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Bad breath

How to beat bad breath and keep your teeth in top condition!


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Having bad breath, also known as halitosis, may be embarrassing, but it can be a common problem. Bad breath may simply be the short-term result of eating something like garlic bread, or it could be a sign of health problems such as tooth decay.

How do I know if I’ve bad breath?

  • Don't be afraid to just ask your dentist or an honest friend or family member.
  • It's not easy to check your own breath but you can try by cupping your hands around your mouth and breathing out. Breathe in through your nose so you can check how it smells.

You might have bad breath because of:

  • Tooth decay (rotting teeth) or gum disease.
  • Food pieces getting stuck and rotting between your teeth.
  • A throat or tonsil infection.
  • A number of other infections or health problems that need to be checked by your doctor.

Beating bad breath:

  • Keep your teeth and mouth clean - brush and floss frequently. Mouthwash also helps.
  • Drink lots of water and eat fresh vegetables.
  • Brush your teeth after eating dairy products, coffee, meat, fish or strong flavours like garlic, curry or raw onion.
  • Chewing parsley is an old cure for bad breath.
  • Don’t smoke cigarettes - they really stink up your mouth.
  • If none of these things work, speak to your dentist and make sure to keep up regular visits.
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Published December 11th, 2012
Last updated September 29th, 2015
Tags bad breath halitosis
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