General Tips


Bad breath or “halitosis” is typically caused when bacteria form volatile sulfur compounds in your mouth, which give bad breath its odor. In most cases, bad breath can be effectively treated by following a proper oral health care program, including regular brushing of your teeth and tongue, and by flossing.

For more stubborn cases of bad breath, there are specialty products that have been developed to combat the problems associated with bad breath. Ask your Manus Dental team for advice and details about specialty products available to combat this common problem.


Food selection and nutrition plays an important part in your oral health care. All of these foods contribute to the health of your teeth and gums:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Whole-grain bread
  • Lean meats
  • Dairy products

Choosing foods like these also help create healthy eating habits for both children and adults. You should be especially careful about eating between meals or “snacking” without brushing your teeth since this type of activity allows the bacteria in the plaque to remain active for longer periods of time in the mouth, thereby leading to a destructive pattern for decay. This is especially true for snacks that are sticky (i.e. toffee or caramels) or starchy (i.e. chips or crackers).

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