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Learn How to Treat Halitosis

written by: AlyssaAst • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 8/31/2009

Bad breath is a condition known as halitosis. This condition can be very difficult to live with. Luckily, you can practice proper dental hygiene to treat this condition. Find out how to treat halitosis at home.

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    Halitosis is a condition that is often caused by poor dental hygiene. Certain medical conditions, diseases, and illnesses can also cause halitosis. Many changes in daily life style can be made to treat halitosis. If you are suffering from this condition, find out how to treat halitosis at home.

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    Dental Hygiene

    Changing habits to dental hygiene is often the most common treatment for halitosis. To treat this condition, it is important to brush your teeth, roof of the mouth, gums, and tongue at least twice a day. It is important to use a good tooth paste while doing this. You should floss your teeth at least once a day to prevent bacteria from growing, resulting in bad breath. Gargling with water or mouthwash will also decrease the bacteria and freshen the breath. Mouthwash can be used to temporarily relieve halitosis.

    If you wear dentures, they are often a common cause of this condition. All dentures, bridges, partial plates, or any other orthodontic appliance should be cleaned once a day. This is important because food and germs can become trapped and cause the condition.

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    Eating Habits

    Halitosis can also be treated by changing your eating habits. Eating foods that are rich in fruits and vegetables can help reduce bad breath. You should not eat foods that are high in fat or a lot of meat. Foods and drinks that produce a strong odor should be avoided. It is important to eat meals regularly because it can produce too much saliva and cause the halitosis to increase.

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    Other Treatments

    To treat bad breath you should not use tobacco products. Chewing sugar free gum or using sugar free mints can help keep the mouth moist. Regular dental check ups can also help treat halitosis by reducing dental complications, which can cause the odor. Visiting an ear, nose, and throat specialist can also help diagnose and treat the condition.

    Now that you know how to treat halitosis at home, you can easily start making changes to eliminate the bad breath. Preventing the halitosis before it occurs is important to treating the condition. Following these easy treatment tips at home can help you prevent and treat this condition.

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    References:

    “Bad or Changed Breath- Topic Overview” WebMD.com

    “Bad Breath” Mayoclinic.com