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Bad breath 'a common dental problem'
Updated: 8/15/2008 10:00:37 AM
 

People who are trying to treat halitosis (bad breath) should be aware that it could be caused by a variety of factors, an expert advises.

An obvious culprit could be poor dental hygiene, according to geriatrician Beata Skudlarska, who is writing in the Connecticut Post. Good oral hygiene includes daily flossing, twice-daily brushing and proper denture cleaning.

Also, certain foods, such as garlic and onion, can sour someone's breath for a couple days after they are consumed, she states.

Some other potential causes of halitosis include medications, a dry mouth, smoking and certain infections or mouth diseases.

Once the reason has been pinpointed, Skudlarska recommends a visit to a dentist or even a primary care doctor for confirmation and a plan of action to eradicate the problem.

It is important to remember that "most advertised remedies will work only for a short time," she adds.

The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests that eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables can also help combat bad breath.
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