Keeping your breath fresh not only makes it easier to talk to other people, but gives you a sense of confidence as well.Maintaining oral hygiene give you fresh breath, and there a number of simple ways that you can maintain it.
Brushing your Teeth and Tongue
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is the most common way of maintaining healthy teeth and fresh breath. There are a number of fluoride toothpastes out there that you can use for this purpose. However, it is important to remember to brush the tongue as well. The tongue collects and stores smelly bacteria between the taste buds and its folds, which eventually result in smelly breath. You can use the regular toothbrush to scrub away the bacteria, or invest in tongue scrapers.
There is usually food particles and a coating of bacteria that forms around the tooth called plaque. Flossing once a day is a necessary way to get rid of these particles and bacteria that are responsible for your bad breath. It is also a way of preventing periodontal disease, which causes bad breath as well.
Gargling with Peroxide
Excess plaque is usually a problem that can be countered with an anti-microbial mouthwash. However, this can be substituted with regular peroxide at home. After meals and normal brushing, you can use the peroxide just like any other mouthwash. The oxygen that is contained in the peroxide kills the bacteria that cause bad breath just as well.
Drink a lot of Water
Dry mouth can also lead to bad breath, as this means your body is lacking fluids. Dry mouth can however be a result of breathing through the mouth or certain types of medications such as antihistamines. Therefore, you should always have plenty of fluids in order to avoid this dryness and bad breath.
Stomach upsets and acidity can lead to halitosis. Therefore, in the event that something does not agree with your stomach and lead to acidity, you can treat this with some of the over-counter drugs and antacids in an attempt to prevent bad breath.
In some cases, bad breath can be because of an underlying sinus problem or infection. The infection leads to a post-nasal discharge, which leads to bad breath. This discharge is mostly noticeable after a night's sleep and thus, you should always brush your teeth in the morning and seek treatment for the infection.
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