Articles on breath

Bad Breath & Solution

Dr. B.Srikanth, Dentist
Bad breath also know know as Halitosis, is a common problem in most of the individuals,.The main cause of this bad breath is improper oral hygiene maintenance.Reasons for bad breath: there are two factors which cause this bad breath:Local factors Systemic factors.Local factors include:Improper oral hygiene,Food lodgement/interdental food impaction.Dental caries.Faulty restorations where food lodgement occurs.Gum infections/Periodontal diseases.Healing wounds.Dentures not cleaned properly.Pericoronitis (Problem occurs with third molars/wisdom tooth.)Coatings on the tongue.Systemic factors:PharyngitisTonsillitisSinusitisDigestive system disordersSome renal (Kidney problems ex: trimethylaminuria.Diabetes patientsOther causes of halitosis (Bad breath):Excess usage of garlic,onions, tobacco,alcohol, betel etc. Halitophobia  (Pseudo-halitosis)Treatment and prevention of bad breath:Maintenance of good oral hygiene.Brushing your teeth twice a day.Change your brush minimum after 2 months.Gargling mouth with water after every meal/intake of food.Using dental floss/interdental cleaning aids along with your toothbrush.Using mouthwash prescribed by your dentist if needed.Professional cleaning of teeth if needed.Cleaning tongue properly.Drink plenty of water.Decreasing intake of garlic, onion and spicy food.Consult your physician for any systemic problems.Regular dental check up: Consult your dentist for every 6 months .So, maintain good oral hygiene and be healthy, because ORAL HEALTH IS OVERALL HEALTH.Thank you.

Do You Have Bad Breath?

Dr. Rajat Sachdeva, Dentist
People generally don’t take the ill effects of bad breath that much seriously. The side effects of bad breath aren’t severe as people think, they are worse! If people with bad breath are in a social group, they probably aren’t aware of their colleagues finding excuse to stay away from them. That bad breath can cost their job, friends, and in some cases affects their relationship.Sometimes people cannot really distinguish between bad breath as that blends with their body odor and they might adapt to that bad sense of smell. The unfortunate part is that everyone around you including your neighbor’s sense of smell isn’t adaptable to your bad breath and that’s where the main problem begins. The worst part is that the bad smell isn’t something ignorable by others and they might get uncomfortable and start keeping distance from you.Here are some tips to test your breath and evaluate how bad it is before someone else tells you that.The Tongue: Stick out your tongue and look in the mirror. If it has a white coating that means it has layers of bacteria and debris sticking to it. The tongue is rough in nature providing ideal conditions for bacteria to grow and give an irritating odor. Lick a spoon and dry it and then smell it. If it smells like sulphur then that’s your queue.The Floss: Take a strand of unwaxed dental floss between your molars and slide it gently and take it out. Give it a whiff. If it smells dead fish or rotten egg, you have a conclusion in your hand that your oral hygiene isn’t proper and the plaque is forming including bacteria between your teeth and it isn’t getting cleaned properly. The thicker the plaque, the more bad it will smell.The Saliva: This method isn't much accurate but will definitely give you some idea of extent to which you oral hygiene is compromised. Take out your inner side of your wrist and lick it. If it stinks then you know that’s not good for your impression.The Halimeter: If you want a professional advice on your bad breath then ask your dentist to detect your breath through Halimeter which measure the concentration of sulphur compounds in your mouth. Sulphur is mainly responsible for the bad breath or Halitosis and the Halimeter determines the extent to which your breath stinks.All in all bad breath is result of many bad habits or practices in daily life like smoking, or food high in sulphur. Always rinse and clean mouth after meals and make it a habit to reduce the chances of bad smell. Consult your dentist for a routine checkup and ask for methods of proper brushing techniques and maintain oral hygiene to avoid the unfavorable events because of your stinky breath!

