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Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Tips to control bad breath:
1. Brush your teeth after each meal.
2. Use dental floss at least once daily.
3. Brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
4. Rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth with salt water. (1/8 teaspoon of salt per cup of warm water) Do not swallow the salt water!
5. Always brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with salt water before going to bed. Your body produces less saliva while you are sleeping. Saliva helps keep your mouth clean and keeps bacterial growth down. Since you don't produce as much saliva while you are sleeping , bacteria has a chance to grow more. If your mouth is clean when you go to sleep you will have less bacterial growth overnight.

Bad breath can also be a problem after gastric bypass surgery. It can be caused by normal problems such as infected gums or lack of proper cleaning of the mouth. It is not uncommon, however, for food to be retained in the stomach and cause bad breath. Sometimes this is in the form of a food ball called a "Bezoar." It usually occurs after a meal of beef that has not been completely digested. "Bezoars" can occur if you overeat meat or other hard to to digest foods.

If after trying these tips to control Bad Breath, you find you still have bad breath, you may have a "Bezoar."
Tips for controlling Bezoars:
1. Dissolve a pinch of meat tenderizer in a small glass of warm water and sip it slowly (one sip every three to five minutes). This will allow the meat tenderizer to slowly drip on the undigested meat in your stomach and slowly break it down so it will move through the digestive system.
2. Keep food portions small to avoid getting a "Bezoar."
3. To avoid getting a "Bezoar," do not overcook meat.