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How to Prevent Bad Breath

We can't guarantee that your life will remain free from bad timing or bad luck, but we can help you prevent one of the baddest bads there is—bad breath.


  • Step 1: Brush & floss Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day to help remove odor-causing bacteria and food.
  • Step 2: Brush tongue Gently brush the top of your tongue every time you finish brushing your teeth.
  • Step 3: Clean dentures & retainers If you wear dentures or retainers, clean them regularly.
  • Step 4: Avoid these foods Avoid the following: garlic, onions, cabbage, cheese, spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine.
  • TIP: If you do indulge in any of these fragrant foods, brush your teeth afterward, drink plenty of water, and have some mouthwash, sugarless gum, or breath mints handy to mask your breath, just in case.
  • Step 5: Avoid smoking Avoid smoking.
  • Step 6: Drink water & eat candy Drink lots of water and suck on sugarless candy, especially if you tend to have a dry mouth.
  • Step 7: Visit dentist Visit your dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up—visit him sooner if you develop bad breath that doesn't go away after you've tried everything.
  • FACT: Like the hit Michael Jackson song "Bad" suggests, in the 1980s, calling something "bad" was actually a compliment.

You Will Need

  • A toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Some water
  • And a dentist
  • Mouthwash
  • Sugarless candy
  • Sugarless gum
  • or breath mints

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