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We’ve all had that paranoid moment wondering if your breath smells. Halitosis (bad breath) is even more embarrassing when someone else points it out. But there are a number of things you can do to prevent or treat bad breath that are far better than a pocket full of mints.
There are some obvious, and some less obvious, causes of halitosis. By eliminating those related to your daily activities, you can establish whether your bad breath is something you need to discuss with your dentist or doctor.
If the cause of your bad breath isn’t immediately obvious and it continues or worsens, make an appointment with your dentist.
The best way to avoid bad breath or halitosis is to maintain good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing to remove any trapped food particles and keeping your mouth clean and fresh are easily the best ways to avoid your breath attracting the wrong kinds of attention. Brushing your tongue is also beneficial, and many toothbrushes now come with tongue cleaners on the back of the head.
Of course, regular check-ups and professional cleanings are also important to spot the early signs of gum disease or tooth decay that could otherwise lead to bad smelling breath and other problems as well.
Despite what the commercials may tell you, mouthwash is not that useful in combatting bad breath. Like chewing on a mint, the effect is only temporary and only masks the odour without treating the cause. Don’t rely on a mouthwash as a treatment for ongoing halitosis.
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