*Strolls casually onto service lane and clears throat*
Ehn, I have been away and back.
And while I am away, I haff see people and know plenty people. And I haff notice that with the people am meeting in the market or in the streets or u know *adjust buba* when I’m going for some owambe things am notice something that is very worrying.
You see, it is a mouth odor something. *Olorun o ti su mi* it is like everybody is carrying a mouth odor. How manage I don’t know!
But one thing which I know is that, see ehn, many of the people that haff this situation, are not knowing they haff it.
So that haff made me think and take my time to research, and then haff ask my dentistry friend some questions…*yes ke, me OmoAlata haff a friend doctor.* Dr B, I see you.
You see ehn, Dr B speak plenty oyinbo. He haff say that ‘everyone has bad breath when we wake up in the morning and that bad breath is often caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth which causes inflammation and gives off noxious odors or gases that smell like sulfur or worse ( be like spoilt beans and rotten boiled egg mixed together eeeewww)
He say ehn that “most times, the best way to find out is to ask a trusted friend or your significant other “Does my breath smell?”. You can also find out by licking your wrist and waiting 30seconds then smelling the saliva left on the wrist *do it now and see* or smell your dental floss after you use it.”
WHAT CAUSES BAD BREATH?
My Dr, haff say that “cavities or gum disease can lead to bad breath, trapped food particles in cracked fillings and unclean dentures (false teeth) are also culprits. Some medical conditions like diabetes, liver disease, sinus infections etc can also cause your breath to go off mark. Smokers too should beware because your breath can start to smell like rotten egg….*Dr B he haff say so o, so don’t look my face, uche!!!*
You’ll want to see your doctor (Dr B) to rule out any underlying medical conditions if you suffer from bad breath.
See your Dentist, Brush your Teeth
My Doki advise say “good oral hygiene is part of the key to fighting bad breath. Ideally, you should brush and floss after every meal to help reduce the odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Some mouthwashes or mouth rinses can help prevent cavities and reduce bacteria-causing plaque and fight bad breath. Stick to an antiseptic or antibacterial rinse that kills bacteria, rather than the cosmetic rinse that just focuses on masking the bad breath”. *you hear*
Watch What You Eat
Dr B haff continue o. He say “what you eat affects what you exhale. That’s because as food is digested, it’s absorbed into your bloodstream and then is expelled by your lungs when you breathe.” So “eat a healthy, balanced diet and regular meals. Extreme fasting and very low-carb diets — can give you bad/smelly breath.” He come say, “You should avoid breath busters such as garlic, onions, and some other spicy foods. Chronic garlic users do not only have chronic bad breath, they also often have body odor.”
OTHER WAYS TO FIXING BAD BREATH
- Stay hydrated
If you can’t brush your teeth after a meal, drinking a lot of water can help speed up the process of cleaning harmful bacteria and debris from between your teeth. Drinking milk can even help deodorize some offensive breath odors. Try avoiding sugary drinks though.
- Don’t drink too much coffee
It may be tasty, but coffee is a tough smell to get off the back of your tongue. So if you are heavy user of coffee, like me, try brushing regularly and drinking water after every cup or mug…. Just rinse, the mouth and tongue afterwards.
- Don’t smoke
Cigarettes, pipes, cigar, or snuff can mess up your breath.
- Reduce alcohol intake
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. Try and drink water or milk after wards to rinse off the strong smell of alcohol.
- Be careful with breath mints
Mints are OK for a quick fix but only mask the offensive smell and do nothing to remove harmful bad bacteria. If you are tempted to pick up a mint as you leave white house sabo, or any-other buka, cafeteria, or canteen, Don’t. The sugar will only sit on your teeth and make the problem worse. *covers face* I always dey do am after I haff eat Amala, or fufu.
So if you think you don’t have bad breath, eyan, don’t ignore these warning… *watch your side* it just might be around the corner… *tongue out*
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A big shout out to my DR B….olenu pa…*triple tuale*