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6 tips to fight bad breath

Bad breath is a bad scent to come by. Unfortunately, it happens to most of us at some point in time. But why? Dr. Mark B. Whaley of Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Brentwood gives us the scoop.

Halitosis, the unpleasant odor of a person’s breath, may be caused by several factors:

  • Poor Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Decay
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Dry Mouth
  • “Morning breath”
  • Specific Foods or Drinks
  • Medications
  • Aging
  • Smoking
  • Illness

Probably the best thing you can do to combat a case of halitosis is “perk up” your dental hygiene regimen.

Make a plan to:

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day
  • Use toothpaste that has fluoride in it
  • Floss at least once a day
  • Drink plenty of water (Mouth tissues are best when hydrated)
  • Be aware of the foods you’re eating
  • Finally, be prepared with chewing gum for a “quick cleanse” after eating

If you stick with this plan, you should see a great improvement in your oral health, and a decrease in halitosis.

For more information about Dr. Whaley, visit www.WhaleyDDS.com. Need a doctor? Call 1-800-Doctors for a free physician referral.

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