Bad breath? Tips for the prevention of halitosis

May 23, 2018 3:02 pm

Halitosis is a frequent condition suffered by a large proportion of the adult population. It can affect the daily life of the sufferer, their social, emotional and professional relationships. Here we discuss how you can prevent bad breath.

What is the origin of halitosis?

In 90% of cases, halitosis comes from harmful habits such as smoking or drinking alcohol, the intake of foods such as garlic and onion, as well as the accumulation of biofilm on the tongue. Similarly, caries, periodontal disease, xerostomia, ulcers and aphthae can also have an effect. The remaining 10% of cases comes from external factors such as digestive, respiratory, systemic or nasal problems. An effective way to prevent it is to keep your oral health in good condition.

How to prevent halitosis?

  • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least 3 times a day or after each meal.
  • Undertake interproximal cleaning with the use of interdental brushes, tapes, silks or oral irrigators.
  • Use a tongue cleaner to remove any bacterial plaque which may have accumulated on the tongue.
  • Avoid smoking and drink alcohol in moderation. In addition, eat frequently as fasting can enhance bad breath.
  • Drink water between meals and eat foods such as fruits and vegetables which help stimulate saliva.
  • Limit your intake of foods such as garlic, onions and spicy ingredients.
  • Visit a dentist or dental hygienist at least once a year.

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