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Treating Bad Breath

Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is a condition many patients suffer from. It’s no surprise that bad breath can become incredibly embarrassing. Although you can find mouthwash, gum, and other products to help combat bad breath, these solutions are only temporary and don’t solve the root problem. 

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What causes bad breath?

Did you know there are a variety of different types of bad breath odors? Whether you are aware of your bad breath or not, it’s something you should be aware of in the long run. Here are a few common causes of halitosis:

Poor Oral Hygiene

If you are not practicing a proper oral hygiene routine, chances are you may be suffering from halitosis. Without brushing and flossing each day, food particles and bacteria are left in your mouth, developing a distinct odor. This bacteria can eventually form plaque, which is a common cause of gum disease. Keeping your teeth healthy and clean can help solve a ton of dental health problems, including bad breath. 

Unhealthy Diet

Many people think foods they eat only affect their breath right after eating. Unfortunately, brushing after a meal doesn’t always get rid of bad breath from your diet. Foods like onions, garlic, and more are common culprits of bad breath. After your food is digested, it enters your bloodstream and lungs, consequently affecting your breath. On the other hand, there are other non-smelly foods that can also produce bad breath. Junk foods lack a variety of vitamins and minerals, which can cause oral health issues like bad breath.  

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Cavities

If you are prone to developing cavities, you may also suffer from halitosis. Cavities collect bacteria, which is a very common way to develop bad breath. However, just because you have bad breath doesn’t mean you have a cavity, and vice versa. If you suspect you have a cavity, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to find a solution. 

Bad Habits

What does your breath say about your habits? There are a variety of common bad habits that could be seriously impacting your oral health. As we mentioned above, implementing a proper oral hygiene routine is a great habit to begin. On the other hand, there are habits that might be harder to kick. Smoking and chewing tobacco are serious culprits for major health issues, including lung disease, gingivitis, and bad breath.  

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Dry Mouth

Xerostomia, also known as dry mouth, can also cause bad breath. Dry mouth occurs when there is a decrease in saliva production. Saliva helps keep your mouth clean, but when there isn’t enough, it can cause some serious bad breath. Although most people suffer from the typical dry mouth that occurs overnight, some can develop a more serious case of chronic dry mouth, which can lead to further issues down the road. 

How can I get rid of bad breath?

Although bad breath can be embarrassing and cause anxiety, there are a few easy ways you can treat bad breath from home. Everyone suffers from bad breath at some point in their life, so it’s important to know the steps to take when it comes up. 

Daily Brushing and Flossing

The number one way to prevent and/or treat bad breath is to incorporate a great oral hygiene routine into your daily schedule. Brushing twice a day, flossing twice a day, and refreshing with mouthwash will help keep your breath fresh all day. If you have braces, dentures, or retainers, it’s important to take proper care for them. 

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Kicking Bad Habits

If you suffer from bad breath due to bad habits like smoking, talking to your dentist could be a great way to receive tips and recommendations on how to begin the journey to kicking the habit. 

Hydrate

To stimulate the production of saliva, drinking lots of water will help keep your mouth moist and your body hydrated. A few other ways to keep your mouth hydrated is to keep gum or hard candies on hand in case your mouth becomes dry throughout the day.

Schedule Dental Checkups

Scheduling dental checkups twice a year is one of the most important aspects of staying on top of your oral health. When visiting your dentists, they will be able to identify any oral health issues that may be causing your bad breath. 

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When should I visit the dentist for bad breath?

If home remedies have failed to cure your bad breath, it may be time to visit the dentist. The team at Memphis Center for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can help find a solution to your bad breath. If you’re experiencing bad breath, contact us today to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you!

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