Let's face it, bad breath is embarrassing. The good news is that for the most part (with proper dental care) bad breath, also called halitosis, can be avoided.
Maintaining good oral health is essential to reducing bad breath, as bacteria that builds up on the back of your tongue or in between your teeth is the main culprit.
Bad breath can be caused by foods, smoking, dry mouth, medical conditions, gum disease and sinus conditions.
If your halitosis hangs on for more than 24 hours without an obvious cause, call your dentist or doctor. It can be a sign of gum disease, gastrointestinal problems, sinus infection, bronchitis or even more serious diseases such as diabetes, liver or kidney failure, and cancer. Bad breath can also be a sign of dehydration or zinc deficiency.
The best approach is to get rid of it once and for all:
1. Clean your mouth thoroughly and regularly to get rid of bacteria and decaying food particles. Clean your tongue too and floss where chunks of food may hide and later stick to your gums and teeth.
2. Keep your mouth moisturized. A dry mouth tends to become stinky. Saliva physically washes bacteria and food particles away and also has antiseptic and enzymes that kill bacteria,
If you have to meet your partner, chew sugar-less
The chances of HIV being transmitted depends on the type of contact. HIV is most easily transmitted through unprotected sex.
Oral sex has been shown to be less risky than that, but it is not risk-free.
It is also possible to get other sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis, herpes and gonorrhea through oral sex.
Studies on risk of oral sex
Even though oral sex is a lower-risk activity, there are people who have reportedly become infected with HIV t\in this way.
Several studies have tried to determine the exact level of risk of oral sex, but it is difficult to get accurate information. Since oral sex is not the only sexual activity for most people, it is also difficult to single out oral sex as the definite way HIV was transmitted.
Because of that, different studies have reported different levels of risk ranging from less than 1% to about 8%.
The take home message of these studies is that oral sex carries a small, but real risk.
Tips for safer oral sex
Oral sex is more risky, if you or your partner have an un-treated STD, bad oral hygiene (bleeding gums, ulcers, gum disease), or ejaculate in the mouth. But there are things you can do to reduce the risk associated with oral sex.
• Don't do it if you or your partner has mouth
Taking an active role in your child's life can make a huge difference in his/her future school performance and boost their confidence and self-esteem. Parents are socially obliged to give their children as many opportunities to be successful as possible. The easiest way to do this nurturing is by spending as much time as possible with your child. Parents need to be there to be as witnesses to their children's lives. That means creating good times, but more importantly, it means being there when things are tough. It means being an active participant in your child's everyday struggles.
Have your children engage in extracurricular activities. They are beneficial for children and teenagers equally. They help kids discover their physical, creative, and social prospective. They also allow kids to find out where their career or political interests may lie. Some activities, such as volunteer work, allow kids to experience how their time and effort benefits others in need.
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