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How to ward off bad breath
Updated: 5/4/2011 7:00:03 PM

Individuals should seek a diagnosis from a qualified dentist for persistent bad breath While the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that individuals brush their teeth two times daily and floss regularly, these techniques alone may not be able to effectively banish bad breath. A recent article published by USA Today offers several tips for sustaining minty-fresh oral aroma.

First, the news organization recommends that people who want to improve their halitosis should drink plenty of water. This is because oral bacteria can thrive in dry environments but consuming beverages frequently throughout the day may help wash these pathogens away and stimulate saliva production.

Cleaning the tongue is key to achieving fresh breath, the news provider explained. Many people forget to brush their tongue, which allows food residue and bacteria to build up on its surface.

Although some mouthwashes only mask oral odor, others help kill stench-causing bacteria, the news source noted. Individuals who experience chronic bad breath may consider asking their dentist for recommended mouth rinses or for advice on how to treat their condition.

The ADA explains that it is important for patients to seek a professional diagnosis for halitosis, since bad breath may be the result of health threats such as a respiratory tract infection or diabetes.

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