The classic example. Just when you meet that one person you’ve been trying to impress. You open your mouth and suddenly words fail you ‘coz your breath went ahead of you and stole the show….in a bad way of course. Oh you think you’ve never been there? Still trying to figure out why he didn’t ask you on a second date?
Research says 99% of people suffer Halitosis at one time or the other. Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. We’ve been made to believe it’s a severe ailment that happens to a few. In the actual sense, it happens to more people than you’d think and can easily be treated. It can be tricky to know if you have a bad breath because you get used to your own smell but outsiders seem to spot it at the first “hello, eeez me!”, making them say “hello, from the other side“?because they are trying to be polite. Only close family members and real friends can muster up courage and say “Oh boy/geh, your mouth de smell”.
A quick test to know if you have a bad breath, is licking the inside part of your wrist. Let it dry, then sniff it. If it smells awful, then you sure have a bad breath.
Causes of Bad breath
The main source of bad breath is the haboring of a set of bacteria called gram-negative anaerobes, which reduce to cause that horrible sulphur-like smell. They hide under your gum, between your teeth, in cavities and in tiny spaces on your tongue. The mouth’s natural state is moist with the help of saliva but as soon as it gets dried up, that peculiar smell spun up by this microbes, comes out. Here are some causes and types of Bad Breath (Halitosis)
Morning Bad breath:Most people have some degree of bad breath after a night’s sleep. This is normal and occurs because the mouth tends to get dry and stale overnight. This usually clears when the flow of saliva increases soon after starting to eat breakfast.
Food and Medicine: There are some food taken into the body that give off chemicals through the lungs and skin pores. It’s mostly spicy foods. Garlic is one obvious spice that gives off offensive smell. Alcohol beverages also enhance bad breath because it dries up the oral cavity. Mouthwashes with alcohol would temporarily mask the smell but even make it worse afterward. It can be a side effect of using tricyclic antidepressants.
Crash Diet: When you are extremely hungry, fasting or on a Ketogenic diet. Chances are you give off a fruity- acetone smell (That it’s fruity doesn’t mean it’s nice). This is because your body is using up a lot of ketones. Read a detailed article about ketogenic lifestyle in my previous post.
Ailments: Some ailments cause dryness in the oral cavity. It could be a symptom of some diseases such as Sjögren’s syndrome. Sjogren’s (SHOW-grins) syndrome is a disorder of your immune system identified by its two most common symptoms — dry eyes and a dry mouth.
- Alcohol-Free Mouth wash or Mouth spray: Remember, a Mouthwash with alcohol would only make it worse. Go for a Mouthwash with oxidants. Carefully check labels.
- Fresh breath from the garden: Mint leaves, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Apple cider and green guava have been proven to help with fresh breath.
- Sugar-free Chewing Gums and Xylitols: Chewing Gums help in producing saliva to keep the mouth moist but anything with sugar would enhance bad breath. So sugar-free chewing gums and xylitols (chewing gums that have very low sugar but taste sweet because of their sugar alcohol content) are the best in this category. These reduce the possibilities of cavities.
- Personal Hygiene: Tongue cleaning with a toothbrush or a specific tongue scraper would help keep it germ free. Change your toothbrush at least every three months, especially after treating an infection. Above all, don’t forget to brush twice a day.
- An appointment with your Dentist: Most of us are guilty of this. We only visit the Dentist to get a filling or a root canal done. Regular appointment with your dentist would save you a lot of mouth hassle.
After taking all these measures and you don’t see results, go and
ask your village juju what the problem is see a doctor to examine you and find the cause. Anyone can be caught off guard with a bad breath so to avoid ‘stories that touch’, always be prepared. So the next time you say “Haaaa”, say “Harllerluryar!”
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