Tips for Banishing Bad Breath

by Jason 5/29/2014 8:00 AM

If you’re someone who experiences halitosis, or bad breath, you should know that you’re not alone.

Unfortunately, the mouth really is a breeding ground for decay and bacteria. So the very best thing you can do to combat bad breath is to make sure you start with a super-clean mouth.

Sure, you brush and floss every day, but are you really paying attention to getting your mouth clean? A quick scrub is not enough. Thorough and consistent oral hygiene efforts will help you eliminate bad breath.

Follow these tips to ensure your mouth harbors as little bacteria as possible throughout the day. 

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste, paying attention to the gum line.
  • Make sure to brush all mouth surfaces, including your gums and tongue. Due to its rough surface, your tongue can be a great hiding place for bad-breath-causing bacteria. So, it’s just as important to brush your full tongue surface as your teeth.
  • Floss twice a day. Small particles of food stuck in between your teeth can be the culprit for bad breath.
  • Brush or use mouthwash after eating to dislodge any food particles that otherwise decay and cause odor.
  • Keep your mouth moist. Saliva helps rinse food particles away and also contains bacteria-killing agents.
  • If you smoke, quit.

If you’re still suffering from bad breath after trying all of these suggestions, there may be a medical cause. Conditions like diabetes, acid reflux, liver problems and even simple sinus infections can cause bad breath.

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