Top Tips For Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Bad breath, also called Halitosis, is the commonest condition that appears in all age groups.
What Causes Bad Breath?
Certain foods, health conditions and habits, are the causes of bad breath, which include.
- Tobacco products
- Poor dental hygiene
- Poor dental hygiene causes periodontal disease which can also cause bad breath.
- If you don't brush and floss daily, the food particle would remain in your mouth and absorb bacteria.
- Your tongue also can trap bacteria that produce odours.
- Dentures that aren't cleaned regularly or don't fit properly can cause more bacteria and food particles.
- Dry mouth
- Infections in your mouth
- Other mouth, nose and throat conditions
- Bad breath can also happen when the person has certain allergies. Sinus infections would cause a nasal discharge. It would go from the back of your throat and causes a bad bread.
- Bad breath could also cause by certain upper respiratory ailments which can contribute to postnasal drip.
- Other causes
- Some cancers, metabolic disorders, chronic reflux (GERD) and digestion issues including constipation can be associated with bad breath.
- Bad breath in young children can be caused by a piece of food, lodged in a nostril 
- Chronic lung ailments including infections and abscesses could cause bad breath.
- Chronic kidney failure could have an urine-like odour.
- Diabetes could have a fruity odour.
How to Get Rid of Bad Breath?
- Oral Hygiene
- Floss at least once a day. Flossing is an important part of oral hygiene because it helps remove food particles and plaque.
- Brush your teeth after you eat. Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste to work and brush your teeth at work after eating
- Brush every part of your mouth. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue. Try to go as far back into the mouth as you can without gagging. Most of the bacteria are towards the back of the tongue.
- Clean your dentures. If you wear dentures, you need to make sure that they are cleaned thoroughly at least once a day.
- Regular Dentist Checkup. Make sure that you see a dentist to have your teeth checked and cleaned twice a year.
- Fill your cavities.
- Rinse your mouth with water.
- Use Natural Oral Hygiene Remedies. Try to use baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, antiseptic tree oil or eucalyptus oil can be also very helpful to sanitize your mouth. Simply add a little oil on your toothbrush.
- Sanitize Your Toothbrush. Soaking your toothbrush in a glass of hydrogen peroxide water (1 part hydrogen peroxide and 10 parts water) to ensure that your toothbrush is bacteria-free. Make sure to rinse your toothbrush well before using.
- Use Fresh Parsley Or Small Mint. Chew some fresh mint leaves or fresh parsley to reduce the smell of your breath.
- Drink plenty of water.