10 secrets for fresh breath

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How should a person’s mouth smell? Most likely, so as not to attract the attention of others, even with close contact. And what to do if bad breath comes from the mouth? The doctor answers this question for readers of Goodshapetips.

Bad breath(scientifically – halitosis) can occur in each of us after eating certain foods (onions, garlic, cabbage) and in the morning, after sleep. This is physiological halitosis. In this case, the best helper is a toothbrush.

However about 25% of the world’s population constantly suffer from pathological halitosis. Here all the tricks are used: people harass tons of chewing gum, gnaw handfuls of mint candies, the tongue and teeth are already rubbed with a brush “to the holes”, but the smell appears again and again.

How to cure halitosis?

To find out how fresh your breath is, bring your hand to your face so that it covers your mouth and nose at the same time. Take a deep breath through your mouth: what does it smell like?

If it’s hard to understand, buy a disposable paper mask at the pharmacy and give yourself a one-minute “quarantine”. The smell that you will feel under the mask is felt by others.

There are special devices breath freshness indicators with which you can evaluate the smell from the mouth on a 5-point scale. According to manufacturers, the use of such a device is not a luxury, but a sign of good taste. But, in my opinion, it is easier to ask about the smell from relatives, and even better – from a child. The kid, without resorting to diplomacy, will say everything as it is.

More complex device gas analyzer. This device determines the gas composition of exhaled air. Based on the results of the analysis, conclusions can be drawn about the causes of halitosis.

The most common causes of halitosis are:

  • poor oral hygiene,
  • gum and periodontal disease,
  • dental diseases,
  • dryness of the oral mucosa – xerostomia,
  • inflammatory diseases of the oral mucosa.

In these cases, bacteria and food debris accumulate in the mouth, which exude a fetid odor, and it is not always possible to remove them with “home” methods. That’s why treatment of halitosis should be started at the dentist. However, halitosis is not always associated with problems in the oral cavity.

In 10% of cases, the causes of bad breath are:

  • ENT diseases: runny nose, sinusitis, inflammation of the tonsils,
  • diseases of the gastrointestinal tract,
  • lung disease,
  • diseases of the endocrine system,
  • various diets, taking certain medications, smoking.

The smell of “rotten eggs” is the smell of hydrogen sulfide. Occurs when protein rots. Together with a feeling of heaviness and pain in the abdomen after eating, rumbling, nausea, belching, it can appear with gastritis with low acidity, pyloric stenosis, diverticulum of the esophagus or stomach, diaphragmatic hernia, etc.

Sometimes “rotten egg smell” from the mouth can occur with normal overeating after the holidays. In this case, quick help can be provided by taking sorbents (activated carbon, Smecta) and enzyme preparations (Mezim, Festal, Pancreatin, Creon, etc.).

Sour smell and taste in the mouth often accompanied by gastritis with high acidity, peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum, diseases of the esophagus.

Bitter smell and taste in the mouth may indicate diseases of the liver or gallbladder (hepatitis, cholelithiasis, gallbladder dyskinesia, etc.). In these cases, the tongue is often covered with a yellow coating.

Sometimes there is fecal odor from the mouth. This happens with intestinal dyskinesia, dysbacteriosis, intestinal obstruction.

The smell of acetone, rotten apples, sweet taste in the mouth happens with diseases of the pancreas, with diabetes.

Urinary odor from the mouth – in diseases of the kidneys.

Fresh breath – in 2 minutes!

If you used to be limited to just brushing your teeth twice a day, try it tonight clean your tongue. It is better to clean it with a simple teaspoon, gently removing plaque towards the tip of the tongue. The procedure is unpleasant, but effective.

By removing a significant amount of plaque from the root of the tongue, you will get rid of a huge amount of bacteria, and the next morning you will no longer feel the classic “dead cat” in your mouth.

Desirable use dental floss to clean the interdental spaces. If it is not at hand, you can resort to the old “grandmother’s” method: tear off a small piece from a clean plastic bag, pull it with your fingers like a thread, and use it to remove plaque from the interdental spaces.

Must be after meals rinse your mouth. Just do not use tea for these purposes – it quickly darkens the enamel of the teeth.

one. 1 st. a spoonful of mint leaves, strawberries, chamomile or sage can be poured with boiling water (200 ml). When the infusion has cooled, strain and rinse your mouth 3-4 times a day after meals.

2. 1 st. pour a spoonful of oak bark with a glass of boiling water, heat in a water bath for 25-30 minutes. Strain. Rinse the mouth, throat 3 times a day. A decoction of oak bark not only eliminates odor, but also strengthens the gums, cleans well the surface of the tonsils, which are often sources of infection and halitosis.

The most effective for halitosis will be alcohol free paste. Since alcohol dries the mucous membrane, which leads to an increase in odor.

It is good if the paste contains antibacterial substances: chlorine dioxide, cetylpyridone chloride etc. This will help reduce the amount of bacteria in the mouth.

Choosing a mouthwash, you need to rely on the same principles as with the paste. In addition, components that inactivate the fetid odor chemically are introduced into the composition of modern rinses. These components include: zinc compounds, chlorine dioxide and etc.

In order to quickly get rid of bad breath, many methods have been invented: aerosol mouth fresheners, lollipops, chewing gum, lozenges and others. And, although the effect of them is unstable, all these means freshens breath well at the right moment.

If nothing is at hand, you can drink strong tea and rinse your mouth and throat with clean water.

Good for getting rid of odor fresh hard apples, carrots, dill. To drown out the smell of garlic, onion or wine, you can chew parsley or celery root.

To quickly mask the smell and get rid of the bad taste in your mouth, you can chew coffee bean.

Often bad breath occurs in people whose profession is associated with the need to talk a lot. With a long conversation, the oral mucosa dries up, the amount of saliva decreases.

And saliva is the universal cleaner of our mouth. It contains bactericidal substances (lysozyme) that destroy bacteria. Saliva washes the oral cavity, dissolves the waste products of microbes, food debris. Therefore, with a lack of saliva, the smell from the mouth increases.

If you encounter this problem, try drink more often. One or two sips of water during a speech or lecture will not only freshen your breath, but also put your thoughts in order.

It is considered useful eat oatmeal porridge for breakfast: it increases saliva production.

If you don’t have a toothbrush at hand in the morning or evening, you can do without it. Gently rub your teeth and gums with your finger, treat the lingual and buccal surfaces of the gums. This not only helps to get rid of the “morning” smell, but also perfectly massages the gums.

Considered very useful wipe the gums with walnut pulp. Together with a pleasant nutty smell, you will get a complete vitamin cocktail.

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Odor from the mouth is primarily a social problem. What sociability, charm, sexuality and self-confidence can we talk about if a repulsive smell comes from the mouth ?!

However, do not despair and go to extremes: rub your tongue and tonsils to a shine, suppressing the gag reflex with all your might, look for dubious “miraculous” recipes, etc. Oral hygiene is very simple, and we have known it since childhood. You don’t have to invent anything new.

If bad breath bothers you and those around you despite your daily hygiene routine, go to the dentist. In 90% of cases, this doctor will be able to help you. If the dentist makes a verdict “healthy”, and the smell remains, you need to look for the cause inside.

In this case it’s good go for an examination to the ENT doctor. If you do not need the treatment of tonsillitis, sinusitis, rhinitis and other diseases of the ear, nose and throat, check with a therapist. Often the cause of the smell is a chronic disease to which a person has long been accustomed. So it reminds of itself in moments of exacerbation with the very bad breath.

Natalia DOLGOPOLOVA,
general practitioner

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