Prevention is always better and less expensive than cure, so develop and cultivate the right habits always.
1. Proper Oral Care: Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to get a toothbrush with soft bristles (as to not damage tooth enamel or gums) and also use fluoride toothpaste.
Brushing and flossing helps to remove any food and plaque which can be used as a fuel source by the anaerobic, sulphur-producing bacteria that are at the root of this problem.
2. Brush Your Teeth Occasionally with Baking Soda: The bacteria that cause bad breath thrive in an acidic oral environment. Brushing your teeth with baking soda helps neutralize excess acids found in the oral cavity.
3. Eat Foods Rich in Fibre: High fibre foods help prevent halitosis. Avoid or reduce your intake of heavily processed foods that contain refined carbohydrates such as cookies, cakes, sweets and ice cream.
4. Stimulate Your Salivary Flow: Prevent dry mouth with chewing gum, lozenges, or mints that are sugar free.
5. Never use Alcohol based Mouthwash: Some mouthwashes or oral rinses are effective at preventing bad breath. However, you should never use alcohol based mouthwashes because the alcohol makes the mouth very dry, which will actually make the problem worse.
6. Drink Green and Black Teas: They contain polyphenols that help eliminate sulphur compounds and reduce oral bacteria.
7. Avoid Products with Sodium Lauryl Sulphate or Alcohol: Do not use any oral hygiene products that contain sodium lauryl sulphate or alcohol because the alcohol makes the mouth very dry, one of the most common causes of bad breath.
8. Clean Your Mouth After Eating Meat, Fish or Dairy Products: Practicing consistent and thorough oral hygiene is an effective prevention tool.
9. Stop Smoking: Studies have shown that smokers are at higher risk of developing periodontal disease and dry mouth. Furthermore, people who smoke may also engage in other habits that promote this condition such as dieting, drinking alcohol, and suffering from chronic anxiety conditions that require exacerbating prescription medications.
10. Eliminate Dairy Products From Your Diet: Lactose intolerance can be an underlying cause of halitosis.
11. Take Dietary Supplements: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin B are effective at helping your body eliminate excess mucus and toxins naturally. You can also use an oral probiotic like S. salivarius K12 and M18 to balance the oral cavity and prevent an overgrowth of the odour-causing bacteria involved in halitosis.
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