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Blow off bad breath

Regular dental check-up and cleaning of teeth can keep your 32 pearls shining and strong throughout.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 22, 2010 01:06 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo

Does the gathering of people disperse as soon as you join in? Do you always manage to get a seat, and that too, a full two seat to yourself in a metro, when practically there’s no space? But the reason sadly is not your charisma but bad breath — called, halitosis.

“Bad breath is a very common problem nowadays. A lot of children come with halitosis. There are dental as well as medical causes responsible for bad breath. Dental causes include: gingivitis, periodontitis (inflammation or swelling of the gum tissues) ill-fitting dentures, plaque, tartar and cavities,” says Payal Nayar, dentist, MAX Healthcare hospital.

Keep ‘em clean
Health experts maintain that bad breath can be cured if the patient follows a healthy dental hygiene. Bad breath due to medical reasons is temporary and cured as soon as the root problem is alleviated. “Bad breath caused due to chest infections, acute gastric, diabetes goes away when the root problem is under control. But on day-today basis people should make sure they brush their teeth twice a day, initially use mouthwash, but do not use it for a long period of time. When using floss, make sure you don’t use it aggressively. Go for cleaning of teeth after every six months,” says Vishal Gupta, Orthodontist, BL Kapur hospital.

Bust the myth
Where cleaning (scaling) of teeth can lessen bad breath to a great extent, people hesitate to opt for it, feeling that it may lead to gaps or spacing between the teeth. “Scaling doesn’t cause spacing. It is the fact that people don’t get their teeth cleaned for years and lot of plaque get deposited, and when finally it’s removed they presume that it’s because of scaling,” says Maanavv Nayyarr, endodontist, MAX Healthcare hospital.

Tips to beat bad breath
Fresh parsley, and aloe vera are effective in preventing bad breath.
Don’t use mouthwash on a daily basis.
Go for dental check-up after every six months
Use floss regularly