Halitosis or, put simply, bad breath is one of the worst nightmares any person could encounter. Imagine sitting beside a person with a smelly mouth and having to endure him/her speak to you while you constantly had to shift your nose away from the intangible disaster. Even if you were not the one being handed down this brutal punishment and the reverse was the case, you would still feel so embarrassed and degraded. This is because you would most likely never feel confident to speak in public or even engage in any activity that would open up your mouth to the world! What then is the solution to this nightmare?
In 2018, the Journal of Applied Oral Science conducted a study that revealed that brushing your mouth back right to front left, back left to front right, and straight down the centre, helps to check bacteria better and thus evoke a nicer breath. There is also an emphasis to thoroughly (not roughly) brush the tongue in order to take out the coating that forms on the tongue because these coating breed bacteria that eventually causes the mouth to ooze.
Mouth odour sometimes transcends proper observation of oral hygiene. At times, like regular illnesses, you might have gum disease. You would, therefore, have to seek the help of a dentist if after keeping to all oral hygiene you still found yourself stuck with a smelly mouth.
Mayo Clinic states that by using fluoride toothpaste, the bacteria in the mouth can be flushed out. The clinic also maintains that brushing with this toothpaste must be done a minimum of two times a day. This is coupled with the assertion that dry mouth serves as a perfect breathing ground for bacteria cells that could cause oozing. The clinic therefore maintained that there should always be moisture in the mouth in order to flush these bacteria out. The same source explains that by brushing after each meal, you curb the chances of mouth odour.
However, Richard Price, DMD, the spokesperson for the American Dental Association, warned that some food items cause bad breath. He identified onions and garlic as food items that cause a negative change in breath no matter how many times you brush your mouth after eating them. He further explained that these substances that evoke this sour breath journey to your lungs via the bloodstreams, from where one exhale and cause mass pandemonium to the public. Whether you choose to, for that reason, stop eating these two food items, is totally your choice.
Last but not least is what is known as “flossing”. Wikipedia defines a ‘floss’ as a “cord of thin filaments used to remove food and dental plaque from between teeth in areas a toothbrush is unable to reach”. By doing this at least once a day, it serves as another remedy for mouth odour.
It is important to know that if after trying any of these remedies and you still remain in the prison of mouth odour, do visit a dentist for a mouth rinse or a check for possible gum disease. Like medical practitioners rightly say, “if symptoms persist after three days, please consult your doctor”.