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Prevent cavities, bad breath, stained teeth, bleeding gums, and other mouth woes with the advice in these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- A toothbrush
- Dental floss
- And water or mouthwash
- Sugarless candy
- Sugarless gum or breath mints
- And a dentist or doctor
Brush & floss
Brush your teeth and floss regularly to help remove odor-causing bacteria and food particles that could be rotting.
Gently brush the top of your tongue every time you finish brushing your teeth.
Rinse your mouth well with water or mouthwash to flush out any particles you've dislodged.
Clean dentures & retainers
If you wear dentures or retainers, clean them thoroughly—the smell could be lurking there.
Examine your diet to see if the following items could be the culprits: garlic, onions, cabbage, cheese, spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine, and certain vitamins and medications.
If you smoke, stop smoking.
Drink water & suck candy
Drink plenty of water and suck on sugarless candy if you commonly have a dry mouth.
Visit your dentist every 6 months for a cleaning or check-up—or sooner, if these steps don't work. He or she can help figure out what's causing the problem and devise a treatment plan to get rid of it.
Use mouthwash, gum & mints
Use mouthwash, sugarless gum, or breath mints to help mask bad breath—but don't let that stop you from getting to the root of the problem. Your loved ones—and anyone else in striking distance—will thank you.