Bad breath can be embarrassing although it is easy to cure unless it is a symptom of an underlying illness. From time to time almost everybody who eats solid food suffers from bad breath. The debris of the food that we eat gets trapped in between the teeth and on the tongue. As it breaks down through enzymatic processes food gives off gases with a bad odor such as hydrogen sulphide (FC&A Medical Publishing, 2008). Tooth decay and gum diseases are causative factors for bad breath. Additionally, some foods can also cause bad breath such as spicy foods, garlic chicken, onions and liver and fish. When chemical compounds of certain foods enter your bloodstream, your lungs respond by excreting the odor. One way to avoid bad breath is to brush your teeth at least two times a day. Ideally, it is best to rinse your mouth after each meal. When brushing your teeth do not forget to brush your tongue to get rid of bacteria and foul smell. There are special tongue scrapers one can procure and utilize for this purpose. It is also necessary to floss everyday-at least once. Mouthwash is helpful for deodorizing the mouth but this is not a long-term solution. It usually works for about 10 minutes to 1 hour. Further, alcohol-based mouthwash can tamper with the natural chemical balance in your mouth and cause to dry out, which can exacerbate bad breath.

Dentures can also be a source of bacteria and bad breath. That is why it is necessary to brush them every night. Removable dentures and braces and plates should be thoroughly cleaned. It is ideal to soak them in a safe disinfectant manufactured for that purpose. Drinking a lot of water is helpful since your saliva constantly washes down everything in the mouth including that which can cause bad breath.

Scientists claim that poor oral hygiene is linked to increased risk of heart diseases including angina and heart attack as well as problems of blood vessels. According to, a Scottish research trial conducted among 11,000 participants revealed that individuals who reported that they rarely or never brushed their teeth had a higher risk of developing cardiovascular problems than their counterparts who did clean their teeth. It is not certain yet whether poor oral hygiene is causative or merely associated with these health problems. But the link is real.

Although the Bible does not specifically address oral hygiene, it is true that the preservation of the health of the people received meticulous attention in Bible times. Before interacting with the people God gave instructions to Moses to tell them to prepare themselves for the encounter: “Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai,” (Exodus 19:10, 11).

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