Halitosis is a condition known more commonly as bad breath. We all know how embarrassing this condition can be, but there are several things you can do to not only treat it, but prevent it from springing on you at the most unfortunate of times. By following the suggestions of your family dentist, halitosis can be a thing of the past.
Proper brushing is a surefire way to keep bad breath away. With a healthy mix of brushing and flossing regularly, you remove stray food particles and build-up that lead to halitosis. When brushing, be sure to brush your tongue as well; the tongue is where a lot bacteria and debris from food can collect.
Speaking of brushing, try to use toothpaste that contains antibacterial properties. Many of these properties are included specifically to battle the bacteria that lead to halitosis.
Try to steer away from foods that are obvious causes of bad breath. These might include, but are certainly not limited to: strong spices, onions, garlic, cabbage and strong blends of coffee. Avoiding cigarettes and other tobacco products will also help in the fight against halitosis.
Drink more water throughout the day. Drinking water keeps your mouth from getting dry—and a dry mouth is often a culprit for symptoms that cause halitosis.
While mouthwashes are great for temporarily combating bad breath, your dentist may recommend using a homemade rinse made of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide for a brief time. The peroxide is great for killing off bacteria that cause bad breath. It is important to use only the diluted 3% solution and be careful not to swallow.
A little known trick to help prevent bad breath is to eat parsley after a meal. Parsley has a lot of chlorophyll which is a natural sort of breath freshener.
Certain sugar-free gums and mints are another temporary fix to bad breath, although some may be harmful to your teeth. If you have doubts, ask your family dentist which gums, candies, and mints are best.
Naturally, the best thing you can do to prevent bad breath and other oral health issues is to visit your dentist on a regular basis. Even if you have a severe case of halitosis, your dentist will be able to help you treat it promptly and effectively.
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