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9 Great Tips on How to Combat Bad Breath

Sue Jan asked:

Conventional remedies for halitosis include:

* Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Make sure to also brush the gums, the tongue, roof of the mouth, and inside of the cheeks.

* After you eat, make sure to rinse out left over food particles in your mouth.

* Avoid strong smelling items such as coffee, alcohol or smoking.

Other than these common remedies, natural remedies such as a well balanced diet also helps, as a healthy digestive system reduces the level of odor-causing bacteria in your body:

* Gum disease causes bad breath. Taking vitamin C helps protect and heal your gums from damage and disease. Vitamin C is plentiful in strawberry, cabbage, orange, red pepper and kiwi fruit.

* Eating food rich in acidophilus such as yogurt helps to balance the bacteria in the intestine to a healthy level and thus reduce halitosis.

* Eating food that fights plague build-up also helps fight foul breath, such as cheese, peanut, celery and carrot.

* Eating less meat and more fiber such as vegetables and fruits help temporarily mask bad breath. Snack on fresh raw vegetables and fruits such as parsley, celery, carrot apple and pear. Parsley is effective because it contains chlorophyll, a chemical found in plants that is considered to be a natural breath freshener.

* Eat food rich in fiber to fight constipation. Your body absorbs a large amount of bacteria from a meat-laden diet. Fiber helps promote regular bowel movements that remove these toxins from your body that cause bad smelling breath. Food rich in fiber include pea, dried bean, brown rice, prune, fig, and wheat product.

* Drink a lot of liquids, at least eight cups of water each day, to keep your mouth hydrated, as saliva is a natural antibacterial and helps flush down food particles in your mouth.

Thus, maintaining a balanced diet is an effective way to ensure good bodily health, helps eliminate bad breath and keeps your breath smelling sweet.

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Bad Breath Remedy: Hocus Pocus, Begone Halitosis!

John Thompson asked:

OK, that title was pretty pathetic, but then again, so is bad breath. Seriously, we all know someone around us that has chronic crappy breath. The little voice in your head says to bear and grin it and not let the individual know about his or her situation.

Every so often, you offer to do some poor sap a favor by letting him/her know that they have outstandingly foul breath. The guy looks somewhat taken off-balance for a little while, and then smiles awkwardly and says thanks (and then runs for the nearest convenience store for some breath mints).

Look, a horrible breath remedy is especially simple to come by nowadays whether you have occasional to persistent and chronic terrible breath. here’s secret product number 1. Ready? A toothbrush! Yes brushing your teeth after every meal is still stylized. Brushing your tongue can also eliminate some terrible odors.

In fact there are specialized products for sale called tongue scrapers that are made for this purpose. Floss often, and use one of those water piks if you have them also to get rid of stray items that you don’t want to build up on your teeth and gums.

OK, the tone of this article has been harsh so far. Time to switch on Mr. Nice-Guy. For some folks, they have an authentic problem with horrible breath that goes beyond the previously mentioned maintainence routines. Things that go beyond masking the bad breath with mints or chewing gum.

For these chronic conditions, even dentists may have trouble with finding a better long-standing solution for you believe it or not. As a result of this trend, poor breath clinics are being setup all over the place to address this embarassing but rather common problem. If you or someone you know has troublesome terrible breath problems, then maybe this is the route you want to think about.

Do the world a favor and tell someone (if they need it) to get a bad breath remedy of their choosing. And if that individual happens to be yourself, then well you know what to do.

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Bad Breath- Learn To Fight Bad Breath

Kelvin Ho asked:

We have all had bad breath at some time but have you ever thought about where it comes from? While there are many causes of bad breath, the most common causes are the lack of good oral hygiene, tobacco use, gum disease and tooth decay.

This is a widespread problem and as many as 60 percent of the American population are known to experience bad breath. Over 35 million more Americans have a condition called chronic halitosis. Only some of the cases of bad breath are caused by physical problems. Most of times, it is due to poor oral care. When attempting to treat this problem, do not fall for the usual over the counter remedies, since these just mask the symptoms temporarily, and would not get to the root of the odor problem.

