The Causes of Bad Breath

Say it after me: “halitosis.” Also known as? Bad breath.
by: Roy Smith, D.D.S.

There are numerous factors that can cause a stinky mouth, such as smoking and the types of food you eat (as anyone who’s eaten garlic fries knows!) Some diseases can also cause bad breath, such as diabetes, sinus infections and even some cancers.

But from the dentist’s perspective, brushing and flossing daily is one of the best ways to avoid an embarrassing situation stemming from bad breath.

If you don’t clean your teeth regularly, particles of your food will remain, creating a friendly environment for bacteria to grow on your tongue, gums and in between your teeth. If you wear dentures or have an orthodontic appliance like a retainer, make sure to clean them regularly as well – they can collect food particles too.

Brushing your tongue as well as your teeth, and investing in a good mouthwash can help, on top of your regular brushing and flossing. This will help get rid of any bacterial buildup.

The good news? You can fix most bad breath issues simply by improving your personal dental hygiene. But if your odor doesn’t improve, then it’s time to visit your dentist or another health.

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