Only a few things are more embarrassing than dealing with mouth odour especially with the social stigma that accompanies having bad breath.
Usually, when the lips are closed for a relatively long period of time (especially during sleep), the lack of air circulation in the oral cavity can result in unpleasant smell coming from the mouth. This could explain why your breath is not as fresh as you would want when you wake up in the morning. This is very normal.
However, if after brushing your teeth, you still notice an enduring foul smell emanating from your mouth, you are right to be concerned.
In this article, we outline the few causes of bad breath (Halitosis) and present natural remedies you can use to permanently get rid of mouth odour.
Whether you noticed the bad breath on your own or it was pointed out by other people, detecting mouth odour is the first step to seeking a solution. Not just a first step but a huge one because most bad breath sufferers are usually unaware of their condition. And there’s nothing to be ashamed about that. Matter of fact, according to The Guardian, it is estimated that 1 in 4 persons have mouth odour regularly. So, you see? You are not alone!
Good news: The solutions below will help you discover the causes of your mouth odour and remedies to cure them permanently.
Poor Oral Hygiene:
This is the leading cause of bad breath. When the teeth and tongue are not cleaned appropriately and frequently, bacteria can begin to develop in the mouth leading to bad breath.
The truth is that many cases of mouth odour can be handled by simple oral hygiene measures. The easiest to abide by is to ensure you brush your teeth twice daily and especially after every meal. Also make sure to floss regularly to avoid food remnants sticking in your teeth and causing odour.
Tip: If you don’t have mouth odour, this is the best time to follow these routines to guard against odour buildup.
Not Cleaning the Tongue Properly:
Many people do not pay due attention to the tongue while brushing their teeth. Cleaning the tongue is as important as brushing your teeth. Tiny food particles are known to rest at the back of the tongue. If not correctly removed, it can harbour bacteria thereby resulting in bad breath. It will help to use toothbrushes that have built-in tongue scrapper.
Tip: Your tongue should not be white after brushing. It has to be reddish in colour.
Prolong usage of a particular toothbrush:
Quick question; How often do you change your toothbrush?
You must not wait till the brushes on your toothbrush are frayed before you can buy a new one. It is recommended that you change your toothbrush every three (3) months.
Tip: Throw that your old toothbrush away and get a new one today!
Your Diet can be a Source of Bad Breath:
When you take foods that are rich in garlic, onions, or locust beans, the smell of these ingredients remain in your mouth even after eating them. You should make sure to brush your teeth and tongue thoroughly after such meals. If you cannot avoid taking onions or garlic, you can take apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash to neutralize the odour after each meal. Simply pour one capful of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and swish it around your mouth.
Leaving your Mouth Dry:
A dry mouth is a recipe for mouth odour. Our saliva performs a unique function of cleansing the mouth. Therefore, never allow your mouth to be dry, especially if you are dealing with bad breath.
Drink lots of water to keep your mouth moist. And if you can, you could chew a sugarless bubblegum to stimulate saliva as well.
Have Fruits and Vegetables Handy:
If you notice that you always have bad breath, try having fruits and vegetables at all times. This is one easy and fun way of maintaining a fresh breath all day long. Not only do fruits naturally help to freshen your breath, they also help your mouth produce enough saliva which in turn aids oral cleansing.
Salt and Warm Water Solution.
Get a glass of warm water and add a pinch of salt to it. Swish it around your mouth for 25-30 seconds and pour it out. Repeat it twice or thrice, and the bad breath is gone!
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Note: Mouth odour can also be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. So, if after maintaining a proper dental hygiene and it persists, endeavour to Consult a Dentist to have your mouth checked.
It is also advisable that you have routine dental checkups at least twice in a year.
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