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What Causes Bad Breath

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What causes bad breath? This document explores some of the answers.

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									What Causes Bad Breath
by David Rose
ivorytowergroup@gmail.com

Bad breath can be awful, both for your overall health and for your social life. It cannot
be fixed by inhaling breath mints, nor can it be fixed by the vigorous use of mouth wash.
The base cause for bad breathe goes much deeper. In this article, I will explain some of
the causes of bad breath and some simple remedies you can use to help eliminate the
problem.

Halitosis is the medical term most used to describe bad breath. The condition makes
possible the production of a type of bacteria that thrive in your mouth, and this bacteria
is what generates the odor you and others smell. Usually, you can do a scraping at the
back part of your tongue with a clean plastic knife to see if it is the condition you have. If
the scraping is smelly, then you have the condition.

Halitosis is caused by various conditions. Amazingly, one of the most common causes
is the excessive use of alcohol-based mouthwash, such as Listerine. So, if you use this
product, it’s probably best to stop using it, or at least, don’t use it before you turn in for
the night, as the alcohol dries out the inside of your mouth and hastens the growth of
the very bacteria you are trying to eliminate. The best thing to do is to brush your teeth
well. Also brush your gums and your tongue. Avoid using any type of mouthwash, as
most are alcohol-based, and you really want to stay away from them.

Here is a great routine you can try that will help improve your breath and possibly
eliminate it altogether. Give it some time, and you should see good results.

First things first. Acquire a new toothbrush. It should have soft bristles, not the medium
or hard ones. The store brand is perfectly adequate. You don’t need anything with
fancy labels. Brush your teeth morning and night. If possible, also brush midday, but
I know that this is not possible or practical for many of us. Spend at a minimum 5
minutes brushing your teeth, your gums, and your tongue. Brush softly, but completely.
Try not to miss any areas and try not to cause any bleeding. You can use just about
any toothpaste, but I recommend using simple baking soda. Just put some on your
toothbrush and go for it.

Keep your toothbrush in a glass container of vodka. Vodka is a neutral spirit and great
for eliminating just about any germ known to mankind. You can obtain cheap vodka at
the store, but make sure it hasn’t been watered down. Any 80-proof brand will do. Fill a
glass to the half way mark and store your toothbrush bristles down in the glass. Make
sure it’s a genuine glass and not plastic, as plastic loves to attract all sorts of germs.
Wash the container thoroughly every week and replace with fresh vodka. Replace your
toothbrush every 3 months. They’re cheap and well worth replacing.

Gargle after brushing. Don’t use a typical mouthwash. Instead, use hydrogen peroxide.
You don’t need much. Just a capful in a quarter cup of water will suffice. Gargle, rinse,
spit out, and repeat two more times. Do not swallow the hydrogen peroxide. This
amount is not really dangerous, but it still should not be swallowed.

You probably don’t floss. Most of us don’t. But if you can, it would be a good idea to
start. Floss in the evening. This will eliminate food particles that can fester in your mouth
and promote the growth of bacteria. Don’t give them the chance.

Make sure you drink plenty of water during your day. This will not only hydrate you but
will also assist to clean your mouth of anything that might be building up in there. Six to
eight glasses each day should be fine.

If you consume foods that contain refined sugar, you should see if you can eliminate
them from your diet. If not, see if you can limit them. Did you know that cavities were
almost nonexistent before we introduced refined sugar into our diets? It’s that terrible.
This includes sodas, ice cream, sugary cereal, and just about anything else sweet you
can buy at the supermarket. I know it’s not practical to eliminate it all, so do the best job
you can. The best bet is to try to stay away from eating anything after you’ve done your
night time brushing.

These suggestions will start you on your way to better breath and general all-around
health.

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