Last modified / updated Jan. 01, 2016
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Nose, Throat and Mouth
Soothing minor sore throat pain - See your doctor if you are exposed to strep (bacterial throat infection that can make your throat feel sore and scratchy) or have any of
these signs or symptoms: fever, nausea, vomiting, swollen
neck glands, difficulty breathing or swallowing, tonsils with
pus, or severe pain that doesn't improve in a few days.
- Drink lots of liquids - Being well-hydrated helps keep mucus thin and easy to clear.
- Gargle with warm salt water to soothe and help clear your throat of mucus.
- Chew sugar-free gum - These products stimulate secretion of saliva, which bathes and
cleanses your throat.
- Rest your voice - If your sore throat involves an inflamed larynx, talking a lot
may lead to more irritation of your voice.
- Avoid air pollutants - Don't smoke. Avoid smoke-filled rooms and fumes from
household cleaners or paint.
- Battling bad breath - Occasional bad breath is usually due to bacteria, certain foods
or a dry mouth. When bad breath doesn't respond to self-care,
ask your dentist to check for gum disease or poor-fitting dental
work or see your doctor for a possible medical cause.
- To fight bad breath: Brush and floss after you eat
- Brush your tongue including the back of your tongue, a good
brushing removes dead cells, bacteria and food debris.
- Chew sugar-free gum - The action stimulates flow of saliva to prevent dry mouth and
to wash away food particles and bacteria.
- Rinse your mouth with water
- Don't smoke - Smoking dries out your mouth and causes its own unpleasant mouth odor.
- Tartar control - Anti-tartar pastes can help prevent a buildup of tartar.