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Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by a number of behaviors or health conditions. It can result from the food that we eat, poor dental hygiene, dental infections, gum disease, or even diabetes. The irony is that many sufferers of bad breath are unaware of it because their senses have become accustomed to it.
Oftentimes, simple steps can be taken at home to help cure bad breath. This is because most cases are the result of bacteria and decaying food particles in the mouth. If you are an otherwise healthy individual, you should start eliminating your bad breath by brushing your teeth after each meal. If that doesn’t correct the problem, you can also floss your teeth after each meal and use a special tongue scraper to ensure that all the broken down food particles are removed from your mouth.
In addition to revving up your oral hygiene routine, you should ensure that you are well hydrated and that your mouth does not become dry too often. This is important because saliva helps you naturally wash away food particles and fight bacteria in your mouth. If you take an oral medication that causes a dry mouth, you can use special mouthwashes or chew more sugarless gum to help increase saliva production.