Bad breadth has a lot to do with oral hygiene. Here are tips to get a fix on it
By India Today Bureau: Bad breath is a common mouth problem and caused by various factors. We discuss a few here and suggest what to do:
Brush and floss more often: Plaque, the sticky build-up on your teeth, collects bacteria that cause bad breath. Trapped food also adds to the problem. That’s why night brushing is more important than brushing in the morning.
Rinse your mouth out: Besides freshening your breath, a mouthwash adds extra protection by getting rid of bacteria.
Scrape your tongue: The coating that normally forms on your tongue can be a host for smelly bacteria. To get rid of them, gently brush your tongue with your toothbrush.
Kick the tobacco habit: Besides causing cancer, smoking can damage your gums, stain your teeth and give you bad breath.
Get proper cleaning of teeth every six months: For optimum oral hygiene, get your teeth cleaned by a dentist periodically. Also, besides dental issues, various other factors may cause bad breath, such as gastric reflux, diabetes, etc. A consultation with a physician is recommended after clearance from your dentist.
—The writer is an orthodontist and implantologist