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Bad Breath? Find the Best Halitosis Cure

Mary Munier

We've all had it at some time: bad breath. It's embarrassing - yet common. But what do you do when you're stuck with the oral issue? The best halitosis cure is prevention with good brushing and flossing techniques. But if you're in a bind, here are a few other ways to get rid of bad breath.

A Healthy Diet Creates Healthy Breath

Need a quick fix for bad breath? Grab the parsley off your plate and eat it. Some herbs, like parsley, have an instant cleansing affect on your mouth. And parsley has a fresh scent that may help cover up any odorous food that you may have consumed.

If you don't have parsley, grab a few crunchy, raw vegetables. Carrot sticks, celery stalks, an apple or even raw broccoli will work. These foods are healthy for your body and the fibrous veggies can help loosen food and prevent plaque build-up that can create an odor.

Mouthrinses, Mints and Chewing Gum

These products work as a temporary halitosis cure. But, according to the American Dental Association, they're not a long-term cure. These cosmetic products don't kill the bacteria that cause bad breath. Cosmetic rinses, for example, only work because they contain flavors that cover up bad breath. Once the fragrance wears away, the odor-causing bacteria are still present.

Mints and gum products may also mask bad breath temporarily, but many of them contain sugar. Check the label before you buy any of them. Dentists recommend that you use sugar-free varieties or use the sugared products sparingly.

If you suffer from bad breath at work, keep a bottle of mouthwash in a desk drawer. For social occasions, don't wait until you have bad breath, get your supplies in advance! Grab a pack of sugar-free gum or mints. Slip them into your wallet or handbag for bad breath emergencies.

Talk to a Dental Professional

If you suffer from bad breath on a regular basis, the best halitosis cure may come from your dentist or dental hygienist. Illnesses such as diabetes, gum disease or certain infections can cause bad breath. If you find yourself relying on mints or rinses too often, it may be a sign that something else is going on. So don't be afraid to mention the problem during your next office visit.

Learn more about halitosis in the Colgate Oral Care resources.

Source: Morguefile

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