Bad breath can be explained by something as simple as eating a meal heavy with garlic, onions, or spices. In those cases, however, the odor resolves over time and after brushing and flossing your teeth.
Causes of Halitosis
Chronic bad breath, called halitosis, can indicate a more serious underlying condition such as digestive issues, dry mouth, or the more common condition, periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease occurs when an infection develops between your teeth and gum tissue. Most often, gum disease occurs with neglect – either failure to take care of your teeth at home or missing too many professional dental cleanings. Even if you brush and floss at home, plaque and tartar still develop in hard to reach areas of your mouth.
Bad breath can impact your social and professional life by making it unpleasant for people to speak to you in close proximity. The bacteria that cause gum disease may also spread through kissing and sharing utensils or drinking glasses.
How To Treat Bad Breath
Here are some tips to address bad breath:
- Brush and floss your teeth daily, including your tongue.
- Schedule a dental cleaning and exam to determine proper treatment.
- Drink enough water to support proper saliva production.
- Stop tobacco use, which increases the likelihood of gum disease.
- Rinse with a mouthwash designed to reduce dry mouth symptoms.
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