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If you think of February 14th as Single Awareness Day, then you are safe from embarrassment if you experience chronic bad breath. However, if you think of this date as Valentine’s Day, then it is time to nip your halitosis problem in the bud by following these prevention and treatment solutions:

  • Maintain a good oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing them once a day
  • Visit the dentist twice a year for check-ups
  • Treat a dry mouth problem by drinking plenty of water and chewing on sugar-free gum
  • Avoid coffee and alcoholic beverages
  • Regularly clean oral appliances like dentures, mouth guards, and retainers
  • Chew on herbs like parsley, mint leaves, fennel, cloves, and anise seed
  • Avoid high protein and low carb diets
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months
  • Eat raw vegetables and fruits like apples, celery, carrots, and broccoli that help clean the mouth
  • Avoid excess consumption of garlic, onions, dairy, or foods high in acid and sugar
  • Rinse with a mouthwash
  • Clean your tongue using either a tongue scraper or your toothbrush
  • Treat underlying medical conditions like gastrointestinal problems, respiratory tract infection, and chronic bronchitis that may be causing your bad breath problem

Call Houston Cosmetic & Family Dental Associates for more tips on how you can have fresh breath this Valentine’s Day.