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Have you checked how your breath smells lately?
Most of us have the difficulty of identifying if we have bad breath or not. More often than not, exhaling towards cupped hands would not help you identify if you have foul breath. Wondering why? This is simply because the mouth and the nose are connected in some sort at the back of the mouth. And our noses by nature, have the tendency to filter out the background odors. Thus, we cannot readily discern if our breath smells bad already.
But so much for that, you must also be aware of the conditions that cause the breath to acquire its unpleasant odor. While there may be a high variability in terms of causes, they still all boil down towards the oral bacteria that thrive inside our mouths.
There are also foods and beverages that could cause bad breathe. Some of these food work by leaving trace odors inside the mouth while others would promote higher acidity level. Smoking also contributes to the development of unpleasant smell. Aside from the smoker’s breath, substances such as nicotine, tar and odor-producing compounds could accumulate in the soft tissues of the mouth and the area surrounding the teeth.
On the other hand, there are dental conditions that are seen as the main causes for producing bad breath. The putrefaction of the teeth would create optimized environment for the breeding of the bacteria. Thus, patients of tooth decay are more likely to have bad breath tan those would rather healthy sets of teeth.
So now, with the above given causes of bad breath how could we particularly find a cure for this troubling and equally embarrassing condition?
Simple, find the main source of the problem and treat it consequently. If your problem roots from the bacterial accumulation in the mouth for any given reason, you must be very aware that treatment should address these main problems.
While antibiotics are good options, they are seldom used in curing bad breath. This is largely because the sulfur-producing oral bacteria could in time, get immune with the effects of the antibiotics. Thus, you would only move from one does to another without truly alleviating the condition. Thus, you must go after long term cures.
Observance of proper oral hygiene is obviously your best option. You would not only be able to maintain a good set of teeth but you could also be able to prevent yourself from developing nasty mouth smell.
Dental plaques are often the culprit since they harbor the bacteria. These could be best removed using dental flosses that would be able to creep into the deepest crevices of the teeth.
Dental cleaning would also do the work. Often, brushing and flossing alone are not enough as proper practices are difficult to maintain. Therefore, with less efficient practice, your teeth would still be able to accumulate plaque and dirt that lie nearest to the bottom of the gums that separate the teeth from its root.
The tongue also harbors the sulfur-producing bacteria. There are specialized brushes and scrapers that would remove the white or yellowish film on the surface of the tongue.
The bottom line is, bad breath can only be cured through practicing proper oral hygiene that promotes both the health and the cleanliness of the teeth and gums in particular and the mouth in general.