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By Dr. Charles Bohle
October 14, 2014
Category: Oral Health

10 Ways To Improve Bad Breathbad breath

Nobody wants to have bad breath!  What causes bad breath and what are some ways to improve it.  Everyone worries about bad breath and if you have had a spicy meal maybe you should worry.

What are some of the causes of breath problems?  Heavy flavors in food cause he most problems.  Garlic and onions can cause bad breath as well as coffee and alcohol.  But the number one cause of bad breath is not keeping your gums and teeth clean.  The extra millions of bacteria that will live in an unclean mouth cause serious odor problems.  When those bacteria eat they give off a sulfer based gas.  The result is bad breath.  Odors can also be caused by health problems and infections of the sinus, throat and lungs.  You can have diabetes, stomach reflex or thrush and have breath problems.

How can you fix or prevent bad breath?

1.  See your dentist.  A professional cleaning getting out debris between the teeth and the gum lines is a must to reduce the bacteria in your mouth.

2. Brush  This is a must.  Daily keeping your mouth clean will do wonders for your breath.  You can also brush after meals, especially if they were spicy to reduce bad breath.causes of bad breath

3.  Floss  Once again, keeping the bacteria out of your mouth is essential.  If you only brush, the plaque builds up between your teeth and under your gums.  This is a key to fresh breath.

4.  Drink up.  Dehydration reduces your saliva leading to bad breath.  Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day.

5.  Use a tongue scraper.  This helps you remove bacteria and debris living on the surface of your tongue.

6.  Use a quality mouthwash.  Use a bacteria reducing mouthwash to aid cleaning your mouth after brushing and flossing.

7.  Eat your fruits and vegetables.  High fiber foods help keep your mouth clean and your body healther.

8.  Consider a glass of red wine.  A recent study says the moderate use of red wine will slow the growth of oral bacteria.  Make sure to brush afterwards to prevent staining of your teeth.

9.  Use sugarless gum.  Chewing sugarless gum especially after meals helps regulate the pH of your mouth and bacteria growth.

10.  Tea.  Green or black tea stops the growth of oral bacteria prevent your bad breath.

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