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So You Think You’re Immune to Bad Breath…Think Again!

Many of you have experienced bad breath at some time in your life and you hope that it will never happen again. Halitosis affects about 85% of the population at one time or another. By the simple action of reducing the bacteria in your mouth, you can help avoid halitosis. Listed below, you will find some easy steps to diminish the possibility of getting bad breath. 1. Get a regular check up and cleaning every 6 months. Tooth decay and periodontal disease can be a big contributor to halitosis. The hygienist will remove any tartar or plaque that may be harboring bacteria. Remember to brush your tongue as bacteria tends to hide in the little hairs (papillae and taste buds) that cover your tongue. 2. By brushing and flossing you teeth at least two times a day, you will remove food particles and plaque that are present along the gumline. Remember that plaque takes 24 hours to start forming, so it important to interrupt this process by brushing and flossing. 3. Rinse your mouth with tap water after eating. This will help restore the ph levels in your mouth. 4. If you smoke, STOP! Bacteria formation is encouraged with smoking and can breed bacteria that causes unpleasant breath. The hot air from smoke also absorbs oxygen, an element essential for gum tissues to heal properly. Smoking can also cause dry-mouth, which leads to a lower production of saliva. As a result, less saliva can often equal more halitosis. 5. Natural breath fresheners aid in controlling halitosis. Things like cinnamon sticks, parsley, mint, and dill are natural cures for bad breath. Oranges and grapefruits not only add sweetness to your breath, but they also can kill certain oral bacteria. 6. If you follow the above recommendations, and continue with bad breath, it is important to see your physician. Halitosis can be linked to stress, diabetes, sinusitis, and stomach problems.