How To Avoid Bacteria That Causes Bad Breath

Bad Breath

How To Avoid Bacteria That Causes Bad Breath

There’s no other way to start this article on lousy breath but with a big: ‘WHEW!”  It is a difficult topic to discuss, be it in writing or facing the ‘victim’ of the problem. Yes, those suffering from halitosis, the
official name for bad breath, are the real ‘victims.’  The victims of the ‘attack’ to their normally healthy body with bacterial overgrowth. This condition can be fatal to developing long-term social relationships and can lower a person’s self-esteem as people stand at arm’s length while talking or come towards with pockets laden with breath mints, gum, or fruit flavored candy.

Bad breath can also be considered an oxymoron since the result of built-up of bacteria bringing noxious odors is also a ‘breath of fresh air’ pointing to an otherwise underlying illness such as cancer, sinus infections, throat ailments, stomach ulcers, or undetected tooth decay or gum disease known as gingivitis. With the discovery and early medical intervention, there is hope for a return to good health. There is also good news that bacteria causing bad breath can be avoided using such common sense oral hygiene habits as the following.

Six Ways to Avoid Bad Breath

1. Proper Brushing: Bacteria loves to ‘feed’ on food particles left on and between the teeth as well as on the gums. The proper oral hygiene habit of brushing teeth for two minutes time twice a day using a circular motion on all tooth surfaces; the odor-producing bacterial plaque will be whisked away.

2. Using Dental Floss: Through the use of dental floss to clean food particles that get stuck in-between teeth the opportunity for bacterial plaque growing and bringing about lousy breath can be eliminated.

3. Staying Hydrated:  Drinking of water will avoid the condition of a dry mouth and allow for the washing away of food particles and bacteria feeding on those particles that bring the bad breath.

4. Cleaning Oral Surgery Wounds: A prescribed antibiotic can stop the growth of bacteria that can develop in such oral surgery wounds as tooth extraction. A dentist can also provide additional cleaning of the injury if
the antibiotic does not wholly bring an end to bad bacterial breath.

5. Seeking Medical Intervention: Where there are complex and chronic medical conditions of the throat, lung, sinus, kidney disease, liver disease, or diabetes — medical intervention may provide the necessary treatment to stabilize the illness and stem the bacterial growth.

6. Brushing The Tongue: Nothing is ‘sharper’ than that wagging tongue for the growth of bacteria, and it is an excellent practice to gently clean the tongue with a toothbrush as well as use an antibacterial mouth rinse after the brushing and the flossing.

In addition to the above oral hygiene habits, there are also the preventative measures as rinsing toothbrush after use with the antibacterial rinse and changing your toothbrush every three months. The taking of vitamin C, in a divided dose of 1,000 to 6,000 mg per day, can rid the body of the excess toxins and mucus that bring about the bad breath. Never hesitate to contact our office to find out more information and let us help you get to the bottom of your bad breath and eliminate it all together.

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