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Good Dental Hygiene Helps Bad Breath

To banish bad breath, follow these tips from the American Dental Association:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, paying special attention to the gum line.1,2

  • Floss or use an interdental cleaner between teeth at least once daily.1,2

  • Brush your tongue.1

  • Avoid garlic and onions.1

Ask your doctor if a medical condition might be to blame for bad breath. Conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, chronic sinus or bronchial infections, or gastrointestinal problems can contribute to bad breath.1,2 Also, medications you take can lead to dry mouth, which can cause bad breath.1

Bad breath also can be a sign of periodontal (gum) disease. Regular checkups can help your dentist detect and treat gum disease early, before it damages your gums and the bones that support your teeth.1

Smoking or using other tobacco products causes bad breath, too. Plus, tobacco users are more likely to develop gum disease and have a higher risk for oral cancer.1,2

1 “Bad Breath (Halitosis): Frequently Asked Questions.” Oral Health Topics, American Dental Association. www.ada.org/2941.aspx Accessed 2010.

2 “Bad Breath (Halitosis): Overview.” Oral Health Topics, American Dental Association. www.ada.org/2941.aspx Accessed 2010.

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