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Curing Bad Breath For Novices

Robert Thompson -- Curing bad breath is an important action. You do not want to miss your opportunity for employment because your potential employer smelled your breath.

Do you remember those toothpaste commercials that advocate fresh breath as key to romance? All those things you can miss out on because of bad breath.

Having bad breath, or halitosis, is not a laughing matter. Over 80 million people in America suffer from bad breath, and this fact should not be ignored. If you are one of the 80 million who has bad breath, then read on for very easy steps to cure your bad breath.

There are many advertisements and many products in the supermarket to guarantee long-lasting, fresh breath. All of them say the same thing: oral hygiene is important. Good hygiene is the first tip in curing bad breath.

Brush your teeth after every meal. Remember to floss and to use mouthwash. Studies show that there are more than 170 types of bacteria residing in your mouth. This causes unpleasant breath odors. There are more bacteria residing in a human's mouth than in a dog's mouth. Think about that one! With that many bacteria inside your mouth, keeping it clean should be a priority. If you keep your mouth clean, then you are sure to have long-lasting, fresh breath.

Good oral hygiene involves brushing, flossing, and cleaning of the gums, tongue, and cheeks. Crevices in our mouths are prime locations for bacteria. The bacteria feed on leftover food particles in your mouth. That yellow stuff stuck on your teeth is called plaque. Plaque is the byproduct of the bacteria that feeds on your mouth. Getting rid of plaque and the bacteria causing it is important in fixing your breath.

The next tip is to maintain a healthy diet. Your diet is significant in the status of your dental hygiene. There are certain foods, like fibrous fruits and vegetables, that promote saliva flow and, therefore, limit the possibility of halitosis. Eating a healthy breakfast every morning (like oatmeal and fruit) is highly advised. This is because eating breakfast starts the saliva flow after a night's sleep. Keep in mind that when you are sleeping, bacteria builds up in your mouth even after you brush your teeth.

Keeping yourself hydrated is also an important tip for curing bad breath. Note, however, that water is the only hydrator that cures bad breath. Sodas, juices, and other sugary or acidic drinks only encourage growth of bacteria that cause less than desirable breath.

The last, but not least, important tip is to see your dentist every six months. Sometimes foul breath comes from having bad sinuses or from an infection or from complications of your digestive track. Your dentist will be able to help shed the light on what your problem is and how to fix it. Your dentist will recommend and schedule cleaning your mouth to thoroughly remove all bacteria buildup. If your problem persists, your dentist should be able to provide a saliva substitute or some peroxide treatments.

These tips are essential in making sure that you stay healthy and strong. Remember that the smell of your breath is sometimes an indication of a more serious ailment that your eye cannot see. It is always good to seek an expert regularly so that you do not have to worry about worse complications in the future.

Robert Thompson is a bad breath expert. For more information on curing bad breath, please visit

© 2010 Robert Thompson

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