Do You Know You Have Bad Breath? Quick Ways to Eliminate It

Dr. Shylaja.S.Prasad, Dentist
“How To Quickly & Easily Eliminate Chronic Bad Breath!”Plus 5 Questions That Reveal You May Have Bad Breath Without Even Knowing It!Have you ever been speaking with someone, only to be completely turned off by his or her terrible breath?Have you ever wondered if you were the person that had offensive breath during a conversation?If so, don’t worry. It’s very common. I think it’s fair to say that this has happened to most of us and when it does happen to you, you know you can’t wait to dodge away from the person speaking in front of you!However, there is something called chronic bad breath and to eliminate it, it takes more than just eating a few mints or chewing gum.Right now you may be thinking: I never thought I had bad breath! And perhaps you don’tBut consider this: MILLIONS of Indians that suffer from chronic bad breath don’t even know they smell bad!So if you’ve seen some signs lately, this report is just for you. It will allow you to discover if you may have bad breath and it reveals a simple step you can take to eliminate it quickly and easily!Face it, bad breath is embarrassing. Most people find it intolerable and it definitely can become a social handicap.My name is Dr. Prasad, and I’ve have the privilege of helping people eliminate chronic bad breath and halitosis practically on a daily basis.Before I explain to you EXACTLY how, and before I can help you determine if you have the kind of bad breath that sends people around you fleeing for cover,first, I want to tell you:We live, eat, drink, and sleep in our bodies day in and day out and as a result, we become acclimatized to our own bodily scents.In fact, there’s actually a medical term for this: it’s called “habituation.”Because of habituation, we are generally unable to recognize our own bodily ìsmellsî as strong or unpleasant because we are constantly exposed to them 24 hours a day, 7days a week.Think about it if people were able to smell their own scent, why would some of us walk around stinking of body odor?It’s not out of choice it’s because people who smell don’t always know they smell!That fact is we are desensitized to our own body odors because we are constantly exposed to them.And just as people can’t always tell if they have bad body odor, YOU can’t necessarily tell if you have bad breath!You can try cupping your hands over your nose to try and get a sense of how your breath smellsBut realistically, you’re going to have a very hard time trying to distinguish if your breath is pleasant or not.So to help you out, here are a few more ways you can REALLY check if you have a bad breath problem“5 Ways To Find Out If You Have chronic Bad Breath…”There are a few tricks you can use to check your own breath and evaluate whether or not you may have a mouth odor problem (also known as halitosis)Question #1: Has someone you know checked your breath and confirmed you have a problem?If not, ask someone that you feel comfortable with. In this case, it’s important to ask someone you trust. You want someone you can rely on to give you honest feedback without worrying that it will hurt your feelings.Just stand a few feet back from your friend or relative and speak at normal volume for a few minutes. Ask your test subject to let you know if they smell an offensive odor as you talk.If you are feeling a little too embarrassed to ask someone to check your breath for you, you may want to consider a different option.Question #2: Have you done the “Lick test”?Ok, before you start thinking I’m crazy here, just give me a moment to explain.If you lick the back of your arm or wrist and then let the saliva dry (it only takes a few seconds), you can then smell the spot and get a sense of what your breath smells like.The down side of this approach is that there is a lot more bacteria in your mouth than in a small sample of your saliva, which means that your breath could smell a heck of a lot worse than the spot on your wrist or arm.Also, your bad breath can be worse at certain times of the day, and depending on when you lick your wrist or arm, you might not get a clear sense of just how bad the problem is.For this reason, you may want to consider the third and most reliable methodQuestion #3: Have you noticed others notice your breath?Have you ever wondered why someone you were talking to suddenly drew back as if your words literally shot out at them? Do you sometimes see people dodge their head or squint their eyes as you speak to them? If so, this could be their way of telling you about your breath.If this has happened frequently, it’s almost a sure sign.Question #4: Do you smell your own breath when chewing gum?Contrary to what I mentioned before, there are times your breath can get to the point of smelling bad even to yourself. Many people with chronic bad breath claim their gum smells a little different. Rather than a fresh mint smell alone, it’s mixed with a little “wang”  smell that is not the usual gum scent.Your best bet is to make a Free Consultation with an experienced dentist who can test your mouth for certain kinds of foul smell-producing bacteria. That’s where I come in. I’ll explain more about bad mouth bacteria and our Free Consultation in a moment.But once it’s apparent that this bacteria is the cause of your halitosis, I can show you exactly how to eliminate embarrassing bad breath for good!