How to Treat Bad Breath


People experience bad breath from time to time. Something you ate or an illness can cause bad breath. But having halitosis or chronic bad breath can result in embarrassment and may be the result of an untreated medical condition. Often you can treat these conditions with proper dental management and continuous use of particular remedies.

  • Schedule regular visits with your dentist. Visit your dentist at least twice every year. Make an appointment for cleaning and also to keep your teeth free from plaque and cavities. These factors can often lead to bad breath.

  • Quit smoking and drinking. Smoking and drinking can greatly contribute to bad breath. Additionally, smoking and drinking are also bad for your health.
  • Gargle with water after every meal. If you don’t have a toothbrush with you, gargle water and spit it out to help remove any food that might cause bacteria build-up in your mouth. A build up of bacteria can result in bad breath and other oral health problems.
  • Brush your teeth thrice a day. If you feel you need to do so more often, feel free to do so to maintain good dental hygiene. Also, use toothpaste with a fluoride for dental strength and a mint flavor to keep breath fresh.
  • Scrape your tongue. Most people forget to clean the tongue, but this is where bacteria usually lurk. If you do not have a tongue cleaner, use a plastic spoon to scrape off the white residue on your tongue.
  • Floss after brushing your teeth. Dentists greatly emphasize flossing. Your toothbrush cannot get in the gaps of your teeth, so it is important to use floss to clean these gaps—or else you can develop cavities that can lead to bad breath.
  • Clean your dentures. If you have dentures it is important to clean them every night with an antiseptic solution.
  • Use a mouthwash. Buy one with an antiseptic formula and mint flavor. This will be the last step in cleaning your teeth. Using a mouthwash ensures you maintain healthy breath longer.
  • Prevent dry mouth. Keep drinking water and keep your mouth hydrated. A dry mouth is an environment that causes bad breath.
  • Chew gum. This can temporarily remove bad breath if you are in a rush situation. Gums can help remedy your bad breath by removing tartar and breaking up the white residue from your tongue.
  • Chew mint leaves. This is a natural, organic cure to improve breath. Mint can also cure an upset stomach.
  • Stay away from foods that cause bad breath. These include onions, garlic, coffee, milk and other dairy products.
  • If your problem continues, consult your dentist. If you cannot treat your bad breath orally, then other internal problems might be the cause.
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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.

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