Health Talk: Halitosis (Mouth Odor).

Halitosis may sound strange but I am sure you have seen or experienced it at least once in your life. In case you are still doubting me, let me paint a picture and get my point firmly across;
Imagine this, being in a public vehicle, moving from one place to another and someone suddenly speaks and everyone quickly turns away because of the very offensive odor coming out of that person’s mouth. That either rings a bell or is very painful to imagine. Well, the condition this person has is called halitosis, commonly known as mouth odor.
This condition is very discouraging and off-putting and would most likely close doors than open them for the person that has it. It is important to understand that no one was born with it, so it must have been gained over time, and so can be treated.
Studies have shown that halitosis most of the time is not a serious medical condition but usually as a result of poor hygiene practices. Below are some things that you are doing that may cause or be worsening this condition
1)      Not brushing properly
Doing this right is one of the simplest ways to maintain mouth hygiene. Brushing should be done at least twice daily and especially with a good tooth brush and ideal toothpaste. A good toothbrush should have its bristles (hair) intact and not off colored. Changing your toothbrush at least once every 3 months is also ideal. It is also better to use a moderate textured toothbrush. If you have sensitive teeth, then you should use a toothpaste that works for such e.g. Sensodyne.
It is important to rinse the mouth properly and brush the teeth especially after eating something that has a strong smell e.g. garlic and onions. For those who already have halitosis, it is preferable to avoid them altogether.
2)      Being dehydrated
There is a direct link between dehydration and halitosis. When we don’t drink water and our mouth becomes dry, mouth bacteria can multiply and will produce a bad odor.
So, always ensure you drink just enough water and not allow yourself to get dehydrated.
3)      Not using a mouthwash
If you already have this condition, then just brushing and being hydrated may not be enough. You would also need to use a mouthwash, once or twice daily. Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash works well for halitosis because most mouthwashes contain antibacterial or antiseptic that can act against mouth bacteria.


If you have followed through these tips but realized that your halitosis is not improving, then you should complain to a registered doctor who would advise you on what next to do.

Overall, always stay healthy and maintain good mouth hygiene. Till we meet again, enjoy.

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