Bad Breath Prevention

Except in cases of bad breath caused by disease or illness, many bad breath treatments double as bad breath preventative methods. The best way to prevent bad breath is to follow a good oral hygiene program. Especially important:
  • Brush at least twice daily
  • Brush your tongue as well as your teeth.
  • Floss at least once daily
  • Drink plenty of water each day.
  • Keep dentures, bridges, and retainers clean.
Of course, another way to prevent bad breath is to eliminate some of the causes of bad breath from your life. Tobacco, alcohol, and high-oil foods like garlic and onions and extra spicy foods like pastrami are often the culprits behind halitosis. Experts also advise that diets that contain less meat and more fruits and vegetables help prevent bad breath. However, instead of causing bad breath, some foods help you prevent bad breath!
  1. Cranberry juice may have the power to eliminate offensive bacteria that sticks to teeth, tongue and lives in plaque pockets and other hard to reach areas of your mouth.
  2. Some of the elements in green and black tea contain halitosis fighting agents. Polyphenols in tea help to both reduce oral bacteria and eliminate the sulphur compounds that bacteria causes as it decays.
  3. A recent Japanese study suggests that sugarless yogurt may prevent bad breath as well as fight tooth decay and periodontal diseases. A six-week study found that eating 90 grams (approx 3 ounces) of sugarless yogurt a day reduced hydrogen sulphide levels in 16 out of 20 participants.
Finally, regular professional tooth cleaning and oral examinations by your dentist can give you a “heads up” to many of the causes of bad breath and stop them before halitosis becomes a problem!

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