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Bad Breath

Are you spending too much money on mouthwash, breath mints and other odour-killing treatments because you are worried about your breath?

You’re not alone.  As many as 75 percent of Canadians worry about their breath at least once a day. Luckily, the solution is relatively simple.

The source of bad breath is actually bacteria, which generally live on the back part of your tongue, between your teeth or on your gums. Bacteria become more powerful when you do anything that reduces the amount of saliva in your mouth, including sleeping, fasting, exercising and even taking some medications.

The good news is that a daily home regimen of proper brushing and flossing, along with effective deep tongue cleaning can help to eliminate bad breath. Using a tongue scraper, make cleaning your tongue part of your daily ritual.

You can keep bad breath from happening in the first place by drinking plenty of water, chewing sugarless gum, and using mouthwash before bedtime. If none of these seem to help, see your dentist. Your dentist has a variety of tools available to evict the bad-breath demon.