Many people suffer bad breath, and the worst thing to do in this situation is to do nothing. When this problem advances, it becomes known as chronic halitosis. Some people spend a ton of money on products to treat the symptoms, and feel especially embarrassed when these products don't work. However, it is critical to address the cause, not the symptom. Since halitosis is caused by decaying food particles (which can be stuck between the teeth and on gums or the tongue) it can be prevented with good oral hygiene followed every day.
Remembering to brush, floss, and rinse after every meal can be a daunting task-- but it is well worth the effort. In many cases there are broken down teeth or spaces between the teeth that act as food traps where food particles can lodge. Only your dentist will be able to fix these issues. Even denture wearers should follow these steps every day for good oral hygiene. Naturally, if you smoke or if you eat certain types of food, such as garlic and onions, there may be an unpleasant aroma that makes kissing unpleasant, but persistent bad breath may also be a sign of a more serious, underlying health problem including respiratory, sinus, or gastrointestinal complications.
For example, there is a condition known as dry mouth in which saliva production is diminished. Under normal conditions, saliva cleanses the mouth of food particles and prevents decay so it is common for somebody who suffers dry mouth to also experience halitosis. Over the counter mouthwash and rinses only temporarily mask the symptoms, yet do nothing to treat the root cause. The American Dental Association recognizes the effectiveness of some anti-microbial rinses which have proven to reduce plaque and gingivitis. Good oral hygiene contributes to reducing or even eliminating halitosis, and that involves a combination of daily brushing and flossing as well as regular cleanings performed by a dentist.