How to Freshen Bad Breath
Bad breath can usually be blamed on bacteria, which collect on food particles. Other bad breath culprits include certain foods, such as garlic and onions.1
Tobacco use, mouth dryness, and postnasal drip can affect breath, too. So can sinus infections, gum disease, and certain medical conditions.1
To attack bad breath, brush your teeth twice a day, with special attention to the gum line, and floss once a day.1 Dentures need to be cleaned thoroughly every day.2
Also important: Gently brush the tongue—especially the back part.2
Here are some other strategies:
If bad breath persists despite these strategies, talk with your dentist or doctor.1
1“Bad Breath (Halitosis).” Oral Health Topics, American Dental Association, March 14, 2005. www.ada.org/2941.aspx. Accessed 2010.
2“Bad Breath (Halitosis) Frequently Asked Questions.” Oral Health Topics, American Dental Association, March 14, 2005. www.ada.org/2941.aspx. Accessed 2010.
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Eakle, Stephan W., DDS
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