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Top Tips for Beating Bad Breath

Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste including last thing before bed. Floss your teeth every day. Food particles can get trapped between your teeth, leading to unpleasant smells.
Visit the dentist regularly. Bad breath can be a sign of gum disease, which can be a serious problem. There is evidence that gum disease may be linked to heart disease and other health problems.

Stop smoking. Using tobacco makes your breath, clothes and hair smell! Smokers are much more prone to gum disease and oral cancer.

Steer clear of onions and garlic. However well you clean your teeth the smell of strong food comes through on your breath.

Visit your doctor. If your dentist says your mouth is healthy and you still get bad breath it can be a symptom of other illness. Chest, nose and throat infections, bronchitis, diabetes or liver disease are disorders that can cause halitosis.

Chew sugar free chewing gum. This is only a temporary solution to the problem of bad breath and you should still seek dental advice. Chewing sugar free gum also helps increase the flow of saliva which protects the teeth from decay.

Breathe through your nose. Almost everyone has had bad breath in the morning because they breathe through their mouth when they are asleep. If you have a blocked nose through a cold or sinusitis ask your pharmacist for something to clear it.

Cut down on alcohol and coffee. They are dehydrating and can give you a dry mouth leading to bad breath. But don’t increase your fizzy drink intake because sugar in these can lead to tooth decay resulting in more bad breath!