Dear Aunty Lisa,

Am a man aged 34 my problem is this I have bad breath since I was 14. I tried to use mouth washes but to no avail I always brush after every meal but its not working.

My question is, Is there any remedy for this problem and since am married is it not going to affect my marriage cause I avoid kissing my wife when romancing. What shall I do to curb this?


Concerned husband

Dear concerned husband

Bad breath (also known as halitosis or mal-odour) can be embarrassing and tough on those around you. Some people don’t realize their breath could peel paint because people are afraid to tell them.

For many people, grabbing a mint or a piece of bubble gum (especially peach apricot bubble gums which emit a very pleasant smell) is their go-to solution, as it quickly masks the problem. In fact, dentist advise that you don’t even use a mint to solve a bad breath problem because sugar will only sit on your teeth and make the problem worse.

Bad breath is often caused by a build-up of bacteria in your mouth that causes inflammation and gives off noxious odours or gases that smell like sulfur – or worse. Everybody has nasty breath at some point, like when you get out of bed in the morning.

Bad breath can also be caused by some health conditions, foods and even habits. This problem is often easy to fix. What helps: Good oral hygiene, regular visits to your dentist, and ruling out any underlying conditions or other factors (such as some medications, diets, and foods) that could make your breath less than pleasant.

Regularly brushing your teeth and tongue, especially after meals, as well as flossing daily, swishing with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and getting periodic teeth cleanings are, of course, the first places to start when addressing bad breath issues.

Eat a healthy, balanced diet and regular meals. Certain diets — such as extreme fasting and very low-carb diets — can give you bad-smelling breath.

Avoid breath busters such as garlic, onions, and some other spicy foods. Chronic garlic users cannot only have chronic bad breath, they also often have body odour.

Drink lots of water! Dehydration is one of the most common causes of bad breath.

Eating more zinc-rich foods like pumpkin and gourd seeds, cacao, and organ meats, helps fight a deficiency in the mineral zinc, which helps maintain a clean, bacteria-free mouth.

Herbal teas such as stinging nettle tea helps to flush your system via dietary interventions and clear a buildup of heavy metals, yeast overgrowth, and other toxins inside the body. Don’t drink too much coffee. It may be tasty, but coffee is a tough smell to get off the back of your tongue.

Include More Raw Foods In Your Diet. Eat more carrots, celery, and apples. Crunchy fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, that are rich in fiber are also beneficial in the fight against bad breath.

You might also find a salt water gargle to be useful as this combination helps eliminate bacteria from your throat and tonsils. Himalayan Crystal salt is recommended.

Don’t smoke or use other tobacco products and cut back on alcohol. Alcohol can lead to a dry mouth. Too much beer, wine, and hard liquor can make your breath reek for up to eight to 10 hours after you finish drinking.

Chew sugarless gum. Doing so 20 minutes after a meal can help with saliva flow. Gum that’s 100{863ae21f3883e951777bdbc8607717246c41fed58c5a71d477243a35f9718ce7} xylitol-sweetened can help reduce cavities, but it’s also “kind of cooling and gives you really nice fresh breath

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