Bad breath can originate from either your mouth or from your stomach, and these two sources need to be treated in different ways.
Clean Your Teeth
Poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can the underlying causes of oral odour. You need to brush at least twice a day and on top of this either floss or use interdental brushes to clear out any food or plaque that may be lodged or starting to build up between your teeth. Also remember to visit a dental hygienist at least once a year for a thorough clean.
Clean Your Tongue
Your tongue is a very bumpy surface, so food and bacterial waste can accumulate between the bumps and, within just a few hours, can coat your tongue and start to give off a bad odour. The best way to remove this is by stroking a soft bristled brush from the back of your tongue to the front several times a day.
Quit the Sugar
Sugary mints or gum might mask halitosis for a short time, but the sugar will eventually add to the problem.
The enzymes in saliva help to kill off and remove many of the unwanted bacteria which build up in your mouth. If your mouth is dry due to low amounts of saliva then there are fewer of these enzymes around. It is recommended to drink eight glasses of water a day, this should optimally hydrate your body and provide plenty of the main ingredient for saliva production.
According to research, drinking tea can help control halitosis. Polyphenols are found in black and green tea and can help control bacterial growth in the mouth.
Cardamom contains a high level of the compound cineole, which is known to be a useful antiseptic that kills bacteria. Fennel is also known to overcome bad breath, so rather than reaching for the mints, try some cardamom or fennel seeds.
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If you have tried all the above and are still suffering from bad breath then have a check-up, as it could be an indication of an underlying medical condition.