case, it can provide a readily available and fast alternative.

6. Eat the Right Food
Certain foods can make your breath stink. A very effective way for how to fix bad breath is to avoid these foods. To keep bad breath at bay, avoid foods with high acid or fructose content. Eat healthy foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables (especially green leafy type) and nuts.

7. See the Dentist
If your problem is severe and is not getting better it is a good idea to seek professional help. Do visit your dentist if your breath smells foul despite maintaining good oral hygiene.
Also see your dentist if your mouth gets dry frequently despite drinking plenty of water.

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Dr. Lala .A. is a graduate of University of Ilorin who also holds a Diploma in Computer Engineering. She is an MDCN (Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) certified doctor who aspires to be a plastic surgeon involved in creating awareness about women's rights and responsibilities and also training would be surgeons. She is a proud member of various reputable bodies including the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI). She loves to read, write, sleep and play the drums in her spare time.