Here are some quick tips on how to check yourself for bad breath
There is a Swahili proverb ‘ nyani haoni kundule, huliona la mwengine’ meaning you may be un aware of your bad traits but easily see someone else’s bad trait. In the same way you may not be aware that your breath is stale or foul smelling but quickly know when someone has bad breath.
I will give you some tips on how to check on your breath, before others do:
First Aid for Bad Breath:
- Lick the back of your wrist let it dry for 2 minutes and then sniff the area after a few moments. If you notice a bad smell you can be sure it is what others smell.
- Use a teaspoon or better still a tongue scraper. Scrape the very back your tongue wait 2 minutes then smell the spoon if it smells bad you have bad breath.
Chew sugar free gum. This ensures a constant production of saliva which in turn ensures cleansing of the mouth and fresh breath.
But you don't have to have bad breath, with good oral hygiene and frequent trips to the dentist, your oral hygiene should be enviable.
How to floss teeth
The first step to proper teeth care is flossing. Dental floss
is made of a bundle of thin fibres usually plastic or nylon. The work of dental floss is to clean dirt between the teeth as well as remove dirt from the gum line. It works where the toothbrush will find it hard to clean.
Here are the steps in flossing:
How to correctly brush teeth
- Get about sizeable amount of dental floss and twist it around each middle finger leaving a small piece of floss in between the finger. Ensure this small piece of floss is tight.
- Using your thumbs and index fingers gently slide this piece of tight floss into the space between the teeth.
- Slide the floss gently up and down between the teeth. Gently move it to the bottom of the tooth and clean below the gum line. Use of force can lead to pain and bleeding. Be gentle
- Once you are satisfied you have cleaned that area, gently remove the floss using the same up and down motion until it comes out.
- Then move onto the next space using a fresh piece of floss after adjusting the floss.
- Once you are through, rinse your mouth and prepare to brush your teeth.
After flossing, moisten your toothbrush with water and apply a thin strip of toothpaste. Always use a soft bristled tooth brush as hard bristled tooth brushes damage your gums. Damaged gums can cause your gums to have problems like shrinking. Always choose toothpaste that contains fluoride. Proper brushing
takes at least two minutes
Here are the steps for proper brushing:
The upper teeth should be cleaned first followed by the lower teeth. Start on your outer surface of the teeth on the left side and work in a clockwise direction towards the right. Use a short circular motion when brushing.
After this, repeat the above steps for the inside surface of the upper and lower teeth
After 20 seconds, roll the brush and sweep the biting surface of the teeth, removing the food and plaque. Start from the upper back teeth move towards the right side. Repeat the same move on the lower teeth. Use a short circular motion when brushing.
For the gum, direct the tip of the toothbrush toward the gum line. For two to three times, flick the bristles up, away from the gum line in a gentle sweeping motion.
Last but definitely not least, brush your tongue and the inside of your cheeks, using gentle circular motions.
Finish by rinsing with either water or your choice of mouthwash.