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Bad Breath is medically called halitosis, and can result from poor dental health habits and could be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits…
If you don’t brush and floss your teeth daily, food particles can remain in your mouth, which promotes bacterial growth between teeth, around the gums, and on the tongue. This causes bad breath. Antibacterial mouth rinses can also help reduce bacteria. In addition, odor-causing bacteria and food particles can cause bad breath if dentures are not properly cleaned.
Smoking or chewing tobacco-based products can also cause bad breath, stain teeth, reduce your ability to taste foods, and irritate the gums.
To prevent halitosis from occurring in the first place, try these tips:
- *Brush Your Teeth At Least Twice a Day, for two to three minutes at a time, and don’t forget to brush your tongue. Even better, use a tongue scraper, available at many drugstores; because the tongue is spongy, a scraper will remove more bacteria than the bristles of your toothbrush will. Replace your toothbrush every three to four months. To remove food particles from between your teeth, floss or use an interdental cleaner daily. If you wear dentures, take them out and clean them thoroughly every day.
- *Drink Lots Of Water To Stimulate The Flow Of Saliva and Keep Your Mouth Moist (“morning breath” is the result of saliva production slowing as you sleep). You can also stimulate saliva by chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugarless hard candy.
- *Don’t Smoke. If you want help kicking the habit, ask your doctor or dentist to recommend a smoking cessation program.
- *Say “No Thanks” To Garlic, Onions, and Other Foods With Strong Odors when you’re trying to make a good impression.
- *Most Important ~ Get Regular Dental Exams. See Jasper Dental Associates at least twice a year to have your teeth checked and cleaned.
Courtesy of: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/bad-breath and http://www.dailyglow.com/personal-care/hygiene-problems/bad-breath.html