Taking proper care of the mouth is one of the most important things a person can do to avoid bad breath. While few people would admit to ignoring oral hygiene completely, many individuals do stop short of practicing the kind of oral care that can fully protect their mouths from harm.
For example, nearly everyone brushes their teeth. However, the use of mouthwash is far less common. Yet experts say that it is one of the most effective ways to clean the crevices in between teeth.
John Dodes, a New York-based dentist, recently wrote in the Osceola Sentinel-Tribune that using mouthwash is essential to avoiding halitosis.
"Brushing may clean your teeth, but what about the other surfaces in your mouth that harbor bad breath germs?" he asked. "That's why adding a mouthwash to your daily routine is essential to clean what brushing and flossing may miss."
However, not all mouthwashes are created equal. Some contain high levels of alcohol, which may dry out the mouth and cause odor-causing bacteria to multiply. Experts recommend looking for alcohol-free mouthwashes to ensure you do not develop halitosis later in the day.