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Many people are extremely embarrassed about bad breath. Although it is estimated that around one in four adults suffers from it, many of those affected are not aware of the problem. The main reason is that no one points out the uncomfortable matter. Dr. Lutz Spanka, Master of Science for Implantology and Dental Surgery as well as Orthodontics at the ZahnZentrum Dr. Spanka & Kollegen in Hude knows how to identify bad breath and how it can be treated.
Triggers for bad smells
Contrary to the widespread prejudice, the main reason for the bad vapors is rarely in the stomach, but mostly in the mouth. Bad breath may be the result of eating odor-intensive foods such as onions or garlic or poor hygiene. In both cases, the person concerned can quickly remedy the situation - provided they know about it.
In addition to these rather harmless triggers, respiratory and metabolic diseases, inflammation, tumors and even poisoning sometimes lead to bad breath. False shame is dangerous in some cases.
Identify bad breath
Over time, many people no longer notice their own exhalations. As a result, the trick of breathing into your cupped hand and then smelling it usually does not cause any particular reactions. “However, the situation is different when those affected smell the dental floss used or the finger that was previously used on the back of the tooth. Such self-tests are not reliable, but they give an initial indication of whether there is bad breath, ”says Dr. Spanka. In the end, certainty creates the honest testimony of close friends or a doctor. This can be a dentist, but also an ear, nose and throat doctor or internist.
Simple tips for fresh breath
Thorough and regular dental care is the best remedy for bad breath. This also includes the use of tongue scrapers, dental floss or interdental brushes. The toothbrush should be changed at least every three months - or as soon as the bristles stick out. Toothpaste with fluoride not only strengthens the tooth enamel, but also provides fresh breath.
“Mouthwash solutions help to prevent inflammation in the mouth, but should not be used permanently. Because they can unbalance the oral flora, ”explains Dr. If you don't have the opportunity to brush your teeth on the way, you should drink water after eating. In this way, possible food residues are removed from the gaps, bacteria are washed away and the pH in the mouth is neutralized. It is also advisable to stimulate the flow of saliva using sugar-free chewing gum or chew-intensive foods such as carrots. (sb)