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Getting Rid of Bad Breath

May 29, 2017

We’ve all encountered bad breath. It’s embarrassing. You may have put a little too much garlic on the pasta for dinner, and so everyone you speak to is aware of what you ordered from the menu. Bad breath is not only embarrassing in social situations, it can also be an indicator of disease or illness. It’s important to know how to prevent bad breath in the first place, what exactly causes it, and how to get rid of it once you have it.

How do you prevent bad breath? To prevent bad breath in the long term, it’s advised to practice proper oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, for at least 2 minutes, and make sure to brush all areas of your mouth. You should also brush your tongue, since the tongue accumulates significant build-up of bacteria which can cause bad breath. Additionally, you should floss daily. Toothbrushes can only do so much, and flossing gets in between your teeth to remove bacteria and plaque build-up. Without flossing, bacteria and plaque will continue to accumulate, and your bad breath will continue.

You may be wondering about what exactly causes bad breath. There are some foods with strong odors that can cause bad breath– such as garlic, onion, and anything spicy. You should also avoid sugary food and drinks, drinks that are high in acidity, and alcohol and coffee. All of these food items can damage the enamel of your teeth and are breeding grounds for bacteria, which causes bad breath. Additionally, smoking and chewing tobacco creates a foul odor, and the chemicals from the nicotine build up in your mouth and dry it out, so that the bacteria remains there for longer.

If you take these preventative measures and avoid the food and habits listed above, your chances of bad breath should be greatly reduced. If you’re already experiencing bad breath and wish to get rid of it in the short term, you may benefit from a “quick fix” like sugar-free gum or mints. Make sure they’re sugar-free, as sugar can help feed bacteria and aid in growth. Mouthwash is another way to immediately get rid of bad breath, as it kills the harmful bacteria and leaves your mouth feeling clean and minty fresh. While these methods are effective in providing immediate treatment, you should also be taking care of your bad breath in the long term. That way, your bad breath will not only be gone, but stay gone.

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