In order to ensure your smile has the best chance of success this holiday season and the new year beyond, it is important to practice safe and effective prevention plans against all oral accidents and ailments that can arise. This includes treatment and prevention plans for halitosis, also known as bad breath. Ideally, mouthwash should be used to help to treat bad breath. Most forms of mouthwash can help kill bacteria or temporarily mask symptoms of bad breath. However, bad breath may be the result of an underlying condition or an oral health disease such as gum disease, that will need additional work. In cases like this, and effective oral health care routine and regular visits to your dentist will be necessary. In order to ensure that you have the best oral health care necessary to prevent bad breath, make a checklist of your oral health to determine if there are any lifestyle habits or choices that need to be changed. If you’re involved with any unhealthy habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco, you should stop them immediately. In addition, if you’re taking any medications that may produce dry mouth, it is important to keep saliva producing freely in your mouth to combat any side effects of dry mouth. To do this, eat healthy foods that require a lot of chewing or try chewing sugarless gum after meals. If you are interested in a halitosis treatment from Key Dental Group at our dentist office in Madison, Mississippi, call us at 601-707-9912. Our team looks forward to enhancing your oral health.