How to overcome bad breath

Published At: 16 January 2020 , 05:26 PM

Halitosis - bad breath or halitosis. In 8% of cases, the cause of this problem is infectious diseases of the nose, throat, and sometimes lungs; in a tiny percentage of cases, digestive disorders and some liver diseases are to blame. The main reason for the constant, persistent halitosis is the volatile sulfur compounds, which most often formed as a result of the activity of several bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontitis and are also associated with the presence of bacteria that produce volatile sulfur compounds in the back of the tongue.

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There are certain foods, such as garlic, onions, broccoli, legumes, orange juice, carbonated soft drinks, and alcohol, which can be a source of bad breath. They cause the so-called temporary halitosis.

The unpleasant odor, in this case, arises because, as a result of the digestion of these products, volatile sulfur compounds formed, which, entering the bloodstream through the gastric mucosa, are further found in the lungs and saliva, and thus are excreted from the body. With this evacuation of volatile sulfur compounds, stale breathing may persist for 72 hours.

Tips for avoiding bad breath:

- Often change the old toothbrush to a new one, since on the old brush, the bacteria that cause an unpleasant odor can feel quite comfortable. Regularly and thoroughly take care of your oral cavity using dental floss and mouthwash. When brushing your teeth, do not forget to massage your tongue with a brush, it is a real breeding ground for bacteria.

- Do not smoke. Tobacco slows down the formation of saliva and causes dry mouth. And this provokes the creation of an excellent breeding ground for bacteria that cause unpleasant odors.

- Avoid excessive consumption of garlic, onions, spices, and coffee. Conversely, eat more apples, carrots, peas, watermelon, kiwi, and celery.

- The addition of herbs such as parsley, rosemary, basil, mint, and eucalyptus leaves helps to neutralize the effects of dishes cooked with a lot of garlic or onions, as sources of bad breath. In this case, you must avoid the use of lemon.

- To gain fresh inspiration, drink yogurt (and other fermented milk products): they reduce the amount of hydrogen sulfide in the mouth; eat cheeses (especially cheddar) - their fats lessen the acidity of food and restore pH-balance; eat ginger, cut into small pieces, which tends to neutralize odors in the mouth.

- Drink plenty of water. This is extremely important because bad breath is often associated with dry mouth.