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Reasons for bad breath and how to fix it

Bad breath is very common, due to many different causes. People with this condition can often self-treat.

According to the American Dental Association, at least 50% of Americans have experienced bad breath.

How to treat bad breath yourself

The best way to make sure you don’t have bad breath is to keep your teeth, tongue, and oral cavity clean.

Things to do

Gently brush teeth and gums at least twice a day. Each such cleaning lasts for 2 minutes.

– Use toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride in contact with saliva and tooth surfaces produces the mineral fluoroapatite that prevents tooth decay. In addition, you can increase your intake of some foods rich in fluoride such as fish, poultry, lettuce, spinach …

– Clean your tongue once a day with a tongue scraper.

Clean between your teeth with an interdental brush or floss at least once a day.

– Regular dental check-ups.

– For the elderly, keep dentures clean and remove at night.

Use sugar-free mints or gum after eating foods and drinks with strong odors.

– Use mouthwash or antibacterial toothpaste.

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Things not to do

– Smoke

– Rinse your mouth with water immediately after brushing your teeth

– Consuming a lot of sugary foods and drinks

Brushing too hard can cause bleeding gums or tongue.

Causes of bad breath

– Poor oral hygiene. Bacteria grow in food particles that are still stuck in the teeth. The combination of bacteria and decaying food creates an unpleasant odor. People who wear dentures who do not clean regularly every night will also have bad breath.

– Consume foods and drinks with strong or spicy odors.

Have gum problems such as gum disease, tooth decay or infection.

Cigarettes or cigars create odors and dry out your mouth, making your breath worse. Bad breath can be caused by sinus diseases, chronic bronchitis, respiratory infections, tonsil stones.

Some dangerous diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease also cause bad breath. If you have kidney or liver failure, your breath will smell like fishy, ​​and if you have diabetes, your breath will smell like spoiled fruit.

When you need to see a doctor

– Bad breath does not go away after self-treatment for several weeks

– Painful, bleeding or swollen gums

– Painful or loose teeth

– Denture problem.

An Yen (According to NHS, Healthline)

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