Nothing could be more humiliating than trying to snuggle a loved one while implicitly welcomed with repulsion. Have you ever anticipated to hear a gist from someone but later feels like collapsing under the breath-taking stench as the chit chat breaks open?
Since this is a socially unacceptable condition common in our relationship with people, attention needs to be drawn towards the pungence.
Bad breath also known as halitosis is a foul odour that is let loose from the mouth. This should not be seen as a medical condition with a mysterious origin. Bad breath is caused by certain sulphur-induced bacterial that grow in the mouth. These bacterial break down any food left in the mouth, mostly the one stuck to the teeth. When this is left unchecked, the mouth begins to smell bad.
Other causes may include dry mouth, infections like suppurative lung diseases eg lung abscess and other intestinal disorders.
WAYS TO SAFEGUARD THE MOUTH FROM BAD BREATH
- Always drink much water and swish it around your mouth to help sluice down the bacterial and the little remains of food left in the mouth.
- Brush with the tongue being scrapped at least twice in a day, preferably morning and night.
- Say “no” to smoking and tobacco products
- Stay away from sugary candy or gum.
- If you are on dentures (artificial teeth), remove and clean them every night to prevent the bacterial buildup.
In the case of a perpetual odour when all the measures written above are not helping matter, consult medical practitioners.
He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
Yomi Adeyemo is an educationist whose passion lies in enlightening the society- making the unknown known. His hobbies are reading, writing and being around people.