How to get rid of bad breath?
Oral hygiene is the most important thing in order to maintain fresh breath. As little kids, our parents teach us that we should brush our teeth regularly. However, brushing teeth can clean only 60% of the surface of teeth. Therefore is necessary to use dental floss, in order to remove the food remains from the mouth. The space between the teeth can be cleaned with the help of interdental brushes.
Teeth should be brushed after every meal, but we’re not always able to do so, it is enough to wash your teeth in the morning and at night before going to sleep. We recommend you to use fluoride toothpaste, but it is even better if you use natural toothpaste based on aloe vera. When brushing be sure to clean the surface of the tongue, where bacteria also accumulates.
Antibacterial mouthwashes are also very popular. They are used in the evening before bedtime. But using mouthwash is a double-edged sword. The majority of antibacterial mouthwashes are aggressive because of its high alcohol contents, it can dry out and irritate your mouth. It’s healthier to use products that do not contain alcohol but hydrogen peroxide. If you use antibacterial mouthwash with alcohol use it only three times a week.
Chewing gums and peppermint candies are quick and a temporary solution for fresh breath, but in no case should become a substitute for brushing. It is scientifically proven that chewing stimulates saliva in the mouth, which reduces the risk of caries. The ancient Greeks did not know the chewing gum as we know, but they certainly knew that chewing gum made from the resin of mastic tree protects teeth. In many other cultures there is evidence that chewing rubbery substance made from plants, herbs and various resins acts effectively on the teeth.
You can chew coriander, spearmint, tarragon, eucalyptus, rosemary and cardamom, because these herbs and spices are really good in the fight against bad breath. You can chew them or make a tea of them. They also improve digestion.
Eat a lot of berries, citrus, melon and other food rich in vitamin C, which is not favorable for bacteria. Vitamin C is also important to prevent gum diseases and inflammation, both of which cause bad breath.
Drinking yogurt is also a good choice, because one study proved that yogurt reduces levels of hydrogen sulfide in the mouth, which is one of the causes of bad breath. It also reduces bacteria in the mouth, reduces the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. Yogurt, milk and cheese contain a large amount of vitamin D, which is not favorable for bacteria and so they can not develop in the mouth.
Regular visits to the dentist are of crucial importance for your teeth. The dentist will remove the tooth decay, plague and tartar from teeth and will advice you regarding the maintenance of oral hygiene. The conversation with your dentist will help you to remove the dilemma do you really have a bad breath or is just your imagination.
People who have a paranoid fear of bad breath are obsessed with cleaning their teeth, chewing gums and using breath fresheners. This is actually a disease that is called halitophobia. The treatment for halitophobia includes talking therapies and cognitive behavioral therapy, in order to help the person to overcome the paranoia regarding the quality of the breath.