Saturday, February 19, 2011

Check Your Oral Hygiene Habits If You Have Bad Breath

If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from bad breath, a good place to start addressing the issue is a look at your oral hygiene habits. Bad breath occurs when anaerobic bacteria begin to feed on food particles left behind in the mouth after eating. The bacteria produce volatile sulfur compounds as part of their metabolic processes and these compounds smell like old socks or rotting eggs.
To combat this problem, make sure you thoroughly brush your teeth, your tongue, the inside of your cheeks and the roof of your mouth after eating. Follow up by flossing between your teeth and then using an oxygenating oral rinse that makes it more difficult for anaerobic bacteria to multiply and thrive. If after all this your problem persists, consult a dentist or ENT for signs of gum disease, tooth decay or tonsil stones.

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