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Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Bad Breath
3. Practice good oral hygiene
Keeping your mouth clean will have an enormously positive effect on your breath. Many times, bad breath can be caused by leftover food decaying in the mouth, or by bacteria accumulating on the gums and on or under the tongue.
Brush your teeth thoroughly and regularly, and get regular checkups with your dentist. Flossing helps eliminate food caught between the teeth that can remain stuck even with brushing, and using a tongue scraper helps eliminate the film of bacteria that can build up on the tongue and contribute to bad breath.
Mouthwash is another good option. Follow the directions carefully. They can vary, but usually the proper procedure is to swish it around in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit out. An alternative to commercial mouthwash, which has become popular in recent years, is oil pulling. This is a practice in which a natural, healthy oil like coconut or extra virgin olive oil is used in place of mouthwash. However, you must swish the oil (mixed with a little water) in your mouth around for about 10 to 20 minutes, and you only have to do it a few times per week. Some proponents claim that oil pulling is better than regular mouthwash because of the natural antiseptic and antibacterial qualities of these oils, especially coconut oil.
Regardless of which option you choose, make sure you spit and do not swallow. If you swallow the oil or mouthwash, you will simply be ingesting all the plaque, bacteria, and crud you were trying to get rid of, which would be counterproductive.
4. Dealing with Halitosis
It is important to distinguish between temporary bad breath caused by a particular food or drink and halitosis, an actual medical condition effecting some 30 percent of the world’s population, according to Everyday Health. For halitosis, the remedies listed above can be effective, but it is best to work with a doctor as well, because the right solution will vary depending on each case.
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As you can see, most of the time bad breath is caused by simple choices in our daily routines. As with so many other aspects of our health, making different choices will allow you to fix your bad breath most of the time. Follow these simple steps, and start breathing clean and free!