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Hold your tongue accountable.  Most of the odor we think of as bad breath is bred on the back of your tongue.  Your tongue is like a shag carpet and bacteria hide between the bumps and grooves.  Plus, as we age, we take more medications.  Many of them cause dry mouth, which exacerbates bad breath.

The Fix:

1) Scrape it - Use a smooth-edged tongue scraper or your tooth brush to thoroughly clean your tongue.  Start as far back as you can.  

2) Feed it -  The principal components of bad breath are volatile sulfur compounds, which release their stink when your mouth is at an alkaline pH.  When you eat, your mouth becomes more acidic, reducing the stench.  

3) Rinse it - Not just any mouthwash will do.  A rinse with zinc and cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) is your best bet against stinky mouth bacteria.  

4) Probe it - Schedule a dental check to be sure to rule out tooth decay and gum disease.  

If the above tactics don't work, some cases can be caused by an underlying health problem, such as chronic sinus infection or kidney disease.