Tuesday, February 7, 2012

5 Actions to Help Reduce Bad Breath

Bad breath is quite embarrassing. In terms of dentistry, bad breath is often referred to as halitosis. Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath. Bad breath can be caused by food, smoking, dry mouth, medical conditions, gum disease and sinus conditions.

"If bad breath persists for more than 24 hours without an obvious cause, then you should contact your San Diego dentist. It can be a sign of gum disease, digestive problems, sinus infections, bronchitis, or even more serious diseases, like diabetes, liver failure, kidney failure and cancer, "said Roger P. Levin, DDS.

Here are some actions that can be done to reduce bad breath MSNHealth was quoted as saying on Sunday (1/22/2012), among others:

1. Eating spices

Some other spices and herbs can help reduce bad breath. By eating foods or drinks that contain herbs can be while reducing bad breath.

2. Brushing the tongue

"Most people ignore his tongue, and more concerned about brushing your teeth. Fact meyikat tongue is also important, because these types of foods that easily stick to difficult to remove with just a rinse. Accumulation of food residue contribute to bad breath," said Dr. Eric Shapira, DDS.

3. Avoid certain beverages

Coffee, beer, wine and whiskey can leave a residue that can be attached to the plaque on the teeth. So that some types of drinks are also contributing causes of bad breath. So you should eat a healthful beverage type and does not cause bad breath.

4. Brushing your teeth regularly

"Some odors can be removed permanently or temporarily if brushing immediately after eating. The main cause of bad breath is a sticky layer containing bacteria that live and die on the teeth and gums. Sticky layer is commonly referred to as plaque," said Dr. Shapira.

So brush and remove plaque after eating can reduce bad breath.

5. Using mouth rinses

Some herbs can be diluted with water to make a mouth rinse. Keep mouthwash in a tightly sealed jar at room temperature. Should not keep his own mouth rinses are formulated for long.

"If it was not practical if you have to make your own mouth rinses, then it can use a mouthwash that can be purchased on the market," said Jerry F. Taintor, DDS.