Bacteria is the cause of bad breath or halitosis, and it can be found in every human’s mouth, accumulating on the back of the tongue. These anaerobic bacteria thrive on whatever food particles remain in the mouth, and from that produce Volatile Sulfur Compounds (VSC). Volatile Sulfur Compounds smell like hydrogen sulfide, the smell we associate with rotten eggs! In addition, some bad breath smells can result from eating certain foods, which after digestion result in odor coming from the lungs.

Here are some common remedies to reduce halitosis:

Brush your Teeth Daily

The brushing technique you use is also important; many people do not know that there is a specific way to brush that is most effective at removing food that remains stuck between teeth. By brushing your teeth daily, you will eliminate a major cause of foul breath. Another important step is to schedule a dentist visit, to include teeth cleaning, on a regular basis. It is also possible to clean the tongue of the white coating that appears at the back of the tongue, either by brushing with a toothbrush, or using a tongue scraper, available in pharmacies. Maintaining a healthy diet is another key to getting rid of the sour breath smell.

Increase Production of Saliva

Most people are not aware that saliva is a key bacteria fighter. The lack of saliva or dry mouth means that bacteria can thrive better. A good idea is to try chewing gum to help increase the production of saliva which will in turn reduce any sour breath smell. You can also improve saliva production by keeping hydrated, and drinking at least eight glasses of water each day. This helps improve your health overall, in addition to helping stop bad breath.

When you find yourself in a group setting where other people are present, and you have not had a chance to brush your teeth, one easy solution is to rinse your mouth with some plain water. This helps to loosen any remaining food particles left in your teeth, and prevent bacteria from creating a foul odor. Be sure to spit it out and not swallow after rinsing. This will help alleviate the condition somewhat.

Chewing can really help avoid bad breath. If you do not have gum handy, go for some kind of candy or chips. You can also go for fresh vegetables, which have the added benefit of preventing plaque.

Intake of Vitamin C

Most of us understand the importance of Vitamin C for our health but do you know that Vitamin C actually can help prevent bad breath. It has the additional quality of improving health for smokers, because smoking reduces Vitamin C in the body.

Baking Soda

Some people brush with baking soda, but this can be really distasteful for many. If you can stand it, the characteristics of baking soda can help to destroy bad odors, which is the reason why many add it to your refrigerator or sprinkled it on your carpet prior to vacuuming. In fact, you will also notice that some toothpaste brands are now including baking soda, which is a little better tasting than the baking soda right out of the box.

Change your Toothbrush

Another good idea it to try using a water jet toothbrush, which works better in removing food particles that are stuck between teeth. Some of these types of brushes have battery packs, so you can take them with you. Getting that stubborn food out really helps fight bad breath.

Mouthwash

Finally, when you are considering what mouthwash to use, look for a mouthwash with Cetylpyridinium chloride or zinc chloride as ingredients. Any mouthwash without those ingredients are not going to be effective, and will not have long term effectiveness, but only mask the odor for a short time after rinsing. Hydrogen Peroxide is also recommended as a mouth rinse, because this solution adds oxygen to your mouth, which kills any bacteria that thrive in the mouth and cause bad breath.

Conclusion

With so many remedies available, it is important that you understand the underlying cause of your breath condition first. Only then, will you be able to apply the suitable solution to your breath problem.

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Lactose Intolerance Can Cause Bad Breath

Kelvin Ho asked:

Bad breath is a common condition that many people face throughout the world. It is also a very sought after topic among individuals of all ages.

There are different factors that account for the development of bad breath and hence different solutions are needed to combat it. In this article we are going to understand the connection between bad breath and lactose intolerance.

First of all we have to understand what lactose intolerance is? Firstly, lactose is a sugar, which is found in milk and other dairy products. After these foods are eaten, the lactose will be metabolized (broken down) by an enzyme known as lactase.

