Everyone wants to have pleasant breath. The mouth is the main source of bad breath, so a healthy mouth reduces the number one source of odor. Two of the main causes of bad breath are:
The Tongue – As bacteria accumulates on top of the tongue, bad breath becomes a problem. This is mainly due to the sulfur compounds produced by the bacteria. This process can be emphasized by low carb/high protein diets, although it may not make a significant difference. Cleaning the top of the tongue with a tongue scraper (or, at very least your toothbrush) helps keep the bacteria count low, thus helping to eliminate bad breath.
Gum Disease – The bacteria created by gum disease cause a distinctive odor. Depending on the severity, there are several options available that can cure gum .
Tips for Good Breath:
- Brush, floss and clean the tongue – Oral hygiene is extremely important.
- Drink a lot of water – Dehydration limits the amount of saliva in the mouth and saliva helps to remove food particles and bacteria.
- Eat the parsley on the dinner plate – Parsley increases saliva.
- Chew gum with Xylitol sweetener – Chewing gum increase saliva and this particular sweetener t discourages the growth of bad bacteria.
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