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Treating Bad Breath

Treating Bad Breath

Do people turn away when you talk to them? Or are you surrounded with people offering you mint?
Prerna Salla
Last Updated: Dec 21, 2017
Are you really suffering from bad breath

The primary cause of bad breath (also known as halitosis in scientific terms) is a buildup of food particles in the mouth. Brushing and flossing after every meal helps as the teeth and mouth both remain clean, getting rid of bad breath.

Here are some of the tips to help you combat bad breath:

* It's best if you could visit your dentist every six months for checkups to keep your mouth free of plaque buildup.

* Watch your consumption of foods such as alcohol, coffee, dense proteins (found in dairy and meat products), garlic, onions, and sugars. These are all bad-breath contributors. As nutritious as they may be healthwise, they tend to emit odors.

* Keep a regular log of your eating habits and medications. Share the log with your dentist. Taking care of your teeth adds in as many as seven years in your life span. Bad breath can also be an indication of an infection being developed in your mouth.

* Brush your teeth and clean your tongue twice a day to remove food particles and plaque. Floss between teeth once a day, preferably in the evening, after you eat. It's best if you could brush after every meal, but just in case you cannot, make sure that you eat a good quality chewing gum, every time you've eaten something. Chewing gums will keep bad breath at bay.

* Try using a fluoride mouth rinse with antiseptic ingredients and a pleasant mint flavor. This helps to protect your teeth, and the flavor masks the odor.

* Keep mints and gum on hand (or better yet, floss) for meals that include ingredients such as garlic and onions.

* If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night, and clean them before you put them on again in the morning.

* In case symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, please contact your physician, immediately.

* Using mouthwash to gargle after brushing helps in getting rid of odor, checking plaque and also keeps your mouth clear of infections that you might attract.