A white, sparkling smile can sometimes be deceptive. Millions of people around the world suffer from a condition that seems to occur despite having an appropriate oral care routine. This condition is called halitosis, but it is more colloquially known simply as bad breath.
Bad Breath Explained
There are several causes of chronic bad breath, but many of them can be attributed to some sort of bacterial infection. Whether the bacteria are feasting on infected tissues, such as the gums, or they are building up on the tongue, the odor it emits can be embarrassing. Mild or occasional bad breath is commonly seen in nearly everyone, but as much as 20 percent of the American population have moderate to severe cases.
Proper Oral Hygiene Resolving Bad Breath Issues
Depending on your mouth, bad breath could result from:
- Gum infection or gingivitis
- An unwashed/un-scraped tongue
- Tonsil stones
- Bacterial buildup in crevices and cavities of the mouth.
In most all cases, the right products and daily hygiene habits can effectively treat bad breath, allowing you to be close to the people you love or be confident around new people.
Gingivitis is estimated to affect as many as 50 percent of all adults in North America. While mild cases are not a cause for alarm, they should be treated with the right products and procedures. If you have gum inflammation, your gums are most likely sensitive and can make adopting a new care regimen painful. To make the process easier to bear, find products that are specifically designed for sensitive gums. Once a gum infection is treated, your mouth will be healthier and your breath fresher.
Cleaning the Tongue
As it is not a procedure commonly taught by dentists, many people are surprised to learn how effective tongue scraping is for treating bad breath. A specially designed scraper will gently lift buildup and residue from the tongue’s surface, removing the bacteria that cause bad breath and even making the taste buds more alert. It is simply enough to scrape one’s tongue at the same time as daily brushing and flossing.
Treating Tonsil Stones
Although as many as 10 percent of Americans have tonsil stones, or tonsilar calculi, they remain largely unheard of. A normal case of tonsilar calculi does not produce a noticeable discomfort in the throat, but it can create extremely bad breath. The little calcium deposits, or visible tonsil stones, are the results of a bacterial infection. Because the back of the throat is much too delicate and sensitive to scrape, someone with the condition must use formulated products that remove bacterial buildup. Along with treating bad breath, dealing with tonsil stones can relieve a person’s discomfort in swallowing and painful swelling.
Easy Steps to Cleanse the Entire Mouth
If you are serious about getting rid of bad breath, you should understand that you can do so if you commit to properly caring for your teeth, gums, tongue, and throat. You might predict that properly caring for your entire mouth would take more time than you have available, but it actually only takes a few minutes. Here is a simple version of the steps that will get rid of halitosis:
1.Scrape the Tongue—It is important to perform this task first. Scraping lifts up the buildup on your tongue, but does not completely remove it. That comes later.
2.Brush—A quick brushing once-over on your teeth and gums is not quite good enough. Toothpaste works best when used for at least one minute and have the greatest results after two full minutes of brushing. You can spit out the remaining toothpaste after two minutes, but you should not rinse with water.
3.Rinse—Instead of swishing with water, use a formulated oral rinse. Gargle to cleanse the back of your mouth. Do not drink or eat for at least five minutes afterward.
Purchasing the Right Products
For the best results, use specially produced toothpaste and oral rinse. Typical oral hygiene products only focus on removing plaque and temporarily drying out bad mouth bacteria. A non-alcohol based mouthwash and specially designed toothpaste will treat bad breath at its source, rather than just resolving a few of the symptoms. With the right treatment, you will no longer need to wonder if you have stinky breath; you can be confident that your mouth is bacteria free and fresh smelling.
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