“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” goes a popular saying. In that sense, bad breath, by other names, would smell just as sour. Halitosis, morning breath, dragon breath, bromopnia, fetor ex-ore—whatever you want to call it, it’s something that almost everyone has suffered from at some point, and it stinks.

what to do about your bad breath
An estimated 80 million percent of Americans have bad breath, says a CNN article by Dr. Anthony Youn. The oral condition is caused by a variety of factors such as food particles stuck between teeth, bacteria, poor oral hygiene and certain health conditions. Sometimes, it can be caused by medication such anti-Parkinson drugs, antipsychotics, antihypertensives, anticholinergics, antidepressants, antihistamines and central nervous system agents.

Dr. Anthony Youn offers four ways to get rid of bad breath in his article:

“Rinse with a mouthwash containing chlorine dioxide. Then gargle with your tongue sticking out. Studies show that chlorine dioxide is very effective at neutralizing the stinky volatile sulfur compounds created by oral bacteria.

Scrape the back of your tongue using a specialized tongue scraper/cleaner (can be purchased at your dentist’s office or online) and going from back to front. It may help to pull your tongue out with the fingers of one hand and scrape with the other hand. The farther back you scrape off those little critters, the more effective this will be. Rinse the tongue cleaner after each scrape.

Floss and brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste, taking care to brush the rest of your tongue and the inside of your mouth.

Consider rinsing one more time with the chlorine dioxide rinse, keeping with the instructions on the bottle.”

There are plenty over-the-counter products that can be used to eliminate bad breath. These products generally contain sodium chlorite, sodium benzoate and benzoic acid, which have been proven extremely helpful in the elimination of bad breath. It is advisable to first ask your Fremont dentist on which products are advisable for you.

It’s also important to remember that bad breath can be a symptom of an underlying disease. If you have chronic bad breath, visit a dentist for an evaluation. A trusted dentist in Fremont like Dr. Sheila Dobee can determine the cause of your bad breath and—depending on the cause—devise a treatment plan for it.

(Source: What to do about your bad breath, CNN.com, Feb. 22, 2014)

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