We generally tend to ignore bad breath as an issue of little importance, whereas in fact bad breath or Halitosis can assume major proportions and become a source of embarrassment for the sufferer. The good news is that bad breath can be prevented or controlled by following some easy tips. Bad breath is the result of odor producing bacteria present in the mouth. If you do not regularly brush and floss, your teeth bacteria collect in the leftover pieces of food bits in your mouth, especially between the teeth. The sulfur compounds released by the collected bacteria impart the bad odor from your mouth.
Some foods like onions and garlic containing pungent oils can effectively add to bad breath as the oils get carried to the lungs and out through the mouth. Smoking is another major factor causing bad breath. Let us now discuss the other three popular myths about bad breath.
Mouthwash can dispel bad breath permanently
Mouthwash provides only temporary relief from bad breath. The right mouthwash to be used is an antiseptic one that removes the bad breath causing germs. Another thing to be kept in mind while purchasing a mouthwash is to ensure that it is plaque reducing and is recommended by the Indian Dental Association (IDA). Alternatively you can even ask your dentists for suggestions.
Brushing teeth is enough to prevent bad breath
The fact is that people do not brush their teeth right. The process is generally limited to 30 to 45 seconds, whereas it should last for at least 2 minutes and that too, twice a day. And at that most do not brush their tongue, bacteria’s favorite spot. It is equally important to floss because brushing alone will not be able to remove the food particles from in between the teeth and the gums.
You can check bad breath by breathing into your hands
Not true again, breathing does not use the throat the way speaking does. Talking brings out the odors from the back of the mouth, the origin point of bad breath, which breathing does not. Another important thing to note is that we often get used to the smell of our hands, and are unable to differentiate if there is bad breath or not.
For people concerned about bad breath, it is advisable to ensure that you are following a proper brushing and flossing routine and taking adequate care of your teeth and mouth. If even after proper cleansing routine your bad breath refuses to go away, visit a dentist. Medical conditions like Sinusitis and gum disease might be behind this problem.