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Bad Breath Basics

Bad breath is not only embarrassing; it can also be a sign of other more serious problems. Keep reading to learn how to keep prevent bad breath.

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What causes bad breath?

Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is caused by a variety of things, but in many cases it is the result of bacteria that build up in your mouth. The following things can contribute to bad breath:

Having a dry mouth – Saliva plays an important role in keeping your mouth clean and getting rid of unwanted bacteria. When your mouth dries out, those bacteria build up and cause unpleasant odors. If you’ve noticed that you have bad breath in the morning, it is probably because your mouth is dry.

Eating smelly foods – Things like garlic and onions can leave an unpleasant smell in your mouth for hours, even after you’ve brushed your teeth. If you’re going to be eating onions, garlic, or other similar foods, know that your breath may be affected. Brushing your teeth thoroughly, cleaning the back of your tongue, flossing, and using mouthwash may help.

Having an infection: Bad breath can be a sign of a more serious oral health problem such as gum disease. If you have chronic bad breath, you should ask your dentist for advice.

Tips For Keeping Your Breath Fresh

You don’t have to live with the embarrassment caused by bad breath. There are plenty of simple things you can do to keep your breath fresh. Start with the following:

Drink water throughout the day to rinse out your mouth and aid the production of saliva.

Brush your teeth after each meal.

Remember to clean the back of your tongue. Bacteria can build up in the back of your mouth and cause unpleasant odors.

Keep sugar free gum or mints handy. They can’t eliminate bacteria, but they can mask unpleasant odors in a pinch.

Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Even if you floss every day like you should, there are parts of your mouth that are very difficult to keep clean. The dentist can get your mouth completely clean and find any problems that could be contributing to bad breath. Contact Moberi Dental Specialists to learn more.

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