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Perhaps the term "halitosis" means nothing to you, but statistics show there is a one in four chance you suffer from this condition! In plain English halitosis means bad breath. It is traceable to poor dental hygiene in most cases. If you fail to clean food segments trapped between your teeth properly, bacteria build up in the mouth, and this gives an unpleasant odor to your breath. Sometimes the type of foods or drinks you enjoy makes the breath smell, or it might be a sign of gum disease or infection. People with bad breath may be unaware of the problem while their family and friends certainly do know about it!

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1. Take better care of your teeth

Improved dental care provides the best protection against halitosis. This requires brushing the teeth with toothpaste at least twice a day. The brushing ought to take several minutes if you do a thorough job. In addition to brushing the teeth, use dental floss to clear out bits of food trapped between teeth. Remember to clean your tongue when cleaning the teeth. Make sure to visit the dentist twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. The dentist can recommend the best types of toothpaste and dental floss to use.

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