Unfortunately, sometimes the body does not produce lactase or there is decreased production of lactase in the body. When this happens, it will result in gastric problems and the lactose will not be broken down in the gastrointestinal tract.

When the lactose is not broken down due to the absence of the enzyme lactase, this will result in symptoms which are similar to stomach virus and hence it is difficult to discern whether the person is suffering from lactose intolerance or stomach flu.

Usually, it is only through examining each individual’s medical history and different tests that it is determined that the culprit is lactose intolerance. If you suspect that you are suffering from lactose intolerance, do share with your doctor the list of specific foods that cause you to feel uncomfortable. This will help your doctor to make a diagnosis sooner.

The signs and symptoms of lactose intolerance are nausea, cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhea and an exceptionally bad breath.

These symptoms occur because the body is not accepting the lactose. Usually, the symptoms will start to clear up once the lactose is removed from the body. Among the most significant symptom is the occurrence of very foul breath. It can be so bad that your friends around you can smell it even if they are many feet away.

Typically, people would assume that the individual is suffering from poor oral hygiene but in reality the individual is suffering from lactose intolerance.

The lactose when ingested by lactose intolerant individuals results in gastric symptoms mentioned above and the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract acts upon the lactose rich foods and results in fermentation that produces foul smelling gas. This gas unfortunately is exhaled out through the lungs and that is how bad breath and lactose intolerance are connected.

The connection between lactose intolerance and halitosis can be further confirmed through a hydrogen breath test. Normally there is a very little amount of hydrogen present in the breath but in a lactose intolerant individual who has ingested lactose rich foods, the hydrogen content is going to be much higher than the normal. This shows that the lactose is not broken down properly.

After you have understood the connection between bad breath and lactose intolerance, you may be wondering how did you become lactose intolerant in the first place. That answer lies in your genes. Lactose intolerance can also occur with the advancing age. So if you find out that you are having halitosis and unable to find any apparent cause to it, then you must look into lactose intolerance as this might be the culprit causing this problem.

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9 Great Tips On How To Combat Bad Breath

Susan Jan asked:

Millions of people all over the world suffer from bad breath or halitosis. Bad breath can badly affect your social life, your career prospects and even your self-esteem.

The main cause usually stems from poor dental hygiene, and also from bacteria that comes from left over food particles in the mouth. Strong smelling foods or items such as garlic and onion, alcohol and smoking, also contribute to bad breath.

Conventional remedies for halitosis include:

Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Make sure to also brush the gums, the tongue, roof of the mouth, and inside of the cheeks. After you eat, make sure to rinse out left over food particles in your mouth. Avoid strong smelling items such as coffee, alcohol or smoking.

Other than these common remedies, natural remedies such as a well balanced diet also helps, as a healthy digestive system reduces the level of odor-causing bacteria in your body:

Gum disease causes bad breath. Taking vitamin C helps protect and heal your gums from damage and disease. Vitamin C is plentiful in strawberry, cabbage, orange, red pepper and kiwi fruit. Eating food rich in acidophilus such as yogurt helps to balance the bacteria in the intestine to a healthy level and thus reduce halitosis. Eating food that fights plague build-up also helps fight foul breath, such as cheese, peanut, celery and carrot. Eating less meat and more fiber such as vegetables and fruits help temporarily mask bad breath. Snack on fresh raw vegetables and fruits such as parsley, celery, carrot apple and pear. Parsley is effective because it contains chlorophyll, a chemical found in plants that is considered to be a natural breath freshener. Eat food rich in fiber to fight constipation. Your body absorbs a large amount of bacteria from a meat-laden diet. Fiber helps promote regular bowel movements that remove these toxins from your body that cause bad smelling breath. Food rich in fiber include pea, dried bean, brown rice, prune, fig, and wheat product. Drink a lot of liquids, at least eight cups of water each day, to keep your mouth hydrated, as saliva is a natural antibacterial and helps flush down food particles in your mouth.

Thus, maintaining a balanced diet is an effective way to ensure good bodily health, helps eliminate bad breath and keeps your breath smelling sweet.

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