THE GENERAL GUIDELINES OF TAKING CARE OF THE TEETH AND MOUTH TO AVOID HALITOSIS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- Wash your mouth with water after every meal and especially after chewing or eating snacks.
- Always use recommended toothbrushes and mouth washes or toothpastes for washing your mouth or teeth.
- Change your toothbrush regularly at least every 3 months for a healthier tooth.
- It is advisable to wash and brush your teeth after eating in the morning and before going to bed. This will remove food particles that are embedded within the teeth, and thus deprive the microorganisms in the mouth of materials to metabolize. The activities of microbes on food particles in the mouth especially those that are embedded in the gum of the teeth and elsewhere in the mouth contribute significantly to halitosis.
- Always clean the back of your tongue with a plastic tongue cleaner. This should be done softly to avoid any damage to the tongue. Alternatively, use the toothbrush to scrub or wash the tongue effectively because majority of the smell in the mouth comes from there.
- Eat good food especially good breakfast in the morning before going out for work or the day’s activities. This will help saliva to flow appropriately in the mouth and thus avoid saliva accumulation – which contribute to bad breath.
- Avoid food that contains too much sugar (such as chocolates and sweets) or sticky food that can easily damage your tooth.
- Using of mouthwashes before going to bed and even when leaving the house helps to prevent the upsurge of microbes and odour that usually buildup in the mouth while sleeping.
- You can as well ask your closest friend or family member, parent or sibling to observe and check the intensity of your breath – to know if it’s bad or tolerable. This will help you to take the necessary precautions in avoiding halitosis or treating a bad breath.
- Some food or food products such as garlic, coffee and onions naturally contribute to halitosis when eaten. It is therefore necessary to ensure regular washing of the mouth with toothpaste or mouthwashes after eating such foods with malodourous potential.
- Regular visits to your dentist for checkups will go a long way in containing your bad breath (i.e., if you have one) and also help to prevent likely dental infections that may arise in the future.
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