Millions of people have bad breath and don’t even realize it. because it’s hard to smell your own breath and often, even your best friend isn’t going to tell you that you and Fido have something in common. Approximately 65% of the population has chronic bad breath. One way to tell if you have bad breath is to floss and smell it to determine odor. The bacteria which create VSC thrive in places where there is kale or no air, like under the gums, in the crevices of the tongue, and between the teeth They are especially active in gingivitis and gum disease and on the surface of the tongue.
Interestingly, there’s a huge group of people that think they have bad breath and they don’t, But there’s also a large group that does have a problem. In these instances. over 90% of the cause is bad oral hygiene. Inadequate dental work, periodontal disease, failure to floss, and lack of dental care can all contribute to bad breath.
Halitosis can be treated. Unfortunately, many people ignore the problem, because they aren’t aware there even is one. The majority of cases can be treated by good oral health. Regular dental checkups are a must, and if gums bleed or swell, it’s time to visit a dentist. By not seeking treatment, permanent damage can be done to the gums and teeth can be lost, to say nothing about a decline in your social life because of foul breath.
So what are the causes of oral odour? Sometimes it’s illness or even the medicine you take. But overwhelmingly the problem lies in your mouth.
“Ninety-five percent of bad breath is solely due to having bacteria in your mouth and not getting them out of your mouth.
So bacteria breaks down your food. With some kinds of foods — especially proteins and dairy — this process results in sulphur compounds.
The most common is called cysteine. This mixes with air as you exhale to give you bad breath. Egg has cysteine in it, while milk makes cysteine, so if you have a lot of dairy, when it’s broken down you’ll make this cysteine. But if you have a lot of eggs, you’re actually putting cysteine straight into your system. Eggs are a great source of protein, but eat too many and you can egg-spect some side-effects.
It’s cure time and the first thing the men are instructed to do is give their tongues a lashing, first with their toothbrushes and then with a special scraper.
Mints, chewing gum and breath freshners may do well to temporarily mask the problem, and pro-biotics may be the answer for some in the long term if you have a more serious problem.
Here are some more tips for battling bacteria in the mouth:
- Don’t use an alcohol mouthwash.
- Chew gum that contains xylitol — a sugar substitute.
- Avoid alcohol and coffee in the day.
- The more you brush, the more you’ll benefit.
- Don’t forget to floss!
So if you’re someone prone to bad breath, dental hygiene is a must. Also avoid a high protein and acid diet and stay away from strong smelling foods like onion and garlic. Still worried? It’s best to see your dentist and a doctor, they’ll get to the bottom of your problem and rule out any serious health issues.
- Did you know that during our waking hours, we generate a litre of saliva a day and without saliva, we wouldn’t be able to taste food.
- That horrible morning breath you get when you wake up is caused by a dry mouth, which occurs naturally in sleep. Your saliva production slows right down when you slumber and a dry mouth enables dead cells to build up on your tongue. Solution? Before you go to bed, clean your tongue, as well as your teeth.
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