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How Do I Get Rid of Bad Breath?

Many people suffer from chronic bad breath or halitosis. Bad breath is something you do not want to beknown for, and typically finding the cause is easy. If you suffer from bad breath but also brush, floss, orgargle eachday the cause may not be obvious. Taking the time to figure out the underlying problem thatmay be causing your bad breath is important, and finding a cure can be simple.

Common Cause of Bad Breath

Dental Hygiene

The first area patients should focus on istheir dental hygiene habits. Gum or mints are only a short termsolution, and finding the cause is the only way you can truly get relief from bad breath. Looking at yourdental hygiene is a great place to start because dental hygiene is the most common cause of chronic badbreath. About 85% of bad breath comes from inside the mouth. If you do not brush and floss daily,bacteria can get left behind and cause issues with your breath. Bacteria eats theleftoverfood particlesin your mouth,and as a result leaves a foul smelling odor in your mouth and on your teeth.

Devices

If patients wear retainers, dentures, or mouthguards while they sleep,these devices can trap bacteria orfood particles if not cleaned properly. This can attribute to halitosis or chronicbad breath. Taking care ofyour teeth and mouth is extremely important for your overall and oral health, and can prevent issuessuch as bad breath that could be embarrassing around others.

Cavities or Infection

If you suffer from cavities or have an infection lingering in your mouth that has not been treated, thiscan cause bad breath. Attending regular visits to our office for your dental cleaning and exam isimportant. Our skilled staff can get in front of issues such as cavities or infections and preventfurtherproblems in the future. If patients have issues with their tonsils or throat, this can cause bad breath,andcan be from an infection such as strep throat. Patients should seek treatment from their primary carephysician if they feel there is an issue with their tonsils or throat.

Dry Mouth or Dehydration

Dehydration or dry mouth is a common cause of bad breath. Saliva and water wash away bacteria orfood particles. If your mouth is not hydrated this reduces saliva and can cause halitosis. Our salivacontains pertinent minerals and proteins that help defend against bacteria. Staying hydrated isimportant to keep our mouth healthy and to prevent bad breath.

Other P ossible Causes for Bad Breath

  • Diabetes
  • Throat or mouth cancer
  • Sinus infection
  • Digestiveissues
  • Acid reflux
  • Lung infection
  • Liver disease

What Can I Do to Cure My Bad Breath?

  • Brush and floss two times a day
  • Use an antimicrobial rinse daily
  • Tongue scrape daily to remove bacteria
  • Remove any devices and clean them thoroughly
  • Visit our dental office for regular cleanings and exams
  • Review your diet and try and stick to eating healthy foods
  • Drink water and stay hydrated
  • Avoid tobacco products

Looking For Help With Chronic Bad Breath?

There are many simple solutions to cure bad breath.We encourage you to make an appointment for anexam in our office to discuss your concerns. Our skilled staff can help give you tips, and our thoroughdental exam can help identify any issues you may have that could be causing chronic bad breath. If youhave already triedsimple solutions and still notice your bad breath does not go away, we may adviseyoumake an appointment to see your primary care physician.

If you are interested in finding asolutiontocurebad breath we can help. To schedule yourappointmentcontact our office,and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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