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Friday, December 19, 2008

Bad Breath and Halitosis

Bad Breath (halitosis) is a major issue for a lot of people as it can result in embarrassment or even shame in certain situations. Unfortunately, many people are not even aware that they have a problem. Bad breath is typically related to oral hygiene habits or a sign of other health issues.

Bad breath is ranked as the third most common reason for people to seek denial aid net to tooth decay and periodontal disease. In some cases where people have chronic bad breath, it can be a more serious issue. Chronic bad breath affects almost a quarter of the population in varying degrees. Persistent bad breath can affect an individual's business, personal, and social relationships which can lead to self-esteem issues and increased stress.

How Can I Prevent Bad Breath?

  • - You must visit your dentist at least every six months for checkups to keep your mouth free of plaque buildup and other problems that may lead to bad breath.

  • - Maintain your diet and watch/avoid your consumption of foods such as alcohol, coffee, dense proteins, garlic and onions, and sugars.

  • - Try to breathe through your nose. Breathing through your mouth can lead to having a dry mouth, which creates a breeding ground for odor-causing bacteria.

  • - Brush your teeth and tongue twice a day to remove food particles and plaque, and floss between teeth once a day, preferably in the evening after you eat.

  • - Use a fluoride mouth rinse; it will help to protect your teeth and the flavor will mask odor.
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