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Do brushing twice, flossing, tongue cleaning, gargling with mouthwash. Other ways to cure bad breath?

Can you please explain the ways to cure bad breath/halistos ? I mean I know there are thousands of them online ..... but still I would like to know from you. P.S. Lack of oral hygiene isn t the cause. I brush my teeth twice a day or sometimes even more, use tongue cleaner to clean my tongue, floss and also rinse/gargle with mouthwash( Listerine ). Thanks !!
Asked On : Sun, 2 Dec 2012
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Dentist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 's  Response
Halitosis - bad breadth has many reasons right from the food you eat to the acid secreted in your stomach. the main factors are with oral hygiene maintenance. Inspite of brushing regularly..there are deposits that get accumulated on the teeth surface, that does not come out with your brushing...You have to get your teeth cleaned from a dental surgeon. Hence we recommend to get the teeth cleaned every 6 months. These deposits causes gum enlargement. Bacteria thrive in these spaces and decomposes the food you eat leading to halitosis. If you feel your mouth is getting dried...have plenty of water...dry mouth would also cause bad breadth.
Answered: Mon, 3 Dec 2012
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Welcome to HCM
Halitosis means foul odor that occurs because of poor oral hygiene.
Management of bad breath:

1. Floss first then brush your whole mouth including your gums, cheeks, roof of mouth, tongue and take a full 3 minutes brushing your teeth.
2. Sugar free Chewing gum: Since dry-mouth can increase bacterial build-up and cause or worsen bad breath, chewing sugarless gum can help with the production of saliva, and thereby help to reduce bad breath. Chewing may help particularly when the mouth is dry, or when one cannot perform oral hygiene procedures after meals.
3. Gargling right before bedtime with chlorhexidine mouthwash.
4. Maintaining proper oral hygiene, including daily tongue cleaning, brushing, flossing, and periodic visits to dentists and hygienists. Flossing is particularly important in removing rotting food debris and bacterial plaque from between the teeth, especially at the gum line.

Take Care
Answered: Mon, 24 Dec 2012
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