Correcting Bad Breath

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Do you suffer from bad breath, which is also called halitosis? There are a variety of methods to reach a mouth that feels fresh and clean.

Brush and floss more often.
The buildup on your teeth, which is called plaque, collects the bacteria that causes bad breath. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to avoid bad breath. If you want fresher breath, do both more often.

Rinse out your mouth.
Mouthwash freshens the breath and adds protection by getting rid of bacteria. Make sure that you choose a mouthwash that kills the germs that cause bad breath. Swishing your mouth with water after meals gets rid of food particles that get stuck in the teeth, so it can also help your breath.

Clean your tongue.
The coating that forms on the tongue can cause bad breath. Brush your tongue with your toothbrush to get rid of the bacteria. Try a scraper if your toothbrush is too big to reach the back of your tongue. Tongue scrapers are specifically designed to evenly clean the tongue.

Avoid foods and beverages that cause bad breath.
Some foods and beverages, like onions, garlic, and alcohol, can cause bad breath. Brushing after you eat these foods doesn’t help because the foods are absorbed into the bloodstream and move to the lungs. Bad breath will last until the culprit is no longer in the body. So, to avoid bad breath, don’t eat these foods—or at least avoid them before going to see friends.

See your dentist or doctor.
Gum disease and tooth decay cause bad breath. Our dentist can recommend treatment to correct these issues. You may also need to visit your doctor to see if any underlying medical reasons is causing your bad breath.