Bad breath (halitosis) has spurred an overwhelming amount of commercial products all designed to mask the odor and unpleasantness of bad breath.
These products typically only mask the bad breath and do little if anything to actually control or prevent it.
If you have bad breath already, you may be able to somewhat control it by initiating and maintaining proper oral hygiene.
If you have already tried following proper tooth brushing, flossing, and gum care and still experience chronic bad breath it is definitely time to call in the dental health care team and make an appointment with your local dentist.
Bad breath is one topic that you should know something about in order to be healthy.
Once the odor is noticed most individuals will automatically improve upon brushing technique, frequency of brushing, or how carefully they clean teeth, gum or tongue.
Most people will also seek commercially prepared products such as dental rinses, oral sprays and minty mouthwashes in an attempt to cover up the odor.
There are quite a few different causes that may be at the center of your bad breath including the food and drink you have been consuming, dental issues that need to be addressed, dry mouth, diseases such as cancer, lung infections, and kidney or liver diseases.
Certain mouth, nose or even throat conditions may also be at the center of the appearance of bad breath. When consumers use tobacco products they are subject to dry mouth and the unpleasant odor of tobacco.
Periodontal disease is also more prevalent among those who smoke so bad breath on a smoker may also be from this source as well as the usual tobacco odor on the breath.
Individuals who participate in crash diets may encounter another type of unpleasant bad breath known as "fruity" breath which comes from the breakdown of chemicals in the body when fasting is taken place (ketoacidosis).
It is good to know the following tips on preventing bad breath:
After you eat, brush your teeth. It is important to remember that you need to brush after every meal no matter where you are - nowadays portable toothbrushes are easy to carry and use while working, traveling or when you are constantly on the go.
Floss at least once a day to remove food particles stuck between teeth.
If you have dentures clean them at night or as directed by your dentist.
It is important to keep your mouth moist, so always drink lots of water.
Your toothbrush should be changed every 2 to 3 months.
See your dentist on a regular basis. Most dentist schedule appointments every 6 months.
Chewing on fresh parsley is a natural way to freshen your breath.
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