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Do you suffer from bad breath? There are a variety of methods to reach a mouth that feels fresh and clean.

Brush and floss more frequently.
The plaque that builds up on your teeth collects the bacteria that causes bad breath. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day to avoid bad breath. If you want fresher breath, do both more often.

Rinse out your mouth.
Mouthwash freshens the breath and adds protection by getting rid of bacteria. Make sure that the mouthwash you choose kills the germs that cause bad breath. Swishing your mouth with water after meals can also help your breath, as it gets rid of food particles that get stuck in the teeth.

Brush or scrape your tongue.
The tongue collects bacteria that causes bad breath. Brush your tongue with your toothbrush to get rid of the bacteria. If your toothbrush is too big to reach the back of your tongue, try using a tongue scraper.

Avoid foods and beverages that cause bad breath.
Several foods and beverages cause bad breath, including:

• Onions
• Garlic
• Cheese
• Pastrami
• Certain spices
• Orange juice
• Soda
• Alcohol

Brushing after you eat these foods doesn’t help, as the foods are absorbed into the bloodstream and move to the lungs. Bad breath will last until the culprit has left the body. So, to avoid bad breath, don’t eat these foods—or at least avoid them before going to see friends.

See your dentist or doctor.
Gum disease and tooth decay cause bad breath. Our dentist can recommend treatment to correct these issues. You may also need to visit your doctor to see if there are any underlying medical reasons for the halitosis.