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Bad Breath Remedies

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Bad breath. Halitosis. Call it what you will, but the unpleasant odor emanating from your mouth can not only be embarrassing, but it could be an indicator of an underlying problem. The causes of bad breath can include dental cavities, gum disease, and poor oral hygiene, among others.

Hundreds of bacteria live in our mouths and some of them—on the tongue or below the gumline or in pockets created by gum disease between gums and teeth, for example—create bad smells.

Bad breath can be intermittent as well. Food and drink, such as garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol, can temporarily cause bad breath. Smokers also get bad breath. Whatever the cause, treatment involves correcting the underlying disorder in Marble Falls, TX.

How to Fight Bad Breath

Visit your dentist twice each year for regular dental checkups and cleanings.

Brush after every meal, or at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day.

Chew on a fresh sprig of parsley, basil, mint, or cilantro. The chlorophyll in these green plants neutralizes odors.

Chew on a handful of cloves, fennel seeds, or aniseeds. They have antiseptic qualities that can help fight the bacteria that causes bad breath.

Chew a piece of lemon or orange rind (make sure to wash it first) for a mouth- freshening burst of flavor. The citric acid stimulates the salivary glands, which will help to fight bad breath.

Drink water and swish it around in your mouth.

If you wear dentures, remove them at night and clean to get rid of bacterial buildup from food and drink.

Replace your toothbrush every two to three months.

Use mouthwash. It’s to look for one that is alcohol-free. Read labels because most over-the-counter mouthwashes do contain alcohol.

Mix a cup of water with a teaspoon of baking soda and add a few drops peppermint essential oils. Rinse your mouth (but do not swallow!).

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If you are suffering from bad breath and would like to talk about remedies in Marble Falls, TX, give Bright Smiles Family Dentistry a call!