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Bad Breath (Halitosis) (cont.)

Diagnosis of Bad Breath

  • A complete medical and dental history should be taken. The patient will be asked about their bad breath problem, dietary habits, tobacco use, medications, medical conditions, and family history.
  • A dentist will examine the patient's mouth. X-rays may be taken, and periodontal charting may be done to determine if the odor is due to gum disease.

Bad Breath Home Remedies

People who suffer from bad breath want to know how to get rid of bad breath. Some examples of measures an individual can do to prevent or get rid of bad breath include the following:

  • Practice good oral hygiene, which involves
    • brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste,
    • brushing the teeth after meals,
    • brushing the tongue,
    • replacing one's toothbrush every two to three months,
    • using dental floss regularly,
    • removing dentures at night and cleaning them thoroughly before placing them back in the mouth,
    • dental check-up at least twice a year.
  • Stop smoking/chewing tobacco-based products.
  • Keep the mouth moist by
    • drinking water,
    • chewing sugarless gum or sucking on sugar-free hard candy to stimulate the production of saliva.
  • Avoid foods such as onions or garlic, which may cause bad breath.
  • Mouthwash provides a temporary way to mask bad breath odors, but it may not treat the underlying cause.
  • Natural bad breath remedies include chewing on mint or parsley.

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