Halitosis, more commonly known as bad breath can be unpleasant and embarrassing, but there are a number of things you can do to keep your breath fresh. The following tips can help:
1. Don’t Use Tobacco Products
Smoking wreaks havoc on your health, your lungs, your teeth, and your breath. Other tobacco products have many of the same negative consequences. It may be difficult to quit, but it is worth the effort. Ask your family, friends and doctor for help.
2. Stay Hydrated
Your body uses saliva to eliminate bacteria in your mouth and keep your teeth clean, but when you don’t drink enough water, your mouth gets dry, bacteria build up, and your breath begins to stink. If you’ve noticed that you have bad breath in the mornings, it is probably because your mouth is dry. Keep your breath fresh by drinking water throughout the day and keep a water bottle near your bed so you can sip some water first thing in the morning.
3. Brush And Rinse After Meals
Bad breath is often caused by a build up of bacteria, but it can also be caused by food that is stuck inside the mouth. Brush your teeth after every meal and use a mouthwash to kill bacteria. Keep a toothbrush handy in your purse, car, or desk so you can easily clean your teeth in the middle of the day. If for some reason you can’t brush your teeth after a meal you should at least rinse your mouth out with water.
4. Remember To Clean Your Tongue
Smelly bacteria can easily build up on the back of your tongue, which means that you might have bad breath even after brushing your teeth. Remember to clean your tongue when you brush your teeth to keep bacteria out of your mouth and keep your breath fresh.
5. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Bad breath is unpleasant, but chronic bad breath could be a sign of a more serious oral health problem. Visit your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings and checkups so that your teeth can stay healthy and schedule an appointment as soon as possible if you’ve been having trouble with chronic bad breath.
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