New Year's Resolution: No Bad Breath!
Posted: January 4, 2010
Happy new year everyone! Since we all want a fresh start with the new year, why not also start with fresh breath? In order to combat bad breath, we need to know what causes it in the first place. Anaerobic bacteria exists in the biofilm that is formed on the tongue, and these bacteria break down proteins in food, resulting in the production of offensive smells due to gases like hydrogen sulphide and skatol. Here are some tips to help avoid halitosis this new year: 1) Proper oral hygiene. One should gargle with lukewarm water after eating, even if it's just a snack. Brushing should be done 2-3 times a day, and you should also use floss and a tongue scraper. Make sure to add alcohol-free and oxygenating TheraBreath formulas to your daily regimen. 2) Proper brushing techniques. Avoid brushing too vigorously, as this does damage to the gums. Excessive brushing can damage tooth enamel. Try to brush the upper teeth in a downward direction, and the lower teeth in a upward direction. 3) Tooth picks 4) Food habits. Some foods that people eat are certainly smellier than others. Sometimes they say "an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but a raw onion a day keeps everybody away." Also, try to maintain regularity in food timing. 5) Water intake. Keep hydrated to maintain a stable level of saliva. Don't forget to look at preventive techniques: 1) Remove the underlying cause. Get checked out for general and systemic diseases like diabetes, fevers, liver diseases, etc. If you have an infection, antibiotics, antifungal and antiviral medicines can help. You may even want to try saliva-producing lozenges. 2) Get regular dental checkups and cleanings. If you have cavities, make sure they get treated. 3) Tonsillectomies can help if you have recurrent tonsilitis.