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Dental Hygiene and Bad Breath
There are many causes of bad breath, some obvious, others less so. The most common cause is from poor dental hygiene.
Poor oral hygiene leads to a build-up of bacteria, which gives off smelly gases. People with gum disease are four times more likely to have halitosis, but 90% of bad breath is due to excess bacteria between the gums and teeth.
Practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice daily using a fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with mouthwash 20 minutes later. Floss daily or use inter-dental brushes as well.
See your dentist once a year, so they can check for plaque, gum disease, or areas of your mouth that harbor food deposits, such as loose fillings or crowns. And visit the hygienist for a clean every six months.
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