Banish Bad Breath

If your Secret Santa gifts you a package filled with breath mints, gum and mouthwash, it might be time to do something about your bad breath. Halitosis can be caused by a number of factors, from stinky food to medication. Here are some of the most common ones and how you can treat them. Food. Certain foods can leave your breath smelling less than fresh up to three days after you’ve eaten them! Onions, garlic and coffee are common culprits.1 If you find that a certain food leaves this long-term effect with you, you may want to think about making some changes to your diet. Dry mouth. It may be hard to believe but saliva is a great thing. It helps wash away food particles and bacteria so food doesn’t decay in your mouth and create bad breath and cavities. Dry mouth sufferers don’t have enough saliva to do the job, but they can try to increase the flow by drinking more fluids or chewing sugarless gum. Dry mouth can also be caused by certain medications.1 If you think this may apply to your situation, consult your physician to see if you can switch to a different medication. Smoking. Do you need another reason to quit smoking? It also makes your breath foul.1 Medical conditions. Sometimes bad breath is a warning sign. Halitosis can be a symptom of diabetes, chronic bronchitis, digestive issues and liver or kidney disease.1 If you’ve exhausted the other possibilities and are still turning people away with your dragon breath, you may want to consider talking to your doctor about your overall health. Good oral health habits never hurt, either. Be sure to brush your tongue and gum line in addition to scrubbing your pearly whites.1 A tongue scraper may also be useful.2

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