Halitosis or bad breath condition is largely the outcome of bacteria that acts on food residues in the mouth. Some other diseases also may cause halitosis.
By practicing good oral hygiene and having a dental check-up at least twice a year, you are actually on the right track in preventing halitosis.
Halitosis is common among people with poor oral hygiene simply because bad oral hygiene promotes the growth of bacteria and microbes living in the mouth. They build up over a long period of time without proper brushing and flossing.
You may initially not aware of it. Like a time bomb, when one day somebody tells you that your breath smells bad, you will feel really surprised and downright shamed.
For denture wearers, they should practice dental hygiene more diligently because food particles easily stick in dentures without notice.
Now, other than oral hygiene, here are some more tips to prevent halitosis:
1) Drink lots of plain water. It will wash away food particles from the mouth and encourage a higher saliva production rate. Having enough saliva will flushes away those pungent microorganisms in the mouth.
2) Blow a runny nose properly with your mouth open; otherwise it may push the infected discharge into the sinuses and possibly infect them.
3) Use mouth wash or breath mints. For temporary measure and immediate impact, mouth wash or breath mints such as chewing gum could lend a helping hand. They are good in masking the odor, especially after eating food that gives a smelly odor.
4) Stop smoking and alcoholic drinking. This is a permanent measure with lasting impact. Smoking and alcoholic drinking generally give a bad impact and negative outcome to your breath odor and general health.
5) Eat healthily. Fruits and veggies that are rich in fiber can do wonders as they help to promote saliva production, which keeps the mouth moist and rinsed out. Vitamin C on the other hand, prevents gum disease and gingivitis, a cause of bad breath.
Some active cultures from yogurt can help to cut back the amount of bacteria, reducing plaque and gum disease as well. Vitamin D in yogurt, cheese and milk on the other hand, creates healthy condition by blocking bacteria growth.
Some herbs actually, are good for preventing bad breath when you chew on them. The names like parsley, coriander, spearmint, rosemary and cardamom might sound familiar because they are famous and renowned for their cleansing properties. Some even have been used as ingredients to make your tooth paste.
At the end of the day, if your halitosis condition is really serious and persistent, what you should do is refer your case to a doctor. As I said earlier, there might be some sickness that is causing the bad breath. So you better check it out.