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Unfortunately, halitosis, which is also known as chronic bad breath, haunts many people. In fact, many people feel extremely embarrassed and ashamed because of their halitosis. If you’re one of these people, there is no need to worry. You’ve come to the right blog. Fortunately, there are things you can do on a regular basis to fight bad breath and Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai and our dental team are happy to tell you all about those things.

First, keep up on oral hygiene. To do so, brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, rinse your mouth daily and scrub your tongue regularly, whether it’s with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper. These things will help you wash away the bacteria and food particles that are causing bad breath. Also, make sure to visit your dentist regularly. Doing so is a great way to fix or avoid bad breath, especially because bad breath often results from gum disease. So please remember to attend your dental checkup and cleaning every six months.

Second, clean your dental appliances. If you have dentures, mouthguards or retainers, it’s best to clean them at least once a day. You can do so with your toothbrush or with denture cleaner. If you don’t scrub these appliances daily, bacteria, plaque and food particles will stick to the appliances and cause severe halitosis.

Third, moisten your mouth. Unfortunately, the medical condition dry mouth is a common cause of bad breath. To prevent or fight dry mouth, you need to produce as much saliva as possible. To help you do so, you can eat healthy foods that require a lot of chewing or you can chew sugarless gum on a regular basis.

Fourth, quit using tobacco products. Tobacco products, especially cigarettes, cause severe foul-smelling breath. They also alter your overall health. So, once you quit smoking, your breath will be pristine and fresh and you will also have a healthier body.

For more information and details, or to schedule an appointment with your dentist, please call Rai Family Dentistry at 540-657-0867. When you call our office, our dental team will be more than happy to assist you, even if it’s just by answering your questions. So, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!