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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.
Poor Oral Hygiene
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.
Other Causes of Bad Breath
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.
Tips to Prevent Bad Breath
- Brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. If possible, brush after all meals and snacks.
- Floss and clean your tongue daily to remove all traces of food and bacteria from your mouth. You may also want to use a mouthwash or rinse.
- Avoid foods and drinks that can cause bad breath.
- If you smoke, consider quitting. This will help improve the general condition of your teeth as well as all areas of your health.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. The fiber will help to remove bacteria, and fresh fruit helps to keep your mouth moist.
- Drink plenty of water. This helps to clean food residue from your mouth and keep it from becoming overly dry.
- Chew sugar-free mint gum. This stimulates the flow of saliva, helps to clear away any food particles, and freshen your breath.
- Visit a dentist regularly to keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Your dentist can also screen for any throat, mouth or gum diseases that may cause bad breath.
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.