Bad breath can be caused by a number of things, not just poor hygiene. If you're brushing, flossing and drinking plenty of fluids there might be a medical reason for your bad breath. Among some of the major culprits are tonsillitis, cryptic tonsils, oral disease such as tooth abscesses, chronic dry mouth caused by medications, sinusitis, and diabetic ketoacidosis. The use of alcohol and cigarettes can also contribute to bad breath. Tips for keeping bad breath at bay: avoid foods with strong odors such as garlic and onions, brush your teeth after eating, floss daily, see your dentist every 6 months, and drink water frequently to avoid dry mouth. You can also use mints, sugar free gum, breath strips and sprays. If you suspect a medical reason for your bad breath see your doctor or dentist.
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