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Yikes bad breath

Updated on July 13, 2013

Experiencing bad breath?

Bad breath can show up at the worst of times can be during a hot date or while talking to an important client. No matter why you need to get rid of your bad breath, no worries because there is a cure to your problems. Bad breath or by its more scientific term halitosis, can by caused by any number of things. Most of your problems come from one thing and one thing alone, leftover food resting in and around your teeth. Bad breath is a pretty common problem, one out of two people say that they have had to deal with a bad breath problem at some point or another in their lives. Bad breath can also be caused less commonly by a lack of air or saliva in the mouth. Also a small percentage of bad breath cases are caused by acid reflux.

How do I know I have bad breath?

Some indication as to if you have bad breath are:

  • Broken Lips

  • Split skin around the mouth

  • Dry Mouth

  • Lack of saliva

  • Dental decay

  • Food stagnation in the teeth

  • Excessive bacterial activity on the tongue and in the mouth

  • Gastritis

  • Pneumonia

  • Polyps

  • Bronchitis

  • Acid reflux

  • Sinusitis

  • Lack of saliva

Brushing your teeth at least three times a day can greatly reduce your bad breath.

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Dental flossers are great when it comes to getting everything out from between your teeth. Dental floss can be such a pain sometimes.

What can I do?

  • Being fully hydrated can really help you out in your fight against bad breath. You should aim to drink at least four full glasses of water per day. If you are not much of a water drinker then products like crystal light are perfect to give you a great taste and none of the sugar.

  • To truly tame your bad breath, you will need to make sure to brush your teeth after each meal. If you are someone who eats small snacks throughout the day, then your best bet is to set three times that are good for you to perform your dental routine. There are a wide variety of toothpastes out there but they are all essentially the same, so lucky you get the liberty of choosing one of your preference. When you brush your teeth you want to be sure to brush them for at least two minutes not a minute less. Now I know you are like everyone else and never take the time and floss but if you have bad breath that very well may be the cause of your problems. A great product for flossing are things like these dental flossers. These bad boys make you look forward to flossing. Now for all of you who snack throughout the day this is where you really need to listen. Mouthwash or similar mouthwash products like strips for example are the easiest way to combat your bad breath while you are on the run. Jus simple keep a small bottle in your pocket and swish some around after each meal. Just remember that a little goes a long way and if it is to strong consider mixing the mouthwash with water.


-Visit the Dentist 2 to 4 times a year if possible for a teeth cleaning

  • Avoid Smoking as much as possible

  • Drink less coffee

  • Eat the recommended amount Fruits and Vegetables regularly its healthy!

This can be based on the food pyramid.

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Home Remedies include:

If you have tried everything and still can not get rid of your bad breath then it is time to start trying some good old fashion home remedies. First on the list is to get a lemon or lemon juice. Now squirt some into a glass of warm water and gargle it as you would any other mouthwash. You will want to gargle this mixture several times throughout the day. Another homemade mouthwash that you can try out is to mix a small amount of baking soda with warm water and gargle throughout the day just like the other mixture. Just as a warning this mixture may not taste the best but it tends to get the job done. Some things that you can add to your diet are to always choose all natural yogurt. You will also want to begin drinking unsweetened tea throughout the day as a replacement to one of your other beverage choices.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i have 4 of the problems that you had listed. Guess i have bad breath. I drink just too little water per day but i do brush my teeth 2-3 times per day. I try to brush after every meal as I have gum disease. Anyway, great tips for treatment. Voted useful