“So What Could Be Making My Breath Stink So Badly?”This is one of the questions I’m most often asked by my patients, and there are several factors that may cause bad breath, that may make you smell less than pleasant to the people around you.First of all, bad breath can be caused by particularly potent foods or liquids that you ingest — onions, garlic, certain fruit juices, alcohol or carbonated soda, for example.The tobacco residue that smoking leaves behind in the mouth has also been known to cause terrible mouth odor.Halitosis can also be a symptom of internal organ conditions, like lung, liver, or kidney diseases or even blood disorders or diabetesBut don’t panic! Bad breath doesn’t necessarily mean that you have a serious health conditionBecause in the vast majority of cases, chronic bad breath is a result of dental causes like:Poor oral hygieneGingivitis or other gum diseases (also known as periodontal disease)Hidden tooth decayMouth infections or abscessesThe good news is these conditions can usually be treated eradicating bad breath forever!But there’s also some bad newsIf you have bad breath as a result of one of these conditions, and you don’t see a qualified dentist for treatment, you could be in for some serious dental problems!Why? Well, in a nutshell, the problem is bacteria.Let me explain let’s go back to the four dental causes of halitosis for a momentPoor oral hygiene… If you don’t brush your teeth and floss between them every day, you could have a build up of food particles stuck between your teeth that are slowly rotting, creating a horrible smellWorse yet, you could also be allowing plaque to accumulate around your gum line.And when plaque is left sitting on your teeth for more than 12 hours at a time, toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate your gums, causingGingivitis or other gum diseases (also known as ìperiodontalî disease)… This is the point where the plaque bacteria have made themselves at home in your mouth, and as they begin to ìsettle in.îThey begin producing toxins that irritate the gums, making them sore or tenderCreating gingivitis and other gum conditions that lead toTooth decay… and…Mouth infections or abscesses… The point where the teeth, bones, and supporting tissue begin to break down under pressure from the bacteria in your mouth.And guess what all of these bacterial conditions create??? You got it HORRIBLE SMELLING BREATH!In other words, all of these conditions create an overgrowth of bacteria in your mouth, which leads to halitosis!And this means a simple case of bad breath could be a symptom of a much more serious dental problem, one that — if left untreated — can result in tooth decay or even worse, permanent tooth loss!This is why it’s absolutely CRUCIAL that if you suspect you have bad breath, request a Free Consultation with me as soon as possible to make sure you don’t have a more serious dental condition. Ill show you how to do that in a minute.“Here Are Two Ways to Say Goodbye to Sour, Stinky, Horrible Bad Breath!”Did you know that patients spend thousands of rupees a year on an average on products that are supposed to help cure bad breath?I’m talking about mouth sprays, mouthwash, mints and chewing gum, specialty toothpastes, and moreBut if you think about it, would people keep spending their hard earned money on these kinds of products if they actually eliminated bad breath like they say they do?Of course not! And it’s proof that these over-the-counter drug store treatments just plain don’t work!Sure, your mouth may feel minty fresh while you’re using the product and you may continue to experience a minty aftertaste for an extra 15-20 minutes after thatBut in 99% of cases, you will be back to driving people away with your bad breath in no time!Why? Because mouth sprays, mouthwash, mints and chewing gum, specialty toothpastes, and products like them are all temporary solutions.So rather than using products that simply camouflage the smell of bad breath, the wisest choice you can make is to seek a more permanent solution. Go see your dentist 

