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Do people stand at a distance and speak to you? Do they wrinkle their nose when they are talking to you? Then maybe you have bad breath. This is a very embarrassing situation but it is not always within your control. These are hints to help you combat bad breath and be more confident.

  • See your dentist
    It’s important to find out where the odour is coming from and whether or not it’s due to a medical condition or a dental problem. Since bacteria can live in the deep pockets below the gum line, your dentist can make sure you’re brushing and flossing properly.
  • Brush
    It’s a no-brainer, but brushing after meals or at least twice a day will keep bad breath at bay. It’s also important to be methodical about brushing and make sure you’re getting all of the surfaces of your teeth and gums.

    “Even if you have one tooth that you miss every time, that can cause some pretty nasty breath,” saysDr. Joseph Banker, founder of Creative Dental Care in Westfield, New Jersey.

  • Floss
    An ultrasonic toothbrush is a good choice, but the best way to get below the gum line and in-between teeth is to floss right after you brush, every time.

    “If you leave food there constantly, it just sits and rots—and that smells,” Banker said.

  • Drink up
    If you’re not drinking enough water, your salivary flow decreases, which can cause breath to be more concentrated. Always carry water with you and be sure to drink throughout the day.
  • Be picky about mouthwash
    Mouthwash does a great job killing the bacteria that causes bad breath, but if it has a high alcohol content, it can be too drying and actually cause bacteria to grow. Look for an alcohol-free mouthwash and ingredients like menthol, eucalyptol or thymol instead. Also, wait 15 minutes after brushing to rinse so the mouthwash will be effective.
  • Bite into an apple
    Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables that require a lot of chewing help to clean out teeth and the vitamin C will kill bacteria.
  • Chew gum
    Chewing sugarless gum throughout the day can help to clean out food particles in the teeth and keep the mouth moist.
  • Drink tea
    Swap out your evening coffee for a cup of green or black tea instead. Both contain polyphenols, which prevent the growth of bacteria.

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