Our body is known to accustom itself with its own smell. This is inevitable since after all, your body and you have been one and the same for several years now. But, what if you have noticed lately that co-workers, friends and family members are trying to keep some distance from you whenever they can? Something must be wrong, right?
Once in awhile, no matter how clean and healthy our mouths can be, we could get into our personal struggles against unpleasant breath. These occur temporarily though. It might be due to some foods or beverages you have taken recently or certain medications for which the by products of decomposition are emanating through your mouth. But, what if yours is a chronic condition? What would you do?
For one, bad breathe would not have been there if you were careful enough to observe proper oral hygiene. Thus, the main culprit and the subsequent solution to bad breath is the failure to observe oral hygiene religiously and thus, the efficient solution roots from the maintenance of oral care.
Oral hygiene is basically the practice of keeping the mouth clean enough so as not to become a breeding ground for sulfur-producing bacteria. This hygiene includes both personal and oral health care.
Brushing is of course a regular (and most needed) part of oral hygiene. Combined with flossing, both could aid in the prevention of plaque build-up in between teeth. As we all have repeatedly heard before, prevention is better than cure. If you are able to do this, you would be saved from spending much on cavity drilling and teeth cleaning apart from the value of loosing your precious tissue due to damages.
In light of the above practices, there have been a number of new methods that are believed to supplement for or replace tooth brushing and flossing.
There are some special tools and appliances that could have the same effects as that of the toothbrushes and flosses. Water irrigation devices and specialized toothpicks are among the most popular. Electric toothbrushes have been welcomed in the market for some years. However, recently dentists are recommending electric toothbrushes exclusively for those who have problems with dexterity.
Cultures in many parts of the world have also learned to use and continue using naturally-occurring mouth cleaners. In the Muslim nations, the miswak is a popular tool from twigs and roots that are known to have antiseptic properties. The fibers are effective in releasing inserted plaques in the spaces between the teeth.
Apart from the traditional methods of eliminating bad breath, you could also integrate into your daily meals the chemical substances that could induce the strengthening of teeth and gums. Foods with high content of Vitamin D, B and C are some of the highly recommended ones. If you can make your gums and teeth stronger while maintaining a clean and healthy mouth, you are likely to get around from the possibilities of developing bad breath or halitosis. Thus, it is only vital that these are regularly practiced.
Why the emphasis on cleaning the teeth and the gums while there are other sources which claim that this practice would only aggravate bad breath?
First things first- whatever justifications these sources would tell you, it is still unreasonable that you would incur bad breath due to cleanliness. Second, cleaner mouths could harbor lesser bacteria.
Got the logic in there now, right?