You probably have had halitosis at one point of your life or the other (and you probably still have it), hopefully this will help you get out of the situation and stay out of it!! There’s no doubt that this disease dampens one’s self esteem and makes rather talkative individuals to remain oddly silent during conversations.
Halitosis, in plain English, means bad breath. Bad breath is caused by various reasons but mainly by food remnants in the mouth due to poor oral hygiene. Some other causes of bad breath include: smoking, medicines, strongly flavoured drinks and medical conditions like tonsillitis, diabetes, fevers, intestinal diseases and liver disorders. Having bad breath does not imply that you have any of the previously mentioned diseases. If you’re not sure if you have halitosis (no one has ever handed you gum for no apparent reason) a simple way to check: lick the inside of your wrist, leave to dry and then sniff. If it smells bad, your breath probably does too or you could ask a trusted friend to smell your breath.
To cure it, improve your oral hygiene. Four things are essential in improving the cleanliness of your mouth
A fluoride toothpaste
Sugar free gum or mints and
Dental floss (this is safer than toothpicks)
Dental floss and sugar free gum and mouthwashes are easy ways to get rid of small particles of food that gets stuck between the teeth at times when we cannot brush. Chewing gum has longer term benefits. Chewing encourages the flow of saliva which helps to shift those odour-causing bacteria and neutralises the acid in the mouth. Make sure that the gum you choose is sugar free; otherwise you run the risk of the sugar rotting your teeth.
Brushing twice a day is highly recommended, however, brushing twice a day might not be effective due to wrong brushing technique. Brushing teeth is a simple task, but lots of people brush their teeth incorrectly, they either skip around so much that they don’t really clean anything, or rubbing so hard that they actually damage their teeth and gums. Proper tooth brushing involves
Soft(though not too soft) toothbrush bristles
Toothpaste with fluoride
Correct brushing angle and pattern
The Bass method is a common tooth brushing technique that you can easily adopt:
Place your toothbrush next to the teeth so that it rests on the gum line (the point where the teeth and the gums meet), forming a 45 degrees angle against teeth and gums.
Move the toothbrush from the gums towards the edge of teeth to move the dental plaque away from the gum line.
After brushing, one by one tooth, all the outer teeth surfaces do the same for the inner surfaces.
Brush the chewing surfaces of the teeth with horizontal moves.