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Bad Breath: Causes And Remedy

Ever sat closely in a meeting or in a cab with someone with bad breath? If you are the type that gets easily irritated, I bet your next resort would be a quick and easy way out, irrespective of what brought you there in the first place.

The official name of bad breath is halitosis and it can be a sign of some health problems or bad dental habits. Besides being a medical problem, bad breath can become a social one. No one wants to hang around someone with bad breath.

Bad Breath: Causes And Remedy

What causes bad breath?

The bad breath condition can be triggered by different factors:

  • Not brushing your teeth.
  • Dental and gastrointestinal tract diseases, respiratory infections, liver and kidney diseases, chronic sinus infections, , diabetes, and acid reflux
  • Eating foods such as garlic, raw onions, mustard seeds, etc cause bad breath. Drinking coffee also causes bad breath.
  • Chewing tobacco and smoking

If you identify with any of these causes, here are some simple and effective ways to help you fight bad breath:

  • Oral hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day and don’t forget to brush your tongue thoroughly each time you brush. It’s also advisable to floss at least once a day.

Bad Breath: Causes And Remedy


  • Visit a specialist: Visit your dentist at least twice a year. The doctor can examine your teeth and recommend if you need them professionally cleaned. If there’s any tooth decay or gum infection, your doctor will be able to treat you.
  • Quit smoking: Lighting up a cigarette actually reduces the flow of saliva, which is your mouth’s method of getting rid of bacteria.
  • Take probiotics: A probiotic supplement may help to cut down on candida yeast that lives on the surface of the tongue.
  • Drink more water: Water will help to keep the cavity moist. Besides, it is good to chew gums or suck candies (better sugarless). They stimulate saliva production, which helps washing away bacteria and food debris.

Like I said earlier, treatment of bad breath usually depends on the cause. To prevent it from happening, brush your teeth everyday, floss, maintain a healthy diet and visit your dentist.

Bad Breath: Causes And Remedy







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  • Chioma Okem Uzoukwu

    Bad breath which is a very repulsive condition keeps the carrier and who ever stays next to him or her uncomfortable. Bad breath as stated in the article can be caused by non regular brushing of teeth, an illness, and particular kinds of food or indulgences. It is essential for people who have bad breath to take deliberate actions to stall the condition. They should endeavour to cultivate good eating behaviour and personal hygiene, or see a physician as required depending on the causes and gravity of the condition. This article demonstrates the role of the media as a source of non formal education, which is supposed to be, flexible, diversified in content and method and non authoritarian, among other things. It is essential that the media improve on its role of educating the masses considering the fact that most people especially the youths spend most of their time on the media.