Bad breath is a sensitive problem. No one likes smelling it, but at the same time no one wants to tell someone that they have “boca negra”, “dragon breath,” or the medical word, halitosis. It is just too embarrassing. Bad breath can come from poor dentition, poor oral care, gum disease, sinus infections, diabetes, acid-reflux, some foods, some medications, and dry mouth. When you wake up in the morning, you may have “morning breath.” This is because when sleeping saliva production is lower. Also, many people have their mouths open when sleeping which will further dry out your mucus membranes.
So that you don’t have to personally worry that people won’t get close to you, do the following to control bad breath:
1) Brush your teeth, tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth as least twice a day.
2) Floss at least once a day to remove food particles from between your teeth. Flossing can be time consuming and a pain in the neck so it is often neglected. However, if you are smiling and pieces of your lunch are still hanging around, flossing sounds like a really good idea, doesn’t it?
3) Gargle with water or medicated mouthwash. Don’t have a toothbrush handy after lunch, gargling with water will help to remove leftover debris.
4) Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
5) Use dissolving breath mints or strips. Go for sugar free.
6) Eat at regular intervals. When a meal is skipped, saliva production is decreased, and the end result, yes, is bad breath.
7) Visit your dentist regularly.
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