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Apr
6

How to Avoid Bad Breath

Posted in Bad Breath

Nobody wants to have halitosis (chronic bad breath.) It can be embarrassing – even to discuss with your dentist. The good news is there are preventive measures you can take to avoid mouth malodor.

What causes bad breath?

Many times, bacteria building up in your mouth are the cause of bad breath. Then it triggers gum inflammation, infection, and give off foul odors. If you have food trapped in your tonsils, cavities or unclean dentures, these areas can create malodor as well.

Bad breath can also be an indication of an underlying medical condition. Some of those conditions include: acid reflux, chronic bronchitis, diabetes and liver disease. You should visit your medical doctor to rule out these other possible causes of bad breath.

Certain medications can cause dry mouth, which also can lead to bad breath. If you have dry mouth, talk to your dentist about a saliva substitute and a Sodium Fluoride rinse.

To improve your breath, your dentist will recommend:

  • Schedule a visit every 6 months for a cleaning and exam
  • Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day
  • Floss at least once a day, preferably at night before you go to bed
  • Use a tongue scraper or your toothbrush to clean your tongue
  • Quit smoking or tobacco habits
  • Avoiding alcohol-containing mouth rinses

Don’t let bad breath get you down.

Staying hydrated is important for keeping your mouth clean. It’s a good idea to sip on water throughout the day to rinse away bacteria. But ultimately, you should also see your dentist. They can help you pinpoint the cause, and offer suggestions to help.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

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