First impression counts, so dress the way you want to be addressed. I’m sure fresh breath counts too, right?
We ALL don’t wake up with fresh breath (yay! you are not alone) and while we are awake we do ALL we can to avoid bad breath for the rest of the day. There are question going through some people’s mind about bad breath I will try to answer simply.
WHAT IS BAD BREATH ANYWAY?
Halitosis, colloquially called bad breath, or fetor oris or oral malodour, is a symptom in which a NOTICEABLY unpleasant odour is present on the exhaled breath. Bad breath is formed by volatile compounds which are caused by pathological or non-pathological reasons and it can originate from an oral or non-oral source.
WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT FRESH BREATH?
To maintain your self-esteem, confidence and reputation I guess.
We may be found guilty before a meeting, social gathering, or date to check our breath to see if at that moment our breath is fresh or not. For these reasons, self-care products are used for preventing unpleasant odour. However, by these products direct treatment of halitosis is not possible; these products such as chewing gum and mints, toothpastes, mouth washes, and sprays DECREASE the odour and attempt to MASK halitosis with pleasant fragrances.
Just remember, the odour from what you eat can stick around until the food works its way completely out of your system — up to 3 days later!
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SELF-CARE PRODUCT IS LONG-LASTING?
DON’T check your breath immediately after using the products because your breath will smell just like the product. Check your breath 1-3 hours after using the product, but make sure you haven’t eaten or drank anything other than water since using it.
HOW DO I CHECK MY BREATH?
We tend to get used to our own smells, it’s hard for a person to tell if he or she has bad breath. But you can try the following:
- Lick your freshly washed wrist make sure it’s free of perfume, let it dry for 10 seconds and then smell it.
- Scrape some of the yellow gunk from the back of your tongue using a white plastic spoon, then give it a sniff.
- After flossing, smell the tape to see if it carries an odour.
- If you wear dentures, remove them and smell them directly.
- Finally, if desperate, ask a close and trusted friend or family member to put their nose about four inches from your mouth and inhale, while you count to 10 out loud.
WHAT D-I-Y TIPS TO AVOID BAD BREATH HAS DR OYAKS HEARD OF?
Eat breakfast: Even if you brush your teeth when you get up, your morning breath may reappear if you don’t eat. Morning mouth breath may be associated with hunger.
Eat a hard fruit or vegetable: Apples, carrots, celery, and other hard fruits, melons, berries and citrus fruits such as oranges are packed with vitamin C and vegetables help clear odour-causing plaque and food particles from your mouth.
Chew sugarless gum with xylitol: Gum with the natural sweetener xylitol can prevent the growth of bad-breath bacteria. The gum itself can bring more saliva to your mouth, which will naturally make your mouth fresher.
Avoid odour producing foods and substances like onions, garlic, coffee, tobacco smoking or chewing and alcohol. Strong foods such as onions and garlic are digested and carried through the bloodstream to the lungs; their scents are noticed when you exhale.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to keep your saliva flowing throughout the day, Saliva’s job is to serve as a continuous rinse cycle for your mouth. If you don’t have enough, your mouth loses its freshness fast. In fact, morning breath is worse for people who sleep with their mouths open.
Maintain your daily oral hygiene habits of brushing teeth, tongue and flossing and periodic visits to dentists. Every six months is the usual recommendation
Gargling right before bedtime with an effective mouthwash. Cosmetic mouth rinses may mask breath odour but do not address the source of the problem, nor do they affect the teeth or gums. It is recommended to refrain from using mouthwash directly after tooth brushing with paste, because mouthwashes may contain active ingredients that are inactivated by the soap in most toothpastes. According to Wikipedia, there has not been a single documented medical case of successfully cured chronic halitosis using any of the currently available mouthwashes.
Don’t Rely on Mints: Relying on a mint to mask bad breath works about as well as using cologne to cover up body odour. It may work for a little while, but eventually the smell will break through. A mint or piece of chewing gum simply won’t kill the bacteria that cause mouth odour.
Rinse your mouth with plain water after eating or drinking acidic drinks. This will help re-balance your mouth’s pH levels. Rinsing with water also works after meals — no matter what you’ve eaten. Swishing the water around may help remove some of the food particles left in the mouth after a meal and prevent bad breath from setting in.
I STILL FEEL I HAVE BAD BREATH, EVEN THOUGH PEOPLE SAY I DON’T HAVE, HOW DO I CONFIRM?
If all else fails, see a dentist to clarify if you have genuine halitosis or pseudo-halitosis or halitophobia (sometimes we have to say big words and sound serious). The measurement method the dentist or examiner uses is the organoleptic test; which is the oldest method for unpleasant odour detection by smelling with the nose.
You breathe deeply by inspiring the air through the nostrils and holding awhile, then expiring by the mouth directly or through a pipette, while the examiner sniffs the odour at a distance of 20 cm and the severity of odour is classified into various scales, such as a 0- to 5-point scale (0: no odour, 1: barely noticeable, 2: slight but clearly noticeable, 3: moderate, 4: strong, and 5 extremely strong). This measurement is considered to be the gold standard for measuring and assessing bad breath because of no-cost, and being practical and simple.
WHAT CAUSES HALITOSIS TO PERSIST DESPITE FOLLOWING ALL THE D-I-Y TIPS?
Well, we need to stop treating an illness like a tree, just cutting off branches to trim off the overhang and misfits, and treat them like weeds identify their source and cause and uproot them. Simply put don’t treat symptoms, find what is producing the symptom and eliminate the source.
I have grouped, based on my understanding of the causes, the types of bad breath we have (you won’t find it in text books like this, do not quote in your dental exams hehehe).
- Mechanically related bad breath
- Oral disease related bad breath
- Habitual related bad breath
- Non-oral disease related bad breath
It’s a topic I am a bit serious about so we will make it into a series so don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss upcoming ones. We will discuss “mechanically related bad breath” next week.
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Good oral hygiene is NOT time-consuming; it requires a few minutes a few times a day. This small investment can result in Teethlicious healthy mouth and prevent bad breath. Happy #TeethliciousTuesday. Stay Gorgeous & Stay Professional #SGSP.
This should not be construed as dental advice but only as information. Please consult your own dentist in regard to your personal situation or condition.