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Bad breath can be very terrible for people but the good news is that it can be eradicated by keeping the following points in mind.
Don't be surprised if you come to know that people have lost their jobs, friends, even spouses because of bad breath! Yes, it is a fact that bad smell from the mouth puts people away. So it is essential to keep your mouth always fresh. Here are a few tips:

Brush and floss. Basic dental hygiene that includes brushing and flossing is important, but the deposit that collects between your teeth isn't the main source of odour," says dentist Dr. Manju Bansal of Max Health Care, Noida. "It comes from the back of your tongue, and the culprit is sulfur compounds."

Most dentist recommend brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, brushing your tongue, and flossing. Banal says brushing the tongue with most brands of toothpaste dries the mouth because they contain sodium sulfate, a chemical also used in shampoos to create foaming action.

Moisturize mouth and nasal passages. Chewing sugarless gum or snacking on an apple will promote saliva production. "Anytime you put food in your mouth, there's a reflex to produce saliva," says Bansal.

Use a tongue scraper and physically remove the bacteria and plaque. It will leave a feeling of freshness in your mouth.

Rinse with chlorine dioxide. Your dentist may recommend a mouthwash containing chlorine dioxide. "People grab an over-the-counter mouthwash, but they're just perfume" says a dentist. "They accentuate the problem because they contain alcohol, which dries the mouth. Chlorine dioxide combines chemically with the sulfur compounds and makes them inert."

Drinking Tea May Ward Off Bad Breath. "Some beverages, especially alcoholic ones, can give you bad breath, but a cup of green or black tea may freshen it," says Bansal. Tea contains antioxidant, which inhibits growth of bacteria that causes bad breath and reduced sulfur compounds by 30 per cent.

Some people think that eating onions and garlic causes bad breath. But experts say there's not much you can do about the odour that comes from these sulfur-producing foods. Through digestion, the odour is absorbed into the bloodstream and delivered to the lungs, where it's pumped out as dragon breath. But this odour is temporary. As soon as you chew anything freshening, the odour goes away.

If bad breath persists, see your dentist, who will do a dental exam and inquire about your general health, diet, and medications. The cause could be gum (periodontal) disease or some other condition that needs, special treatment.
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Posted on : 29/11/2005
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