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Keeping Bad Breath At Bay

fighting bad breathBad breath, or halitosis, can be embarrassing for you and unpleasant for those around you. Don’t let bad breath embarrass you or harm your relationships—keep reading for tips that will help you keep bad breath at bay.

Drink Plenty Of Water
Drinking water is good for your whole body, but it also helps keep your breath fresh. In many cases, bad breath is caused by bacteria that builds up inside the mouth. When you drink water these bacteria are washed away. Drinking plenty of water also helps your body produce saliva, which kills harmful bacteria in the mouth.

If you’ve noticed that you have bad breath early in the morning it is likely because your mouth is dry, keep water handy throughout the day and drink a glass each morning to keep your breath as fresh as possible.

Brush After Each Meal
Brushing your teeth after each meal helps to dislodge any food particles that may be stuck and clear away any bacteria that could cause unpleasant odors. Keeping a toothbrush in your purse or desk can make it easier to brush your teeth in the middle of the day, but if for some reason you can’t brush your teeth after a meal take a minute to at least rinse out your mouth.

Choose Your Food Carefully
Certain foods like garlic and onions can linger on your breath even after you’ve brushed your teeth. If you have a special meeting or social engagement it is wise to avoid these foods since they can leave odors even after you’ve cleaned your mouth.

Remember To Clean Your Tongue
Brushing your teeth is important, but there are other places in your mouth where smelly bacteria can hide. For example, bad breath can often be prevented by cleaning the back of your tongue when you brush and floss your teeth. Take an extra moment to make sure your whole mouth is clean and fresh and you’ll have better breath throughout the day.

Visit Your Dentist
Bad breath can sometimes be a sign of more serious dental health issues. If you have chronic bad breath schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

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