Halitosis, also knownas bad breath, is defined as the set of unpleasant odors that are emitted bythe mouth. It is a problem that affects one in two people.
It is considered a social problem related to poor oral hygiene or diseases of the oral cavity, although sometimes it can be a manifestation of some other pathology.
HOW TO AVOID BAD BREATH
Somesimple steps significantly improve cases of bad breath, most of them caused byoral problems. Check out the daily steps that will help you keep your breathfresher.
CARE OF ORAL HYGIENE
Toprevent bad breath, first you must treat its causes, especially when it comesto daily hygiene:
–Brush your teeth after every meal.
– Usedental floss.
– Usea daily mouthwash. Many bacteria are fought by brushing the back of the tongue,where the taste buds, inner cheeks and palate are best seen. Using a mouthwashas part of your daily routine will help eliminate many of the bacteria thatcause bad breath, even where a toothbrush can’t reach.
THEROLE OF SALIVA IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BAD BREATH
Saliva helps to eliminate bad smells from the mouth. Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, and fiber-rich foods, such as some vegetables, stimulate saliva production. Chewing sugarless mint-flavored gum or sucking on candy can mask bad smells by its taste and stimulate saliva production. However, once you get rid of them, the bad breath will return.
Bad breath can be reduced by limiting the elements that cause reduced salivary flow and dry the mouth:
– Breathe through the nose and not just the mouth
At a general level, the treatment protocols contemplate the performance of a professional dental cleaning and oral hygiene instructions ranging from a correct brushing and interproximal cleaning, to a complete cleaning of the tongue (with a lingual cleaner accompanied by a mouthwash performing gargle to reach the back of the lingual dorsum).
MamenAyora (Coordinator Asisa Dental Almería)