3 Ways to Control Bad Breath

Dr. Pranay, Dentist
Have you ever been talking to someone and afterwards realized that your breath might have had that not so fresh feeling or smell?  Worse yet, have you ever been speaking to someone and you actually had to pull away or re-position your head so that you were at least out of direct line for the smell that was coming at you; one that is so bad you are quite certain that something died in there?Bad breath also known as halitosis effects over 80% of the populationBad breath is a big issue  which develops due to negligence.  Lets Have a look at the causes of bad breath .  The problem with most rinses is that they do little do deal with the underlying issue and many even have a ton of chemicals, alcohol and other preservatives; most mouthwashes  simply mask the problem.Fortunately there are a few tricks that you can do to ensure your breath is not only fresh, but that it also clean!  The first and foremost thing is to get your teeth cleaning/scaling done once in a year from a good dentist.There are 3 tricks that you can do to make sure that your breath is as fresh as can be.1. Rinse your mouth, and gargle  with lukewarm salt water. Gargling gets to the back of the tongue and the first part of the throat.  Try moving your head around when you gargle to make sure that you get the whole inside of your mouth and most importantly the back of the tongue.  The fats and oils from foods accumulate in the middle and back part of the tongue which is what gets stinky quickest. Mmmmmm, right? Try and rinse for a minute when possible.2. After you’ve rinsed and gargled, dip your toothbrush in the salt water brush your tongue.  Hint, you pretty much need to gag in order to get as far back as you need to.  Take breaks and build up to getting back to the back of the tongue.  Look at your tongue and make sure it is pink and clean not white and coated.3. If your regular cleaning is done additionally mouthwashes can also be used to ensure less deposit formation around your teeth.Thus reducing the bad breath and also improving your gums health   Not sure if you need it?  Do the lick and sniff test.  Lick the back of your hand and let it dry for 5 seconds.  Smell it; fresh and clean, or not so much?How do I know if I have bad breath?Not sure if you have good or bad breath?  Here’s one quick way to tell.  Take a spoon, turn it upside down, and use it to scrape the very, very back portion of your tongue (don’t be surprised if you gag).  Now, take a look at the gunk you’ve scrapped off. Is it a white color, or perhaps yellow or brown?   Go ahead and take a whiff of it, good or bad, chances are that’s the smell that is coming from your mouth.These 3 tricks may not be able to control WHAT comes out of your mouth, but at least it can help you control HOW it comes out of your mouth!If you’re suffering with bad breath, you are definitely not alone. However, you can be a part of the half of the population that has fresh breath on a daily basis by using these tips.Caution : Get your teeth cleaning done mandatory once in a year from a dentist and before using any mouthwash consult your dentist which one will suit you best.

7 Easy, Simple Steps to Prevent Bad Breath

Dr. Himani Sanwaria, Dentist
Has anyone ever told you that you your breath smells? Studies have shown that 20% of total population suffer from bad breath. It is proven that bad breath can lead to difficulties maintaining social relationships, intimacy issues and even failure in a job.The foul odour is caused by bacteria present below the gumline. The good news is dental hygienists can help clean your teeth. They cannot guarantee your life will remain free from bad timing or bad luck but they can help you to prevent one of the worst diseases- Bad Breath. You will need a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, some water and a dentist. Optional is mouthwash, sugarless candy, sugarless gum or breathmint.Step 1. Clean your teeth with toothbrush twice a day and use dental floss at least once a day to help remove odour causing bacteria and food.Step 2. Do not forget to clean the top of your tongue every time you finish tooth brushing.Step 3. If you have dentures or retainers, clean them regularly with denture cleansing agents.Step 4. Avoid the following- garlic, onions, cabbage, cheese, spicy food, alcohol and caffeine. If you do indulge in any fragrant foods, brush your teeth afterwards, drink plenty of water and be prepared to mask your breath by having some mouthwashes, sugarless gum and breath mints handy just in case.Step 5. Avoid smoking and alcohol.Step 6. Increase your water intake and chew sugarless candy especially if you feel dryness in mouth. Saliva has an important role to maintain your oral health. It helps protect your teeth by washing away food and neutralising acids caused by plaque. A reduction in saliva production is known as Xerostomia or Dry Mouth. Dry mouth also causes difficulty in speaking, chewing and swallowing. Some medications can play role in dry mouth. It’s normal to have dry mouth once in a while but may lead to problems if it persists. A dentist can suggest ways to help alleviate dry mouth. Oral rinses or artificial saliva can supplement the moisture in your mouth.Step 7. Visit your dentist every six months for cleaning and check up. Visit even sooner if you develop bad breath that doesn’t go away after you tried everything. This is because you may have some tooth or gum diseases which cause bad odour in mouth like dental decay, gingivitis, periodontitis etc.Did u know “Halitophobia” is the fear that you have bad breath? Did you know Michael Jackson’s hit song Bad suggests in the 1980’s calling something bad was actually a compliment?

