4 simple ways to cure mouth odor

Mouth odor is an offensive smell caused by bacteria; this is sulfur producing bacteria that breeds beneath the surface of the tongue and often in the throat and tonsil area. These bacteria are called anaerobic. They assist in digestion by breaking down proteins into amino acids, and in the process they excrete waste product which can be odorous and bad tasting compounds that cause bad breath.
One should note that this condition is an easy one to solve, and nothing to worry about. This is how you can get rid of mouth odor.

1. Stimulate your salivary flow
A dry mouth gives the perfect environment for the group of anaerobic bacteria that causes mouth odor.
Don’t allow your mouth to dry. This you can do by chewing gum, lozenges or mints that are sugar free. You can also drink water from time to time throughout the day, to keep your mouth wet and not dry.
2. Good dental hygiene
Brush your teeth at least three times a day: morning, afternoon and night. It is very important you don’t neglect to brush your teeth at night because while you sleep little or no saliva is being produced. Brushing your mouth before you sleep will help remove any food and plaque in your mouth that the anaerobic bacteria can feed on while you are asleep.  Dental flosses can also be used after meals, especially after meals that contain onion and garlic, dairy foods, meat, fish, refined and processed sugars, coffee and juices, and heavily processed foods that contain refined carbohydrates like cookies, cakes, sweets and ice cream which provide the ideal breeding environment for these bacteria.

3. Eat fibrous fruits and vegetables

Remember the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Eating fibrous fruits and vegetables like apples, bananas, oranges, potatoes etc., help moisten the mouth and remove the bacteria in the mouth, thus helping you get rid of mouth odor.

4. Clean your tongue
Over time, there is a coating that forms on your tongue that becomes the host for many smelly bacteria. It is thus important for you to remember to gently brush your tongue while brushing your teeth; this should include the back of the tongue, with toothbrush.

By Dr. CJ