No one wants to have bad breath. Bad breath — or halitosis — is simply the condition of having smelly, unpleasant breath. While not a serious medical problem on its own, bad breath is definitely unpleasant and embarrassing. Here are four basic tips for solving this issue.

Brush Your Teeth — Often

You should already be brushing your teeth, since besides it is the only way to safeguard oral health and minimize your chance of cavities. But even if you do brush your teeth, you might not be doing it often enough. Just once a day isn’t enough, since the nasty, halitosis-friendly bacteria removed by brushing grow quickly.

Switch Up Your Diet

It turns out what you eat and drink doesn’t just affect your health — certain foods can also trigger halitosis. While nutritious yet pungent foods such as onions and garlic are one potential culprit, foods that are bad for your breath and your health are the ones you must really avoid. That’s why you should minimize your consumption of processed carbohydrates and sugar.

Don’t Smoke

By now we all know that smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your health. But if you need one additional reason to quit, consider the fact that smoking is also a major contributor to bad breath (among other nasty effects on oral health).

Use Sugar-Free Breath Mints or Gum

Breath mints and gum both increase salivation, which helps fight bad breath. While breath mints and gum are mildly effective at reducing halitosis, they are not nearly as valuable and important as brushing your teeth.

You don’t have to live with bad breath. Following the four basic rules seen above should solve your halitosis problem. If your issue persists, however, it might be time to visit a doctor. In rare cases bad breath can actually be a sign of certain serious medical problems, including diabetes and liver disease.

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