Bad breath, also known as halitosis, can affect anyone – and unfortunately does at one time or another. There are those of us, however, who are more prone to this embarrassing condition than others. Below are some common causes of halitosis, as well as tips on how to stop bad breath for good.
Improper oral hygiene is the number one cause of bad breath. It’s not enough to just brush your teeth twice daily. You should also floss every day and either brush or scrape your tongue to remove additional bacteria. It’s always best to brush after every meal, if possible.
While improper oral hygiene is the main cause of bad breath, it is not the only one. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and drinking coffee are also known causes of bad breath. Spicy or sugary foods, or foods containing a lot of garlic or onions, can be particularly problematic for those prone to halitosis.
Diseases such as ulcers, GERD, and acid reflux can also cause bad breath. If you find that you have frequent indigestion or stomach pain in addition to your bad breath, you should visit your doctor or a gastroenterologist to rule out more serious conditions.
If you are ready for a tooth cleaning or have concerns about your oral hygiene, call the experts at Friendly Dentistry today and we will be happy to make an appointment for you.