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Preventing Halitosis Is Easier Than You May Think

Aug 17, 2007
Halitosis is simply another name for bad breath. Preventing halitosis , or bad breath, is relatively easy for most people but many don't think about it until they are suffering. Once you find out that you have halitosis, you will need to treat it and you will want to know how to avoid it in the future. There are a few basic methods you need to know for the prevention of halitosis so that you can enjoy good dental health and clean fresh breath any time of the day. Here are some suggestions for the prevention of halitosis that you can put into practice every day.

Bad breath is caused primarily by bacteria that rests in the mouth-either in small cavities of the mouth or the gums. Because the mouth has lots of places for bacteria to hide it is rarely cleaned completely irrespective of what action you may take. It is not necessary however to eradicate all bacteria from your mouth but you should be keeping it at a very low level preventing the production of harmful acids and keeping any bad odors to an absolute minimum.

When bacteria is not cleaned out of the mouth often enough during the day, it can cause a sulfurous smell that can be hard to cover up. One of the best ways to keep your mouth clean is to brush and floss after every meal (including lunch) so that you can remove food particles from the teeth. Removing the food reduces the growth medium for the bacteria. If you have braces, a retainer or other dental fittings this is especially important since food particles can easily become lodged in and around the teeth.

In addition in the morning and at night you should rinse with a proprietory mouthwash to further reduce the bacterial content of the mouth. You should look for a mouthwash that is PH neutral or mildly alkali as some have been shown to be acidic which simple eats away at your teeth.

Making sure that you are consuming a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables is another great way to prevent halitosis. The high water content in fresh fruits and vegetables will help you to clean bacteria and germs from the mouth, and since the vitamins and minerals in fresh, raw foods is good for your body, your organs will begin to function more efficiently (sometimes poor kidney or liver function can be the cause of halitosis).

Preventing halitosis is easy for most of us, it is simply a matter of regular and thorough dental hygiene. If you still suffer from bad breath after taking these steps you should contact your doctor or dentist to make further investigations into the underlying cause.
About the Author
Jeff Clare writes regularly for Bad Breath Causes And Treatments where you can read many more articles on gum disease . Also go to Halitosis Causes And Treatments for a range of informative articles on halitosis and much more
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