One of the reasons you may be visiting your Yokine dentist during the winter could be bad breath. Saliva is essential in moistening the mouth and fighting microorganisms. Unfortunately, dry mouth is quite prevalent during the cold months as breathing in the cold air takes away the moisture which allows microbes to multiply. These release odorous compounds resulting in bad breath. Sinus infections from the cold weather also release mucus down the throat which emits a foul smell. Below are seven tips on how to treat bad breath during winter.
1. Floss and Brush
When you keep your mouth clean, you remove food trapped in your mouth and gum line. As a result, there is no room for the bacteria to feed and breed. Be more vigilant in the winter and brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal to ensure that no food particles linger.
2. Scrape the Tongue
The tongue hosts dead cells, debris, bacteria and the byproducts of their digestion. It is, therefore, a potential source of a foul smell. Cleaning your tongue helps to fight the bad breath. You may use your toothbrush or a tongue cleaner to scrape unwanted material off your tongue.
3. Drink Water
During the winter, the mouth runs dry easily. Since saliva production is limited, more bacteria grows to cause bad breath. Saliva is a natural antibacterial agent and will easily discourage their growth so there are fewer chances of halitosis. To keep it flowing, drink plenty of water. Other ways to stimulate saliva production include chewing gum and sucking on a mint.
4. Sip on Green Tea
Green tea has antibacterial components to help fight microorganisms in the mouth. You can add a cinnamon stick to the tea as it helps to fight bad odour too and keep sipping throughout the day.
5. Keep Munching
Eating raw vegetables and crunchy fruits such as apples, carrots and celery can also help. They help clean your mouth and stimulate the production of saliva. Chewing on an orange or lemon rind stimulates the salivary glands in addition to giving your mouth a burst of refreshing flavour. The chlorophyll in basil, cilantro and mint effectively fights rancid breath so munching on them will help.
6. Stop Smoking
Smoking releases chemicals in the mouth in addition to causing other oral problems such as infections, plaque buildup and drying the mouth out. These encourage the proliferation of bacteria which results in halitosis. To avoid this, cut down the use of tobacco during the winter and strive to quit the habit forever.
7. Keep your Oral Appliances Clean
Dental devices tend to accumulate buildup from foods. This creates a conducive environment for the breeding of bacteria. Keep your appliances clean after every meal to fight bad breath.
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