Bad Breath? Take This Smell Test!

Dr. Trivikram Rao K.N, Dentist
The repercussions of bad breath aren’t as severe as you think they are. They’re worse! People avoid you; climbing the career ladder at the workplace seems like an increasingly difficult task and of course, you lose out on relationships. The sad part for you is that it’s tough to tell if you have vampire breath, because your sense of smell adapts to your own odors. Unfortunately, your neighbors sniff sense doesn’t adapt to your stinks and that’s adapt to your stinks and that’s where the problem begins. Here are some ways. to test your breath and gauge how bad it is before someone else does.The floss: Work a strand of flavor less unwaxed dental floss between your back molars and give it a whiff. If it smells like rotten eggs, you’ve got a problem on your hands. (and in your mouth!). The smell actually is from plaque, which is a thin film of microorganisms, which everybody has to some extent. But the stronger your plaque smells, the more likely it is your breath stink tooThe tongue: Stick out your tongue. If it has a thick white coating comprising debris, bacteria and food particles that favors and ideal environment for volatile sulfur compounds, your breath is probably a knockout. Rub the back of your tongue with a clean towel. Does it smell like sulfur? Bingo.The saliva: This is the least accurate method, but will do as a last resort. Lick the inside of your wrist, allow it to dry and then smell it. If it stinks, you know how your breath is or rather shouldn’t be!The halimeter: If you want to know for certain, ask your dentist to hook you up to a Halimeter, which will measure the concentration of sulfur compounds in your mouth that produces halitosis or bad breath and determine if your breath stinks.Bad breath is due to a variety of reasons; oral bacteria odoriferous foods and smoking being the key ones. Clean your mouth after every meal as a habit. See your dentist regularly; he/she will guide you in maintaining better hygiene and help you get stink.

Bad Breath - How to Get Rid of It

Swathi Ramana
Before going to solution for bad breath, let us see various causes for bad breath.CausesBad breath (Halitosis) may be because of various reasons. Most Important one is bad oral hygiene. Although halitosis has multifactorial origins, the source of 90% cases is oral cavity such as poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, tongue coat, food impaction, unclean dentures, faulty restorations, oral carcinomas, and throat infections. The other reasons are multi-factorial and may be considered as non-oral sources. Non-oral sources are generally related to systemic problems and/or medications. Several extra oral diseases, including bronchial and lung infections, kidney failure, different types of carcinomas, metabolic dysfunctions and biochemical disorders, can cause halitosis. Some medications, especially those that reduce salivary flow may also be the source of this condition. Certain foods, tobacco, alcohol, gastric causes, paranasal infections, tonsillitis also cause bad breath.Halitosis of oral origin is associated with poor oral hygiene, dental plaque, dental caries, gingivitis, stomatitis, periodontitis, tongue coating and oral carcinoma. Dry mouth might also be the cause.As a dentist, I am more concerned about halitosis of oral origin.Dental and periodontal causes of bad breath include, calculus deposits on teeth, decayed teeth, partially erupted third molars, food impaction between teeth.SolutionCalculus deposits on teeth can be removed by professional scaling by a dentist. Decayed tooth have to be restored. Partially erupted third molars have to removed if there is no room or space for eruption of that tooth. Food impaction may be because of decay between the tooth or may be because of gum infection also called as gingivitis or periodontitis. So food impaction has to be evaluated for the cause and has to be treated accordingly by dentist.Simple measures that can avoid bad breath include brushing twice daily, flossing the teeth, proper tongue cleaning, use of mouth washes, visiting dentist once in 6 months and frequent water intake.

