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GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF BAD BREATH

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YOUR HALITOSIS IS SHOWING

When you've got bad breath, you might not realize it. But when people start to move away from you,it's probably a good indication. Halitosis, the technical term for bad breath, is pretty normal. It's usually caused by bacteria lingering in your mouth, but sometimes it can be related to more serious health issues.

THE CAUSES OF BAD BREATH

Luckily, most of the factors that cause bad breath can be easily prevented. Here are a few of the most common causes:

  • Poor dental hygiene — food trapped between teeth from infrequent or improper brushing and flossing.
  • Strong foods — such as onions and garlic, and beverages like coffee and alcohol. Bet you knew that one!
  • Smoking— Not that you need another reason for why smoking is bad for you.
  • A dry mouth — for example, saliva is reduced while you sleep and that's why you wake up with dreaded "morning breath"
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Other more serious issues including respiratory infections, or other systemic illnesses (diabetes,gum,liver, kidney or reflux diseases) can all contribute to bad breath and should be treated by a healthcare professional.

HOORAY! FRESH BREATH TIPS

Good thing it's easy to keep your breath fresh. Practice good dental hygiene, and the people around you will be thankful! Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Make sure you clean right to the back of your tongue when brushing.
  • Use dental floss after brushing to clean between your teeth.
  • Give LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN ANTI-STAIN and LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN ANTI-TARTAR mouthwashes a try. They contain EVERFRESH technology for fresh breath and a dentist-clean feeling that lasts up to 3x longer than brushing alone
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but try to avoid too much coffee and alcohol.
  • Chew sugar-free gum, especially when your mouth feels dry.
  • Eat fresh, fibrous vegetables such as carrots, celery and broccoli. They can help clean your teeth and prevent plaque from forming.
  • Try to avoid foods with strong scents that linger, such as onions and garlic.
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year for a professional cleaning, to help prevent small issues from developing into something more serious.
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