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Top 7 Tips To Treat And Prevent Bad Breath
By Raymond Lee
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The culprits for bad breath were bacteria that live mainly in difficult-to-clean areas of the mouth such as between the teeth and on the top of the tongue. These bacteria like to feast on stagnant saliva. As a result, they give off volatile sulfur compounds as a by-product. When the environment of the mouth becomes dry, these compounds, which smell like rotten eggs, evaporate and become airborne. Here are some ways to ground them for good.
- Try Odor-Free Eating
Maybe bacteria are not your problem. As you may know from personal experience, some foods can linger for days because their oils are absorbed in the bloodstream and then released when you breathe. Munching on the pungent herb parsley can help mask their smell. Bear in mind to avoid food lingers even when you know that you have an important meeting or social event to attend.
- More Juices Intake
If dry mouth is contributing to your bad breath, you will need to kick your salivary glands into gear. You can eat an orange or have some orange juice to get your salivary glands going. Even occasionally spritzing a little water in your mouth can help. For those individuals with gum recession and exposed roots, try to avoid as the acid found in the orange can erode the tooth enamel.
- Brush Properly
Brush for at least two minutes. Bear in mind that you donít have to brush hard, just thoroughly. Makes sure to brush fronts and backs of your teeth, especially along your gumline. When you floss, gently scrape the sides of each tooth, pulling away from the gums.
- Donít Skip Meals
Skipping meals is bad. Make sure to eat three meals a day. The process of eating helps scrape bacteria off the tongue and stimulates the washing action of saliva. Also, as the time lengthens between meals, the mouth gets a chance to dry out and bacteria build up.
- Back To Basics
If you donít clean your teeth, you are giving chance for bacteria to lodge, feed, and give off their noxious fumes. Therefore, brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to remove plaque bacteria. It is also important to go to the dentist for professional cleanings and checkups. This will ensure that both your breath and your oral health are at their best.
- Try Gargling
Gargle with a mouthwash for about 30 seconds every morning. It helps to flush out those bacteria. With gargling, you can really get to the back of the throat. Look out for products that contain zinc, sodium chlorite, or other formulations that kill bacteria.
- Maintain Your Dentures In The Right Way
In fact, dentures can absorb bad odors in the mouth. Make sure that you soak your dentures overnight in an antiseptic solution. Clean your dentures every day, brushing them with a denture cleaner, if you donít have a denture cleaner, the next option is to use toothpaste. Although it is not as good, but it will help to remove the odor-causing bacteria.
Raymond Lee is one of the foremost experts in the health and fitness industry and is the Founder of Bodyfixes Group specializing in body health, muscle development and dieting. He is currently the author of the latest edition of "Neck Exercises and Workouts." Visit http://www.bodyfixes.com for more information.
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Article Submitted On: October 28, 2007