7 Easy Things You Can Do to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Dr. Umesh Pai, Dentist
Brush and floss regularly.Plaque on your teeth, collects bacteria that cause bad breath.  Trapped food around the gums also adds to the problem.Brush your teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once. If you're concerned about your breath, do both a little more often.Don't overdo things, though. If you brush too hard you can wear down the enamel on your teeth , making them vulnerable to decay.Use Mouth rinse.Besides freshening your breath, A mouthwash adds extra protection by getting rid of odour producing bacteria. A good mouthwash used well could be the game changer. But be sure the mouthwash you choose kills the germs that cause bad breath. Don't just cover up the smell. Rinse daily with a good mouthwash and stop bad breath at its source.Scrape your tongue regularly.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. Newer brushes have tongue scrapers on the dorsum of the brushes which help in gently and effectively cleaning the tongue of its debris.Avoid foods that ruin your breath.Onions and garlic are the biggest offenders. But brushing after you eat them doesn't help.The substances that cause their bad smells make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out.The best way to stop the problem? Don't eat them, or at least avoid them before you go to work or see friends.Don't smoke.Besides causing cancer, smoking also damages your gums, stains your teeth, and gives you bad breath.Over-the-counter nicotine patches can help tame the urge. If you need a little help, make an appointment with your doctor to talk about quit-smoking programs or medications that can help you give up tobacco forever. Make up your mind. Sooner the better!!Skip after-dinner mints and chew gum instead.The bacteria in your mouth love sugar. They use it to make acid. This wears down your teeth and causes bad breath. Chew sugarless gum instead. Chewing gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth's natural defense mechanism against plaque acids, which cause tooth decay and bad breath. Prefer sugar free gums for the same.See your doctorIf your bad breath continues despite your best efforts, make an appointment with your doctor. He'll check to see if your problems are related to any underlying medical condition.

Things You Can Do for Bad Breath!

Dr. Hiren Patel, Dentist
It's easy to improve your breath and keep your teeth and gums healthy at the same time. Try these simple steps to make your mouth feel fresh and clean.1. Brush and floss more often.Plaque, the sticky buildup on your teeth, collects bacteria that cause bad breath. Trapped food also adds to the problem.Brush your teeth at least two times each day, and floss at least once. If you're concerned about your breath, do both a little more often.Don't overdo things, though. If you brush too hard you can wear down your teeth, making them vulnerable to decay.2. Rinse your mouth out.Besides freshening your breath, a mouthwash adds extra protection by getting rid of bacteria. A fresh minty taste can make you feel good. But be sure the mouthwash you choose kills the germs that cause bad breath. Don't just cover up the smell. Rinse daily with a good mouthwash and stop bad breath at its source.You can also help your breath if you swish your mouth with plain water after you eat. It can get rid of food particles that get stuck in your teeth. 3. 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.If your brush is too big to comfortably reach the back of your tongue, try a scraper. "They're designed specifically to apply even pressure across the surface of the tongue area. This removes bacteria, food debris, and dead cells that brushing alone can't take care of.4. Avoid foods that sour your breath.Onions and garlic are big offenders. But brushing after you eat them doesn't help.The substances that cause their bad smells make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out.The best way to stop the problem? Don't eat them, or at least avoid them before you go to work or see friends.5. Kick the tobacco habit.Besides causing cancer, smoking can damage your gums, stain your teeth, and give you bad breath.Over-the-counter nicotine patches can help tame the urge. If you need a little help, make an appointment with your doctor to talk about quit-smoking programs or prescription medications that can help you give up tobacco for good.6. Skip after-dinner mints and chew gum instead.The bacteria in your mouth love sugar. They use it to make acid. This wears down your teeth and causes bad breath. Chew sugarless gum instead.Gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth's natural defense mechanism against plaque acids, which cause tooth decay and bad breath.7. Keep your gums healthy.Gum disease causes bad breath. Bacteria gather in pockets at the base of teeth, which creates an odor.If you have gum disease, your dentist may suggest you see a periodontist, who specializes in treating it.8. Moisten your mouth.You can get tooth decay and bad breath if you don't make enough saliva. If your mouth is dry, drink plenty of water during the day.Chew sugarless gum or suck on sugar-free hard candy. Also try a humidifier at night to moisten the air in your house.9. See your doctor.If your bad breath continues despite your best efforts, make an appointment with your doctor. He'll check to see if your problems are related to a medical condition.

