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Beating Bad Breath

There’s quite possibly nothing more embarrassing than bad breath. And there are a number of reasons you get it. Certain foods like those containing garlic and onions, as well as beverages like coffee and alcohol, can be major perpetrators. Another bad breath trigger is poor oral hygiene, such as gum disease, cavities or a bacteria-coated tongue. Whatever the cause, there are solutions. Check out the following tips to help you beat bad breath.

1) – Brush and floss. This one should be obvious. Brushing daily and flossing regularly keeps your mouth healthy and your bad breath at bay.

2) – Rinse your mouth out. By drinking plenty of water, you’re not only staying hydrated, you’re freshening up your mouth. Swish the cool water around in your mouth for a few seconds before swallowing.

3) – Replace your toothbrush. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you should replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles begin to fray.

4) – Scrape your tongue. Your tongue is a breeding ground for smelly bacteria. When you brush your teeth, also be sure to brush your tongue. Or you can try a tongue scraper, which not only removes bacteria, but food debris and dead cells that brushing may leave behind.

5) – Cleanse with certain foods. Chewing on a fresh sprig of parsley or mint, or a piece of washed lemon or orange rind, can give your mouth a refreshing burst of flavor. Or chew on fennel seeds or cloves, which contain antiseptic properties that help fight bacteria.

6) – Visit your dentist. Regular check-ups cleanings are essential for a healthy mouth. Your dentist can also assess your teeth and gums to see if your bad breath may be related to a medical condition.

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