Everyone experiences bouts of bad breath. The common condition is usually caused by a buildup of bacteria in the mouth that emits foul odors. An estimated 80 percent of bad breath is produced by oral sources, particularly trapped food particles, cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Certain medications, acid reflux, low-carb diets and pungent foods, such as garlic and onion, can also cause bad breath.
Chronic bad breath, medically known as halitosis, could be a sign of underlying health conditions, including kidney problems, diabetes and liver disease.
Tips to Beat Bad Breath
• Brush your teeth at least twice a day
• Floss at least once a day
• Rake your tongue after brushing your teeth
• Use an oral irrigator daily
• Gargle with antimicrobial mouthwash. Avoid using oral rinses containing alcohol, as they can dry out the mouth and exacerbate the condition
• Eat yogurt to help lower the levels of odor-causing sulfide compounds
• Crunchy fruits and vegetables can help dislodge trapped food particles, prevent plaque buildup on teeth and elicit additional saliva production
• Drink lots of water
• Maintain a regular cleaning schedule with your dentist
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