Healthy Mouths, Happy People - 7 Home Remedies for Bad Breath!

Dr. Ragini Parmar, Dentist
Halitosis is simply the official name for “bad breath.” 80 million people suffer from chronic bad breath. This can be quite embarrassing if your breath tends to be offensive every time you open your mouth to speak to someone.Several factors are attributable to bad breath - the type of food being eaten, dry mouth - also known as xerostomia, smoking or consuming tobacco products, a bad stomach or indigestion, certain medicines, a chronic lung infection and most importantly bad oral hygiene .Fun Fact: Morning breath is so bad because the saliva production in the mouth decreases drastically while we are asleep.Here are a couple of easy ways to keep bad breath at bay.7 Steps to a Happy MouthBrush Twice a DayPlaque buildup creates the perfect environment that encourages bacteria growth. This causes bad breath. Brushing after meals or at least twice a day prevents plaque buildup on teeth.Floss EverydayThe food particles that get stuck in the unreachable parts of your mouth are attended to by regular flossing. When flossing is not carried out regularly food stuck between teeth become magnets for bacterial activities which can make the mouth smell very bad.Use a Good Mouth WashMouthwash kills bacteria that cause bad breath. The cool minty taste of mouthwash can make your breath feel good and fresh too. The interesting thing is mouthwash has no actual medical use, it just helps one’s mouth smell better- which might not be such a bad thing for some people.RinseSwish water in your mouth after eating, as this dislodges food particles that get stuck in difficult places.Use a Tongue ScraperBacteria tend to gather on the tongue and need to be cleaned away regularly. Scraping the tongue not only removes bacteria but also gets rid of food debris and dead cells. Notice how much cleaner your breath smells if you clean your tongue.No Sour FoodsAs far as possible try and avoid foods that cause your breath to stink up. Onions and garlic are prime examples. The problem lies in the fact that after consuming these foods, the smell lingers on even after brushing and cleaning the mouth thoroughly.This is because foods that create the foul odor make their way to your bloodstream and travel to your lungs. So every time you breathe out, your breath smells. (Hope this solves that mystery for you.)Natural Breath FreshenersCloves, fennel seeds, and aniseed have antiseptic qualities that help fight bad breath. Sometimes you can try chewing a piece of lemon or orange rind. This not only adds a gorgeous burst of flavor in your mouth but it stimulates the salivary glands which prevent dryness of mouth thus avoiding the build-up of plaque or tartar.Please remember to wash the rinds well as they contain bacteria.Halitosis can be a symptom of poor dental and oral care or a symptom of a much more serious dental problem. If bad breath persists even after employing all the suggestions listed above, pay a visit to your dentist.