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Keep your breath sweet

How to prevent bad breath (Halitosis)?Would you tell your best friend if she had halitosis -- or bad breath? Most people wouldn't, according to a survey by the British Dental Health Foundation. Bad breath is mostly caused by poor dental hygiene, but can be triggered by a pungent meal or bad nutrition, or it can indicate medical problems.

To test yourself, lick the inside of your wrist, wait ten seconds and then sniff! If the smell is unpleasant, it's likely that your breath is too. For a sweeter smell:
  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily -- brushing alone only cleans about 60 per cent of the surface of your teeth.
  • Use a mouthwash: some kill the bacteria that cause halitosis.
  • Drink more water -- a dry mouth can cause bad breath. Also, chewing sugar-free gum stimlates saliva (also relieves indigestion).
  • The traditional remedy is to chew parsley, which has long been recognized as a breath freshener.

If you've tried everything -- and given up smoking! -- seek advice from your dentist.
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