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Bad Breath Getting You Down?

Bad Breath Getting You Down?

Many people have been in a situation where they were talking to someone and the other person made a remark along the gist of “somebody could use a breath mint.” Such a remark will always make you feel embarrassed, but most people suffer from bad breath, also known as halitosis, at some point in their life. Is bad breath getting you down? Today we will mention a few causes and treatments for halitosis.

Causes of Bad Breath

Bad breath is caused by the bacteria in our mouths which feed on the leftover food particles from what we eat. When the bacteria feeds on the leftover food in our mouths, they produce gases which creates the unpleasant odor. Many people suffer from halitosis because of improper oral hygiene techniques such as forgetting to floss regularly, or not brushing their teeth as long or thoroughly as they should to remove food particles. Bad breath is also commonly caused by gum disease and a dry mouth which allows bacteria to accumulate without interruption.

Treatments for Bad Breath

  • Fighting bad breath can be as simple as following a strict routine of basic oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing your teeth thoroughly, at least twice a day, will remove leftover food particles and disrupt the bacteria that causes bad breath.
  • It is also important to brush the upper surface of your tongue where bacteria accumulates and is often left undisturbed.
  • Use a mouthwash to kill bacteria after your basic cleaning routine to fight plaque and gum disease.
  • Visit your dentist regularly to find negative oral health conditions such as gum disease to receive proper treatment which will help reduce bad breath.

Schedule an appointment at Smile Today if you suffer from chronic bad breath, or any of your other oral health needs.

Kyle Huish

Kyle Huish

Dr. Kyle Huish is a fifth generation native Arizonan. He was born and raised in Mesa and graduated from Arizona State University in 2006. He then went to Ohio State University for his dental education where he graduated top of his class. Afterwards Dr. Huish went on to further his dental education by studying in both New York City and Pittsburgh where he mastered advanced techniques in dental implants and dental sedation.
Kyle Huish

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