are many causes of bad breath, also called halitosis.
mouth may be the source. The breakdown of food particles and
other debris by bacteria in and around your teeth can cause a
foul odor. If your mouth becomes dry, such as during sleep or
after smoking, dead cells can accumulate and decompose on your
tongue, gums and cheeks, causing odor. Eating foods containing
oils with strong odor such as onions and garlic, can lead to
breath also may be a symptom of illness, such as lung disease,
diabetes or liver failure.
reduce or prevent bad breath:
Brush your teeth after you eat. Keep a toothbrush at work to
use after eating. Brush using a fluoride-containing toothpaste
at least twice a day, especially after meals. Toothpaste with
antibacterial properties has been shown to reduce bad breath
Floss at least once a day. Proper flossing removes food
particles and plaque from between your teeth, helping to
control bad breath.
Brush your tongue. Your tongue harbors bacteria, so carefully
brushing it may reduce odors. People who have a coated tongue
from a significant overgrowth of bacteria (from smoking or dry
mouth, for example) may benefit from using a tongue scraper.
Or use a toothbrush that has a built-in tongue cleaner.
Clean dentures or dental appliances. If you wear a bridge or a
denture, clean it thoroughly at least once a day or as
directed by your dentist. If you have a dental retainer or
mouth-guard, clean it each time before you put it in your
mouth. Your dentist can recommend the best cleaning product.
Drink plenty of water to avoid dry mouth. To keep your mouth
moist, avoid tobacco and drink plenty of water — not coffee,
soft drinks or alcohol, which can lead to a drier mouth. Chew
gum or suck on candy (preferably sugarless) to stimulate
saliva. For chronic dry mouth, your dentist or physician may
prescribe an artificial saliva preparation or an oral
medication that stimulates the flow of saliva.
Adjust your diet. Avoid foods such as onions and garlic that
can cause bad breath. Eating a lot of sugary foods also is
linked with bad breath.
Regularly get a new toothbrush. Change your toothbrush when it
becomes frayed — about every three to four months, and
choose a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Schedule regular dental checkups. See your dentist regularly
— generally twice a year — to have your teeth or dentures
examined and cleaned.
fresh parsley. Chewing parsley may improve bad breath