YM Magazine - Beating Bad Breath
Q. The other day my friend told me I had bad breath. Now I'm Ilaranoid. How can I make sure I don't get it again?
A. Everyone gets bear breath occasionally. It can be the result of garlicky food, certain medications, or illness. Butthe best way to prevent the killer, spontaneous kind is to follow good dental hygiene. Jan Linhart, D.D.S., a New York City dentist, recommends the following regimen:
- brush often Clean your teeth after each meal - especially if you have braces. Bad breath is often caused by plaque left on your teeth by decaying food and bacteria. If you can't do a post-lunch brush, rinsing your mouth with water will help.
- brush thoroughly Make sure you hit every surface of every tooth. To get really clean teeth, you should be brushing for a minimum of two minutes. Lightly brushing the back of yourtongue will also help to clear your mouth of odorcausing bacteria.
- don't forget to floss It's essential if you want get- I close breath-not to mention healthy teeth and gums.
- See your doc Twice-yearly professional cleanings will help keep bad breath at bay.