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Having bad breath is a common health condition that could be a symptom of simple or dangerous things, and we’re here to help you identify the cause of your bad breath. The following list includes the causes and treatments of bad breath. If none of these treatments eliminate the problem, we encourage you to call our office today to find out what the problem is. Good luck!

Cause: Poor oral hygiene
Treatment: If you have poor oral hygiene, you’re likely to have many dental problems, like tooth decay, which is a common problem that tends to cause bad breath. So, if you have cavities, please come into our office as soon as possible to get them treated. For now, even if you don’t have cavities, please brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth at least once a day, and rinse your mouth with mouthwash daily.

Cause: The food you eat
Treatment: The food you eat, especially odorous foods like garlic, onions, and fish, are likely to cause bad breath for a long amount of time. When the food digests in your stomach, it gets absorbed into the blood stream. Then, the blood stream takes the food into the lungs and the food fills the lungs with the odor, leaving a stench on every breath. To temporarily treat the problem, brush your teeth, rinse your mouth, and chew sugar-free gum.

Cause: Gum disease
Treatment: Bad breath is a common symptom of gum disease, and it is very important to treat the condition as soon as possible. Gum disease forms when the plaque on your teeth is never removed and it begins to irritate your gums. Eventually, if left untreated, it will result in many lost teeth. The only treatment to cure this disease is found at the dental office and it generally involves professional dental cleanings and scaling and root planing techniques.

Cause: Smoking or chewing tobacco
Treatment: The only treatment for bad breath caused by tobacco is to quit. If you would like help with quitting the habit, we welcome you into our office to talk to our team about the best and most productive ways to do so.

Cause: Dry Mouth
Treatment: If you suffer from dry mouth syndrome, it is likely that that is why you have bad breath. To help freshen your breath, we recommend drinking a lot of water, chewing sugar-free gum, sucking on sugar-free candy, and rinsing with mouthwash.