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Learn About Halitosis Causes And What You Can Do To Help The Smell Of Your Breath

By Jean Weindoop

Understanding halitosis causes may mean looker farther than your mouth alone. Some medical conditions could be behind your bad breath, if this is the case, you will know if nothing else works, you should see your doctor. If the cause is in your mouth, it can do more than make your breath bad it can also cause sores, sore throats and tooth decay.

When looking for halitosis causes start with how you are taking care of your mouth. You should brush your teeth, floss, use a tongue scraper and finish by using a good mouthwash at least twice a day. Food particles decaying in your mouth will always cause bad breath and they need to be removed as soon as possible.

Food gets stuck in your teeth it is just a fact that we all know about, but I didn’t know that more food can get caught in the cracks and crevices on your tongue than in your teeth. This is the reason for using a tongue scraper, it will lift the food and bacteria coating from your tongue and stop at least one of the halitosis causes.

Having a dry mouth is also one of the halitosis causes. When your mouth is dry, there is not enough saliva to help break down the bacteria and this causes bad breath. Alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes are three items that will cause a dry mouth. If you cannot avoid these things, try rinsing your mouth out with water if you are not at home. Water will help to loosen any particles left in your mouth and keep your mouth wet. You can also chew a piece of sugar free gum to keep your mouth wet.

There are medications that can give you a dry mouth, which makes them another one of the halitosis causes. After you have tried a good cleaning practice and this does not help, speak to your doctor to see if maybe your medication needs to be changed. If not, maybe your doctor can give you something to help you produce saliva.

You probably know that eating garlic and onions will give you bad breath, but did you know that even if you follow your oral hygiene program it will not get rid of the odor. These foods are absorbed into your blood stream and transfer into your lungs, every time you breathe out you will still smell these foods, this is another little known fact that is one of the halitosis causes.

Jean Weindoop discusses good oral hygiene at her website, Read more about thera breath and tongue scraper.

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Weindoop, Jean "Learn About Halitosis Causes And What You Can Do To Help The Smell Of Your Breath." Learn About Halitosis Causes And What You Can Do To Help The Smell Of Your Breath. 21 Jun. 2010. 11 Sep 2014 <>.

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