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Bad Breath, Causes, Prevention, Treatment

Updated on October 4, 2012

Bad Breath (halitosis) is very annoying problem that face many people especially when you meet someone first time, you won't know if you have bad breath or not. Bad breath can be treated and prevented.

How can I know if I have a bad breath?

You can't determine if you have a bad breath or not by smelling your breath by using your hands but you can know if you have a bad breath by licking your hand and let it dry then smell your hand that is your breath.

Causes of bad breath: Food debris around the gum and on the tongue, smoking, alcohol, dry mouth, breath from mouth instead from nose, some medication and diseases like diabetes, liver and kidney diseases.

Prevention of bad breath: Good oral hygiene is the key to prevent bad breath by brushing at least twice daily, flossing and clean your tongue by your brush. Chewing sugar free gum stimulate saliva that clean mouth and to avoid dry mouth. Stop smoking and use antibacterial mouth wash. Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleaning.

Treatment of bad breath: Visit your dentist and he will determine the source of bad breath if it medical condition or oral origin.


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