Bad Breath? 

Bad breath or Halitosis is common around the world. It is usually caused by an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth as a result of gum disease, food, or plaque.

Some causes of bad breath are certain foods ( garlic, onions, fish ), tobacco products, poor dental hygiene, health problems, dry mouth ( resulting from breathing through the mouth ), mouth infections, dental problems, or medications.

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* Tips to reduce and prevent bad breath

• Use fluoride toothpaste to brush at least twice a day, especially after meals. Food particles in the mouth can rot and cause bad odors.

• Scrape the coating on the tongue as it can host foul-smelling bacteria. Gently brush your tongue with the toothbrush.

• Rinse the mouth regularly with an anti-bacterial mouth wash, which adds extra protection by reducing plaque-causing bacteria.  Rinse the mouth with water after every meal.

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• Avoid a dry mouth: Drink plenty of water - avoid coffee, soft drinks, or alcohol which can cause dry mouth. Chew gum or some sugarless sweet to stimulate saliva.

• Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco. It can leave behind some chemicals in the mouth or precipitate gum disease or oral cancers.

• Change the toothbrush regularly when it is frayed, preferably every 3-4 months. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.

• People using dentures or braces should clean them on a regular basis.

• Loose-fitting dentures cause infections in the mouth and are the reasons for bad breath.

• Diabetic patients are more likely to develop oral infections & gum disease . They need to monitor their sugar intake carefully.

• Schedule regular dental check-ups at least once a year and have the teeth or dentures examined and cleaned.

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Fight bad breath naturally

• Fresh cloves steeped in warm water is a natural anti-bacterial mouthwash that destroys bacteria and freshens breath.

• Fennel seeds ( Saunf) give a strong, pleasant odor and are loaded with antioxidants that help ease gas and bloating. They also alkalize the saliva, which prevents the overgrowth of bad bacteria