How To Get Rid of Mouth Odour
Do you know that your mouth odour can ruin your relationship and keep friends away from you? Do you know that you could actually have bad breath and not know it because no one wants to embarrass you by telling you the truth?
Bad breath which is called Halitosis or Malodor is most times caused by a build-up of bacteria in your mouth. This, in turn, causes some form of inflammation and then it gives off toxic gases that smell like sulphur or something else more terrible.
Another way one can have bad breath is a build-up of thick phlegm in the tonsils which store food particles. If the phlegm is not cleared out, it could cause bad breath.
Studies have shown that close to 80% of bad breath can result from the tongue, cavities or gum disease. Also cracked fillings can be responsible.
Other internal illness and diseases can be responsible as well–Diabetes, Chronic Bronchitis, Respiratory Tract Infections, Acid Reflux and Liver Disease. Please be sure that none of these is the culprit when tackling mouth odour.
Note that it is normal to have bad breath when we wake up in the morning. But after we brush, we are expected to have fresh, clean breath. However, if you’re not sure if your breath is clean, you can ask a trusted friend because you can’t really tell by yourself.
How To Get Rid of Mouth Odor
1. Brush Twice a Day. Yes, you were told this in primary school. In the morning, you brush before going to work or school and you could stay there all day without any oral hygiene. When you get home, for proper care of the mouth and to avoid the accumulation of food particles that can cause bad breath, brush before you go to bed.
2. Use a Tongue Scrapper. You can find this in a pharmacy and they’re quite cheap. Bad breath comes from plaque that accumulates in the tongue’s folds, especially toward the back. Use a tongue scrapper twice a day.
3. Floss. Dental flosses are also cheap. Buy one and run a line through teeth denture. If you have the balls, smell it and you’ll find where the smell is coming from.
4. Moisturise Your Mouth. A dry mouth allows for bad odour. Always keep it moisturised by drinking water or chewing gum. Make sure the gum is sugarless.
5. Eat Fruits. Especially those that contain Vitamin C. They help in fighting harmful bacteria. Also eat veggies like carrots and celery.
6. Brush Regularly. If you eat meals high in garlic and onions, brush your teeth as these can cause a distinct smell in your mouth.
7. Rinse Your Mouth. After each meal, rinse your mouth vigorously with water. This will help rebalance your mouth’s pH levels.
8. No Smoking. Cigarette smokers have a high chance of experiencing oral infections and disease. Furthermore, they constantly have a plaque accumulation on their teeth, which causes bacteria. In addition, smoking leads to dry mouth and a dry mouth is an oxygen-depleted mouth. This, in turn, gives that bad bacteria a home to thrive.
9. Ditch Your Low-Carb Diet. If you’re dieting and you’re on low carbohydrate meals, that could be the cause of your bad breath. What the body does in a low-carb situation is that it burns stored fats to use as fuel instead of the missing carbs. Now, while these fats are burning, chemicals known as ketones accumulate in the body and are released in your breath. And they don’t smell so good; hence, alter your diet.
10. Chew Bitter Kola. This is my own secret and I felt I should add it here. When I have a long day at the office which involves a lot of work and no talk, I pop in half a bitter kola in my mouth and it keeps my breath fresh all day. Make sure you cut it open so that it works well. What I do is I chew half of it for starters and then leave the other half in my mouth and bite off a little piece of it every now and then. Sometimes I don’t even need up to half if I don’t feel like it. I take a tiny chump and chip off it bit by bit until it’s gone. What bitter kola also does is clear out that phlegm in the throat that gathers food particles because it is also good for when you have a cold or cough.
11. Visit a Dentist. If you tried all the above and you still have that terrible mouth odour, visit a dentist. Even if you don’t have any problems, visit the dentist regularly.
More on Mouth Odour and Bad Breath….
Many people (of all ages) have bad breath. Sometimes it is only for a short period, and with others it is persistent (always). It is estimated that up to 50% of people have smelly mouth all the time. You can develop halitosis even if you brush and floss regularly – in fact, in most cases, bad breath is caused by the gums and tongue – not the teeth!
Bad breath is one thing that you might not notice yourself, and no one finds it easy to tell you. People will avoid you, and you can loose friends easily. It is therefore important that you look out for yourself every morning before you step out… and yes, look out for your good friends too!
What causes bad breath?
Bad breath can have several causes:
Most people’s mouth do not smell fresh when they wake up from bed. This is normal. If you brush your teeth before going to bed, the early morning smelly mouth will not be too bad, in fact some people don’t smell at all.
In most cases, bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth breaking down bits of food.
Persistent bad breath is often a sign of gum disease.
Eating strongly flavoured foods, such as onions and garlic, can cause your breath to smell unpleasant.
Smoking and drinking a lot of alcohol can also causes bad breath.
Occasionally, bad breath is the result of an infection or illness, or taking some kinds of medication.
What can you do.
1. Good oral hygiene is usually enough to prevent and treat bad breath. When you brush your teeth, try to brush the back of your tongue, where it is harder to reach.
2. Your dentist can advise you on how to improve your oral health and can refer you for further investigation if they think there may be another cause for your bad breath.
How to find out if you have bad breath
1. Get a very good friend to be absolutely honest, but do make sure they are a true friend.
2. A simple test you can do yourself is to lick the inside of your wrist and wait for the saliva to dry. If the area you licked smells unpleasant, it is likely that your breath does too.
How to prevent bad breath
If you still have bad breath after ensuring that you are doing your best with your teeth care, you definitely want to speak to your dentist immediately, because there could be an underlying problem that needs immediate attention… So… call your dentist!
What is sensitive tooth?
Sometimes you wince when you take hot or cold foods. This may be a sign of dentine hypersensitivity (sensitive teeth), caused by a couple of things including tooth decay (cavities), fractured teeth, worn out fillings, gum disease, worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth root.
The Dentin (see diagram of tooth) contains tiny tubes (called tubules). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat / cold, acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth more easily. The irritation of the nerves causes the sensitivity.
Can sensitive teeth be treated?
Sensitive teeth can be treated. Your dentist will know which treatment is appropriate to the cause of it.
Use less abrasive toothpaste or one that adds a coating to the teeth for extra protection. You may also use a high fluoride toothpaste to strengthen the enamel and reduce the sensations
A crown, inlay or bonding.
These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
Surgical gum graft.
If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
Sometimes sensitivity is severe and cannot be treated with the above methods. Your dentist may advice this option.
Tooth problems can stay unknown and quiet until it gets very bad. At that time, it is either too late or very painful. Remember to see your dentist regularly. They can look at your teeth and tell if you are developing a cavity or problem.
Like anything else, you need a coach or a supervisor or an expert who can guide you and ensure that things are well or not. It is also important to visit the dentist twice a year. Besides checking for signs of cavities or gum disease, the dentist will help keep your teeth extra clean and can help you learn the best way to brush and floss.
What type of toothbrush is best?
A soft-bristled brush is best for removing plaque and debris from your teeth. Smaller heads are better as they can better reach all areas of the mouth, including hard-to-reach back teeth. The handle is up to you, get what is comfortable in your palm. Some people also use powered toothbrushes. It also does a good job, particularly for those who have difficulty brushing. Remember to change it every 3 months, or as soon as it begins to wear.