Millions of people around the world are self-conscious when it comes to their breath. Bad breath can affect every aspect of your life from social to work Being conscious of bad breath can stop you from relaxing in public, speaking comfortably and can even result in you covering your mouth when you speak because you are so aware that your breath doesn’t have a pleasant odour.
Gum disease and tooth cavities are some of the causes of bad breath, according to leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon, Dr Tariq Drabu. Tooth decay and gum disease both harbour unwelcome bacteria, which in turn results in fowl smelling breath which can hinder self-confidence and self-esteem.
You can try and hide bad breath, though it’s essential you identify the root cause of the problem to prevent your breath from smelling moving forward. A visit to the dentist can ensure that your bad breath isn’t a result of gum disease or tooth decay, the dentist will examine your mouth to ensure your oral health is good and then work on other potential causes.
It is imperative that you brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. The most important time to brush is right before bed and once more during the course of the day. During the night bacteria have a chance to breed, they attach to the tooth enamel and can cause serious complications in the long run. This is why so many people wake up with bad breath. Brushing is only a short term solution and once the smell of the toothpaste wears off, the bad breath is back.
There are a few products you can use to hide bad breath, again these are not long term solutions. Parsley, spearmint and cinnamon are great products to add to your dishes to help hide the smell of bad breath. While these work for a short period, they can provide you with a much needed boost of confidence when you need it most.
Green tea can help you hide your bad breath. Green tea is brimming in antioxidants that eliminate the bacteria that causes bad breath. At the same time, it’s important to bear in mind that you shouldn’t drink too much of the tea, keep it to a couple of cups a day to help you fight the bacteria and eliminate the bad breath to help improve your confidence levels throughout the day.
The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” also relates to your problem breath. Apples are crunchy and the crunch helps you increase saliva production. Saliva is imperative in the oral environment and helps rebalance the oral cavity. Saliva is alkaline and helps protect your teeth and gums on a daily basis.
You may want to ensure; you add berries to your diet. Berries are rich in vitamins and can help control bacteria and combat gum disease. Often the first time anyone realises that they may have gum disease is when someone points out that they have bad breath.
Consider keeping raw carrots in your bag to crunch on during lunch. Carrots are crunchy and therefore also encourage saliva production.
Drink plenty of water. You want to keep yourself hydrated and reduce the risk of dry mouth. Dry mouth can cause you to suffer with problematic breath. You may also want to get some sugarless chewing gum. Sugarless chewing gum promotes saliva production, removes plaque and also provides you with a pleasant smell which you can rely on throughout the day.
Remember to brush twice a day and floss at least once daily to ensure good oral hygiene at all times to eliminate bad breath.