PREVENTING MOUTH ODOUR OR BAD BREATH

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OVERCOMING MOUTH ODOUR OR BAD BREATH
OVERCOMING MOUTH ODOUR OR BAD BREATH

PREVENTING  MOUTH ODOUR OR BAD BREATH

PREVENTING  MOUTH ODOUR OR BAD BREATH

PREVENTING MOUTH ODOUR OR BAD BREATH
PREVENTING MOUTH ODOUR OR BAD BREATH

A lot of people (of all ages) have bad breath, which we sometimes call mouth odour. It could be for a short period, and with others it is persistent (always). An estimation showed that up to 50% of people have bad breath. Brushing regularly or flossing well doesn’t stop it because bad breath is mostly caused by the gums and tongue and not the teeth.
Bad breath is something you personally might not notice yourself, and also no one finds it easy to tell you. People will avoid you or try as much as possible to keep their distance when having a conversation with you. It is, therefore, important that you look out for yourself every morning before you step out.

What Are The Causes Of Bad Breath?
It can have several causes:
1. Normally, most people’s mouth do not smell fresh when they wake up from bed but if you brush your teeth before going to bed, the early morning smelly mouth will not be too bad, in fact some people don’t smell at all because bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth breaking down bits of food eaten the previous night.
2. Another cause could be closing the mouth even during the day for a long period of time without talking and also when fasting but the smell wears off once you start talking (mustn’t last for more than some few seconds or minutes). When bad breath is persistent then it could be a sign of gum disease and in such cases, the attention of a Dentist is needed.
3. Eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onions and garlic, can cause your breath to smell unpleasant.
4. Smoking and drinking  alcohol can also cause bad breath.
5. Stuck food in between the tooth.
Occasionally, bad breath can be as a  result of an infection or illness, or taking some kinds of medication.

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How To Find Out If You Have Bad Breath
1. Get a very good friend to be absolutely honest, but do make sure they are a true friend.
2. A simple test you can do yourself is to lick the inside of your wrist and wait for the saliva to dry. If the area you licked smells unpleasant, it is likely that your breath does too.
3. One thing I do personally which have worked if I know have not spoken for a while is to cover my mouth up to the nose level with the two hands then open my mouth inside. Definitely, the nose will be able to perceive it so I get the feedback of how it smells.

What Can You Do?
1. Good oral hygiene is usually enough to prevent and treat bad breath. By good oral hygiene, I mean you should brush very well, spend at least 5 minutes on your teeth. While brushing, brush your tongue, gum and for the teeth make it up-down movement and not just sideways. Open your mouth and brush the upper side especially for the premolars and molars where food can through them enter the teeth. Also, brush your tongue well, u should have a pink tongue not white or black or any other colour.
2. After each meal, make sure you pick your teeth with the toothpick to prevent any stucking.
3. Try to brush at least twice a day preferably morning and at night after meal. For the night, make sure after brushing you don’t eat anything again.
4. The ultimate of it all after you have done all that and you still smell bad is to consult a Dentist who will advise you on how to improve your oral health and can refer you for further investigation if they think there may be another cause for your bad breath.

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PREVENTING  MOUTH ODOUR OR BAD BREATH

PREVENTING  MOUTH ODOUR OR BAD BREATH